Monday, July 17, 2017

Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies!


Hello!  How was everyone's weekend?  We did almost nothing which was pretty fantastic.  I did make some cookies, so I wasn't a complete bum.  I love making cookies from cake mixes for many reasons.  One of them being my kitchen doesn't end up a disaster and another being the cookies take zero time to make.  You can see some of my other recipes here, here, here, & here.

Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

White Cake Mix Box
1/3 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
1 TBSP Cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar

Directions

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixer combine cake mix, oil, eggs, and cinnamon.  

2.  Using a 2 tbsp cookie scoop, form golf ball sized balls and drop into cinnamon sugar.  

3.  Make sure cookies a thoroughly cover in cinnamon sugar and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.  


You need to try these right when they come out of the oven.  Like almost burn your mouth out of the oven... SO GOOD!  These are the softest snickerdoodles I've ever had.





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Friday, July 14, 2017

Mack is 18 months!


Wowsers, Mack is a year and a half TODAY!  I really can't believe how fast all this is going.  Mack continues to grow like a weed and constantly needs bigger shoes...  Is it normal that he is already growing out of size 7 shoes?  I am still clueless... I have had to take a couple pregnancy test because somedays I am so EXHAUSTED.  Unfortunately? Thankfully? I am not pregnant, just worn out from chasing Mack around all day.  









Mack loves being outside, Trader Joe's samples, yelling the word mooooore {and no}, being naked, hitting and immediately kissing, stickers on his shirt for 5 seconds, watermelon, hot dogs, the park, the pool, his blanket, and after nap snuggles {my fav}.  This might sound corny but I love being a Mom so much.  I am excited for what is to come and I hope I don't have to call poison control for a long time.  That will be a story I can tell when Mack graduates from high school and I know I haven't ruined his brain...   


Y'all have a great weekend! 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Sunroom Shelf Updates


Happy Monday!  I am excited to share my sunroom changes with y'all!!  As usual, most of the updates were found in the Target clearance section and Homegoods.  I shared {here} about the issues I was having with the decor in the room.  After we {mostly Tall Tan Man} finished updating the sunroom I threw some old decor in here and started working on other rooms.  The ceiling in this room might be my favorite trait of our entire house!

before...


today!


So much cleaner, brighter, and grown up feeling {hello 31!}!  I decided this room need some more storage because this is where we spend most of our time.  Changing diapers in the nursery was so 8 months ago.  I moved our Ikea Rast Side Table up from the basement guest bedroom.  Unfortunately Mack thinks this side table is cooler than almost every toy we have, so the contents have been emptied several times... And it is now attached to the wall after Mack confused the side table for a jungle gym...



This is one of my DIYs that I have loved for years!  Now the major issue I was having with the sunroom was this wall.  


If I was a single lady, I would of painted the brick white years ago.  Have you ever heard of that country song that goes "I'd do a lot more offshore fishing. Probably eat more drive through chicken. Take a fews strokes off my golf game?"  My version would go like "I'm going to paint everything white.  Eat a lot more cereal at night.  Don't worry next month I'll change my mind."  As you can see I have NO future in writing music. Hahaha  Being married means we compromise and TTM told me once that the sunroom felt like an insane asylum.  Too much white for him.  I love that Man but doesn't he know that white walls are having a moment??

I decided that I wanted to simplify the room.  The red brick brings a level of business to the room and I wanted to calm down the decor.  


First things first, did you notice the elephant in the room?  YES, our couch is BROKEN.  I've tried to fix it from the bottom but no luck.  I decided that when we move {long story, could be whenever a promotion spot opens up for TTM...2 weeks? 6 months? a year?!  We have no idea..} I will sell giveaway the couch.  Hellooooo pink couch!  :) JK 


Almost all the new items {gold globe, wooden bowl, gold frame, & leaf picture} are from Target and all were on clearance!  Woooohooo.  I got TTM to cut me some wood inserts for the baskets to hide the contents better.  So what do you think?  Please don't tell me if you think it looks worse.  My heart can't take it!


I know not all of y'all will like this, but turning some books backwards kept my color scheme simple.  Give me all the neutrals! 




I hope you have a fabulous week!  Mack turns 18 month this week and I'm having a hard time with him being closer to 2 than 1... How in the heck did that happen?  
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Friday, July 7, 2017

More Progress on our Curb Appeal





I cannot believe our house looked like such a jungle when we moved in!  A jungle with a million pavers...  I've learned a couple things about landscaping.  Number One - I hate yard work.  Number Two - I'm terrible at it.  Number Three - Landscaping is a process and not instantly perfect.  Last time I shared our curb appeal this is where we were:



and this is where we are now!



Since then we added house numbers, sod, flower beds, mulch, and started landscaping.  We did all the work ourselves and even though it was tough work {and I have the tan lines to prove it} it saved us a bunch of money.  

Looking back on the process I do wish I would of done 2 things differently.  First things first, my mulch color is way too ORANGE than I would prefer.  My neighbor has the same mulch color and I really like it, but turns out it is 5+ years old. Unless it is Sunday and I am cheering for the Broncos, I want no orange in my life.  I was wanting more of a cedar brown and I'm hoping that the mulch fades faster than it is supposed to!  My second regret was not hiring a landscaper to develop a plan for me.  I thought designing our landscaping would be easy peasy.  I love decorating so picking out shrubs should be easy, right?! Ugh, this was such a struggle and I'm not completely happy with how it turned out.  Lesson learned.  



Our porch railing is my favorite part of the transformation.  Tall Tan Man is my hero!




The next project for our front yard is doing something with this chain link fence.  I'm thinking that removing the red plastic inserts will be a good start!


{Leslie}

Monday, July 3, 2017

Red Velvet Oreo Balls!!!



Happy July to you!!!  I know my blog looks like a HOT MESS... I contacted my blog designer to hopefully resolve this issue soon!  Wahhhh

Does anyone want to come pick up some of these Red Velvet Oreo Balls for their 4th of July BBQ??? I CAN"T STOP EATING THEM!  There is about a zero percent chance these will make it to the 4th in our house...  This recipe is super easy and a big crowd pleaser.  Please will ask, "where did you buy those Red Velvet Truffles?"  You just brush the hair off you shoulder and tell them you made them!  :) 

Red Velvet Oreo Balls

Ingredients:

1 Package Red Velvet Oreos
6 oz Softened Cream Cheese 
1 Package Almond Bark
Sprinkles
Blue Candy Melt*

* With wanting to be 100% honest... I tried to add blue food coloring to the almond bark for the drizzling and it made the texture really weird.  Maybe I just messed something up?  Who knows!!  I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and buying the dark blue candy melt.  

Directions:

1.  In a food processor or blender, pulse Oreos until they are in crumbles.  

2.  In a mixing bowl combine Oreo crumbles and cream cheese.  Using a 1 TBSP cookie scoop, form balls with the Oreo mixture.  Using your hands to roll the balls until they are smooth.   

3.  Refrigerate Oreo balls for 30 minutes then prepare almond bark according to package directions {I find it easier to use a small bowl rather than the tray that comes with the almond bark}.

4.  Drop the Oreo balls into the almond bark and use a fork to cover the ball completely.  Use the fork to remove the Oreo ball and shake off excess almond bark.  Apply sprinkles before the almond bark hardens.  

5.  Prepare 1/2 cup of blue candy melt according to package directions.  Use the fork to splatter the candy melt over the cookies.  Keep refrigerated.  


  
I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!  God Bless America!  


{Leslie}
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