Sunday was my husband’s birthday. Last year I made him a homemade ice cream cake. While I enjoyed making it, the cake ended up being more work than I had originally planned (more expensive too). This year I had planned on making another ice cream cake, but with brownies rather than cake. When Vance saw what I was planning, he requested a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake instead. So . . . I gave him what he wanted.
This ended up being the easiest cake I have ever made!
It has been nearly a month since my last blog post, but I have been working hard on planning for upcoming blog posts. It has always been my desire to be more active on my blog, but life has made that difficult. I fully intend to change that here shortly. I have so many wonderful ideas for Makeup n’ Munchies — I’ve even been working on writing a cookbook! — which I’m very excited about. I’ve always loved writing and have dreamt of writing a book, so why not combine two things I love?
While I’ve been busily planning for Makeup n’ Munchies, working on both of our businesses and taking care of my family, Influenster surprised me with a new product to try! For the past month I have been actively testing the NEW Country Crock spreads! I have always been a Country Crock fan, but when I made the choice to better my health in 2014, I cut out all butter, margarin, etc. and switched to coconut oil. I was a bit skeptical when I read that the new spreads were healthier. Healthier butter?
Country Crocks new recipe includes:
Palm kernel and palm oil
Vitamin A palmitate
Beta carotene (color)
These new spreads are so soft and creamy! The new Country Crock spreads are perfect for those recipes that call for softened butter or margarine. There’s no need to leave the spreads sitting on the counter to soften. Just measure what you need and you’re good to go!
I am completely obsessed with making homemade bagels. I have been experimenting with a basic boiled bagel recipe I found on Pinterest and I have been having so much fun adding my own touches and making it my own. So far I have attempted plain bagels, cheddar jalapeno bagels, and onion bagels.
I think I am almost ready to start sharing a few of my bagel recipes with you all. How fabulous do these cheddar jalapeno bagels look? I made these especially for my husband and they turned out amazing! Soft and chewy with the perfect blend of jalapenos and cheddar on top.
Sorry I’m a little behind on posting reviews! I still have a few more products to review for you guys from Influenster’s #Frosty VoxBox. I’ve been working on a little bit of a blog “revamp.” If you’re new to my blog, you won’t notice a difference, but if you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ll see the name change.
When I first started this blog, I didn’t intend on keeping up on it as much as I actually have. I planned on using my blog strictly for Influenster purposes. In June of 2014, I started my journey on a mainly vegetarian diet. Along with my life change, I began taking photos of the food I was preparing so that I was able to share them on Facebook and Instagram. In the beginning, the pictures were just that — pictures. Suddenly I had friends and family asking me for recipes and tips. I never imagined I would help to inspire others.
While I still blog about VoxBox’s when I’m lucky enough to receive one, I’m now blogging about much more. Recipes, beauty products, life, books, etc. I don’t plan on stopping there, either. I’m full of ideas and I’m hoping to get them all out there as soon as I can.
Now . . . who’s ready for a recipe?
I’m fairly new to making homemade bread. In the beginning, I was extremely intimidated. Many of the recipes I found required stand mixers (which I didn’t own) and a lot of time and patience. It’s hard to find time and patience when you have a toddler running around. But I ended up finding a french bread recipe that looked fool proof. It didn’t require a stand mixer and a big chunk of time like others. My daughter loves helping me make this bread! 🙂
For Christmas, my husband surprised me with a KitchenAid stand mixer — something I’ve been wanting for years. Since I received the mixer, I’ve moved up to sourdough. This was even more intimidating. Starter? What on earth is THAT? (If you don’t know what starter is, click here.) Now that I’ve establish a nice, healthy starter, I’ve been baking sourdough with ease.
I’d like to take a minute and share one of my new favorite websites with you. It’s called Smiley360 (http://h5.sml360.com/-/emmm). If you’re a member of the Influenster nation, you will love Smiley360.
Smiley360 is very similar to Influenster. You start by creating a free account. Next, you will start receiving surveys on your dashboard. Answer the questions honestly and see if you become qualified for an upcoming mission 🙂
In October I qualified for another Smiley360 mission. The mission consisted of testing 5-Hour Energy Drinks. Sadly, I could not finish the mission. I was recently diagnosed with a mitral valve disorder and given medication for the heart palpitations, so I have to stay away from energy drinks and anything that might contain high amounts of caffeine.
The current mission I’m working on is for ARM & HAMMER(TM) baking soda.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of fall — although the weather here in Oklahoma is more winter-like lately.
Today I have a quick, easy, and semi-healthy caramel apple egg roll recipe for you this morning. What better way to make your house smell like fall than by baking up these golden rolls of apple goodness?
Here is what you will need . . .
2 large Washington apples — or whatever apples you prefer
2 packets of Stevia
dash of ground cinnamon
All natural egg roll wrappers — I found mine at Neighborhood Walmart
1 tsp flour to about 1-2 tsp water
2 tbsp all natural coconut oil
2-3 caramel pieces, melted
Sorry it’s been a while! I’ve been insanely busy since my husband returned from deployment and school started back up. I promise I’m going to keep up with this blog as often as I can.
My hubby is at work and I just got our daughter to bed, so I decided to whip up a quick batch of (almost) vegan banana oatmeal cookies to snack on while I study, except I threw in some semi sweet chocolate chips this time.
2 c organic rolled oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs raw honey
1/2 c mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Emma and I woke up early this morning and went straight to the kitchen to make this beautiful, healthy blueberry banana bread. No wordy posts from me today. Today is a busy Saturday, preparing for a special Sunday 🙂 And sorry! No fancy pictures either.