Category: Family

Make a Healthy Watermelon Cake

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle September 7, 2016

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I love a good blogger collab.  So, Blue Lilly Pad and Me (Cupcakes) teamed up to make a delish and healthy cake made from…drum roll please…watermelon!
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We started off with a real life watermelon. OOOHHH AHHHH!

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Washed some berries.

We cut the top and bottom of the watermelon then cut the rind away.  Blue Lilly Pad was a master fruit maven.  Try to get the watermelon as “cake shaped” as you can.

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Next, we made the whipped cream.

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1Tbs vanilla extract

lime zest

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Add the ingredients into your mixer and whip for 6 minutes at a speed of 4.  Toward the end, we sped it up to 8 for a few seconds.  Mind you, we ruined our first batch by mixing it too long.  It literally looked like congealed milk.  Ewwww!

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Dry the watermelon with a paper towel and spread your fresh whipped cream just like frosting.  Blue Lilly Pad’s little, Chef Zam, helped with this stage.

We added some blueberries around the base, clearly, they were drowned in whipped cream, covered the walls of the cake with fresh coconut, added our berries to the top and of course chocolate chips.  Yay, we’re done!

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Blue Lilly Pad and I then had a little photo shoot.  Look forward to that soon.

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Overnight Oatmeal

Family, Food, Health, Photography, Uncategorized January 19, 2016

 
New Years resolutions are in full swing and let’s be real, we ALL want to tone up a little. We’ve been moving our beautiful bods and making healthier food choices.  This is yet another healthy little addition to your morning routine. 

 
It may look like typical oatmeal but there’s a twist. To start, take a half cup oats, 3/4 cup almond milk, dash of brown sugar, and some fruit. Put it all in a fancy bowl and throw it in the fridge. Let it sit overnight and you’ll have a healthier version of instant oatmeal in the morning. Just one minute in the microwave. Simple!  It’s great if you’re busy early in the morning and don’t have time to boil water and wait. 

  

Autumnal Table

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle November 21, 2015

I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!!  So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year.  I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns.  And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.

I always start with a practice table.  Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style.   I used our random  Delft-esk  china plates with my World Market cups.  It went over well so I stuck with the plan.

First I switched to black paper plates.  I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible.  The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.

I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth.  I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands.  Simple…right?

 Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath.  “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop

The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.

   
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!! 

  

  

 That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!

     

  

  

Happy Fourth!!!

Family, Lifestyle July 4, 2015

   

For my family and myself the Fourth is a day we can shut out the world and spend some much needed together time. We BBQ, talk, eat an assortment of picnic foods, and watch fireworks from the roof of the car.

  

Three generations! 

  

I’m teaching my mom how to take a selfie. She’s got that low angle glare down to a science. 

  

My hubby seems pretty uninterested. But that’s an only child for you, always in their heads. 

 
Then meeeee! Happy Fourth. Sorry no crafts today! They are coming.