Change Your Diet - Improve Your Life

Today I was thinking about the differences in whole wheat flour and just plain old white flour. I know that the wheat is better for my health, but I couldn't muster up any solid evidence for myself why that option was more beneficial. So, I decided to search online about the technical differences in whole wheat flour and white flour when I stumbled upon this useful article. It's very informative and just might make you think twice the next time you're out shopping for your choice of bread. Don't be afraid to check it out and be informed about details the food companies won't always go public about! I am a firm believer in knowing what is best for my body and that includes what kind of fuel, or food, I decide to put into it. Doing something as simple as changing the type of bread you buy could save you a variety of potential health risks.

Here's the link:



"Missionary Cookies"

Hello, happy Monday!

Some of you readers know that Aubry and I (and well.. the rest of out family) have a brother serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ if Latter Day Saints at the moment in Oregon. Every time I ask him what treat he wants me to send him next, 98% of the time he says 'the brown ones with the white things in them'.

Luckily I speak baker language! Ha! That, or I speak 'Jared'.. Either way, I know what he means. What he wants are "brownie-mix-cookies- w/ white-chocolate-chips-in-them." Now you all speak Jared too! Or baker..? Or.. Anyways..

Here's the simple and delicious way to make these 'Missionary Cookies' that baby brother Jared always asks for. I warn you, this is a cheater recipe with a box of brownie mix. I try not to use box mixes so I can get a full on baking experience with lots of mixing and adding and watching a recipe transform step by step buuuut, sometimes they are just too dang easy.


1 Boxed Brownie Mix
2 Eggs
1/4 c. Oil
3/4 c. White Chocolate Chips

Oven 350•

Mix in order until all fully combines. Bake on wax paper or greased cookie sheet. Let cool on pan.


White Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Yesterday I went to look through our pantry for foody inspiration. I found about 4 cans of apple pie filling. My thoughts? SCORE - I can make some type of non-typical apple pie filling dessert. Reality? Every can was expired.

Every. Single. One.
Not just mildly expired though. Like, 10+ years expired each. Not sure how they managed to escape my mom's eye every time she's cleaned out the pantry throughout those last ten years!

Anyways. One pie filling that we DID have that was far from being expired was a can of cherry pie filling. So without further adieu, I present to you...
White chocolate cherry pie filling muffins!

1/2 c. Butter
2 1/2 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 c. Oil
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Allspice
4 1/2 c. Flour
1 c. White Chocolate Chips
1 - 20 oz. Can of Cherry Pie Filling (I used the one made with Splenda)

*Mix in order
350• for 22 minutes or until the tops bounce back up when lightly pressed and outer edge of the tops are slightly golden

1/2 c. Cream Cheese (softened)
1/4 c. Butter
1/2 T. Milk
2 T. Orange Juice
4 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar or enough to make a glaze (or more if a frosting is desired)

**May also buy cream cheese frosting at the store and pour reasonable amount of orange juice - whip together


Oreo Inspiration

I've had Oreos on my mind a lot the last couple of days.. Weird, I know.. But I feel this need to be creative with them. So today I went to the store and bought a bunch of goods, it was so fun. I love buying raw materials for baking!

The Oreos you will see were dipped in the candy melts, not the chocolate barks. I was going to be more experimental and test each of the chocolates out to see which one I prefer but I ran out of time, and Oreos unfortunately.. Also, the pink colored ones have food coloring in them as well as raspberry flavoring. Those were yummmmy. Great flavor combination.

Just as a heads up, it's very probable that this could be my first of possibly many or a few more Oreo posts. Like I said, they've been in my brain!! The ideas don't stop at this post! No recipe on this post either, just pics. Eye candy if you will :)


Blessings Banner

For the Thanksgiving season I decided to make a cute little "Blessings" banner to hang on our fireplace. For this fun project I used : 9 paint swatch cards, 9 silver cupcake liners, stamps, white paint, and tulle. Cost for this project = FREE! I already had everything :) i love free projects! Hope you are making some fun Fall projects!First, I cut all of the paint swatch cards - just so you couldn't see the names of the colors.I then flatened the cupcake liners and folded them in half. - taco style? hahaPut the paint swatches in the middle of the cupcake liners and fold the corners over.Punch holes in the two top corners. Then lay out your stamps and choose which ones you want where.Stamp it up!
Thread the tulle through each letter card.Tie some cute bows on the ends and that's it! I think it turned out cute!


Ooey-Gooey Pumpkin Spice Treats

Hello and happy Fall! I hope that everyone's Halloween was spectacular!

I've had a package of pumpkin spice marshmallows on hand for a few weeks that I bought with the intent of experimenting with, and tonight I finally had the chance to use them! Yaaay!! I was a first time user of these particular mallows and was happy with them!
This is a perfect fall seasoned sweet. And oh so ooey gooey :) There was a party in my mouth for every bite. Fo real!!

Recipe :

4 Tb. Butter
1 package (10 oz) Pumpkin Spice Mallows
1/2 c. Caramel Bits
4 1/2 - 5 c. Wheat Chex
1/2 c. White Chocolate Chips

*Melt butter on medium heat in medium sized pot. Once melted, pour in mallows along with the caramel bits. Melt entirely, or leave a few chunks of the caramel if you desire. Turn off stove and remove pot from burner. Stir in chex. Let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly then stir in white chocolate chips. Scrape into a pyrex pan or baking sheet to cool. This part is essential --- stuff your face. You won't be able to help it, so it'll be easy.


Moving Sale #2

I purchased this super cute white chandelier from Home Depot. I have no where to put it now (I had it in our last place above the dining room table but would be way cute in a laundry room or little girls room.) Its a 3-Light hanging chandelier and is basically brand new. Let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment or sending me an e-mail! This blogging all the stuff we need to get rid of is working out really well...I like selling to people I'm a little more familiar with than randoms on Craigslist. Chandelier new was $89.00+tax. I am selling mine for $65.00 - thanks for looking!


Moving Sale!

My little family will be packing up soon and moving outta this city!...hence, it is time to get rid of all of my junk! I thought about posting to Craigslist but thought I would try selling some things on our craft blog first. I have a BUNCH of "junk" as Justin would say so help me out and help me get rid of it! I will try to start with furniture...each will be a different post. If you're interested please leave me a comment with your e-mail address or shoot me an e-mail, thanks for following friends!
This is a cute off-white/distressed entry way mirror. I also think it would be cute in a bedroom (you could hang jewelry on the hooks) Selling for $65.00


Banananana Muffins

You know that time when you notice you have a bunch of aging bananas sitting on your counter and you realize that they're not getting any younger? I had this very realization last night.. 4 aging bananas were begging me to be used. So this morning I made banana muffins! I found this particular recipe online and was interested in it because it uses THREE bananas in the recipe as opposed to one and a half or 2 in every other banana muffin recipe ive used in the past.

The results were delicious.....

Seriously, the muffins were so moist I couldn't believe it. Make them. Make them TODAY.. Or just the next time you have old aged bananas :)


1 1/2 c. Flour
3/4 c. Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
3 Bananas
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 c. Vegetable Oil or Applesauce

For the Streussel Topping:

1/3 c. Brown Sugar
2 T. Flour
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1 T Butter (cold.. Blended in with your fingers)

**Oven at 375• @ 17-20 minutes

Mix the dry and wet separately then combine. May use brown or white sugar or a combination for the dry mix, as well as white or wheat flour.