Raspberry cupcakes!

Moist yellow cake topped with smooth raspberry frosting!

Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Hey guys! So there are only a few short days until Valentine’s Day! If you haven’t already, go read Monday’s post to help you get decorating! Now onto today’s post. 

Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Yesterday, I made these yummy vanilla-raspberry cupcakes! These cupcakes are made of two parts. A delicious vanilla cake, topped with smooth rich raspberry buttercream frosting! Then you can add sprinkles if you want and of course, eat them!
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

I frosted these using the large sized open star tip in this AMAZING set I got on amazon, in a Wilton frosting bag. Before getting these frosting tips I just thought I was horrible at frosting cupcakes, until I realized that I was using the small Wilton brand tips that are really made for making designs, not frosting a cupcake. So I bought these tips and instantly fell in love with them! They are so great! You can frost both mini and normal sized cupcakes! Buy this set here.
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!Another thing I love about these amazing tips is that you don’t have to use a couplers with these tips. All you do is just pop them into the frosting bag, add the frosting, and trim the tip of the bag off! Then just frost the cupcakes! Down below, you can see all of the items I used in this recipe and where to buy them. Now onto the recipe!
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Raspberry vanilla cupcakes
Moist yellow cake topped with smooth raspberry frosting!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the cake
  1. 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  6. 1 1/4 cups milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 3 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 6 cups powdered sugar
  2. 2/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup raspberries
  4. 2-4 Tablespoons milk
For the cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.
  2. In a large bowl beat all cake ingredients with mixer on high for 30 seconds, scraping bowl.
  3. Beat on high for 3 minutes scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Scoop into cupcake liners with a cookie scoop. Fill 1-2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and check with a tooth pick. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed until blended.
  2. Stir in vanilla and one tablespoon of milk. Slowly beat in just enough milk to make it smooth and spreadable. If the frosting is too thick beat in more milk, one drop at a time. If it is too runny, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.
  3. Frost the cupcakes!
Adapted from The big book of cakes
Adapted from The big book of cakes
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Healthy raspberry banana smoothie!

Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Happy New Years! Have you set any goals yet? One of mine is to eat more healthy. You too? Smoothies are one of the best ways to stay healthy, 1. Because they have tons of fruits and veggies and, 2. They taste great and you end up drinking them all the time! Win, win right? 

I’ve created this wonderful raspberry banana smoothie to help you eat better! Ive also decided to make a section on my blog called healthy tidbits where I’ll be posting healthy recipes to get you to your goal! This raspberry-banana smoothie is the first one going in!

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Have you guys set anymore goals? Here’s my list:

  • Eat more healthy.

Everything we eat seems unhealthy! Every day were supposed to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies (though I doubt anyone does) I just want to try to eat more good food and eat out less, even though it tastes so good. 🙁

  • Blog post more.

I’ve gotten pretty bad at posting consistently lately and would like to improve that. I only post once a week sometimes less! I’m making a goal to post at least once or more a week, so you will be hearing from me more!

  • Improve my photography.

Since starting my blog in February I have seriously improved my photography, but I want to keep improving, get as good as it gets!

  • Get better at food science.

I want to get better at food science. I’ve learned the basics but I want to get to where I’m know everything there is to know.

  • Finish room redo.

My room redo has been going on for quite some time. I’m getting pretty close now though! Just a few more little things!

Plus a couple more. What are your goals for 2017?

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!So this smoothie is made up of a few simple ingredients.

  • Raspberries 
  • A banana 
  • Milk
  • A tiny bit of sugar (optional)
  • Ice cubes

To make it, just stick everything in your blender, I use a Vitamix. (We’ve had our Vitamix for years and it’s still going strong! I absolutely love it!) And blend it!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!

Healthy raspberry-banana smoothie
Serves 2
Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  5. 5-7 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Delicious healthy smoothie!

Wow! I’ve actually posted all three days this week! 🙂 Today I’ve got this amazingly delicious smoothie! And, it’s healthy too! (that’s always great!) I love this smoothie! We had it a couple months ago at a church activity, and I fell in love with it! Plus, I can eat it! It’s fodmap friendly! (If you use dairy free milk 😉 )Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!

So, for those of you who are saying: wait didn’t she just post this a couple months ago? Yes, I did post it, when I first started my blog… so the pictures weren’t very good. (I didn’t have this wonderful backdrop!) So today I decided to make it and re-take the pictures. 🙂 I LOVE the way they turned out, thanks to this Aladdin Insulated Mason Jar Tumbler! I  love it! And it’s only $3.75! (Buy it through the link) I know $3.75 sounds like cheap junk, but its not! Its insulated so when the ice melts it doesn’t get water all over the outside! And it comes with a cute screw on lid and straw! ( I didn’t have them in this picture) I put everything in it, from water to smoothies! If it tips over hardly anything spills because of the lid! I love it! (I’ve had it for a couple of months and am planning on buying another one!)
Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!

So, this is a mostly berry smoothie. It has blueberries, strawberries, spinach, a banana, Greek yogurt, (or normal) milk, and honey (optional) This smoothie is a great way to trick your kids into eating healthy! You can not taste the spinach! Just give it to them and tell them its a blueberry milkshake. :)Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!This is a great healthy treat! Its cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! And it’s really fast to make! This is a great quick breakfast for back to school! Pair it with some protein and breakfast is served! And, if you’re on the go, put it in this awesome Aladdin Insulated Mason Jar Tumbler!

Delicious healthy smoothie!
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Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries
  2. 1/2 cup strawberries
  3. 1 cup spinach
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1/2 cup yogurt (I use greek)
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put everything in the blender and mix until smooth!
  2. Serve immediately!
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Pumpkin bread (gluten free, low fodmap)

More pumpkin! Hey guys! I’m back with another pumpkin recipe! First pumpkin bars, now pumpkin bread! What should I make next? I’m thinking maybe pumpkin donuts or pumpkin cookies, or maybe classic pumpkin pie! What do you think? I’m just in a pumpkin mood! Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!

Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk! Doesn’t that just sound amazing!? This is seriously one of the best recipes I’ve ever made!  Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!

After one slice you can’t really stop! My sister was begging for thirds before I had even finished my first! :)Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk! 

The first thing everyone says after eating (well, before: This is delicious!) is: How is this Gluten free!? It tastes so good! My secret? Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour Blend! Buy it on amazon or Costco for $12! I love this gluten free flour blend! I’ve used it in a couple of my past posts:

It even works for people with Celiac disease!

Pumpkin bread (gluten free, low fodmap)
Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp baking powder
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. 1 1/2 cup namaste organic gluten free flour blend
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with a mixer (hand or stand) scraping down the sides until mixed.
  4. Pour into pan.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or mostly clean.
  6. Let cool a little.
  7. Take out of pan and let cool completely.
  8. Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you want it not gluten free use normal flour.
Adapted from thedomesticrebel.com
Adapted from thedomesticrebel.com
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10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

Hey guys! Summer is ending and school is starting. Were down to the last couple weeks of summer vacation, and I’ve come up with 10 things you should do before school starts as kind of a last summer hurrah! Plus its affordable! This post is directed more to the kids, or as things you should do with your kids before school starts! :)10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

1. Go swimming!

I know everyone has been swimming all summer, but there isn’t going to be much of it over the winter! Get in one more swim day before school starts!

2. Roast s’mores!

S’mores are always fun! And its kind of hard to have a camp fire in the winter! I’ve seen lots of variations on s’mores, like using Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of Hersheys! Or roasting Starbursts!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

3. Bake something!

It doesn’t have to be extravagant! Do a simple little recipe like these mini taco bowls! And these ham and cheese pinwheels are fun and healthy!Yummy crunchy taco bowls filled with meat, and topped with lettuce and tomatoes

4. Go to the park!

The park is a great way to get your kids outside! Take a picnic and spend the day there!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)

5. Spend a night under the stars!

Whether your camping or just in your backyard, sleeping under the stars is always fun! Just make sure to get plenty of bug spray!

6. Water games in the backyard!

It could be just playing in the hose, jumping on a wet trampoline, or having a water balloon fight! You could play in the sprinklers! Just get outside and play! Over the school year you don’t get a lot of time to play outside in the water! I did this last week and it is so fun!

7. Do a craft!

You don’t have to do a huge complicated craft! Just make something fun and kid friendly, something that will make going back to school a little funner! Like these fun bookworm pencil toppers, or even just cover their pencils with washi tape ! And for the older kids, get these printable binder covers to color! If your not the crafty type, just print off some coloring pages!

8. Go boating/to the beach!

Going to the beach is something you can’t really do in the winter. And, if you own a boat, take it and go tubing! 
10 things to do before school starts!

9. Go biking! 

Biking is so fun! Go on a family bike ride! It’s the perfect way to get your family active! Or even better, Pack a picnic and bike to the park!

10. Have a back to school party/dinner

When I was little, on the night before the first day of school, we would have a back to school dinner/party thing. It made going back to school so much funner! My mom would make us little crowns with the grade we were going into on them and we would have a fun dinner, and dessert! It was so fun and made everything so much more exciting! For the crowns you can make them out of colored paper, foam, or you can even sew them! So, cut them out, punch holes in each ends, and add ribbon to the back!10 things you should do before school starts! (a last summer hurrah!)Tell me what you are doing before school starts!