Red Velvet Cupcakes - only makes 4 cupcakes! Perfect for when you don't watch a huge batch of cupcakes!

First things first, I spent all of yesterday afternoon watching Mockingjay. I had heard pretty horrible things about it and perhaps my standards are low because I watch 3 movies a year but I kind of loved it. Like, I read the books several times so I knew what was happening but I was on the edge of my seat bed for most of it. 

Also, yes, I am a sucker. I bought it on digital because I had to watch it RIGHT THEN and then I’ll buy it again when it comes out on DVD. Even though I’ll probably never watch it again. 

This is how I work.

Anyway, today is not about me wasting money. Today is about a cookbook that I’d like to give away!

My friend Christina of Dessert for Two recently released a fantastic cookbook also titled Dessert for Two.

 

The cookbook is filled with classic and not-so-classic recipes that have been scaled down to only serve 2 (or sometimes 4) people. Like, this cupcake recipe? Only makes 4 cupcakes! Which means I had one for me and all 3 kids and there were none left to call my name while I watched my money-waster movie. 

I think it’s a genius idea and I really wish someone had pointed me in the direction of small batch desserts when I went through that mug cake phase last year. Because those things are awful.

I have a long list of things I want to make from Dessert for Two and I started with these Red Velvet Cupcakes because, well, it’s always a good time for a cupcake. They turned out delicious and like I mentioned, I really loved that there was just enough for me and the kids without having extras to deal with. 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes - only makes 4 cupcakes! Perfect for when you don't watch a huge batch of cupcakes!

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Happy Tuesday! Here’s hoping for a fabulous day!

Today we’re talking about setting active goals because, like I’ve told you guys, this is going to be MY HEALTHIEST YEAR EVER. 

That’s the plan.

Part of that – a huge part actually because you guys know I love my french fries and tacos – is being active. Exercising, taking the dogs for a walk, or playing at the park with the kids. It all works. 

My family loves being outside so that’s my major active goal for the year. Get outside, go see Garden of the Gods a few more times before we move, sled (if we ever get enough snow!), hike, swim when it gets warm enough. 

I just want to be outside and go.

 

To go along with my active goals for the year, I’ve also been taking Viactiv for the calcium that I need. As someone who doesn’t drink milk or eat much cheese or yogurt or anything like that, my calcium supplements are incredibly important. I mean, I want strong bones! 

Did you know that around 70% of women are calcium deficient? Seventy! Calcium isn’t manufactured in the body so we have to get it from outside sources. 

I absolutely love the Viactiv gummies. They come in assorted strawberry, peach-mango, and pineapple flavors and they’re absolutely delicious. I take 2 twice a day for 100% recommended calcium. They also contain Vitamin D which supports the absorption of calcium. Plus, they’re gluten and dairy free so they fit into the diet that I follow most of the time.

I’ve been a fan of the Milk Chocolate Viactiv chews for several years – they’re delicious and of course, are an easy way to get your daily dose of calcium in 2 chocolate-flavored chews! This was my first time trying the Caramel ones and they’re just as delicious as they sound. And just like the Milk Chocolate, two chews will give you 100% of your daily calcium needs. 

Viactiv products are available at stores nationwide, including Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, and Walgreens. The Viactiv Gummies are available at Walgreens and they are well worth the trip! 

(Can we talk about Penelope’s shadow up there? Terrifying.)

Make sure you head over to the #BeActiv with Viactiv page to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win retailer gift cards, wearable fitness technology, and Viactiv products. To enter to win, you must enter a #BeActiv photo but it’s easy upload so no worries! Check out the entry form for complete details.

Also, follow Viactiv on Facebook and check out the Viactiv website for more information on calcium deficiency and the Viactiv products! 

You can find Viactiv in stores like CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. For more information about Viactiv and to learn more about keeping bones strong, visit http://www.Viactiv.com  #BeActiv

 

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Viactiv . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Well guys, it’s time to start another week. Hopefully you at least got to sleep a little late today. And I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

We spent our Valentine’s morning at the park. The husband took the kids to the playground and I took the dogs to the dog park, like we usually do. And then we spent a couple hours texting each other photos of the kids and the dogs and others people’s dogs. #crazydoglady

I always forget how awkward the dog park is. Like, I’m bad at small talk to begin with but small talk while also picking up poop and politely looking away when someone’s dog tries to get frisky? 

The worst.

We went to our fave Mexican place for dinner and then I forced my husband to go to REI to get new running shoes because he’s been complaining about his since before this last deployment. A full year. Of hating his running shoes. And telling me about it. 

So he got new shoes and then we got Dairy Queen because I haaaad to try the Red Velvet Blizzard before it went away. 

It was pretty perfect. 

After all the Mexican food and the mojitos and the ice cream and the entire box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, I need a small detox. But I cannot detox without at least a few treats in there and this Paleo Strawberry Crumble is amazing for situations like that.

There’s nothing bad in it and it’s absolutely scrumptious. I can’t get enough coconut flour so I used that in the topping and then some shredded coconut. The top gets all crunchy and the strawberries get juicy and delicious. 

Also, why are the strawberries so good so early in the year? We can’t get enough!

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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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Blood Orange Margarita

First margarita of the year is in the books!

Guys, I am officially ready for summer. For margaritas and pool days and ice cream cones. 

I even have a bikini in my Target.com shopping cart right now (because actual Target only had extra extra extra small sizes, of course). Which is ridiculous because it’s February 12. And also because I bought two bikinis last year and probably only wore each of them 5 times. 

(Truthfully, I bought 2 1/2 because the first bottom I bought was called a “cheekster” and it didn’t occur to me that actual cheek would be showing. And no ma’am, that is not happening. Still have it though. In case I ever magically become 20 again.) 

I have no need for a new bikini. But I waaaaaaant one so badly.

Anyway, margaritas! 

I always forget about blood oranges until someone mentions them and then finding blood oranges becomes my official life goal.

I finally found some at Trader Joe’s last weekend and then they just sat, untouched, in the fridge.

Okay, family, I guess I’ll make margaritas. You twisted my arm!

I love pretty much any margarita but I especially like any kind made with fresh oranges. And I just cannot get over how pretty the Blood Orange Margaritas are! 

These are absolutely perfect and the best thing about making margaritas at home is that you can control the sweetness and you can pile the salt on the rim of the glass if you want. And I want. 

Blood Orange Margarita

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