Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  Last night we celebrated Kristen's birthday. She loves red velvet cake so I offered to whip up some cupcakes for her birthday dinner. While I was at it, I decided to experiment a little bit with my standard cream cheese frosting recipe and wound up with an award-winning frosting. It hasn't technically won an award yet, but I can assure you that it could!
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
pinch of salt

In a mixer, combine your cream cheese and butter. Sift in the sugar, and continue mixing. Stir in vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour in your whipping cream, add salt and mix on high until fluffy. 

Yields: 4 cups (easily halved or quartered)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 37 Bumpdate

How far along: 37 weeks {FULL TERM}

Baby Size: A watermelon {19 inches, 6.5 lbs}!

Weight gain: 30 lbs, could be more. I'll find out today at our doc appointment.

Maternity clothes: Over the weekend I packed up all of my winter clothes and brought down all of my spring and summer clothes from the attic. I know I won't fit in most of them for awhile but it was nice to see brighter colors and I welcomed all of my maxi dresses back into my closet!

Stretch marks: I would be shocked if I don't have any of these.
Sleep: Pretty good this week - counting my blessings!
Gender: Caroline Grace Marcellino!

Movement: She's a busy girl in there and I love it. When she doesn't move for a bit I get nervous so I am super thankful for her jabs and kicks.

Best moment this week: A spa day and getting last minute baby things done! The car seats are installed, the rock n' sleeper is next to our bed and our hospital bags are packed!
Looking forward to: My last hair cut before baby and Easter weekend!

Food cravings: Pineapple frozen yogurt, dried pineapple, fresh slices of pineapple, pineapple smoothies, pineapple popsicles...
  Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Labor Signs: We have our first internal exam today to find out if we've made any progress.
What I miss: Not feeling fat and my legs 5 sizes smaller. I don't even recognize my legs anymore. But it's worth it for our little babe.
Symptoms: New symptom this week, and oh, it's so terrible...the top of my belly, right under my bra line, constantly aches and I have shooting pains anytime I lean forward. It feels like a terrible bruise and is extremely uncomfortable. Going to ask the doc about this today...
Nursery: Complete! Final nursery tour post coming soon!
Belly Button in or out? 1/3 of my belly button is out?

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Mood: Ready.

Workouts: Walking around the neighborhood when I can.
Prayer for Caroline: 
  Lord, I pray for Caroline this week. You are Almighty and know everything that is going on with my body and my baby. You know the exact minute that Caroline will come.  I know I can do all things You require of me, with Your help. You are here with me now, every minute of every day and night. I know You will take care of us. I place myself and my baby in Your hands and trust in You.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7
 Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen
Fifteen / Sixteen / Seventeen
Eighteen / Nineteen / Twenty
 Twenty-One / Twenty-Two / Twenty-Three
 Twenty-Four / Twenty-Five / Twenty-Six
Twenty-Seven / Twenty-Eight / Twenty-Nine 
Thirty / Thirty-One / Thirty-Two
 Thirty-Three / Thirty-Four / Thirty-Five

Monday, April 14, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Every year Matt and his friends celebrate the Masters Tournament weekend with a round of golf followed by a cookout. I have a handful of go-to appetizers that I usually have most of the ingredients already on hand for and can quickly prepare and for this occasion I knew my loaded baked potato dip would be perfect! This dip never fails for parties and get-togethers. Who doesn't love loaded baked potatoes served in dip form on a chip?!
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
1/2 cup  instant potato flakes
1/2 cup  milk
1 cup Light Sour Cream
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
2  green onions, sliced, divided
1 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp. Real Bacon Bits
 Ritz Toasted Chips Original or Wheat Thins

Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix potato flakes and milk in large bowl; let stand 5 min. or until milk is absorbed. Add sour cream, cream cheese spread and half the onions; mix well. Spoon into baking dish; sprinkle with shredded cheese and bacon bits. Bake 15 to 20 min. or until shredded cheese is melted and dip is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining onions. Serve with chips.
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