Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RECIPE: Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

I have had cake flour in my pantry for a while, waiting to try it out for the first time. The kids were restless the other night, so I plopped them on the counter to "help" me make some cupcakes!
These are simple and really yummy. I used a quick powdered sugar glaze for the frosting and it made for the perfect treat!
(by Wilton)
3 c sifted CAKE FLOUR
1/2 tsp SALT
2/3 c BUTTER softened
1 1/4 c MILK
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
STEP 2: Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
STEP 3: In mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
STEP 4: Alternate adding flour and milk and beat another minute after all ingredients are in.
STEP 5: Bake 15-18 minutes or until center is set. Cool for a few minutes in pan and then move to cooling rack.
2 tbsp MILK
STEP 1: Mix together and dip tops of cupcakes into icing. For the heart cupcakes, I used a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the center shape. I dusted them with powdered sugar and then filled the centers with the glaze.
Happy Tuesday:)

Friday, April 19, 2013

RECIPE: Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

I had a can of crescent roll dough in my refrigerator that was about to go bad and I decided to experiment and try to create semi-homemade cinnamon rolls. They actually turned out super yummy and are an easy "go to" on a Saturday morning when the family is demanding sugary carbs.

1 tbsp BUTTER
1/8 cup sugar
1-2 tbsp CINNAMON (depending on how much you like cinnamon)
STEP 1: Roll out the pastry dough and press seams together. Spread butter on the dough.
STEP 2: Mix together sugars and cinnamon. Sprinkle over buttered dough and roll up tight.
STEP 3: Cut into 1" slices and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for amount of time on dough package (but keep an eye on them and take them out as soon as the tops are browned).
While rolls are cooling, make the icing:
splash of milk or water (about 2 tsp to 1 tbsp)
STEP 1: Mix together powdered sugar and milk until you get a thick glue consistency, add more liquid if you need to. Mix in cinnamon and a little vanilla extract if you like.
STEP 2: Drizzle icing over cinnamon rolls while they are still warm and enjoy!
(I have also made these by adding in some broken up walnuts and they were even yummier!)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My New Glasses with Firmoo (and get your first pair FREE!)

I have had to wear glasses since I was 12 years old. Unfortunately for junior high Melissa...glasses were SO not cool. These kids today don't know how lucky they have it. So, Middle School Me picked out a value pair of glasses at the local Walmart and sobbed in the mirror before school cried a little inside every time I had to wear them.
Luckily, glasses fashion has changed for the better and people even wear glasses for FUN now! I like trying to find new glasses that fit my personality and I was so excited when Firmoo contacted me about trying one pair of the many stylish pairs they have to offer online.
If you haven't heard of Firmoo yet, it's the world's most popular online eyeglass store. They have many different options for prescription glasses, non prescription glasses, and sunglasses. So, whether you need glasses (I feel you), or you just like to use them as fashion accessory...they have something for everyone!
In addition to having many styles to choose from, they have a First Pair Free program for new customers. Basically, you get your first pair of prescription or non prescription glasses for free...just pay shipping. How can you resist that?
Nervous about ordering glasses online without being able to try them on in person? Luckily, they offer a Virtual-Try-On System where you can upload a picture of yourself to see how each set of glasses will look on you. Save time and gas by getting to browse many styles all in one place and at affordable prices.
These were my favorite:

What I loved most about the website was how easy it was to choose my frames. Not only could I see how they would look on my face, but there are other people who bought the same frames and their photos on the website. I liked being able to see how the same frames looked on other people in different settings and lighting.
After putting in my prescription information, my frames were ordered and shipped out quickly and I avoided a dreaded trip to the store to try on glasses. I often get asked if my glasses are "real" or just "for fun" and I say BOTH! I love that something I used to hate wearing is now a fun way to show my personality and start conversations with others!  

 Now that I have my first pair, I have already started browsing for my second pair...or third:)
Now, for some silly pictures of me, because trying to take serious pictures of myself while two children were yapping at my heels begging for snacks and for me to take their pictures can make anyone feel a little crazy after a while:

How about you? Do you need glasses or do you wear them for fashion? Which pair would you choose for free?

I received a free pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for my personal review. All opinions in this post are mine.


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