Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peppermint Frosted Vanilla Cupcakes

Hello Friends!

3 posts in one day!  Wow is all I can say!  Yesterday I volunteered to bring cupcakes to a Relief Society (women's organization) meeting that we were having at my church.  I wanted to make something seasonal but didn't have any great recipes.  I did, however, find this SUPER easy vanilla cake recipe that I turned into a cupcake recipe.  The Peppermint frosting is my own little experiment and it turned out AWESOME, if I do say so myself!  LOL!!

Vanilla Cupcakes

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup milk
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl mix sugar and eggs until smooth.  Add vanilla, mix.  Add oil & milk, mix.  Add flour, powder, & salt. Mix but do not over mix.  Pour into liners 3/4th full.  Bake for 17-19 minutes.  Do not over bake!


Peppermint Frosting

1 cube (8 oz) cream cheese (straight from the fridge)
4-6 cups powdered sugar
1/8-1/4 cups milk
2 tsp peppermint extract
Small amount of light pink food paste

Cream the cream cheese in your mixer.  Add 2 cups of sugar one cup at a time.  Mixing until smooth in between (can get messy).  Add a little milk, then more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.  Add your flavoring and food coloring.  Mix again.  



Episode 301 - Black Friday Shopping with Robyn & Karlee


Winners Winners!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I have some winners from past giveaways that I never posted!  Oops!!    Here we go...

Winner of Lunchbox Thoughts My Pink Stamper Stamps
Patty - Creative Diva 98

Winner of That's Punny-licious
Eydie (gellins)

Winner of Fancy Frames Cricut Cartridge
Mary H.  (mary.harden)

Thank you everyone!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Country Life Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Thank you all for the nice comments you left on my post from yesterday.  I truly am grateful for all of you! I thought I would show some of my appreciation today by doing a fun giveaway of a Cricut Cartridge.  Just leave a comment on this post of what you are grateful for.  

Cricut Country Life Cartridge

I will announce the winner on Thursday along with the past winners of giveaways that I have not announced yet!  Life sure has been busy & crazy but I would have it no other way!

Have a FABULOUS day everyone!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gratitude

Hello dear friends!

Today I had a chance to reflect on all the things I am grateful for.  First, I have to tell you what an uplifting day I had at church.  All of the talks in the first hour were about gratitude, my 2nd class which was Gospel Principles was on The Creation, and the 3rd hour which is Relief Society (where all the women in the church meet) was on The Road to Damascus and about how we gain our testimonies.  

*This post might be a little churchy.  I'm not apologizing, but letting you know in advance just in case you do not want to hear that part of my life.  :)

One of the speakers in our first hour, called Sacrament Meeting, talked about keeping a Gratitude journal.  I think this is a great idea!   This journal is designed just to share your daily blessings or things that you are grateful for that day.  It's not a place for your daily proceedings in your life or to complain.  Just to recognize all of the blessings that we sometimes forget.  I think that by recognizing our daily blessings and things that we are thankful for, we seem to notice them more and more every day.  

Today I thought about how thankful I am for my sister Christy.  Although she is going through so much right now with the death of her boyfriend, she is still such a great light to me and a reminder of hope.  We are here on this earth to learn to be like Him by going through trials.  It is not what we are dealt, it is how we deal with it.  She has been such a wonderful example on how to deal with a death of a loved one.  Of course, we all handle these situations differently.  I honestly don't know how I would have handled it, probably not as she would have but that is why we are all here, to learn from each other.  I remember growing up how my sister and I were not very close until high school.  We had one great year together as I was a freshmen and she was a senior.  After she graduated we went our separate ways until I was out on my own and lived with her for a little bit.  She has truly become one of my closest friends and I am so grateful for her.  


Tomorrow is the funeral for her boyfriend of 6 years who sadly had many problems he didn't think he could deal with on his own and ended his life.  We are so sad that he is not with us but know that he is in a better place where he can get help for all of his pain & suffering.  We will miss Brandon greatly.  I want to thank all of you who took the time to send my sister a card this week.  She has loved hearing from you and looks forward to getting her mail daily.  You can see my original post HERE about what happened.  

I am also grateful for my family.  I still cannot believe that I am a mother of 5 children, especially when I was not a "kid" person until I had them!  LOL!  I remember telling my mom that I only wanted one child so I could spoil it rotten and so that it would not have to share with any other children.  Can you tell what I thought as a child with 3 siblings?  I absolutely love being a mom and am so grateful that I have this opportunity.  I know that not all women have this chance while on the earth but that our Father in Heaven has not forgotten about them and that they can all have that opportunity.  

I am grateful for my awesome husband of 15 years.  I cannot believe that he married me.  I was such a brat when we were dating!  LOL!  I guess he had great hope that I would become who I truly was meant to be.  I can honestly say that he has made me a better person.  He is very patient, kind, loving, forgiving, and Christ-like.  Who would have thought that after 15 years that our marriage would have grown so much.


I am grateful for the best friends in the world.  Of course, you all know how Karlee is like a sister to me. I am sooooo thankful for her friendship and what a great match she is for me.  We are so different but balance each other out so perfectly.  I cannot imagine how boring life would be without her as my friend.



I am grateful for MY family.  My mom, grandma, sisters, and brother.  I am so blessed to have been born into my family.  Although I lost my dad, who was an alcoholic, when I was only 21 years old, I am so grateful that he was my dad and that my mom is my mom.  :)



I am grateful for all of my other friends who I love!


I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for the atoning sacrifice He made for me, so that I can someday return back to his presence and my Heavenly Father.  I am so blessed to have the gospel in my life.  I did not join my church until I was 22 years old and shortly after met my husband at a church meeting.  The gospel has blessed my life in more ways than I can even count.
And last but not least, I am thankful for all of YOU!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much you all bless my life daily with your uplifting and encouraging comments.  I look forward to reading them every day, and have lately been able to read ALL of them!  Thank you for being the best online friends in the world!  SMOOCH!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Episode 300 - Hot Chocolate Goodie Cones with Robyn & Karlee!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving?  Both Karlee and my family had a fantastic day filled with love and laughter.  I will share some pics at the bottom of this post.  A few things before I show you the latest video from MPS!

- I will be posting the baby shower invitation tutorial next week.

-We took a lot of fun Black Friday video that I will be posting early next week.  Most is not craft related but really fun.



Some quick pics from Thanksgiving Day..


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quick Thanksgiving/Fall Goodie Bags

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having an AWESOME day-before-Thanksgiving!  I know I am!  Karlee was supposed to be here tonight around dinner but she surprised me this morning by arriving at 8:30 am!  Her husband drove through the night because he wasn't tired.  I was able to make their family crepes and then she came to watch me play tennis for 2 hours.  Isn't that the sweetest friend EVER?  I could tell she was bored out of her skull!  

On Thursday night I made these goodie bags for each of my boys for school.  So, I made a total of 70 of these in about 2 1/2 hours.  I was up til about 1:00 am!  Things we do for those we love.  :)

I used the Cricut Imagine and the cartridge Enjoy the Season, which I only used a couple of layers from one image.  Super easy when you don't have the time to layer!



I also used one of my new favorite stamp sets from my latest My Pink Stamper Stamp release.

Itty Bitty-licious (Click HERE to order from a retailer)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

100 Dresses Relief Society Invitations

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful day!  We had our children's program during the first hour of church today.  Since I no longer work with the children's music on Sunday's it was a little sad for me.  I miss those sweet darlings so much but it was so great watching them sing.  They did a fantastic job!

I was asked if I would make 65 invitations to one of our Relief Society events that is coming up.  The Relief Society is our women's organization in our church.  You can read more info if you would like to know more HERE.  It's hard to explain it.  :)  

I had so much fun making these simple invitations.  The theme of the night is 100 Dresses which, I guess, is a book (I haven't read it yet, though).  Every one of my invites had a different patterned dress on the front.  I had a huge pile of scraps that I just happened to be going through, too, which worked out perfect!  

The dress is from Formal Occasion Cricut Cartridge.  They are 4x4 cards.  The info for the RS event is on the back with the time, date, theme, etc.  





Hope you all have a GREAT night!  I have 2 special guests flying in from New York to see me tomorrow and Tuesday.  Be sure to check back often as I will try to post a little video for you guys when they arrive.  We are going to be working on some AWESOME stuff that will be released very shortly!  Believe me, they are worth the wait!  LOL!  

Can I just say that since I announced that I wouldn't be posting on here as often as I had been that I've posted more in the past few days than I have in weeks!!  LOL!  I guess that is how it works out, huh??

REMINDER to all my UTAH viewers!  I will be in Spanish Fork NEXT Saturday at a craft fair.  I will have my STAMPS available for cash or check purchase.  Karlee and I would love to meet you so please stop by.  We are meeting for dinner on Saturday night if you'd like to attend.  Only a few seats left so hurry and send my sister an e-mail if you'd like to attend.  christyhoughton455@hotmail.com.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe EVER!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Before my accident yesterday I helped with a friend's baby shower by making some party favors (which I shared in a video last week) and also making cupcakes along with a small banner.  I ended up making over 150 of these mini cupcakes until I got the recipe perfect!  I can honestly say that I think these are the BEST chocolate cupcakes EVER!  Sweet, moist, and yummy!

Robyn's Yummy-licious Chocolate Cupcakes!

1/2 C. Butter (1 stick)
1 3/4 C. Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs
1/2 C. Milk
1 1/2 C. Flour
3/4 C. Chocolate Unsweetened Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt

Cream softened butter in the mixer.  Add sugar and cream again.  Add vanilla. Mix.  Add eggs and mix until creamy.  Add milk and mix well.  Add flour, chocolate, soda, powder, salt.  Mix until blended but do not over mix.  

Bake in a 350 oven for 18-20 minutes for regular sized cupcakes and  14-15 minutes for mini cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Cube of Cream Cheese
4-6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
Mix until you have the right consistency to work with a piping bag.