Thursday, January 31, 2013

mountain dew cupcakes

We have a slight obsession with Mountain Dew/Diet Dew at around 3 pm in the lull of the afternoon. I have had this recipe a few years, and always wanted to make it, so yesterday I decided it would be perfect for a Super Bowl party.
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small (4 oz.) box instant lemon pudding
10 oz. Mountain Dew
4 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1-2 teaspoons lemon and lime zest

For frosting:
1 stick butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Mountain Dew
juice of half a lemon
juice of half a lime
1 drop yellow food coloring
2 drops green food coloring for a light tint
Mix together yellow cake mix, pudding, 10 oz. Mountain Dew, eggs, oil, and lemon & lime zest. Pour into lined cupcake tins, filling about 2/3 of the wrapper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes (until they begin to turn light golden brown or when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean).
Cream the butter, and add the powdered sugar gradually. Then add the rest of the frosting ingredients. Add more powdered sugar if needed for frosting consistency.
Instead of cupcakes, you can bake the mix in a 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
My original recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter mixed with 4-5 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting. I found I had plenty for the cupcakes in 1 stick butter/3 cups sugar, but make more if you want a thicker layer of frosting.
Found these free printable Super Bowl party flags at Anders Ruff.
Perfect for the big game!

Monday, January 28, 2013

scarf winner

congratulations Kimberly!

Please e-mail your address to me at racheljulia31 {at}, and I will get this pretty scarf shipped to you ASAP! :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

scarf giveaway!

Win one of these gorgeous scarves!

To enter the giveaway,
1. Please follow floral&fudge with Google Friend Connect (for those unfamiliar, it’s by clicking the blue “Join this site” button on the right hand side of the screen.)
2. Leave a comment telling me which scarf you would choose.

Giveaway closes Sunday night at 10pm eastern.

Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, January 28th!  Good luck! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

two-layer chocolate cheesecake

two layer chocolate cheesecake

1 cup sugar
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
5 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
4 ounces of chocolate (see second picture below for what I bought)

First, make sure you pull the cream cheese out of the fridge an hour or more ahead of time.

Next, melt the 4 ounces of chocolate. I used a glass bowl on top of boiling water,  but you could use a microwave if you’re cautious not to overcook it.

I bought a Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet baking bar, but you could use dark chocolate, or even milk chocolate if you prefer. Let the melted chocolate cool.

Add the cup of sugar to the cream cheese, blending well.

Beat in the five eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.

Put 2 cups of the cream cheese mixture into a separate bowl, and fold in the chocolate.
Add lemon juice to the remaining cream cheese mixture, and pour into a well-buttered 9-inch springform pan.

Top  with the chocolate mixture. (Note: this recipe doesn’t include a crust, but the regular cheesecake around the edges forms into something close to a crust.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool, then chill in the refrigerator. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 8-10 servings.

This cheesecake is so creamy and rich, you will not be disappointed :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

it’s in the bag

A few days ago, my new blog friend Brianna asked me if I would share what I carry in my baby bag for Nolan (at 16 months). Check out my answers here on Bri’s blog. :)

Thanks for featuring me, Bri!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

GAP’s Peter Rabbit collection


1. Two-in-one canvas parka in “walden green” $49.95
2. Peter Rabbit knit hat $18.95
3. Long-sleeve slub body double $24.95
4. Intarsia rabbit sweater $34.95
5. Peter Rabbit dish set $24.95
6. Peter Rabbit graphic bodysuit $19.95
7. Straight fit colored jeans in “gold plate” $24.95

This post is for my mom, lover of all things Peter Rabbit. I figured she might want to know that GAP has a new limited edition line of Peter Rabbit baby clothes. And she also might need to know that her only grandson will still fit into the biggest size they offer. :)

Check out the rest of the fifty-five Peter Rabbit items here including days-of-the-week onesies and socks, a chambray shirt, a swimsuit, oxford booties, and a peacoat.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

bundts eleven to fifteen

I shared my first ten bundt cakes with you in November. Here are the five I have made since then. The links will take you to Mix & Match Mama’s website, where she has created 73 original bundts as of this week! They are the most delicious cakes I’ve ever had.


Chocolate Gingerbread  
Instead of chocolate pudding and ginger, I found a seasonal Jello gingerbread pudding.

Mint Chocolate Oreo

White Chocolate Raspberry

Red Velvet

It’s okay to eat cake for breakfast, right? Because this red velvet is calling my name…

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

leopard print

leopard print

Aren’t these pieces gorgeous? Though I have borrowed an animal print once or twice in my life, I don’t believe I have any in my closet. What should I start with?

1. LOFT vibrant animal print scarf so beautiful with the orange & purple!
2. gilligan by Gilligan O’Malley women’s sateen pant I love the Gilligan O’Malley line at Target.
3. Romwe green leopard-print shirt
4. BDG hidden cheetah high-rise legging at Urban Outfitters
5. Betsey Johnson leopard heart stud earrings at Piperlime 
6. TOMS sequin leopard-print slip-on at Bergdorf Goodman. so fun!
7. Betsey Johnson heart dial leather strap watch at Nordstrom
8. GAP leopard wrap dress

Sunday, January 13, 2013

our week in photos

watching the Bachelor with my friend Alyssa. And we may have gotten cable again so that I can watch Sean’s season.                                      Steve bought me this—so ridiculous!

               hard to get a 16-month-old to pose                                               

Christmas present from Grandma & Grandpa.
                                                              Steve mastered chocolate chip pancakes… mmm!                 

             white chocolate raspberry bundt

                                                                                                                         always scholar-ing

                              my uncle wrote the cover article for our church’s national magazine!

We have a high of 66 degrees today—this is very exciting.
Hope you are having a healthy & happy weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

easy refrigerator fudge


Disclaimer: this is not the fudge that I make and sell. I always like trying new kinds of chocolate, and this intrigued me with the word “easy”.

1 package (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 package (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened, condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Place all chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over hot water. (I don’t have a double boiler, so I put the chips in a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.)

Stir frequently until the chips are completely melted. Remove from heat.

Stir in the condensed milk, vanilla, and nuts (if desired).

Pour mixture into an 8x8 inch pan lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm. Remove from the pan, peel off waxed paper, and cut into squares.

Yield: approximately 2 pounds

I think it’s pretty delicious. Due to my cold/flu, I haven’t had my full sense of taste for about a week, but Steve and I decided that it tastes very similar to grabbing a handful of chocolate chips, but in a chewy and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

taking one from martha’s playbook

A couple years ago (pre-Pinterest), I found a Martha Stewart tutorial for a card wreath. I love this wreath because I don’t ruin my photos and cards with thumbtack holes or sticky tape. (I did end up outgrowing my Christmas card wreath this year, and painter’s-taped some of the cards around it as you can see.) I love that it looks like a giant collage.

This one is in Nolan’s bedroom, holding all of his 1st birthday cards. We’ve been able to enjoy the cards for months without them becoming added clutter around our home. And it brings a lot of color to his walls.

To make a wreath, you need:
Wood glue
Miniature wooden clothespins
A large (14-inch-diameter) wooden embroidery hoop

Glue the miniature clothespins to the embroidery hoop, alternating them so that one opens to the outside of the hoop, the next opens to the inside of the hoop, etc. Place them 1 1/2 inches apart. Tie a ribbon to hang them from a nail or 3M Command hook. Wait 24 hours for the wood glue to dry before you clip on the cards or photos.

I keep my wreaths up all year long, and I display whatever cards and mail we receive—for birthdays, Valentine’s, Easter, anniversary, birth announcements.

Thanks, Martha!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

she reads truth

Last night I made a New Year commitment (5 days late, I know) to read my Bible daily though I guiltily admit that I have never been able to keep up with daily Bible reading, and therefore in years past I didn’t trust myself to make such a lofty resolution. But it is definitely the right time. I am ready to be changed by the Word, and grow in the knowledge of Jesus.

“Our prayer is that rather than being a group of women who set out to make our own selves better through lists and half-hearted resolutions, we would come together and read the true story of the One who is always making things better, always giving us a fresh start.”

Thursday, January 3, 2013

christmas & new year’s

Christmas morning came, and Nolan’s favorite present was a Veggie Tales book from his grandparents. It sings “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Veggie character voices when you press the button, and he is in love.

On Christmas Day, we took a two-hour drive to Steve’s aunt & uncle’s house. Nolan was impressed with the full Little People nativity set.

Wednesday brought us trouble… this was the Ohio Turnpike—unplowed and gaining snow by the minute. So we spent the night in a hotel outside Cleveland. Upside—getting to eat at Applebee’s and shop at Target.

Nolan didn’t mind the snowstorm. He’s a good little boy in the car (most of the time).

We made it to our family party, which started off at Shoe’s Pizza—Valparaiso, Indiana!

Us with my mama and her husband Don.

Favorite picture of the trip—FOUR generations! My grandpa Dan is one of the sweetest, most generous people I will ever be blessed to meet.

my cousin Lindsay, me, cousin Dayna, and cousin-in-law Jaime

3 generations. It was exciting to meet Dayna’s 6-month-old baby boy for the first time!

Next, we headed to Indianapolis. We had a great New Year’s Eve with my sister-in-law Dana’s family. The next morning, Nolan was very sick, so we spent the day on the couch together.

Nolan got to spend so much time with these two cute cousins! And we really enjoyed time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Nolan’s sickness transferred to his mommy & daddy today, so we are happy to be home after 2 weeks of traveling. We are very lucky that Steve has SIX weeks of Christmas break, so he won’t have to go back to class until the end of January.

I’ll spend tonight unpacking and writing down some of my goals for 2013, since I haven’t had a moment to dwell on the new year yet.

More pictures from the past two weeks to come tomorrow!


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