Bianca Lively: September 2013

9/28/13

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Hubby and I are such Cinnamon Toast Cereal freaks.. That when I went to look (Pinterest) for 
a dessert that tasted like it, I came across these!


SNICKERDOODLE CUPCAKES & SOUR CREAM FROSTING!  

Oh my mouth.. These were amazing and probably one 
of thee worst non-healthy things I've ever made. But they were to die for.

Now, I had every single ingredient to make these, except for the whole extra cookie on top was 
a little too much for me.. So I skipped that part. Here is the deliciousness recipe! Makes about 12 
normal size cupcakes, or 24 mini's!

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 0.5 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature

For the frosting:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • (milk if needed)

Directions:
For the cupcakes:
1) Preheat oven to 350°F & line cupcake trays with paper liners.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside. 
3) In your stand mixer or hand mixer which I used, cream butter and sugar on medium high speed for about 2 minutes, then add the eggs one at a time. Keep beating for another minute.
4) With your mixer running on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions and the milk in two additions.
5) Fill the batter in the baking cups, about 3/4 full and bake for about 15 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool down.

For the frosting:
1) Cream the butter with the mixer on high speed until fluffy. 
2) Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and keep beating for another minute. 
3) Add the sour cream and the rest of the sugar and continue on medium high speed for 2 minutes.
Side note: In case your frosting is too thick, add some milk, if it is too liquid, add some sugar.

Original Source Photo Inspiration
Place some of the frosting on top of your cupcakes and you are golden! These were so so good! Made them for the hubby while he was putting together our dresser in the nursery! ;) Love him.




















Enjoy my friends!

9/16/13

30 weeks

Can you say week 30!?
I am so excited to say that I have officially hit the 30's...

The countdown now begins.. Just kidding, I've been counting down since day 100.. 
haha 70 days to go! 

Pregnancy Update

How far along are you? 30 weeks! 
Total weight gain/loss? 17 lbs up!
Maternity clothes? no.. still normal dresses, and gym clothes.
Stretch marks? nope!
Sleep? horrible. turing at night, and having to get up at least once to pee. ugh
Best moment this week? our baby shower and getting to see all our friends and family!!
Miss anything? honestly, having a good nights rest, but I can say so long to that!
Movement? everyday. my babyyy girl!
Food cravings? none... thank goodness
Anything making you queasy or sick? nopee
Have you started to show yet? yes, definitely showing my bump and i'm loving it!
Gender? I guess I should remove this question right?? 
Labor signs? yes unfortunately, but thankful I got it taken care of right away! Stay in a little longer Sophia! 
Belly button in or out? almost fully out.
Wedding rings on or off? on still. makes me happy!
Happy or moody? eh, getting annoyed easily... so moody? haha
Looking forward to? finishing up her nursery and counting down to the big day!

Baby Shower pictures will be up soon!! I love them and had such a blast!


-Bianca



9/12/13

Swaddle Blanket



I tend to have days where I'm bored and Pinterest EVERYTHING. And when I 
find amazing things to make, I begin to make them... This is true my friends, I am
that person that pins, and makes. And not just pins... haha

So a few weeks ago I was reading on how swaddling blankets for babies were amazing!
I decided to make one. 

Easy Peasy besides the fact that I don't own a sewing machine...
I've wanted one for so long. But let's be real for a second, I would hardly ever use the machine.

What I first did was went to my local JoAnn's Store, and got my things. All came out to a total of $14!

Supplies:


1. Fabric-Cotton Gauze. I got 1 yard and it seemed perfect for one blanket.
2. Stamp- purchased off Etsy! I should of bought more... 
3. Foam brushes. Came in a pack of 4 for $1!
4. Martha Stewarts Craft Paint. (I got one in Satin Bronze, and another in Pearl Pink). I only
used the pink because I liked the way it came out.

Step 1: 
       When using the craft paint, you want to grab your foam brush and dab on the paint to the stamp
(not a lot is needed)
But! DON'T brush it on, because it will leave stroke marks! Learned that the hard way.



 Step 2: 
Once you dab the stamp, just start stamping away. But every stamp I did, I then had to put more 
craft paint on it with the foam brush since it would use a lot of paint for one stamp.

Step 3: 
Lastly, you want to iron your blanket. But not directly! And not right away! Let your blanket sit for 24 hours before applying any heat onto it. This is very important because the heat is what makes the
ink permanent! 

 When you iron the blanket, make sure you have another type of fabric in between the iron and the blanket. I used another bed sheet. Have your iron on the highest heat!
Now this may take a while, but you want to hold the iron on 
the stamped area for about 45 seconds to a minute. 

Then do the other side. The ironing part was the longest....

Next you want to sew the edges so it has a finished look.

*****Wait about 2 weeks before washing the blanket!

And 
.WAALAA.

You made a swaddle blanket! I can't wait to use this on Sophia!!!


Good luck!

9/2/13

28 weeks

Month 7! 

I can't believe how quickly Sophia's due date is approaching..
With only about 2 months left of this pregnancy, the time has
come where I'm seriously in shock at how fast this is going for us.

and here is our other daughter Roxee, wanted to
be in our picture today. Such a cutie!

Always smiling. :)


Pregnancy Update

How far along are you? 28 weeks!! 
Total weight gain/loss? 15 lbs! ah! 
Maternity clothes? nope, on occasion I'll wear my maternity jeans for the style. but Forever 21 jeans have saved my life so far. (above picture)
Stretch marks? no, nothing... yet...
Sleep? getting harder as the weeks go by... "rolling out of bed" has an actual meaning to it. 
Best moment this week? hitting the 7th month mark!
Miss anything? actually sleeping on my back. 
Movement? yes, tons everyday! 
Food cravings? nothing really... everything is good to me. haha
Anything making you queasy or sick? nope. besides the fact that I may be experiencing heart burn...? 
Have you started to show yet? yes, definitely showing
Gender? girl girl girl!
Labor signs? tons of braxton hicks this past weekend. praying its nothing too serious. no pain though so that's a plus!
Belly button in or out? definitely flat I guess?? not in, or out. its just flat. hahah
Wedding rings on or off? my beautiful rings are on. :) Love them
Happy or moody? very very happy and in love
Looking forward to? my one year wedding anniversary to my husband!!! I can't believe it's already going to be a year!! 



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