Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Introducing Baby Iris!

It's a little overdue, but I'm happy to report that our sweetest little, Iris Arabella, has arrived! 

In fact, she's 15 days old now! We are absolutely thrilled with our new baby sister, and we feel so blessed to finally have her here and healthy. God is good! 

And now...we tackle life...on a major budget...with four kids seven under! Are we having fun yet???

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, I ran across this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes on Pinterest, and I thought it would be perfect for my husband's birthday. I'm normally not a fan of making cupcakes. I think they're a little bit of a pain, but these looked worth it! Oh my gosh, were TOTALLY worth it! My husband's family expects me to go all out dessert-wise when we get together, and everyone loved these! They really were very easy too, especially since I "cheated" and used a boxed cake mix. (Seriously though, is that really cheating??? Why wouldn't you use a boxed cake mix??? Who can really tell the difference???)

Here is the recipe,

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes -

1 box of Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting -

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • a pinch of salt (Don't omit this! It really made a difference in the flavor!)
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

    Instructions -

    1. Prepare and bake the cake mix as instructed for cupcakes. Cool completely.

    2. Beat softened butter with a hand mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix in the half and half, mint extract, green food coloring and salt. Beat for 2 or 3 minutes. If the frosting is too thin add more sugar. If the frosting is too thick add, a little more half and half. You can also add more mint extract and/or green coloring to adjust the flavor and color if necessary.

    We really enjoyed this recipe, and I would definitely make it again. I think it would be a fun addition to a bake sale or a kid's party of any kind. It's not that much harder than using a prepared frosting, but it is so much more impressive!

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Martha Stewart Aegean Blue

    It's been a long time since I shared a picture of our new house and paint colors! We've been on a REALLY LONG painting hiatus due to my pregnancy, but we're back at it! I'm still a crazy Google Image-r as I've been considering paint colors, so I'm just returning the favor. The blue is Martha Stewart's Aegean Blue from Home Depot in the afternoon natural light of the room. Don't ask me what the paneling is. (Well, it's ugly!) We thought it was white until we painted the blue and realized it's very off white. We have the same color on paneling and molding through our whole first floor, so it will have to do for now!

    We also painted our office and son's bedroom in Aegean Blue. Next, we'll be moving on to our kitchen, family room, entryway, hallway and two little girl's rooms. Stay tuned! You can see Sherwin Williams Baize Green in one of our upstairs bathrooms here.

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Updating My Mom's Sloppy Joe Recipe...

    My mom is a really good cook. Like really good. I made her Sloppy Joe recipe for the first time a few months ago, and my peeps really liked it. My middle daughter is the pickiest, and she liked it the most. A winning recipe for sure!

    I realized it would be super easy to sneak some veggies in to it, so the last time I made it I did just that. Here is my updated receipt from my mom's original.

    Ingredients -

    1 cup chopped onion
    4 lbs hamburger

    Brown and drain. Then add,

    14 oz of ketchup
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup finely diced celery
    1/2 cup shredded carrots
    1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
    2T brown sugar
    1T worsteshire sauce
    2 tsp vinegar
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1/2 tsp dry mustard
    salt and pepper to taste

    Simmer for about 30 minutes until the sauce is thick! Serve and enjoy!