Monday, January 20, 2020

MONDAY MUSINGS.


Hello Monday and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day! I'm here to day with some Monday Musings because I haven't done an official one of these in a while and thought it'd be a fun way to catch up on some bits and pieces of things going on around here lately.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #117.

Hey girl heyyyyy!!  Lord have mercy.  I am so glad it's Friday!  My house has been in complete disarray all week long because I ran out of time for all my projects last weekend (cleaning and reorganizing) and had to stop in the middle because Monday came!  Stupid Mondays.  I cannot wait to put my house back together!!  Saturday and Sunday--it is ON.

For all the procrastinators or cleaning fiends who need a break from washing, dusting, and organizing Bored Panda has put together a list of hilarious cleaning
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

THE BEST KETO PIZZA CHAFFLES EVER!

I've got a super-easy Keto recipe for you today and I'm guessing if you're a fellow Keto-er then you have already heard of it or made it yourself.  But for those of you who are new to the Keto train, I had to share!


If you just want the recipe then scroll to the bottom of this post!  But if you want a little update and more to my Keto story, keep reading!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #116

Hello hello!  It's time for another round of Friday Favorites!  As always, I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci to share some of my favorite things from the week!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

CATCHING UP: CHRISTMAS 2019

Well, it's over.  Christmas has come and gone and I am always a little depressed when it leaves us.  Everything just looks so blah after Christmas.  My house looks dark and boring. The neighborhoods slowly start to go from colorful to ordinary. It's no fun.  Not to mention all the after-Christmas things that need to be done.

Take down decorations. (painful)
Redecorate your house and try to remember where everything goes.
Clean up all the wrapping paper/boxes/candy wrappers. Schedule a bulk trash pickup.
Clear out (or eat..) all the junk food and leftovers.
And then add "lose 10 pounds of holiday weight" to your to-do list. 😂

Sound familiar?

This year was no different but we completely enjoyed our Christmas while it was here!

The day before Christmas Eve, I took the boys to get haircuts.  Mason was just coming off a 24 hour virus of some sort (you can still see it in his eyes I think!) but was acting 100% and didn't have a fever so off we went.  He was so pumped about how it turned out.  Anytime he lets me take a normal picture of him where he's not trying to turn his face inside out means he's feelin' cute.  haha

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Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 FAVORITES! | MEGA ALL-STARS EDITION


Happy New Year, friends!! I hope everyone has had a great start to this new decade!  I still can't believe it is 2020.  It feels so futuristic even to say it.  I still remember all the ridiculous Y2K pandemonium from 20 years ago like it was yesterday.  (To this day, I still have no idea what that was really all about. I just remember thinking everyone seemed to be overreacting. 😂)  But I am excited to start a new year and I just pray that it's a good one.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Just like last year, I decided to round up a list of some top favorites from this year. Some of these are repeats from my 2018 All-Stars list.  Which means they are REALLY good. ;)  And some are new products or finds that are really recent but managed to score high enough marks with me that they landed themselves here with the All-Stars.  So let's take a look!

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Monday, December 30, 2019

CHOCOLATE CHIP OOEY GOOEY BUTTER CAKE


Ahhhh!  We are down to our final two days of 2019!  I still find that so hard to believe!

We always host a little New Year's Eve party at our house so I'm taking down the last of the Christmas decorations today and trying to remember where all my normal decor goes.  I hate un-decorating after Christmas.  It's so sad!  My house always looks so plain and boring without twinkly lights.  I will throw out a few cheesy NYE decorations for the party though so at least I'll have that to tide me over before it really does ALL come down.  Sigh.

Every night is New Year's Eve
(Pretty darn accurate for a lot of us! #dontletmegetto3)

Anyway, I know a lot of you are going to be heading over to friends' and families' houses tomorrow night as well or hosting your own so I wanted to share an easy and delicious dessert recipe that is always a hit at parties in case you were looking!

Let me just say that I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything over here.  I've heard this called everything from Ooey Gooey Cake to Butter Cake to Neiman Marcus Bars.  Paula Deen has a famous recipe for it and serves it at her restaurants but it's been around way before her.  This recipe is all over the internet but it's one I grew up on (and you probably did too!) and we just called it Gooey Cake.  And it was my absolute favorite.


When I got married, my mom gave me her recipe and I made it for a while just as she did.  But then I came across a recipe on Pinterest a few years ago where they added in chocolate chips and I loved it!  So 9 times out of 10, this is the one I make now.  I love it cold and chewy but it's also great warm and melty. :)

So if you need something to bring to a party tomorrow night, here's the recipe for something that will be a hit!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:
1 box butter cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

Filling:
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 16oz box of powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.  In a bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and melted butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat evenly into the bottom of the dish.

Beat cream cheese with the electric mixer until smooth; add eggs and vanilla.  Carefully dump in your powdered sugar and then slowly pour in the melted butter.  Stir in your chocolate chips.

Pour mixture over the crust and spread evenly.  Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Ovens will vary so be sure to start checking it at around 35-40 minutes. (Mine takes about 43 minutes.) You want the center to still be a little gooey and wiggly and the top to be golden.  Let cool completely before cutting or it's going to get messy.

I always sprinkle powdered sugar over the top before I cut them.  These are delicious served warm from the oven but I love them cold as well.  They get super chewy but still have that "gooey" center.

 

And since we're talking about New Year's Eve, if you haven't seen the movie New Year's Eve before, it is a MUST WATCH!  It's one of my favorite movies ever.  It will get you in the NYE spirit if you aren't quite there yet! ;)  The perfect NYE movie if you're staying in.


So that's it for 2019!  I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Year!!  See you in 2020!

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