Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Cupcakes!


So Rob's work is having their Christmas party tomorrow and I thought I would bake something for them. If you don't know I am awesome at making cupcakes. Ask anyone. They love them.  I have made cupcakes for them in the past and they are always a hit. One of Rob's coworkers said I should own a bakery. If only I had the cash. Talk about my dream job. Anyways, since it's a holiday party I had to make something holiday themed. I've been obsessed with Peppermint white mochas lately. So I thought how about peppermint chocolate cupcakes? Umm yes! So as always I wanted to share this recipe with you lovely people. Let me know what you think.

The delicious final product


Chocolate Cake

1 Box Devil's Food cake
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil 
3/4 cup milk
1/2 sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract. 

Peppermint White Chocolate Buttercream

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2-3 tsp peppermint extract
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips (chopped finely)

Candy canes (crushed)



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners
  • In a large bowl mix together eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in cake mix until smooth.
  • Fill cupcake liners and bake for about 15 minutes   





  • For the buttercream beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. 
  • Add peppermint extract and slowly add powdered sugar
  • Add white chocolate chips that have been chopped.




Use a piping bag and frost each cupcake. Then top with crushed candy canes. 




These are AMAZING! Hopefully everyone else agrees. If it wasn't 10:30 at night I would probably sit here and eat 4. Luckily it's late and I'm too tired to stuff my face. Enjoy! 






Sunday, December 9, 2012

Update On My Makeup Journey

A few weeks ago I talked about my new discovery of makeup. Since then I have made it a thing to wear makeup everyday, except for the lazy days. I went from never wearing eyeliner in my life to wearing it everyday. The first time I used liquid eyeliner it looked like a 3 year old drew on my eyelids. It was horrible. After a few tries I got it down. Starting out I had one mascara and one eye shadow. So I figured I should probably go shopping.  This is what I have so far. 


I already had Cover Girl Lash Blast but didn't really like it. I recently purchased Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal. Let me just say I love this stuff. I wanted something to make my lashes POP. It makes my lashes longer and fuller. The only downfall is that it kind of smells like playdough.


As I have said before I get a Birchbox every month with lots of fun samples. Sometimes the samples are full sized. Well I've gotten a few things lately that I really love. The first thing is called Stainiac. It's a lip and cheek stain. I mostly use it for my lips. It adds just a hint of color. Another item is by Wey To Go Beauty. I use it under my eyes to cover my dark circles. I am one of those lucky girls who looks like I got punched in the eyes. That's a lovely trait I got from my dad. The last thing is the Stila all over liquid luminizer. I use this thing as a primer for eye shadow, as a highlighter and so much more. It's the bomb.com 





                             
What is your favorite makeup item? What is a staple that you can't go without? I'm still at Kindergarten level so any help is much appreciated. I will keep you all posted with any new discoveries. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pumping Iron and Dropping Lbs.

If you haven't heard I've become a gym rat. Well I mean I have been for a few months but now it's getting real. I've been seeing a trainer for 4 or 5 months. The first month was pretty easy. I was just getting use to all the equipment. Well now he's got me doing a crazy workout in the bodybuilder's section. You know the area where all the big guys are grunting and throwing weights on the ground. Yup, I'm hanging with the boys now. I'm not going to lie I like the looks I get when I go to do a bench press or some other weight related workout. They look at me like "Are you sure you're ready for that?" Then I start lifting and give them the "Hell yeah I am!" look. You know what I'm talking about. 

Well my husband has started working out with me and is seeing the same trainer. As of lately we have been on the same diet. I know men lose weight faster than women but I feel like I'm in a Slimquick commercial.  I have lost 5 lbs in about 2 weeks and he has lost 10. Not that big of a difference BUT he is now wearing his "skinny" jeans and had to tighten his watch. I noticed my scrubs are a little looser. But they are always a little loose. He calls it the injustice weight loss disparity between men and women. I call it just plain unfair. Anyways I shouldn't complain because I've lost weight and have new muscles I've never seen.  It could be worse. I could be heading the other direction. Especially since my favorite cookie shop opened a store down the street from my house. Talk about the ultimate temptation. 




On a funny note I was talking with my trainer the other day about food. We were talking about good veggies and protein. I started talking about Kale (which is a favorite in our house) Well he was talking about how he heard it was good and asked me how much it was. I told him usually about $1 a bundle. He gave me this weird look and said "A bundle?" He then proceeded to tell me he though Kale was a type of fish. I corrected him and explained that kale is green and leafy, not gray and scaly. Silly little boy. 

I've got a goal set and now it's time to hit it.