Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

I think Easter’s my favorite holiday.

And yes, I realize that I say that for literally every holiday but I’m serious this time. I think Easter’s my fave.

I mean, Easter candy is most definitely the best candy. Plus you get to decorate with fun, bright colors and dye eggs. And you get to watch Hop as many times as you want and no one can judge you for it.

That’s what the kids and I do. We watch it over and over and over again. It’s our fave.

And finally, Easter food! I love the ham and the salads and, most important, the Hot Cross Buns!

I’ve teamed up with In The Raw this year ot bring you a series of awesome recipes and the first one I’m sharing is… yep, Hot Cross Buns. Because I am obsessed.

I used the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® to make these buns. Sugar In The Raw Organic White® is from the maker of Sugar In The Raw® and is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes zero-calorie Stevia In The Raw® and Monk Fruit In The Raw®, and Agave In The Raw®.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the Sugar In The Raw Organic White® worked in these Hot Cross Buns. It is perfect for baking! And I love how eco-friendly the brand is. Sugar In The Raw Organic White is eco-social certified, Non-GMO certified, USDA Organic and comes in recyclable packaging.​

So Hot Cross Buns! They are sweet rolls studded with raisins and the topped with icing in the shape of a cross. I love making these every year because I think they’re so pretty and my kids love that I make them every year because they are delicious!

If you are interested in the Sugar In The Raw Organic White®, click here to find a retailer near you.

Hot Cross Buns - my favorite Easter tradition! So delicious!

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Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage - the perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner!

St. Patrick’s Day is just over a week away – and this is probably the only post you’ll get from me about it. 

Y’all, I’m just not into any holiday that forces me to wear a color that looks awful on me. I’d rather just skip it. What I don’t skip is the corned beef. I love corned beef. 

And I cured this myself! Because guess what! My grocery stores don’t put corned beef out until right before St. Patty’s Day. Gahhh. So I bought some brisket, soaked it in some salt water with a bunch of funny smelling spices, and let it hang out in my fridge for 5 days. 

Also, I learned that the reason store-bought corned beef is pink is because they use a dyed salt to brine it. I had no idea. I always thought it was just one of those mysteries of the world. 

Anyway, it wasn’t difficult to do it myself. It took maybe 30 minutes to get the beef in it’s brine and then I didn’t think about it again until it was time to cook. And it turned on wonderfully. If you don’t want to buy 7 jars of spices that you’ll never use again, go ahead and get the corned beef from your grocery store and just cook that as directed.

I cooked mine with carrots, onions, and potatoes and then I added cabbage at the end of the cooking. The veggies turned out so good. We love cabbage and when it’s cooked with the corned beef, it turns out almost buttery. It’s so delicious – my husband and I practically fought over it! 

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage - the perfect St. Patrick's Day dinner!

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King Cake Cupcakes

As you guys know, I’m from Mobile, Alabama which is known for many things. Most of which I don’t actually remember because… well, because I’m me. But here are some of my faves:

Dropping a moonpie on New Years Eve.

The Battleship.

Hurricanes.

The Senior Bowl.

And having the first Mardi Gras celebration in the States.

True story.

I bring this up every Mardi Gras because if there’s one thing us Mobilians hate it’s overhearing someone talk about how Mardi Gras is from New Orleans. 

Seriously, 99% of my Mobile Facebook friends belong to the “Mardi Gras was in Mobile before New Orleans was even a city” FB group. 

We get to claim it. Take that, New Orleans!

(For the record, I love New Orleans Mardi Gras, too. I just like Mobile’s a smidge better.)

Anyway, Mardi Gras has long been my favorite holiday and even though it’s not celebrated here in Colorado, I still sit on my front porch and throw things at the neighbors when they walk by.

Just kidding. But I want to.

King cakes are one of the many things I love about Mardi Gras! If you’ve never had one, it’s like a giant cinnamon roll shaped in a ring and then it’s iced and covered in Mardi Gras sprinkles. Or, you can make my favorite kind which has the cinnamon roll thing going for it but also has a sweetened cream cheese filling. It’s to die for. 

And that’s what these King Cake Cupcakes are except to make life easier for all of us, I used cans of crescent rolls. So really, these guys took absolutely no time to throw together. 

You should definitely make them Tuesday for Mardi Gras or Sunday for Joe Cain Day!

King Cake Cupcakes

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Welp guys, sorry I haven’t been posting Christmas cookies and treats like I’m supposed to be doing.

I’m the worst.

I wish I could be one of those bloggers who had hundreds of posts lined up and ready to be published. Nope, I have exactly none. I pretend it’s because I like to live in the moment and blog about what my heart wants me to. But let’s be real, I’m just a horrible procrastinator. Like I said, I am the worst.

So yeah, my husband came home a couple weeks ago. On Thanksgiving, actually. It’s quite a different experience this time around. Last time he returned from Afghanistan  – because of how the war was going and probably because it was his first deployment – things were just bad. Just really, really bad. 

This time, it’s been really easy. It kind of just seems like he’s been gone for a week instead of 9 months. Whereas last time, it took us about 7 months to get to a good place. It’s crazy different and I’m very grateful for it. 

But I’m finally here with a Christmas treat! I’ve been meaning to make Saltine Toffee for years and years but I always run out of time and energy – finally managed to get it done this year! And I added peanut butter because why not? And peanut butter M&Ms because… duh.

It’s delicious. And I hate Saltines with a fiery passion. But the sugar mixture and then the peanut butter and then the chocolate… it’s just sweet and salty and I love it. 

I do have more Christmas-y recipes coming. Hopefully.I’ve had several cookie fails lately so we’ll see. I’ve got a drink coming for sure. Don’t even worry about that.

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If you do nothing else today, go to Starbucks, get a White Peppermint Mocha and then email me and tell me every single detail. 

I haven’t had a single red cup yet. Can you believe it? I’m currently avoiding Starbucks because I know I’ll get talked into gingerbread loaf or cranberry bliss bars or my favorite blueberry muffins. And you guys, DAYS from now my husband will be home. I can’t be stuffing my face with muffins. 

Guess what y’all! I got my car back! It was such a mess. But I got it back! 

You guys know I live on Fort Carson. So to get to my house you have to go through an ID check point. It’s really not a huge deal to get on post even if you’re not military. I mean, the ice cream man gets through, the UPS guys, I even saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile go through once. But for whatever reason the dealership shuttle guy couldn’t get through. Even though they had assured me days before that he could.

So the girl at the dealership was all, “I’ll just have my boyfriend pick you up.”

And now, looking back at it, I realize that she was just being super duper helpful and wanted to do whatever she could to get me my car. 

But at the time… 

At the time, I was convinced I was about the be kidnapped. Like, seriously convinced. Like, searching through my husband’s Army closet looking for something to put in my purse that could be used as a weapon.

Yeah, this is how my brain works. So I tweeted my BFF so someone would know what happened if I disappeared and then had a massive panic attack that I then convinced myself was a heart attack.

This went on all day.

I don’t even know what to do with myself. 

So they ended up sending the poor technician out to get me and all my children because by this time all of them were home. The poor guy got stuck in traffic for an hour then got stuck at the gate getting searched forever and then had to endure a 30 minute car ride of my children whisper-screaming at each other. I totally happy cried when he pulled my car around.

And then I sad cried when I paid the bill.

Anyway, back to white chocolate and peppermint! I made Chex Mix! Well, kind of. It’s really just Chex cereal covered in white chocolate and crushed peppermints. Super simple, my favorite winter flavor combination, AND it will hold you over while you wait for the White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles to show up in the grocery stores. 

 

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