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Valentine’s Treat

So, I decided to do the mom thing and make a yummy treat for a class full of three and four year old cutie pies.

What is it about Valentine’s Day?  Every year it attempts to turn me into Susie mom-of-the-year wannabe.

I love to bake.  I love when November arrives so I can start getting ready for Christmas.  It is definitely my favorite time of the year.

Then, Christmas is over and it’s tough to get back in the groove of life.   I seem to go through this period of laziness after the hubbub of the holidays.  Then, by the time Valentine’s Day is here I’m in a funk and ready to start baking again.

So here we go.  I pulled out a few things that I had in my baking cabinet and decided to make cupcakes in ice cream cones.  A little less messy and easier to eat with tiny toddler hands!

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I’ll spare you the play by play details on how to make a cake since there are directions on the box. 

I will give you a hint on how to keep this process from getting crazy.  Wrapping some foil around the base of the cone helps them fit snugly in a regular cupcake pan.

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Fill the cones half full with batter.  I actually fill mine a little more than half which makes them fluff up a tiny bit above the rim of the cone. 

The photo below is why I put a little more than half inside.  Otherwise, it looks like this and comes out a little too flat.

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Then, of course, decorate!! 

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I made 24 cupcake cones but still had some cake mix left over.   I had enough to make 8 cupcakes as well. 

I’d prefer to make my own batter and icing but since it’s been crazy around here there just wasn’t time.   So, thanks to Keebler, Duncan Hines, and Pillsbury this time around! 

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Feature from Week 18 {Matrimonial Monday}

So, my word for the year 2013 is balance.

When I read Lori’s post about being unbalanced I knew I had to feature her this week.

Her metaphor about the battering ram showing up and wreaking havoc made perfect sense.

Have you ever had something pop up in your life that created a huge mess that you had to clean up?

Hop over to Hungry for God; Starving for Time and check out her post ‘Are You Unbalanced? Three Questions.‘

She’ll ask you three questions to help you examine how to create balance in your life. 

For me, it was something I needed to hear this week as I’m balancing marriage, parenthood, work, blogging, and life in general!

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Cherished {5 Minute Friday}

This is the very reason.

The reason I love it so very much.  The very reason I wish I had more time to capture them. 

All of the sweet, cherished moments.  Each one is unique.  Each one is special.  Each one can quickly take me back to the very moment. 

The moment comes rushing back.  I’m flooded with the sweet cherished memories of every single moment I’ve captured with a simple photograph. 

A photograph can capture the image of a sweet tender 2 year old hands.  The sweet, chubby cheeks I want to remember for all time.  The special birthday and Christmas memories of the year that has passed. 

As we grow a little older each year, I do my best to capture each and every one. 

A beautiful reminder of the past as we head into the future. 

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. That is like the one rule we all really care about. For reals.

OK, are you ready? I’ve had this word on my heart for you all week. Usually I’m wondering what the prompt will be right up until nearly midnight myself. But this week – this week I think a few of you at least need this word…

Go!!

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Why We Shouldn’t Worry {Into the Word Wednesday}

See?

He has a plan, He is guiding us all along the way. 

I don’t know about you but there are times when I worry.  I get concerned when making decisions.  Sometimes I over-analyze when moving forward. 

Guess what!

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There is  no need to worry.   We are human.  We make decisions with our hearts. 

Even if we choose a wrong path, the Lord will guide us back on track.  No more worry!  No more concern!

I’ve been a little nervous about my new venture.  I have my first official photo shoot later tonight actually!  It’s not my first shoot.  So why am I nervous?

It’s the first one since I officially bought the domain name for my studio and decided to just go for it. 

It’s a dream come true.  Of course, I still have a ton of work to get started but at least the process has begun. 

Join me and let’s make 2013 our year!!!

What dream have you wanted to follow? 

 

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Modern Greetings Second Honeymoon Contest {4}

Didn’t win yet?  Check out contest #4 from Modern Greetings.  

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This time around it’s a video contest.  Check out the details below.  If  you are like me perhaps you don’t have a wedding video.  Oh, it’s a LONG story.  We have a few snippets here and there but not much else. 

If you don’t have one you can create one explaining your most memorable moment.  Be sure to share your entry and encourage your friends and family to vote! 

No need for fancy, schmancy videos so grab your cell phone or webcam to get started. 

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Head over to the Modern Greetings facebook page to enter your video. 

Perhaps one day I’ll tell you the story of my disastrous wedding video.  Happy videoing!! 

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