Cleaver cupcakes

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I’ve got another fun dessert for you!  I saw these candy cleavers in a grocery store around Halloween last year and snatched them up. The package had a picture of the cupcakes I did below on it. I love seeing pictures of creative desserts and making them at home. They were super easy and a lot of fun. The cleavers are sold out on Wilton’s website, but they’re still available on Amazon. I just took a simple box cake mix to make the cupcakes, and this recipe to whip up a quick cream cheese frosting. Then I picked up this red decorating gel at the store.  All that was left was the assembly. They were a huge hit in our house!

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Do you like to make festive deserts for the Holidays? What are some of your favorites?

Also guys, please don’t forget to donate to City of Hope in honor of my dear friend Tom battling cancer. The race is November 14th, so get those donations in before then so we can reach our goal. Remember, even just $1 makes a difference!

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3 Chips for Sister Marsha

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Here’s what I’m baking up over at My Good Eats!

Originally posted on My Good Eats:

Sorry this post took so long, but I had to space out baking 90 chocolate chip cookies. Don’t worry, we had no problem polishing most of them off ;) Alton, sweet sweet Alton, not only has one go to chocolate chip cookie recipe, but 3, depending on how you like your cookies. It’s kind of brilliant if you ask me, because let’s be honest, we all like different styles of chocolate chip cookies. In this episode we bake up the Thin, the Chewy and the Puffy. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. They all had their special qualities that I loved. The husband felt the same way. I give you the Chocolate Chip Cookie 3 ways! Tis the season for baking.

The Thin

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Mix together your ingredients for the Thin
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Add in your chocolate chips. According to my Husband, there’s never enough!

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Garden

I recently celebrated an anniversary with my Husband. He’s the best gift giver ever! So for our anniversary he had our landscapers dig and irrigate a garden for me in our back yard <3 We live in a dry climate, so you need special soil and some extra muscles to dig down in the hard earth. I’ve always wanted my own garden and now I have one with plenty of room to grow. I went to our local gardening store right away and got the supplies I needed. We are in the last few weeks of good planting, so I needed to get going. After doing some research, I picked 4 items that grow good this time of year. Thank you so much my love, you’re the best!

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He had it put in the corner of our yard, so there’s room for expansion.

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I toiled the soil and dug my rows for planting.

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First 2 rows, onion

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Next 2 rows, Giant Caesar Lettuce

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Then some Italian Parsley

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And finally Swiss Chard

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I labeled all my little sticks

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Planted the seeds

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And watered all the rows with love :)

I’ll keep you all updated on my garden’s progress. If anyone has any suggestions or tips to keep it at it’s best, I’d love to hear them. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Please remember to visit my donation page for City of Hope. Even $1 makes a difference :)

City of Hope Fundraiser

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Happy Friday! I am welcoming it with open arms :) As you all know, I will be attending the Fit Foodie 5k Race Weekend in November. 10% of each ticket sale will be donated to City of Hope, which is awesome, but you know what, we can do better than that! I’ve created a fundraising page with my fellow Fit Foodie Ambassador Vegas Mother Runner, and we’ve set a goal to raise $500 for this great cause!

Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for City of Hope. As a leading treatment and research center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, City of Hope improves the health of people worldwide. The Fit Foodie’s philosophy of spreading the passion for health, fitness, and delicious food aligns perfectly with City of Hope’s mission to transform the future of health.

All the funds we raise will go directly to City of Hope so they can continue their amazing work in research, treatment and education. And you can trust they’ll spend the dollars wisely – they’ve been awarded the highest rating of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity watchdog group.

Will Run for Hope

Here is our page: http://ourhope.cityofhope.org/willrunforhope I’ve also added a link on my sidebar. I’m doing this in honor of a good friend who is currently battling cancer. We love you Tom <3

Can’t donate right now? Then help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, send an email to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page. Every little bit goes a long way, even if it’s just $1!

Thanks so much for your support and generosity and help us reach our goal! We can make a difference.

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Pumpkin Almond Milk

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I love all things Pumpkin, and I’m not afraid to show it! The Fitnessista is one of my favorite blogs that I follow religiously. A couple of years ago she put up a recipe for Pumpkin Almond milk. The next day I made it and drank it up (I would have made it immediately if I didn’t have to wait for my almonds to soak). I already love making homemade almond milk, but this pumpkin variation had me swooning. Thank you Gina for the amazing recipe! It’s a staple in my house during Pumpkin Season. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Pumpkin Almond Milk

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup soaked almonds
3 cups of water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp-1 tbsp honey (depending on how sweet you like your beverage)

Directions

Put almonds in a bowl and cover by several inches with cold water. Cover and set aside at room temperature to soak overnight or 10 to 12 hours. Drain and rinse almonds.

Add soaked almonds, water, vanilla extract and sea salt to blender. Blend until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be very frothy. Strain through a cheesecloth, a fine-mesh strainer or a nut-milk bag into a pitcher. Rinse out blender, pour almond milk back in and add pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and honey. Blend and enjoy!

Recipe Courtesy of Fitnessista