Friday, August 31, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

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As mentioned here, we recently made this yummy dessert for some company we had last week. It's such a hit if you're serving a crowd or if you want to enjoy something extra decadent on a date night in. Be prepared though, this serves at least 10 people!

Side Note: This recipe calls for a pan of brownies. I didn't have time to make brownies this particular time so I bought mini brownie cookies at the bakery and they worked perfectly. That's the fun part of baking {or even cooking}. Tweak recipes to make them fit your needs and have fun with it

Chocolate Raspberry Trifle

1 pan of your favorite brownies, prepared and cooled
2 packages (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding
3 cups milk
1 container (12 oz) cool whip, thawed
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 dark chocolate bar
fresh mint sprig

Cut brownies into small bite size squares. In a large bowl, beat the milk and pudding mixes together until pudding starts to thicken. Fold about 3/4 of the whipped topping into the pudding mixture using a spatula. 

In a saucepan, heat all but a handful of berries, sugar, cornstarch, and water. Stir for a few minutes on low. Let cool. 

Layer half the brownies onto the bottom of a trifle dish. Spoon half of the raspberry sauce on top of the brownies. Next, spoon half of the pudding mixture on top. Repeat. 

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving uncover and spoon a cloud of the remaining cool whip on top. Use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate shavings on top. Decorate the top with a few fresh raspberries and mint spring if you like. 


{recipe from The Cooking Mom}

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Confessions {The Mrs. Edition}

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I've been wanting to start this new "series" if you will, entitled confessions of.... I will put together a list of {10 or so} confessions and post it as confessions of The Mrs, The Mr., or The Fur Baby.
 It's a fun way for you as readers to get to know us a little better!

If this is something you want to participate in by linking up let me know in the comments or in an email and I can start it up.

Here we go!

I started my Christmas list. It's August.

I lit my first match this year, at 26 years old.

I can't sleep with socks on.

I have to sleep on the side of the bed farthest from the door. Next to the window? Fine by my. But keep me away from the door.

I've never shot a gun.

I don't know how to drive a manual car.

I love reading.

I get a thrill at figuring out my MPG when I fill up at the gas station.

I only clean my floors with this. Third generation L.O.C lover.

Next to the Bible my Erin Condren planner is the most important "book" to me.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

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Here's what I'm loving this week:

I'm loving the most influential woman in my life, my momma. She's so pretty, but she's also the kindest person I have ever met and lives her life for the Lord.  Honestly, if I could be the woman she is when I'm her age I would be thrilled.

 {I wish this picture captured her beautiful, bright, baby blues}

I'm loving these rediculously cool colored pencils I got {mostly} for the Mr. They are made from tree branches!


I'm loving this crazy kid. Kitty Bear as Bree likes to call him as of late. It's true. 

 I'm loving this dessert. Chocolate Raspberry Trifle. Recipe coming soon!

I'm loving, as in over the moon ecstatic, that I beat the Mr. in checkers. This was the first occurrence, but I'm thinking it may not be the last. Watch out, love! 

I'm loving my new shampoo. After using Aveda for the last 8 years I needed to switch things up in the shower. While I don't feel like this is the best shampoo ever, it does the trick and smells good too! 

I'm loving that I'm doing a guest post soon for this lovely lady! She is one of my new sponsors. Go check her out.

{Linking up with This Kind of Love}

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm One Lucky Gal

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Remember when I shared about a giveaway that the Red Barn Candle Company was hosting? It was for 5 {count 'em F.I.V.E} beautiful summer Essie polishes. 

I entered before you could say Essi...

Well guys, I was the lucky winner. It's true. I really won! See?

Here they are. In my very own arms. Actually desk. 

I like to call them {from left to right} by name:
mademoiselle, off the shoulder {which is my current color of choice}, e-nuf is e-nuf, fear or desire, and turquoise and caicos {my all time favorite polish}.

Since I already own turquoise and caicos I am tucking this one away for a rainy day. Perhaps to give away to one of you, my friends. A little pay it forward action.

Thanks again Amanda for hosting an amazing giveaway! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Show + Tell Monday {Wedding Bells Ringing}

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Show + Tell Monday; I show you and tell you a little bit about myself. Below are 5 questions and answers about our wedding!

 Are you married? If so when did you get married, and tell us about your special day. 

 Yes, and I married to the man of my dreams {truly}! The Mr. and I got married on June 30, 2006. We were a fresh 20 years old. 

Since the Mr.'s dad is a farmer {as well as a decent portion of his extended family} we had to really plan our actually ceremony and reception around milking time. Sounds silly, but it's true. The cows have to be milked like clockwork. 6 AM. 6 PM. 

We settled on a 7:00 PM ceremony on a Friday evening. We got married at the church I grew up in, which happened to be the very place the Mr. spotted me for the first time {June 4, 2004}. 

I had the traditional white gown and the Mr. had a black tux with a black vest and white tie. The six bridesmaids wore black t-length dresses, and the six groomsmen + four ushers wore black tuxes with black vests and gold{ish} ties. We had a pretty adorable flower girl and ring bearer too. All the girls and I carried a bouquet of my favorite flower, gerbera daisies.

Our 8:30 reception was indoor/outdoor. Hors d'oeuvres were served inside right next to the live jazz band and the dance was outside on a huge balcony. 

I remember as we left for the night all the guests leaned over to the edge of the balcony as we walked to our car. They were all cheering and clapping as the bid us goodbye. 

It was really the perfect day for us.
My only regret is hiring an amateur photographer. We have lots of pictures, but few quality ones to choose from. 

Show us some wedding pictures.

{My Dad. Could you tell?}

How about the engagement? Tell us your story. 

The Mr. and I got engaged while he was back home for a visit from school. He made the 12 hour drive to come home for a weekend to propose to me and attend a wedding together. 
He took me to one of my favorite places, Hobbs Woods. It's a wooded area with lots of hiking trails, a big cliff, and a creek. It's a place that I visited often as I was growing up. I had many memories there and the Mr. wanted to make a memory there that we would never forget. 

On October 21, 2005 he took me there and found a perfect spot to kneel down on one knee and pop the question. I obviously said yes! We frequent Hobbs Woods quite often, now with our Fur Baby and each and every time we say, "Here's the spot". It's special that we get to relive that memory. 

Show us your wedding rings or an engagement photo!

{The Mr. and I had my engagement ring and wedding band custom made.}

 Tell us why you think marriage doesn't work out for so many? What can we do to make things last?

Plain and simple. I think marriage doesn't work out for so many because they don't have God at the center of their marriage. Without that foundation I don't know how people make it.

I'm not a know-it-all and I've only been married for 6 years so I think this question is better suited for someone who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. With that being said, what has worked for us to make it last is being proactive about our marriage and guarding it. We are constantly learning about one another, marriage in general, and are mindful of how sacred our union is.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sponsor Ad Giveaway Winner {Vlog}

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Happy Saturday Friends! 

The Mr. and I just drew the lucky winner for the Featured Sponsor Ad. 

I have a couple of thoughts concerning the vlog:

1. It is a little dark, just right where I am sitting. Not sure why. 

2. We are very dull and not in any way enthusiastic. Sorry. I'm going to blame it on the lake. We spent the day there and are a tad exhausted from the sunshine and lake water. 

At least I kept my word. Here is the promised vlog! 

Congrats The Michelle Show! You were comment #1 and the name that was drawn. I'll be in touch, lady!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear Friday, I'm so glad you are here. Dear Weekend, although you look somewhat relaxing on paper, we always manage to find ourselves busy. Hoping we can get a little R&R in. I would also like to see if we can squeeze in blueberry picking, hiking, ice cream, some time at the lake, and maybe a movie date on the couch. Dear Mr., I brought home a couple new shirts for you and you resembled a giddy school girl. You also preceded to try both of them on right there in the kitchen to see how they looked. You're cute and oh so easy to please. Dear Fur Baby, you puked this week. Yuck! I made daddy clean it up. At least you seem to be feeling like your happy go lucky self again. Dear God, this week has been all about learning how to listen. Less talking, more listening. It's a good reminder. Thanks for being patient with me.

P.S. Only one more day to enter the giveaway! Go here and here to get the details!


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not Your Average Bruschetta

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Do you like bruschetta? Good. We can be friends. Keep reading. 

Do you dislike bruschetta? It's ok. We can still be friends. Keep reading too. I will make a believer out of you before we're through. 

You see, this is not your average bruschetta recipe. 

Take a look. 


1 french baguette, sliced
1 clove garlic
olive oil
farmers cheese {or mozzarella}, thickly sliced
tomatoes, roughly diced or one thick slice {fresh from your garden if you can}
fresh basil, chiffonade {again, fresh from the garden is best}

Here's where this bruschetta gets extra special. 
Grill both sides of the sliced bread until crisp.
Rub a clove of garlic on top of one side. On the same side, brush on a little olive oil.
 Time to pile on the good stuff.
Top with one slice cheese, tomato, and ribbons of basil.

Enjoy this perfect summer treat!   

Thanks Mama for introducing me to this yummy recipe!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

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This has been a fast week, one that has kept me busy with things I'm loving!

I'm loving my sister, Bree. You've probably heard me reference her quite a bit on this here blog. One of these days she might have to steal the microphone and do a post of her own! 

I'm loving my fall inspired toes. Essie's Berry Naughty + A Cut Above= fall perfection! 


I'm loving my lunch bag. It carries all my food goodies to work for me. I can't get over the fact that it was $1.00 at Old Navy.

I'm loving the double rainbow the Mr. and I saw this past weekend. What a great reminder of God's promise. 

 I'm loving vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I either add granola or fresh fruit. This morning it was nectarines. So yummy!

If you follow me on twitter you know that I'm loving kiddie cocktails with lots of cherries!

Posts from this week

{Linking up with This Kind of Love}

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

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Something wild and wonderful is going on! 

I have compiled a wish list of items from the surprise sale for your viewing/coveting pleasure. Feel free to purchase any and all on my behalf then email me for my shipping address so these lovelies can find their way into my life. 
{for the record this necklace reminds me of Chiclets gum}

{pictured in peacock, want it in ochre}

Happy Shopping!

Dirty Girl Mud Run 2012

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This past Sunday 4 girls + myself ran in the Dirty Girl Mud Run, a ladies only 5k with 12 obstacles. The cause? National Breast Cancer Foundation. Dirty Girl allows cancer survivors to run for free, which is pretty awesome in itself. 

We had a friend design shirts for us especially for the run. The front says See Jane Run, the back says Jane Gets Dirty. Clever gals we are.

I'll let the pictures do the talking because there are plenty! The Mr. tagged along to capture 300 pictures. Don't worry, I'm not posting all of them. I chose some of the very best ones. He was unable to photograph most of the run so the following pictures are pre-race, the beginning of the race, and us at the finish. 

We had a blast and can't wait till next year!

 {Our team name was Sole Sisters.}



 {Getting ready to start. The nerves kicked in! We all had the nervous phantom pee sensation.}

 {The muddy water was shockingly cold, as you can see by my expression.}

 {What you can't see is the gravel at the bottom of the water. Ouch!}

 {This was as far as the Mr. was allowed to go. This is how he last saw us, pretty in pink.}

 {Almost an hour later we reappeared looking just a little different. Headed to the last few obstacles of the day.}

 {Pure exhaustion}

 {Last H2OMG pit of the day!}

 {We did it!!!}

 {Dirty Girl sign for medic.}

 {My sweet Mr. What a guy.}

{This was after I rinsed off in the shower fountain.}

Being dirty has never been so fun!

If you live in Wisconsin, join us on team Sole Sisters next year. 

If you live in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, or Wisconsin go here to see what city your run is hosted in!

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