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Carrot Cupcakes

I’m still trying to get out of vacation mode…and I think these cupcakes may help me. And by help, I mean I’ve been craving carrot cake, but decided to make cupcakes as they’re easier for the two of us to eat. For some reason, carrot cake reminds me of fall. It might be all the nutmeg and cloves reminding me of colder times.

Carrot Cupcakes

Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites (right after butter cream!). It’s got that tang to help balance the sweetness out. For the cupcakes themselves, I used this recipe that I found on Averie Cooks’ website. She has some super awesome recipes, so you should go check her out (if you haven’t already)! I adapted her frosting slightly by only adding 2/3 cup of powder sugar instead of the 1 and 1/2 cups.

Carrot Cupcakes  Carrot Cupcakes

If you don’t use a liner, be sure to oil the cupcake pan very well! Don’t make my mistake. Vacation brain had me quickly spray the tins and I thought I was good to go. I was able to get them out, but I had to do a little digging to get them out. Not the prettiest, but they curbed my craving.

Carrot Cupcakes

One of these days, I’ll convince myself to make a cake, but in the meantime cupcakes are a great middle ground. These days I dream in cupcakes!

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 Green Smoothie

It’s back to reality this week, so I thought that I’d finally give one of these detox/green smoothies a chance. After a week of drinks, sweets, and sun, it was time to put something green in me! I will say that I was a little weary at first. I mean…how could one not taste the spinach in these things!? That’s why they’re green!

Green Smoothie  Green Smoothie

I know, I know. Everyone who’s had one has said that they were delicious…but they totally could’ve been lying. I didn’t believe them until I had this one. Now, I think I’m going to be hooked on them. Surprisingly, the bananas were what I tasted most. Remembering to cook vegetables is not my strong suite, so I may have to try and make this once a week just to get my veggies.

Green Smoothie

I added about half a cup of pomegranate seeds in for a boost of antioxidants. I didn’t notice it adding to the flavor, so don’t feel like you need to run out and get them for this smoothie. It’ll be just fine without it. Feel free to play around with it and let me know what you tried and how you liked it!

 Green Smoothie

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 San Diego

You thought you were going to get a recipe today, but I’m on vacation. So you’re going to get a status update instead!

San Diego

This week has been super relaxing, and I don’t want it to end. I love San Diego!  It's one of my favorite cities to visit, and I'm happy we've made this our annual gathering.  I’ve gone on multiple runs by the beach, lots of long walks, boogie boarding, and most importantly of all sat and watch people walk the boardwalk. There’s something about running near the ocean that makes it more enjoyable. Running at home always feels like a chore, but I get excited about running when I’m here. Bren runs with me and it’s a nice to run with someone.

San Diego

We’ve been munching on chips with salsa and guacamole, fruit, and of course Mike’s hard lemonade. We also bought a margarita mix and bottle of spiced rum from Costco to help round out our drink selection. Nothing better than drinks on the beach. Yes, my family made a Costco run on our vacation. There are about 8 of us, so we figured there’s no easier place than Costco to pick up snacks. We also got their cream and berry pie as a way to celebrate everyone’s birthdays and accomplishments over the past year. It was actually pretty good, but it’s a shame that there’s simply too much for two people. I don’t think I’ll be getting it any time soon once we get back.

San Diego

The one sad part was when Bren forgot his phone was in his pocket and it got a bit wet in the ocean. As of now, it’s still not powering on so we’re going to have to replace it soon. It put a damper on things for a bit, but the rest has been pretty good. These vacations always make me wish we lived on the beach. Maybe one of these days…until then we’ve got a cute little apartment to get back to!

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Quick and Easy Chili

While you read this, I’ll be in sunny California! This is my first real vacation for the year, so I’m super excited for this. It’s time for our annual family get together, which can be both wondrous and stressful. Luckily, things are going fairly well and I’m just relaxing on the beach.

Quick and Easy Chili

Let me back up a bit. We made this chili the week before we left. It’s not only easy (which is awesome because we’re still unpacking) but also makes up a lot of servings. We were able to eat this all week long. Usually we ate it for lunch because it heats up very nicely in the microwave.

Quick and Easy Chili

This chili has a secret weapon, which is cocoa powder. It adds just a bit of richness while the chocolate taste goes undetected. Chocolate and beef actually complement each other quite nicely and the chocolate actually just enriches the beef flavor. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! This chili became quite the regular over last winter.

Quick and Easy Chili

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Bahama Mama

After the stress of seeing everything you own in so many boxes that they start to infiltrate your dreams, I decided that we had earned a nice drink! This Bahama Mama hit the spot and was deeply satisfying. It’s definitely been too long since we’ve made these!

Bahama Mama

Having an Irish boyfriend that doesn’t like beer means that you have a well stacked bar instead. I think we check out the liquor aisle every other grocery trip. When we first met, he came up with all sorts of drink combinations. Lately, we’ve been pretty boring and skipping on drinks. This just means that our alcohol lasts longer!

Bahama Mama

It also means that I’m not going to waste time with bad drinks. They’ve got to be sweet and delicious. I’m not one for sour/dry drinks (unless that’s a sweet and sour mix you’re adding). This tropical drink is the perfect way to end summer. It makes me a bit nostalgic for June. Can you believe that it’ll be September next week? Neither can I….where did the time go?

 

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