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Oh wow have we been busy this week! Since the snow has melted and the temps have stayed in the positives for weeks now, we decided it was time to take on some projects before spring break. We have family coming to visit from California during break, so we wanted to get things done prior to their arrival so that hopefully we can enjoy the spring weather once it’s here! I shouldn’t say “we” because I wanted to get things done. Matt went along with it, because he knows it’ll make me happy and because he’s awesome. 

Our largest and most time consuming project was to paint the living room, entry and dining room. This isn’t as large of an area as it might sound like, because our home is nice and small. But, still a big project. I’m in love with the white walls though and can’t wait to get to work on this blank canvas and finish up the below canvas!

Our handsome little guy had been growing his hair out since the end of summer. I only trimmed his hair once and I liked it longer, it was cute. But, it was getting scraggly and in his eyes. He decided on a whim to cut it all off. I love that we can see his bright blue eyes and his cute little face again!

Remember at Christmas when I talked about the big gift, the trampoline? Well, this past weekend the weather was warm enough that we decided to finally set it up. Best decision ever! Both kids have already spent endless hours jumping, there has been less fighting, and lots of fun. That smile on Cohen’s face says it all. 

I did some baking this week (you can find the recipe here) and asked on Instagram and facebook if I was the only one who does this. Powdered sugar is such a nightmare to mix and a while back I discovered (on accident really) that if I drape a damp towel over the mixer it traps and absorbs that cloud of sugar that I usually spend too much time cleaning off of every surface in my kitchen. Some people said they do it and some hadn’t ever thought to do so. Do you do this?

We are so proud of our boy! Last weekend was his first Taekwondo belt testing and he did a wonderful job. His form was pretty close to perfect and he worked hard. Watching him graduate from white belt to orange belt was exciting. I’m just so happy that he really loves taekwondo as much as we thought he might. 

 And now for a busy weekend ahead! With family coming to stay in our home for a week, we’ve got some getting ready to do. Cleaning, rearranging, etc. We’re excited to see my mom and stepdad and to show my stepdad around Milwaukee and Wisconsin since it’ll be his first time here. 

What are your weekend plans? Do you have a busy few days ahead or plan for some relaxing?

Carrot Cake & Cream Cheese Frosting: The best recipe ever.

One of our family’s favorite cakes is Carrot Cake. It’s not often that the four of us all agree on a dessert, so when we do it easily becomes a household staple. And I don’t make cakes nearly as often as I’m sure the kids and Matt would like for me to, so it’s kind of a big deal when I do make one.  And what better time to bake a carrot cake, than spring. (even if it’s not feeling very spring-like here in Milwaukee yet) Each week we’ve had some really great carrots from our Door to Door Organics deliveries and the carrots were just right for this recipe.

the best Carrot Cake Recipe ever

This carrot cake is moist and just sweet enough without being too sweet. And the cream cheese frosting is absolutely delicious! It’s loaded with carrots and a beautiful blend of spices. I can’t have nuts and am not a fan of pineapple in carrot cake. You won’t find either in this cake. Just lots of carrots and plenty of frosting!

Carrot Cake Recipe

 

The best Carrot Cake Recipe ever:

Carrot Cake:

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

6 eggs

1 1/2 cups oil (olive, coconut or vegetable)

1 1/2 tbsp vanilla

1 package carrots (8-10 carrots, peeled & shredded)

3 1/4 cups flour 

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350′. Grease and lightly flour 2 round 8″ pans.

1- Mix the sugar, oil, and vanilla until combined. Add the eggs in 1 – 2 at a time while still mixing on low. 

2- Set wet mixture aside and in a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients, whisking until blended well. 

3- Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix just until well combined, do not over mix. Fold shredded carrots into batter gently. 

4- Pour half of batter into an 8″ round pan (or 8×8″ square pan). Bake at 350′ for 25 minutes. 

5- Remove from oven & let cool for 15 – 20 minutes, slide a knife along the inside edge of each pan, flip pan upside down to remove cake from pan. Let cool for another 20 minutes (or longer, do not frost until cool).

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

5 1/2 – 6 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp milk (or more if necessary)

1- Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Be sure that there are no lumps. 

2- Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. After the first 3 cups, add the milk. Continue to add the remaining powdered sugar and the salt. Mix until the frosting is creamy. If consistency is too dry add a bit more milk, if it’s too wet add a bit more powdered sugar. The key is to add just a little bit at a time and continue mixing. 

3- When your cakes are cool frost the bottom cake, place the top cake on top and then frost the top and sides. You should have plenty of frosting to completely cover the cake with a nice thick layer of cream cheese frosting. 

Cut, serve and enjoy! 

The best Carrot Cake Recipe

 

 What do you think? Sounds and looks delicious, doesn’t it? If you’re looking for a fabulous dessert for a spring gathering or even Easter Sunday, I promise that you’ll love this cake. 

Share with me what your favorite desserts are to make in the spring, or at Easter time. 

Hello Spring – A free printable & iPhone wallpaper.

While the weather here in Milwaukee hasn’t exactly been spring like, there is definitely a hint of spring in the air. The sun hangs around until 7pm, there have been days warm enough to open the windows and let some fresh air in and the birds have began to sing. There’s no doubt that we still might experience some winter like weather, here in the tundra but everywhere you turn people are wishing for warmth. We’re dreaming of spring days spent outside in the yard, flowers blooming, the grass brown from winter turning green again and temps above 55. The season can be short here too and so we’ve got to savor every second of it before it’s gone. Bring a little spring into your home with this printable! 

Spring Printable

Hello, spring!

Our home decor right now is all about simple, clean, white and fresh. I’m not sure there is anything better than the sunshine, blooming flowers, green grass and warm weather that come with spring after a long, cold, snowy winter. Typically by this time of year, I’m ready for anything bright, cheerful, sunny and fun. This printable is great to add a bit of color! I can’t wait to print it out, pop it in a frame and hang it up on the wall. The spring printable is free to print and I’ve included a link for an iPhone wallpaper as well. Share the link with friends, pin it for later, or you can even use it as wallpaper on your computer!
Spring Printable

 To print the 8×10 spring printable, click here, save and print. To use the iPhone wall paper click here, save, email to yourself & open the email from your phone. Save the photo to your phone and use as wallpaper.

What is spring like where you live? Do you do anything special to decorate for spring? 

Dream. Create. Inspire #23

Dream Create Inspire PartyWelcome to the week #23 of our Dream Create Inspire Party! Thanks so much for linking up with us. Each week you will come and share your favorite creative blog posts. You are more then welcome to link up to four posts each week. We do ask that you visit and comment on some of the other links. We will be featuring some of our favorites next week. I am looking forward to checking out your posts!

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Dream Create Inspire Party Hosts

By Sarah Halstead | Our Holly Days | Alyson M | Fresh Mommy Blog

Check out what we have been up to lately.

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Chocolate Protein Brownies | Blood Orange Martini

Victoria Jackson Cosmetics | Banana Pudding Cups

Our favorites from last weeks Dream. Create. Inspire Link Up.

22-4

Rock Troll Easter Eggs | Orange Sherbet

White Chocolate Dipped Coconut Marshmallows | Baked Apple Fritter Muffins

Dream Create Inspire Party

 

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  • Link up posts that are diy, crafts, printables, tutorials, recipes, etc.
  • Leave a link to the specific post, and not just your blog.
  • You may link up to four posts each week.
  • Do not link up shops and other link ups, your entry will be deleted.
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  • Make sure to visit and comment on some of the other links.


Our favorites from Dream.Create.Inspire. Follow Sarah Halstead’s board Dream Create Inspire on Pinterest.

Monday and a Giveaway

You know those weeks when there aren’t nearly enough hours in each day? The ones when your to-do list gets longer than it does shorter and when the projects your working on seem to take longer than they ever should have? I’ve had a few of those weeks lately. And unfortunately the first thing to get pushed to the end of the to-do list has been blogging. That’s unfortunate, because I love this little space of mine and I truly enjoy sharing with you, my readers and friends. I’m hoping that this week will be full of great posts and that I’ll find the time to share all of the fun things that we’ve been doing around our home. 

We’ve been busy painting, decorating and changing up lots of things in our home and I’m excited to share them all with you soon. Lots of great posts for spring are coming too! Some fun recipes, a beautiful spring wreath, and much more. 

I’ve talked about my friend Sara before on the blog (here, here and here) and always will. She’s a fabulous author and has written some really entertaining book. You can check them out via the links below:

A Life Unexpected, Julie Anne Meets Mister Hollander, Collide (one of my favorites!), and Cohen’s Tale. Sara has more in the works too! I can’t wait for the next release. 

Right now she’s got an awesome giveaway going on, over on her facebook page! She’s giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my very favorite handmade shops, The Barefoot Seamstress! All you have to do to be entered is to click on the photo on facebook, like her page, like the photo and leave her a little love! Click the photo below to be taken to the giveaway

Giveaway

 

And something else fun for a Monday?

I’m giving away a gift card for $15 to the winner’s choice of either Target, Walmart or Amazon! Check out this post for more info. You’ll find a delicious recipe and the giveaway all in one post! 

giveaway!

What are you up to this Monday? Do you have a to-do list that goes on forever like I do? 
Share something fun about your weekend with me!