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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Peach Muffins

Dana and I windblown from looking at calves. 
Don't you love when you finally get to spend a weekend at home? The past two weekends have been full of fun trips to Texas to see my sister in law and Chicago for some cattle sales and the Zac Brown Band concert at Wrigley Field. This weekend was also packed with a trip to Illinois to drop off some cattle that we will be selling in a sale in October, an impromptu stop to look at some Hereford cattle in Wisconsin and then meeting up with my best friend for her family's Angus cattle sale. Can you see a theme here - lots of cattle sales going on right now. I told my husband that the best part about owning cattle is the friends we make and taking trips to look at their cattle.

However, after our 15 hour road trip yesterday it was really nice to wake up in our own bed this morning. I've had an itch to get some baking done, so after fences were fixed this morning the stove and oven were fired up.

First I made a batch of my corn/potato chowder soup for lunch, then it was a couple dozen of my mom's chocolate chip cookies, and finally a new recipe for peach muffins. After many requests from Facebook here is the recipe.

Crystal's Peach Muffins


3 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup milk (you can use 1%, 2% or whole)
1/2 cup canola/vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cups peaches - I used frozen peaches that I defrosts in the microwave and then gave a touch chop. I am sure you could use fresh or drained can peaches as well.

Preheat the oven to 425F degrees, and place liners in muffin tin. This recipe with give you a dozen standard size muffins.

In large bowl mixed flour, caking powder, salt and cinnamon, and gently stir. Set aside.

In second bowl (I use my kitchen-aid mixer for this part) whisk eggs, white and brown sugar until combined. Add milk, oil and vanilla and stir. Take the wet ingredient bowl and gently fold (folding is different than stirring, here is a video) this mixture into your dry ingredients. You do not want to over mix as it will create hard muffins. Keep folding just until the wet mixture is coated. You batter will likely be lumpy and that's ok.

Fill you muffin liners almost to the top. Bake at 425F for 5 minutes, and then lower the temperature to 375F and bake for another 14-15 minutes. To check if they are done insert a toothpick and it should come out clean.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Perfect Whipping Cream Sandwich

I'll let you in on a secret. I actually don't like ice cream. Yup, it's true. Here's another secret. I LOVE whipping cream, and it's even better frozen. Give me a spoon and a tub of frozen cool whip and you are going to have one happy girl on your hands.

We spent our long weekend catching up on work at the farm and spending quite a bit of time with our family, including throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law (pictures to come). One evening the subject of whipping cream desserts came up and the Boy's Grandma shared her love of whipping cream sandwiches. I had seen them on Pinterest before so I decided it was time to give them a shot.

And they were amazing.

I didn't really follow a recipe. A made a few by taking Cool Whip and mixed in mini chocolate chips. Another batch was about a cup of Cool Whip and two tablespoons of peanut butter, with M&Ms. The family also decided that bananas or strawberries mixed into the Cool Whip would be a great addition. I also saw one version that mixed chocolate pudding powder into the Cool Whip. You could also switch it up by using chocolate or cinnamon graham crackers.

One tub of Cool Whip makes 14-16 sandwhiches. If you are looking for a sweet treat, but wanting to cut a few calories you could use low fat or sugar free Cool Whip.

I am also a huge fan of sprinkles. You can see on the bottom two sandwiches I sprinkled a few sprinkles along the sides of the sandwich. Once the sandwiches are assembled stick them in your freezer. They took about an hour to set. 

I am thinking I might need to make a second batch to have in the freezer for those sweet tooth attacks!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turquoise Thursday: It's a Fringe Thing

Last week I was made a trip to Fort Worth for work. There is nothing like a little time in the Stockyards to rev up your love of turquoise, and this season fringe is the thing. Luckily for you, one doesn't have to make the trip all the way to Texas to get your fringe fix.

Click on the photos to visit the company website. 

Crossbody Fringe Bag: This bag is definitely a statement pieces. The craftsmanship that went into this pieces is impressive. I love the combination of the bead and leather work. Wild Bleu describes themselves as Southern Vogue, a perfect description of their style and accessories. 

Fringe Cuff: This turquoise cuff also from Wild Bleu is beautiful. You'll also want to check out Wild Blue's amazing tooled leather belts.  

Small Fringe Purse: The girls at Cowgirl Crush at been busy uploading all kinds of great clothing and accessories to get ready for fall including this great turquoise fringe clutch

Tassel Beaded Earrings: These tassel drop earrings actually aren't available from Bauble Bar anymore. However, search turquoise on their site and you will still find lots of great pieces at some pretty affordable prices. 

What is getting you excited for fall. Starbuck's Pumpkin Lattes? Big Sweaters? Time to break out the boots? 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

101 in 1001 Summer Update

After reading my friend Brandi's (Buzzard's Beat101 in 1001 goal update I got looking at my own list and decided it was time for an update. I was pretty excited to get a few more things knocked off my list this summer and I am working towards getting a few more.

5. Travel outside the country (can't be Canada)
Although, we did take a whirlwind trip back home to Alberta in July, the big out of country trip was to Punta Cana in May. It was awesome. Two of our best friends get engaged while we were down there. We've been in on the secret since last fall and I got to play sneaky photographer to capture the engagement. I don't think I have ever shook that bad while taking a photo!

The vacation was the perfect escape before a busy summer. We loved the Dominican and would definitely go back. We stayed at the Melia Caribe Tropical and it was fantastic. Not too crowded, the staff was so nice, food was good, and the setting was beautiful.

19. I fully cleaned out my car and the boy's Jeep, not sure how long it stayed that way!

27. I planted flowers and herbs in my cinder block planter. They have only died about three times this summer do to me not watering them. These little pink flowers are awesome because no matter how hard I have tried to kill them they still have survived!

39. I have completed reading five books. Since I discovered that I like listening to audiobooks this has become much easier. The last book was Antelope in the Living Room and it was awesome. So funny and lots of truth in this book. The Rural Housewives Book Club is just starting to read this book and I would definitely recommend it. 

15. Go to a concert - I am really excited to get this one crossed off. We are going to see the Zac Brown band in Chicago in September as a 30th birthday present to the boy. It has been such a long time since I have been to a concert and the fact that it is at Wrigley Field makes it that much more exciting. Now I need to figure out what I am going to wear! 

Do you have a 101 in 1001 list? If so comment with a link below I would love to read what goals you have accomplished or are working towards. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Beauty Loves

This summer I have been trying some new finds. I think if I had to narrow the list down to only four awesome products these would be the ones I would choose.

1. This summer I cut my hair short and although it is way thicker I still need help in the volume department. I love this new Dry Bar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse. I originally bought this in a three pack with the Dry Bar Hairspray and Dry Shampoo. Loved the mousse, really disliked the other two products. I am now on my second bottle of the Southern Belle Mousse and I think I have convinced several other friends to give it a try too. 

2. I LOVE Benefit's Fake Up Concealer. The outer layer is like a chapstick that moisturizes, thus leaving the concealer creamy. This concealer won't crease or settle into fine lines. It comes in three shades and the light is a perfect match for me. 

3. I finally started taking a multi vitamin again and I can tell a difference. I really don't like vitamins, but I love gummies, making these One A Day vitamins perfect. I can tell a big difference in how fast my nails and hair grows. 

4. I received this Deep Down Detox Mud Mask in one of my Beauty Swap packages. I try to use it once a week and I think my skin looks healthier, brighter and it feels firmer. Plus, at $5 you can't beat the price. 

Speaking of the Beauty Swap, I think we'll get one going here in a few weeks so start watching the blog again for details. What have been a few of your favorite beauty products this summer? Do you have any old standbys or have your found some new favorites. 

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