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Chocolate Cake Extreme

Chocolate Cake Extreme

Who’s listening to Christmas music?

What do you mean it’s September?

If it makes you feel any better, last year I started listening to Christmas music in July, sooooo baby steps.

This one is amazing. This one is also amazing. And this one is a ridiculous family classic that never seems to get old no matter what time of year.

I love Thanksgiving and Fall and all the pumpkin recipes, but CHRISTMAS!!!! It’s my very favorite holiday.

Speaking of holidays, Labor Day!! Yay for a day off…except I’m self employed and it just means my kids are home to keep me from getting any work done. So, I guess it IS a holiday. A perfect day to bake a thing or two, right 😉

This recipe I’m sharing today is based off of my perfect chocolate cake recipe and my best and easiest chocolate frosting recipe. So, I basically smashed those two together, but used specialty dark chocolate cocoa powder in place of the regular cocoa powder. That stuff is SO good and it’s what gives this cake such a dark and rich appearance. {Got mine from Fred Meyer, which is a Kroger store.}


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I started writing this blog post at 11:30 last night.

Semi-typical for me.

Anyways, when I got up to post it this morning, I read it over again {thankfully} and decided to start from scratch because NOTHING MADE SENSE. My run on sentences were of ridiculous proportions and I jumped from topic to topic like crazy. So, I guess I was a little more tired than I thought. Ha!

I’ll work on going to bed at a decent hour. But until then, lets talk about this recipe, shall we?

I haven’t had good Italian food in a while. I typically try to avoid making pasta for dinner, mainly because when I make it, I eat it ALL.

Well, for some reason last week, I was feeling nostalgic for the Italian ancestors I never had and made up a quick version of the classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.


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My poor Brookie Cookie just randomly and very suddenly came down with the stomach flu. Poor thing! So far she’s lost her cookie 6 times in the last 2 1/2 hours. The last time she was sick like this was when she was 4 years old when Blake was Eddie’s age {7 months}. My husband recalls that she threw up 14 times in one night!!! I seriously hope that is not what tonight will be looking like. Poor thing!

Needless to say, I’m a little preoccupied to think of anything funny or witty to write about. And odds are I’ll have this awful flu bug tomorrow. Say it isn’t so! I have awful luck.

ANYWAYS.

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while but have been waiting to post it because I have a video to go with! Hooray!

I’m starting to get more and more into these fun tutorial videos {and some other fun family vlog videos too} so I’m hoping to share more and more of them as time goes on.

Anyways, this is a simple and tasty way to enjoy your greens! A little sweet and a little crunch with lots of veggies and protein. This is my kind of meal!


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Brooke started back at school a few weeks ago and Blake just started preschool this week and we are LOVING life! To say I love having a schedule would be an understatement. My kids and I love predictability, so having things stay the same day in and day out keeps our home running smoothly.

Part of that predictability is what can be expected for lunch. I pack Brooke’s lunch everyday and she knows exactly what she’ll be getting on the daily. Blake gets a very similar version at home before he heads off to afternoon preschool.

Here is what I pack:


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Dear Pimientos,

Where have you been all my life?

In the south?

I guess that explains a few things since I grew up in Canada.

But, I have found you and I’m never letting you go.

You are delicious on just about anything. Particularly anything that involves cheese. I am in love with you.

So dear, sweet, dainty jars of pimientos, never leave my pantry. I promise to keep you warm and happy. Or at the very least, turn you into something delicious that *technically* could be considered to be warm and happy. Like this recipe.

I promise you’ll stay on the 3rd shelf, away from small hands that could drop you and palates that would under appreciate you.

You’ll like it here.

Sincerely,

Lauren

PS- I know you’re not used to getting talked to, but I’m a little…passionate when it comes to my food. You’ll get used to it.


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Family Photos!

Family Photos!

Hi, friends!

I wanted to pop in and share with you some of our family photos that we just got back YESTERDAY! {I’m pretty excited about them}. We haven’t had family photos taken since Blake was 18 months old, so we were long overdue.

So, after we got *mostly* settled into our new Boise home, I started looking for photographers on Instagram. After searching Jessica’s Instagram account, I knew I found the photographer I wanted! I loved her style and how she captures the beautiful sunsets within several of her photographs. That’s what I asked for specifically and that’s exactly what she gave us.

Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do!! I am sort of head over heels in love with them all.

All photos were taken by Jessica Demers Photography.


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Fun News!

Fun News!

TWO THINGS:

{1} Because it’s Friday and because I love ya, I’m giving away 3 $100 Amazon gift cards! Yippee! See widget below to enter.

and {2} Because so many of you love seeing Eddie, Blake and Brooke online, we have started to document our days onto youtube for you all to see! We figured it was much easier than posting family updates to Facebook where only a few of you would see it {because Facebook hates me.} So, for now, we’re going to be doing some daily videos! We’d love for you to follow along!

Have a great weekend 🙂


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I have a problem. {Don’t we all?}

My mind is filled with useless information.

I have plenty of important and useful information in my head, but when the time comes to use that information, I fall short and can only think of the kitten workout videos, or lyrics to random Christmas tunes {see my last post} or desserts I once tried at some point in my life.
Some call this mommy brain, but I call it plain sad.

Who am I and what have I become?

My to do list is literally two pages long and I am going crazy because I can’t get any of it done. Kids. House. You know the drill.

But, the light at the end of the tunnel is near because my husband is less than two weeks away from graduating with his masters degree. Eleven days to be exact. Did I fail to mention that at the beginning of this post? Let’s blame that mommy brain.

The end is the hardest because he has to spend waaaaay more time glued to the computer writing papers and I have to pick up the slack and get everything done and work into the night. By morning, I’m basically a monster. {And this has been going on for weeks. I’m a real treat to be around.}


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