Tuesday Musings

As I type the title of this, I feel like it may be a little bit misleading. This post is more rambling than musing, I think, but that's ok. We all need a little rambling once in a while, right?

I'm currently browsing my pinterest and starving! Ok, maybe not starving, but I'm hungry and I'm at that point where anything sounds good. However, I can't think of anything to make for dinner! Does pinterest do that to anyone else, or is it just me? It's like an inspiration over-load!

I also currently have a pile of laundry sitting next to me, just begging to be folded! I just realized that this post makes me sound very lazy, but I promise, I did do several chores before I sat down to browse the internet! We've been working on a kitchen remodel, and I finished the touch ups on our cabinets this afternoon. Things are moving along, slowly but surely! I'll be sure to post before and after pics when it's all done.

Well, I'm beginning to think that maybe I had less rambling thoughts to share than I originally thought. Except that I'm also looking out my window, and it is downright gorgeous outside! It's the the kind of weather that makes me want to go on a walk, but the only problem is that I hate walking by myself. Some people find it relaxing, I just find it boring. But these sunny and (somewhat) cooler days are just calling to me, so I may go ahead and do it!

On a final random note, this song just popped up on my spotify station, so I thought I would share the video with you! Then I remembered I already had. So, sorry if you already saw it, but if not, then enjoy!

Well, I'm off to scrounge up some junk food, so peace!

P.S.- You know what tomorrow is, right? HUUUMP DAAAY! So have a fabulous rest of your week :)

My Fall Staple (From the Kitchen)

There seems to be a hint of fall in the air around here lately, and there are just no words to describe how excited that makes me! I'm starting to feel so refreshed and inspired!

I have a recipe to share today that has been one of my all time favorites, but now with a (healthy) twist! It's also a bit of a fall-ish recipe. So even though I meant to post it months ago, it just seems more fitting to do it now that things are cooling down.

I recently re-vamped my mom's apple cake recipe and made it a little more guilt-free! Now I know, cake is cake, but this is one you can feel a little better about. (Especially that second piece!) This was the cake I always requested on my birthday, and then several more times each year. So I thought, if I can eat it a little more often, and still feel good about what I'm putting in my body, then I would be one happy camper!

Bake| 350
Servings| 12


4 c peeled, chopped apples
1 c agave syrup or honey
2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 c oil (any baking oil will do)
2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped pecans (optional)

Peel and chop your apples. In a large mixing bowl, combine your apples and your agave. Add the rest of your dry ingredients, and stir well! 

In a separate bowl, beat your eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir the egg mixture into your apple mixture, blending until thoroughly moistened. Stir in the pecans.

Grease a 9x13 inch pan, and pour batter in. It will be thick, and you will probably need to spread it out a little with a spatula. Bake it for 40-50 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. 

And there you have it! I love using whole wheat pastry flour, because you still get the same benefits of whole wheat, but with a lighter texture, and I think we can all get on board with that! Plus, you could play around with your sweetener and oil if you want to try to make it even healthier. I've made it with coconut oil, and that turned out great!

I love this stuff any time of day. Go ahead, have a piece for breakfast, I won't judge! ;) It goes great with coffee, or ice cream, or caramel sauce, or just about anything you want it to go with. 

Happy baking! 

Friday, Friday! (And a Baby Shower)

My week has been totally off, and I woke up this morning barely realizing that it was Friday! It was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.

I realize that I haven't been very present around here this summer, but what can I say? I've been a very busy girl! We took some vacations, I threw a baby shower, and was just enjoying my summer in general. This little space got away from me pretty quickly, but I also realized pretty quickly that I missed it!

I've had several posts that I intended to write over this summer, and I still plan to, and I'm excited to start getting back to my writing. I guess since it's still pretty fresh in my mind, I'll share that baby shower I just mentioned!

Most of you know of my best friend Kayla. (I think I've mentioned her around here a time or two!) Well, she is going to have a little one soon, and I got to travel to Idaho to help throw her a baby shower. With the exception of my running late (which most of you are also aware of. I'm the worst with time management!) everything turned out great!

Since Kayla and her husband aren't finding out the sex of the baby, we went with a yellow and grey neutral theme. Those also happen to be the colors they are using for everything, including the nursery, so by using those colors for the shower, most everything they got fit into that color scheme! Whoop!

We also used pendants and birds for the decor. A little over-done maybe, but for good reason. They're stinking cute!

I decided to make sure I had a whole lot on my plate, and I went ahead and made the cake and cupcakes myself. This was a very d-i-y shower, which is definitely the best way to go when you're on a budget, but it doesn't make it any less stressful, that's for sure.

The beautiful baby mama, and myself!

Everything turned out great though, and we all had such a good time! I didn't get pictures of them, but I also did a popcorn bar, with different flavorings and the most adorable chicken wire baskets to hold the popcorn. I got my inspiration for that here.

Also, now that the shower is over, I'm making the Pinterest board I created for it public, so if you need any great shower inspiration, you can check that out here!

Besides the fact that things could have ran a little smoother, (and there's no one to blame for that but me!) I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and most importantly, so was Kayla!

Throwing parties has got to be one of my most favorite things to do. I think my dream job would be to become an event planner! I would get to throw great parties, and be paid to do it! Maybe that's something I should pursue a little bit, hmm?

I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your Friday, and an even better weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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