Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Favorites

F R I D A Y   F A V O R I T E S 

Friends, I hope you've been having a great week! Mine has been really good (if you overlook the antics of a dramatic three-year-old), and I'm excited for the weekend! We have plans tonight to have hamburgers on the grill with new friends out at the lake. And then tomorrow is our first graduation party we'll attend this year :)

On to the favorites from the week . . .

Yesterday, I posted the recipe for these mini double-chocolate donuts! I think my new donut pan is going to get a lot of use this summer! These donuts are almost the texture of chocolate cake (but better) and they're made from scratch, so I don't have guilt popping one or two in my mouth! :)

For Christmas, I asked Steve if we could get a canvas of one of our wedding photos. It took us a long time to finally get to choosing a photo and placing the order. We've never displayed bigger than a 5x7 wedding photo in our house, so having a 16x20 is so fun! I think it will be the start of a gallery wall in our living room :)  (We ordered the canvas from, and our experience was great!)

I've been listening to Hillsong United's new album "EMPIRES" every day this week! It is really chill, beautiful worship music. If you're interested in winning a copy, head on over to my post from Wednesday!

On Monday, I shared about the hair products that I use. I've come to depend so much on the blog world for recommendations on hair and makeup. I have found some great products this way! I wish there was some way to try all kinds of shampoos, conditioners, and hair sprays without investing a ton of money. I'm sure there are some great ones out there for long, straight hair that I don't know about yet!

If you're ever on the lookout for a GREAT toy for a one-year-old, I have to recommend this Playskool Ball Popper. Both of my boys have LOVED this ball popper, and it can keep their attention so much better than other toys. They get excited to wait for the balls to unexpectedly pop up, it keeps them active running to pick up the ones that roll away, and it's one of the only toys that I could even enjoy as an adult :)  There's a cute pink and purple one out there too for girls!

Hope you all have an amazing last weekend of May!! 

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Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chocolate Baked Donuts With Chocolate Glaze

If you've followed me for a while, you know I've had a bit of an obsession with pretty, brightly-colored donuts. While I still intend to keep buying them on occasion, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at the homemade version! I happened upon a mini donut pan at TJ Maxx last week, which was providential! These little donuts are baked and not fried, which makes my sensitive stomach happy! I love that they are made from scratch, and I can pronounce all of the ingredients that I'm feeding my sons :) Not to mention, they are delicious!! I would say they're a mix of a soft, chocolate cupcake and a donut. Browned butter really enriches the flavor, and I'll admit a lot of batter was consumed in the baking process. I'm really excited about future baking endeavors with my new donut pan!

This recipe makes around 16 mini donuts (a pan with 12 holes), or 8-10 full-size donuts.

INGREDIENTS (Donut Batter):

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup packed, light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
4 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly browned on the stove
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Chocolate Glaze):

1  1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3-4 Tablespoons whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

My little helper assisted me in measuring and mixing the dry ingredients!


Move up one of the oven racks to the upper third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat the donut pan with nonstick spray. 

Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and make sure it is mixed well.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan so that each hole is about 2/3 full. Smooth the batter in each hole.

Bake the donuts for around 11 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into one of the donuts comes out clean. Once out of the oven, let the donuts sit for five minutes, and then carefully invert them onto a wire rack to cool. If there is batter left, bake another batch!

When the donuts have cooled, start preparing the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add in the vanilla extract and 2 of the Tablespoons of whole milk. If needed add another Tablespoon or two of milk gradually. The glaze should be thick, but pourable.

Dip each donut into the glaze. Once back on the wire rack, add sprinkles. 

Enjoy for breakfast, dessert after a meal, or both!! :)

Adapted slightly from this recipe.

See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Three Day Weekends

Things that have made me exceedingly happy this weekend:

Going out for strawberry and lemon meringue pie with a best friend (and my two little boys in tow).

Picnicking with wonderful church friends who provide my boys with outdoor entertainment (like t-ball) and patriotic ice cream sundaes.

Seeing Nolan and Ephraim run wild around my in-laws’ house while we get time to chat.

Washing the windows and seeing how clear and shiny the view is after two years of dirt.

Dining al fresco at my mom’s house with grilled ham, cheesy potatoes, and pasta salad with lemon dressing. From her table, all you see is green at this time of year, and it’s incredibly beautiful.

Blowing bubbles with my babies.

Having a quick visit with a sweet friend and her (five!) boys.

Reflecting on our hard-earned freedom in this country.

Hope your Memorial Day weekend was extra special!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites

Our plans are filling up for this weekend, and I’m getting excited for some grilling, picnicking, and relaxing with friends and family! I really can’t believe we’re approaching the last week of May!

Here are some favorites from the week:


We sent our camera to Nikon to get fixed, and it came back as good as new! I am happy to have it again to capture my favorite little guys :)

I love their similar (but not completely matching) light blue shirts!

He is getting so big, and starting to climb on EVERYTHING!

I tried to get a shot of them together, but this was the best I got :)

My favorite outfit of the week was this crochet-back, white kimono that I posted about on Wednesday. I can’t say that I’ve ever worn a kimono before, but I’m definitely in love with the comfortable yet elegant feel of it!

Thank you for the positive feedback on Tuesday’s breastfeeding post! Goodness, I am going to miss Ephraim being a baby. Nursing him has been one of the best things of my life.

Did you catch yesterday’s post? I guest-blogged for Erika and claimed my crazy! It was so much fun to share all of my silly quirks with you!

I know I’ve mentioned my robins every week for about a month, but these photos were too good not to share! It was so amazing to watch the mom and the dad bringing worms and bugs to their three babies for two weeks. They came every 10 or 15 minutes, from sun-up until sun-down. The babies got their feathers and plumped up so quickly! Yesterday morning, I watched all three of the fledglings fly out of the nest. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Watching the nest for a month has hands-down been the best science/nature experience I’ve ever had!

The babies right after they left the nest.

And one hiding in the bush later in the day :)

Steve and I really loved the “The Kennedys” mini-series on Netflix. We finished it on Wednesday night, and we wish there were more episodes! It’s both fascinating and heart-breaking. Now, we’re back to our regularly scheduled home-improvement shows ;)

Hope you all have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

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Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Owning It With Erika!

Owning It

Today you can find me over at one of my FAVORITE blogs, “A Little Bit of Everything”! Erika has a series called “Owning It” where she asks different bloggers to write about their crazy (their quirks!), and I am honored to be the girl for this month’s post! We all like to make fun of ourselves a little bit, am I right? :)

Go see it HERE! !

And check out the rest of Erika’s blog while you’re there! You’ll fall in love with her and her adorable family :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I Wore

I found this ethereal white kimono at Target a few weeks ago. I was enamored with the beautiful crochet detail on the back, so it inevitably came home with me. ;)

This week so far has found me with high highs and low lows, and through it all, God has been faithful to me. He reassures me that the little day-to-day problems I face are so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. And though sometimes life feels a little monotonous, I feel like He’s telling me that right now is a turning point towards some pretty wonderful things.

White Crochet Back Kimono | Target (Mossimo)
Jeans | American Eagle Skinny Jeans
Wedges | Crocs A-Leigh Mini Wedge
Earrings | Target

Linking up with Lindsey, Alison, and Shanna.

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