Friday, February 26, 2016

How to Make Powdered Sugar Heart Cupcakes

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

So this post was supposed to be up over a month ago and life simply got in the way. Well, to be honest, my very challenging marketing class got in the way of all my blogging fun. So I posted a question on Instagram to see if you would still like to see my belated Valentine’s Day projects and everyone answered yes. So, Happy belated Valentine’s Day – may you be extra prepared when it rolls around in 12 months!

I love to be in the kitchen baking. Part of that is my ridiculous sweet tooth and the other part is that baking actually helps me destress. When I have a particularly challenging day, you better believe there will be baked goods in the office the next day. Good for stress levels, bad for waistlines.

I wanted to whip up something cute for Valentine’s Day and decided to make Powdered Sugar Heart Cupcakes!

I started with a simple box cake mix and followed the directions for mixing. Then I dyed it red with over a dozen drops of food coloring. I wanted these cupcakes RED and a red velvet cake mix just wasn’t going to cut it.

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

I baked my cupcakes and used this technique I found on Pinterest to get them to puff up just right. I also bake them in plain white wrappers and then put that inside a colored wrapper so the colored one doesn't look moist from the baking.

I let them cool overnight, since I wanted to use powdered sugar on top – any moisture in the cupcake will soak up the sugar and then this won’t work. Trust me, I know from experience.

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

I grabbed a heart sticker, a sifter, and my bowl of powdered sugar and got to work decorating.

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

Place the sticker on the cupcake and sift the powdered sugar over the top of the cupcake.

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

Remove the sticker to reveal a beautiful red heart on the center of your cupcake!

How to make powdered sugar heart cupcakes! Click through to see how to make bright red cupcakes with a beautiful heart - perfect for Valentine's Day or as a sweet treat for your sweetheart!

I love that this could be used for any party with any shape or color.  The possibilities are endless!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How To Make Pink Sherbet Punch


Need a quick and inexpensive party punch recipe? This punch is a favorite at all my family's events. Click this image to see how to make pink sherbet punch

One of the staples at any of my family gatherings is my Mom’s pink punch! It is a favorite with the kids (sherbet and soda for the win!) and I am a sucker for it too – especially since it is so easy to make and serve!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Laney Wedding Photos - Kellogg House Wedding Reception

Our Kellogg House Wedding and Reception was absolutely beautiful. The backyard was perfect with white linens and bistro lights over the yard.


Our wedding reception at the Kellogg House was so much fun! The venue was absolutely perfect and we loved that our ceremony and reception were held in the same location.

Our Kellogg House Wedding and Reception was absolutely beautiful. The backyard was perfect with white linens and bistro lights over the yard.

Our Kellogg House Wedding and Reception was absolutely beautiful. The backyard was perfect with white linens and bistro lights over the yard.

We made our grand entrance after our portraits to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and groomsman JR even danced with his crutches!

Our Kellogg House Wedding and Reception was absolutely beautiful. The backyard was perfect with white linens and bistro lights over the yard.

Our first dance was to Journey’s “Faithfully” and we had a very candid and unplanned moment where we both threw our heads back singing. I am so glad that Houston “gets” me and not only does he let me be my quirky self, but he joins in the fun!

Our Kellogg House Wedding and Reception was absolutely beautiful. The backyard was perfect with white linens and bistro lights over the yard.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Big Game Slow Cooker Chili

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If you’re looking for an easy meal to serve at your next big football gathering, this slow cooker chili is a perfect option for serving a crowd of hungry fans. Pair with RITZ® crackers and Coke Zero for a perfect party spread and #ScoreMoreFans!

A couple weeks ago we were at my sister’s house and my dad, brother-in-law, and Houston were watching a football game on T.V. What started out with the just the guys watching turned into the entire family jumping up and down screaming as two teams battled it out in overtime. It was so amazing to look around the room and see my whole family having such a wonderful time together.

So, I decided I needed to come up with some football themed snacks and have everyone over for some more family fun before the end of football season. It isn’t every day you can have three generations together, my nephews yelling "take it to the house!" and have everyone cheering at the same time!

If you’re looking for an easy meal to serve at your next big football gathering, this slow cooker chili is a perfect option for serving a crowd of hungry fans. Pair with RITZ® crackers and Coke Zero for a perfect party spread and #ScoreMoreFans!

First things first: what do I feed my big family, including three teenagers (seriously, those boys can EAT!)? My simple solution: slow cooker chili! I can make a huge batch of chili for everyone to eat, the slow cooker helps keep it warm, and everyone can help themselves! I found adorable football themed bowls for the chili which meant I didn’t have to dishes after everyone left.

If you’re looking for an easy meal to serve at your next big football gathering, this slow cooker chili is a perfect option for serving a crowd of hungry fans. Pair with RITZ® crackers and Coke Zero for a perfect party spread and #ScoreMoreFans!