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My Week According to Instagram

My first cake! I’ve made plenty of cupcakes, cookies, and dinners before, but this was my first cake for my mama’s birthday. Are you proud?

A vase of flowers I arranged, also for my mama’s birthday. All the flowers from Publix, by the way.

A puppy my friend was this close to adopting. She’s only 6 weeks old, folks!

Two new bracelets I got from Handpicked. I told y’all I love that store. They were only $6 each!

My new Kate Spade investments: gold confetti mugs and plates!

Picking the strawberries for my strawberry ice cream!

A little frog that hops onto my kitchen window during the summer is finally here! Which means it’s officially spring/summer!

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Strawberry Ice Cream

If you haven’t ever had homemade strawberry ice cream you should probably go hide in a corner for a few hours…just kidding. But you need to find some or make some ASAP, because no matter what kind of day you’re having, strawberry ice cream will always make you feel better.

I went to a strawberry farm this afternoon and decided to make the first churn of ice cream for the spring/summer. And it is MARVELOUS.

My family’s super easy homemade strawberry ice cream recipe:

1 can of evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 cups of strawberries (shouldn’t be optional, but it is if you want something other than strawberry ice cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
Almost 1/2 gallon of milk (until you reach the “full” line in the churn)

1. Put 2 cups of strawberries (with the caps cut off) into a blender. Add evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla. Blend the mixture on the lowest setting enough to blend them into a pulp.

2. Pour the mixture into the churn. Add 1/2 gallon of milk or until it reaches the full line.

3. Put churn into ice cream maker. Keep in ice cream maker until it stops churning. It should take about 20 minutes unless it’s hot outside, then it might take longer.

4. Enjoy!

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And now I’m hungry

I think the purpose of Pinterest is to make girls and women inspired to workout, and then pig out when they get home…because that’s what it makes me do. All of the recipes are so delicious! I don’t think I’ll ever have to open a recipe book again. What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes?

Chocolate Peppermints

Confetti Popcorn

Chicken, Spinach & Goat Cheese Quesadilla with Avocado Sour Cream

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Strawberry Margarita Popsicles

Photos via Pinterest

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Cake Pops

For those of you who have a major sweet tooth, you might understand my excitement when I found a cake ball/pop mix set at Target for $6. It seems like they’re everywhere on Pinterest, and after I saw these photos of some DIY cake balls, I decided I needed to make them.

But let me tell you…cake balls are difficult. If you have your heart set on making them look perfect and presentable instead of just delicious, maybe you should try a different recipe or a different dessert.

This is what I had hoped mine would look like:

And this is how they actually looked:

Obviously I’m great with the icing…Have any of y’all had better luck with this? I tried a kit from Target, but the icing in general didn’t work too well for me. If y’all try to do it, I’d suggest following these instructions- they seemed to work well for Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Photos via Cupcakes and Cashmere and Pinterest

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Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

This breakfast/dessert is my great-grandmother’s recipe. It’s simple and melt in your mouth good. It makes 8 muffins.

Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoon corn oil (canola works too)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon vanilla

Steps:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease muffin pan
  2. Beat flour, brown sugar, egg, milk, and corn/canola oil together in a bowl with an electric blender until smooth


  3. Add blueberries and vanilla
  4. Spoon into cups about 2/3 full
  5. Bake about 25 minutes, and enjoy!

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Cowboy Cookies

I can’t remember a holiday season or a winter when I didn’t bake a few batches of these delicious cookies. They are perfect for little holiday or birthday gifts for family or friends, and this recipe makes at least a few batches, so you’ll have some leftover for yourself! The recipe has been passed down from my great great grandma and finally to me, so tons of our family friends have contributed input. These aren’t super sweet and they’ll make you pretty thirsty, so make sure to have a glass of milk nearby!

my mom's notes

These cookies include brown sugar, oatmeal, pecans, chocolate chips of any kind (though I use semi-sweet), and all the other cookie necessities.

1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup brown sugar- then mix.

2. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon baking power, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 cup flour (OR if ou want to make it easy on yourself, just use 1 cup self rising flower and add the baking soda)

3. Add 2 eggs to the shortening, brown sugar, and sugar mixture- mix. Next add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix.

4. Pour flour, baking powder, salt (or self rising flour), and baking soda mixture into the bowl with the shortening, sugar, and eggs- mix.

5. Add 2 cups of oatmeal- mix.

6. Chop up 1 cup of pecans in a vegetable chopper and pour them into the bowl- mix.

When you mix up the ingredients the final dough should not be smooth at all- it should actually be really uneven. It should look something like this:

Pre-heat the oven to 325 and place about 1-1.5 inch clumps of dough onto a cooking sheet about 1 or 1.5 inches apart from each other. Keep in the oven for about 8 minutes.

The final product:

Enjoy! If anyone makes these, let me know what you think!

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