Tasty Tuesday–Chocolate Pumpkin filled cupcakes

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So my little one had her big 4th birthday but she has yet to have her birthday party. So of course I’ve been testing out different recipes and such. These cupcakes she ate on her birthday but the actual day of her party she’s already explained she’d like something else. Anyways, these are too simple for words because these I didn’t make from absolute scratch. At first I was unsure if the pumpkin would cook or not, but it all worked out just fine. I did preheat my oven to 375 degrees however instead of the 325 listed on the box. Eeeek, I said it box…that’s right, the easy peasy cake mix box…what can I say? It’s been a rough year! 😉 Besides it doesn’t take away from the yumminess and you’re always welcome to make the cupcakes from scratch because that too is easy just not super fast. My pumpkin was homemade… Does that count?

You’ll need:

A box of chocolate cake mix (I use sugar free)
A can of pumpkin
Small can of evaporative milk
Eggs
Water
Oil
Pumpkin spice or cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg
Cupcake liners

So, give your cupcake tin a good spray and then whip up your cake mix and pie mix–follow the instructions on the box/can. Pour the cake mix into the cupcake liners that you’ve laid in the cupcake tin, then just take a spoonful or a dollop of the pumpkin pie and place it in the middle of each chocolate cake batter.

Let them cook for about as long as you usually would the cupcakes, but maybe 5 minutes longer to make sure the pumpkin has cooked also.

When you take them out the cake mix will baked around the pumpkin. Pretty yummy. A lot of people are fans of the chocolate and pumpkin flavors coinciding…I can’t say it’s my favorite, because I feel like it takes away from both flavors but I did think they were good.

Give them a try and let me know!

Happy Tuesday–be kind

Pear Tart with Cinnamon and Cream-Tasty Tuesday

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Wow, is this recipe delicious! Literally, it’s easy to eat in one sitting, so BEWARE. My deep love for Fall and food coincide with this dish. It’s absolutely scrumptious, filling, and nutritious so I better hear some great feedback ;).

You’ll Need:

1.5 cups finely ground nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Pine Nuts) I use Almonds
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 Tbl rapadura (or stevia) I use Maple Syrup
5 Tbls butter
5-6 soft pears, peeled and sliced thin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 cup sweetner (rapadura, maple syrup etc)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup quality cream
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees:
1. I put all the nuts, salt, sweetner and butter along with the spices into a food processor until ground and mixed well. Take out and smooth the mixture into the bottom of the dish, spread evenly.

2. Lay the pears on top of the crust and sprinkle with just a little more cinnamon and nutmeg (just a touch) and drizzle the pure maple syrup or some of the sweetner.

3. In another bowl, whisk together cram and egg until combined. Pour the mixture over the pears, moving the pears a little to make sure the mixture has spread well.

4. Put in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until it’s browned and the cream mixture has set. You’ll definitely smell it!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do! It’s a favorite!

Be kind and enjoy your Tuesday!

I love my white shoes–Thankful Thursday

I love my white shoes--Thankful Thursday

I know, I know…I continuously say I haven’t blogged in forever. True Story.

I think it’s good to keep a schedule or routine especially in the middle of chaos. It’s good to find the peace when everything else seems to be twisting. So, I will try HARDER to write daily again along with some other things I’ve lagged off of in my personal life.

Now, Pete the Cat and his White Shoes. ..Great book. Poor Pete has some amazing white shoes that he loves and sings about. Then he steps in something that turns his shoes a different color and he sings about that. He steps in “stuff” numerous times, but instead of freaking out or “crying” about it (as it says in the book) he goes about singing his song that he loves his shoes.

The moral of the story?
That in life, no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song….
because really, it’s all good.

For me I’m pretty good at getting knocked around but I tend to want to control or know the answers as to why something is or isn’t. Maybe I’ve met the people I have in my life lately to help with this need for control. It will either help me or drive me crazy….I’m not too sure which one yet.

However, I love this book and I love that my daughter loves it. Because, even though my life seems to be a bit on the weird end lately, my daughters are healthy and for the most part happy. We have a roof over our heads, good food to nourish us, and another day.

As always…I’m thankful. Thankful for my life and thankful that I can step in various things and still keep singing.

Live today and be kind.

Happy Thursday 😉

Freedom Friday–Haters and Paula Deen

Freedom Friday--Haters and Paula Deen

Whoo-hoo it’s Friday!

I don’t get the whole Paula Deen thing, well, I do….people are ridiculous. Most wonder why I have such a low opinion of the human race and BOOM there it is. What people just want to be cruel for….what? What difference will it make if Paula Deen never does anything again, how will it affect you personally?? The things Paula Deen has done or said shouldn’t even register on a richter scale compared to MOST if not ALL young/old celebrities. What’s the difference?

I get so sick of haters. Really? Good things happen to people, or they make their dreams happen, or they go out and do good things and we have to find something to tear apart? REALLY? A bit backwards. But we focus on the 30K prisoners in California on a hunger strike and we are SO upset by THIS?! Looks like a bonus to me, clear out the prisons and pay less tax dollars…I see no problem…

Overcome envy, an insane amount of jealousy and greed and maybe….

Things shouldn’t matter to you unless they affect you directly. If they don’t, be happy for those people that are ONLY creating the world they want. If it bothers you…Go Create the world YOU want!

That’s my soap box for today….I know I don’t have time for haters, but sure….I’ll give them reasons to hate 😉
BE KIND……Happy Friday

Thinking Tuesday-….”If you are constantly wondering how you are good for them, you think wrong. You should only be asking yourself how are they good for you?”

So hadn’t blogged in what feels like forever….time to get back into the swing of things. Back to myself, so prepare to read a lot-maybe I’ll have something good to say?

There’s times when we all forget this: we get lost in what’s going on around us-or maybe life just happens in different ways than we expect but we always have to get back to who we are. Maybe who we were doesn’t even exist anymore? Then it’s time to figure out who we are today and what we want.

There’s times when all we need is rest. Today and for the next few weeks….I’ll rest. The mind needs to shake out the cobwebs and focus on the real. Need to get rooted back….spread the branches that have been trimmed down to nothing….put on new leaves and get rid of the old.

I’m learning to do and have what I want….tricky right? I’m a person used to trying to please, I don’t know if I was trained from my father and his expectations, sports and coaches and theirs, being a mother. But it’s been a saying in my head over and over the last few days, ….”If you are constantly wondering how you are good for them, you think wrong. You should only be asking yourself how are they good for you?” This isn’t just about relationships with people though it’s even about different situations. If you are just going through it or going through it to please…maybe it’s wrong. Do it for YOU, let it be a truth or open your heart, let it reward you or gee just let it make you happy.

The older I get the more simple I like things. I appreciate things more and I’m also not willing to please….I appreciate that. I would love to be sitting under a gorgeous tree like the one in the photo….staring up into it’s secrets and wisdom…while letting everything fall away. SO I may not have the tree, but I have the chance to rest.

These are only my thoughts on this Tuesday. I hope everyone else has a great day. Be kind and go kick some ass today ;).

Tasty Tuesday–Watermelon Drink

Tasty Tuesday--Watermelon Drink

Okay…I admit, I haven’t actually made nor tried this recipe yet….but cut me some slack we are renting out a house at the moment! Talk about out of routine!

SO, someone try this and let me know! The only modification I would make (go figure I would change up a recipe) is the sourness…I love sweet but I love the combo of sweet and sour, so I would probably add some lemon juice to help cut down the sweetness of the watermelon. Now if you’re a big sweet tooth person…leave it! 🙂

You’ll need:
Half a watermelon, a full lime, and ice cubes.

Blend the watermelon in a blender with or with seeds, whatever you prefer…I would personally go without. Add about 8-12 cubes and squeeze your lime into the mix. Blend all that up until you get the slush/ice consistency.

This sounds sooo good….I want it now! It’s got to be refreshing on these hot days. YUM!

Have a tasty day, be kind!

Motivational Monday–Courage to move forward

Motivational Monday--Courage to move forward

Sometimes it takes the greatest courage of all to become who you are meant to be….E.E Cummings

As I get older and I think that I have life figured out, I hear myself say, “sit back kid, you don’t have a clue.” Maybe I should print a shirt that says that? Even though I feel this way….I’ll continue to move forward but life has become one of the greatest mysteries to me. No matter how I react, live, and approach situations. I have learned that there may be a side step in a dance I didn’t expect. Shoots and ladders…wondering how I got here or how it happened.

Lately, I know that in all things I do weather it’s life, running, modeling, or being a mother….I have to let go of my old ideas and move forward. It’s hard, just like everyone we get comfortable and like the routine of life.

So take your workouts, relationships, yourself, anything that you aren’t quite “you” in…and make the change. Have the courage and faith to move forward and makes those changes….

Be kind today