2.04.2016

Toffee Crunch Chocolate Muffins Recipe




I am very excited to share these with you because they are a new family favorite! I love making muffins so they are hot and fresh out of the oven for my family. They are also perfect to have on hand for my son to heat up the next morning. 






For the muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
For the toffee crunch topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup toffee bits (such as Heath)





Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray your muffin tin cooking spray to keep the muffins from sticking.
For the muffins:
In a large bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl combine the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tin.
For the toffee crunch topping:
In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, and toffee bits.  Sprinkle about a tablespoon of the mixture over each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. All you need to do at this point is place them on a pretty plate and serve!



I think the key to any recipe is how you serve it. I love picking up pretty pieces every now and then to add to my collection. Even if you are just cooking for yourself make sure its pretty! You deserve it!



I hope you enjoy this very yummy recipe! See you next time! 


1.30.2016

Week Four Outfit Ideas and Video Vlog



Lets look at this weeks outfits and be inspired! 


One item I recommend that you always have on hand in your wardrobe collection is a black turtle neck. This is the perfect piece to pair up with a scarf, tights and boots. I wear my black turtle neck with so many different pieces to get a different look. 



Sunday afternoon shopping is my favorite because it lets me get a fresh start on the week. I love being casual but still cute. Target is a great place to pick up cute sweaters at a great price. I love this gray piece a picked up a few months ago. Keep your eye out when you go into Target! 


Here is another Target secret.......I picked up this black t-shirt for $8.00! I simply paired it with black pants and a scarf. Just that simple to put an outfit together on a budget. 



I love wearing white in the winter. Here is a look at how good it looks with a black turtle neck and a pop of color with the scarf. I love how simply adding a scarf can give you a completely different look. 


Have fun on Fridays! I love this sweater I picked up at The Loft. Here is a great reason why you should have a few sleeveless turtle necks during the Winter months. 


I hope you enjoy this weeks video as I take you along, share ideas, and most importantly have fun! 


1.27.2016

New Year New You | Tips on Your Daily To Do List



I am really excited to share this tip with you! Its not something new but it is something that works for me and I use everyday. Here is a look at my tip for week 4 in our New Year New You Series! 



How do you stay organized? Do you use a planner, a notebook, iPad? I use all three depending on what I am doing. For work to keep up with my schedule I use a digital format but my personal life with my Blog, Youtube channel, workouts, and meal planning I use my planner. 

I love Sunday mornings when I can sit down and just plan my week   out and its always the chance for a new fresh start. Usually on Sunday mornings I get up before my husband and son and have that first cup of coffee. I review emails and start planning. I plan the week, the day, and my grocery list. Meal planning is in full swing during this time. 




My tip this week is one that really does help me make things happen. Its the To- Do List! When you make a list each day it should only have about 5 big items listed. That doesn't mean you only do 5 things during the day but list the 5 things you want to make sure you get done. 

Also be sure to do the hardest items first if possible. This is important for several reason but the two most important reasons are: It takes the weight of that items off your shoulders for the day and you can really focus on it.


Find ways to use creative and fun notecards. I print mine from a monthly subscription at Paper Works linked here. You can also find notecards in the $1 section of Target and the $1.50 section at Michaels that are lots of fun. 



I find if I make it fun its something I always want to stay on top of and do. I love all the fun colors and the chance to be creative each time with a different note card. 


Take a look here at my video on how I use my Notecards each day. I hope you enjoy and be sure to leave me a comment on what works best for you!


See you next time! 


1.26.2016

Outfit Ideas for Week Three



Im back again this week with a couple of ideas for Winter outfit combos. I love this time of year with the boots and laying all of our different pieces. 


The outfit above is all from the Ann Taylor Factory Outlet from last year. I like to pick up several of my pieces after the season is over to get additional savings. Start looking in late February to catch the deals. 






This is another one of my favorite all black outfits. The sweater is so unique because it zips up and down on the sides which gives a different look if you want. I love pairing all black pieces together and adding a statement necklace. 


One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf is hanging straight down. Gives your outfit a different look and if its warm you don't get over heated. Perfect time to add a statement necklace to pop under the scarf. 




For Saturday we had a basketball game to attend and watch Trey play so it was fun to pull out the "Mom Sportswear!" I love this black pullover with the pop of read on the collar. I picked this up several years ago and just love it. 


Sunday we attended Church and then went shopping. I love Sunday afternoon grocery shopping and getting ready for the new week. I always feel so organized and ready to take it on! 


Just had to throw this photo in so you can see I am still loving the new sweater I picked up from a recent haul from the big 70% off online Ann Taylor sale. Its so soft and perfect. 



Hope you enjoy this weeks video. Be sure to subscribe if you have not so you never miss out! 




1.23.2016

A Look Into This Week | Come Along



Ok what a fun week! So much going on as you can see from all of my previous post. I am so excited about what this year has in place for me. My Blog and Youtube has really taken off and I am so happy I have had to opportunity to connect with so many of you. I am really excited about taking it to the next level and attending a couple of conferences in the near future. 



Since it has taken off I have to stay organized and my Plum Paper Planner helps me do that and these new markers are amazing. I love labeling everything in different colors. I can see my blog post needs and my youtube needs as everything is in a different color. 


The cost is about $11.00 for the packet which is just over $1.00 each. I think thats a great price for all the colors and quality. 



I had a party this week I helped put together for work. One of my favorite parts was picking out the flowers and of course we went with my favorite! 



I also had fun playing with all of the Mardi Gras mask since it is that time of the year! 



The flowers were all just amazing and so pretty. I could pick up fresh flowers every week to keep on hand in my home and enjoy. 


I had the chance to visit Dallas this week and really enjoyed our dinner together. She is such an amazing young lady and I am one proud mom! 



All I can say is I love my job and the fun people I work with! 





I made the flower arrangements above and I am so proud with how they turned out! I just love them. 








Such a fun group of co-workers and friends!







I was very excited that I had the chance to bring home some of the flowers after the party. They look amazing on my table! 



I had such a fun date night with Eddie. I love that he knows how much I enjoy my blog and we sit in Starbucks and visit while I work on it. 


To end this post I am going to share just a few more pictures form the event. 





Take a look here at the video and enjoy the fun with us! See you next week.