The November blog posting challenge will be wrapping up tomorrow. I’ll be posting a recap of my post of over the last month as wrap up but have decided to take this evening to reflect.
It’s been harder than I thought. If you haven’t noticed I’m not typically very wordy, I think this everyday challenge has stretched me a bit thin and a challenge to determine what to post each day. I find that I feel the most blog-worthy when my hands are tied up doing something else, like dishes or on a long drive… if only my thoughts could type themselves. Otherwise, I guess I will keep at this and continue to try new things and find my jam so to speak.
I think I am learning that it is okay to not be wordy. Some of the other blogs I enjoy are simple posts of a single picture followed by a caption. Something beautiful, eye-candy for the soul.
I’ve found that there is a lot to learn about blogging, food photography, and posting videos, but the support I have received from joining the Cheer Peppers on the journey of blogging every day in November has been amazing. Please go check out some of their works over the last month with the links below.
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I’LL TRADE MY WHEAT FOR SOME SHEEP – Psychobabble
“The First Time We Feel Rain” by David Ellis – toofulltowrite
Satur-yay! – Faith Hope & Chocolate
A BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT – Reclaiming Mary
It’s my Birthday! So for my birthday, I whipped together these cookie n’ cream cupcakes. I made them with two box cake mixes, white and chocolate. In order to not end up a ton of cupcakes, I halved the mixes by weighing the eggs and dry ingredients to get half.
I found the frosting recipe over here on Chef in Training and it’s delicious!
Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe
If you’re ever at a farmer’s market that sells natural nut butter, I suggest you give it a try. It’s great in peanut butter cookies and almond butter makes a great substitute for an even nuttier flavor.
Last weekend we stopped in at the South Bend, IN farmers market and picked up some peanut butter and almond butter for future cookies. The peanuts and almonds are ground right there as you fill up your tub.
Recently the established pattern appears to be to going grocery shopping on Sundays. Grocery shopping tends to go one of three ways:
- We need groceries… I don’t have a list, but we are already out. I bet we can figure it out while in the store. *proceed to store* Meal prep for the week is a bit disorganized and I typically end up running out again to pick up something we missed or we change plans for a meal we can manage with items we already have on hand at home.
- We are at home… Asks Ben, “What would you like to have this week for dinner?” Proceed to ask questions until we finally end up with 3-4 dishes and then I fill in the list with weekly needs and restock items or household things we currently need. Proceed to store together. Meal prep for the week goes well. 🙂
- We are or just I am at home, and I proceed to make the grocery list alone. The list includes all the meals I will enjoy and at least one I believe Ben has been wanting. Proceed to store either with or without Ben. Meal prep for the week goes well.
My preference is always number 2. Oh and I like to reuse the blank side of envelopes to write my lists. My mother does this and I just like to think it’s my way of reusing before recycling. 🙂 How do you make your grocery list and plan for meals in your home?
If you missed my Instagram fitness accountability stories I’ve made a collection of them here. So far I am off to a good start. My typical workout is Just Dance on the Wii with some arm weight sets between songs. I just need to keep this up as cookie season comes into full swing! 😀
Naked cakes seem to be trending in the last year or so. Whether you like to follow the flow or love the idea of a cake with minimal frosting, then this just may be the cake for you. These cakes follow a less is more / clean design style that makes them simple to assemble and quick to deliver, if you were given short notice. This posts’ two creators have been my inspiration for a while now, I love watching their videos on youtube and gaining a better understanding of cake decorating. Check out the pins below for yourself!
*The creations noted in this post are not my own, please follow the links to see the original posts.
Mini Ombre Cake:
The ombre transition of color is just soothing to look at. The gradual transition from one color to another is beautiful, yet rather simple. As it follows the curve of the color wheel or spoke. This mini cake has a clean design as you only frost in between your layers of yummy cake. Cupcake Jemma creates fantastic tutorials on youtube, go check them out!
Textured Frosting Cake with Fruit:
Going for a cake a bit bigger then try out Rosie’s Dessert Spot’s two tier naked cake tutorial. I am sure this could pair down to a smaller version just fine if you are looking for a little bit of sweetness with no guest fan-fare. This cake may not have a lot of frosting but it sure looks loaded with fresh fruits and a generous sprinkle of powder sugar!
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