Thursday, December 1, 2011

Maple Frosted Pumpkin Blondies

Hello friends! I hope that you had a great great GREAT Thanksgiving whether it was with friends, Family, or co-workers! I wish that mine would have been a little longer, but that is what I get for working at a place that has a great black friday sale and they want us to be there at 5 in the morning and stay until 5 in the evening. Whew. What a day that was! Who knew Menard's in Manhattan would be that packed?! I surely didn't! Well, before that, I was at home for Wednesday and Thursday. I didn't get much of a break because I also had class until Tuesday, but I still got SOME time at home, so that was fun. =) Well, On Black Friday, we had a dessert day, which is basically a dessert potluck. SO, I found a recipe online for Maple Frosted Pumpkin Blondies and I just HAD to try to make them! They were actually delicious! Well, I love anything and pretty much everything that has pumpkin in it, so how could I not like these!? So, here are the steps to making them! I would HIGHLY recommend making these. =)
(Sorry this is a long post!)

Preheat to 350
Ingredients you'll need!
Having fun dishes will help! =)
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside!

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy and smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time...
Get a generous cup of this heavenly goodness. =)
Add the pumpkin until it is all mixed in
This is what it will look like!
Add the flour mixture slowly until it is all mixed

Spread the batter evenly on the pan
So excited. =)
Put it in the oven for 22 minutesish.
While that cools, make the frosting!
Ingredients for the frosting:
Beat together the ceam cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until it is smooth
Add the Maple to taste

Then spread it on!


-Preheat oven to 350* F
- Grease a 15x10x1" jelly-roll pan.
-Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
-In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy and smooth; scrape sides of bowl.
-Add the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.
- Add the pumpkin; blend well.
-Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually add the flour mixture until well blended
-Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
-Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick tests out clean.
-Cool completely

While it is cooling, work on the Frosting!
-Beat together cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium low speed until smooth.
-Add enough maple extract for desired flavor and spreading consistency; frost cooled bars.

Good luck making them! =)

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Wowzers. Sorry for my like month absence from this. I have been actually pretty busy and my mind just hasn't been focused on writing blog posts... I don't even really know how many people read this, so I don't think I am really letting a lot of people down. Haha =) I just had a 'Lily moment' from The Princess Diaries where she said that her cable show only reached 12 viewers. Maybe that is like this? Oh well, that was a pointless rambling session. Anywho. I have recently became addicted to It is basically a website that you can put in your interests and it is a virtual bulletin board of dreams, crafts, ideas and all around awesomeness. Well, while looking at it, it makes my creative side start to imagine a lot of stuff I can do someday! Well, I saw this on one of the boards and instantly fell in love! I love love love love anything and everything to do with colors, and the next day I just decided that I had to do it. Brittany then told me that she had a friend that had done it and she wanted to do it too! Soooooo, about a month and a half later, we are doing it! So, I grabbed some crayons, a canvas, a bowl of pomegranate, a spoon, a hot glue gun and a hair dryer and went to town! We also had the KSU vs. Texas game on and that also helped. =) So, here is how you do it!

First: Line your crayons up in how you want them on the canvas.
Then, start hot gluing them to the canvas!
It takes a while.
Now, time to start blow drying!
Woot! This is the part where it gets to be time consuming. It takes a while for it to start to run down the canvas. =) But it is totally worth it.
Oh my. Happiness.
Even the cardboard underneath is happy!

She put hearts on hers.. It looked pretty sweet too. =)

Well, there ya go! A pretty inexpensive fun little craft for you next rainy/snowy day! I hope that everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving break and an even more blessed, and amazing Thanksgiving day!

"Give Thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." -Psalm 107:1

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

901 Family Pictures!

Hello! Man. I am totally lacking on this thing I used to do called blogging... Well, nothing big has been happening in my life... Just loving it! =) Man, I look at people who are just miserable at work, or at school, or just in general, and I have a huge calmness come over me and realize that I am so blessed! Wow. I definitely take that for granted. Unfortunately. But, even though I have some TOUGH things that have happened and I am sure will happen in the future, I know that God's hand is on me and recently have really been thinking about my friendships also. I have met a lot of people in challenge, that are acquaintances, but not heart friends. God has truly blessed me in the area of heart friends though, not only the girls in my life group, or my brothers in Christ who are seriously amazing, but also in my house. The 5 other girls in my house bless me so incredibly much! They know me from the inside out. We all know what makes each other happy, and we know what makes each other sad. These girls are some of the biggest blessings in my life and they are true sisters. This last Saturday, we took family pictures around Manhattan, Keats and other places around that general direction. =) So, here they are!

The Family!
I love them.
Cliche fall shot, but I love it!
Yeah. We are pretty much a band. Look for our cd soon. =)
I love living in Kansas!
Yeah, we are awesome. =)
We all took individual shots too!
There is a lot of laughter and love in this household. =)

I hope that you all have those heart friends too, if you don't, I would suggest that you truly need them! They just warm your hearts!