Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

It's been awhile since I've posted a yummy recipe, so I guess this is long over-due.  I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone who likes Chocolate Chip Cookies!  You're going to need a few things to make these turn out great!

It's not necessary, but a cute little assistant always helps!

Cake Batter

Taste Tester

You know, to make sure everything tastes okay!

Muffin Tins

Frozen Cookie Dough for on top of the cake batter

After you bake, you garnish with Cookie Dough Buttercream Frosting & Mini Chocolate Chips

Viola!

They taste as good as they look!

This was a pinterest find so you can get the recipe on Amanda's Blog

I do have a few side-notes about this recipe that I'd like to share though.  I used my own Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe.  I did use her cake batter recipe.  Not all of my cupcakes came out flat on top, most of them where sunken in where the cookie dough sat.  I just had to put on extra icing to make them look uniform.  They were delicious though & I had tons of compliments, so this is a definitely a recipe I'm keeping!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Climbing Game

Leo's hit the climbing stage.  He especially loves climbing up onto our kitchen table from our chairs.  We decided to push our chairs in after we're done eating and figured this would keep him from trying to climb onto the table.  We figured wrong!

 They

 
thought

they 

could 

trick 

me! 

Uh-Oh, 

they did :(

Friday, July 25, 2014

Baby #2 Is On The Way!

In case you haven't heard, WE'RE EXPECTING!!  Lord willing, we will be bringing home another bundle of joy in February 2015.  We really enjoy coming up with creative ways to tell our family and friends.  Here's what we did.


 We took this picture of Leo and put it in a box and wrapped it up.  Then we had Ryan's parents tell his sister's that they had something for them.  One Sunday after church we all went over there and they opened up their presents to find this picture!  (We wrapped a dummy present up for us too so they wouldn't suspect something unusual.)
Photo credit: Ryan
My family got together for supper that same Sunday night for a late Father's/Mother's Day.  I was in charge of bringing brownies and ice cream.  We put this jelly roll pan in a boot box and wrapped it up and gave it to Dad & Mom to open.  Dad saw it first and his reaction made everyone want to see what was inside the box!  

The rest of the world found out with this post on Facebook.  We had some pretty surprised friends :)  They had no clue it was coming!
Photo credit: Ryan
We might have to be done having kids after this one because I have no clue how we'd top these ideas if we have baby #3!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Biking In Indy Part 2

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and Tired and slightly sore but ready for round two!


Ready to roll!

"Hole-in-the-wall" would describe this little 24 hour restaurant perfectly.  There was one cook & one waiter/cashier/dishwasher.  It seemed like one of those places where "everybody knows everybody" and "everybody calls you friend!"  It was fun to listen to the banter between the regulars & cook.  This place had atmosphere & great food!

For perspective...behind Mom & Dad is the front of the restaurant.

Behind us is the back.  There was a small room to our left & a couple tables outside for more dinning (if you could call it that!)

There was art EVERYWHERE.  Pre-tty cool!

Cool old buildings & factories

Saturday morning was spent biking around downtown Indy.  Sometimes you felt like you were down town,

and other times you didn't.

I have never seen a candy shop quite like this one!

I didn't get the memo that this was suppose to be a smiling picture!

Check out the GIGANTIC Whirly Pop!

It was literally the size of my hand.

I decided to flip it over to check out the price & nutrition fact.  Unbelievable, I could almost fill up half a tank of gas in my SUV with $21.99!  Only 60 calories & 12 g. of sugar in 1 serving though, not bad...oh wait, 1 serving is 1/47 of the lolly pop!  For those of you wondering, if you would eat the whole lolly pop at one time you would consume 2,820 calories, 752 g. carbs & 564 g. of sugar and have the worst stomach ache you've ever experienced.  RIDICULOUS, this thing should be illegal to sell!

They had something for everyone in this store!  Jubes, mango flavored - "fibrous, cholesterol-free delicious dessert...especially suitable for the health conscious."  It's your lucky day you health conscious, candy store stopping patrons!

I've never seen so many different kinds of pop!  The whole store was lined with bottles!  So cool!

Giant Smarties for the kid in all of us.

Candy Buttons were my favorite as a kid.  I think if someone would have handed me Candy MEGA Buttons, I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven!

Around noon we left Indy and headed to Caramel.

Beautiful is the word I'd use to describe the Caramel area.  We didn't get any pictures of the million dollar houses we saw but we did snap a picture of this apartment complex.

We stopped at Bub's - Home Of The Big Ugly Burger - for lunch.

If you eat their 1 lb. Big Ugly Burger you get your picture taken with your empty plate/tray and it goes up on the wall.  Some people ate 2 or 3 & one guy actually got 4 of them down!  We decided the quarter pounders where big enough for us!

The bun on this burger was so good!

This place has been around for a while.

Caramel had different statues around town.

Of course we had to stop and take some pictures!

Our last stop was for yogurt at Huddles

We ate A LOT of food, but we burned A LOT of calories too.  On a previous trip my uncle Rick said something like, this weekend isn't about losing weight to which my parents responded we work you hard and feed you well!  Amen to that!

Loading up to go home.

It's hard to believe we rode 50 miles in two days.  There were however, parts of our bodies that felt every 50 of those miles!  Poor dad had some boring traveling companions on the way home.  I think all 3 of us fell asleep for part of the trip!


Dad & Mom thanks again for a great weekend!  We might just have to buy your trip at an auction so we can do it again!