Monday, September 9, 2019

Taking a Blog Break

If you follow me on Instagram (@heather_ourlife) you've probably seen where we are.  We're in Italy celebrating our anniversary (30 years!)
I'll be back soon with trip details. Ciao!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

{Recipe} Tropical Dump Cake-In the Crock Pot

This is the perfect "cake" to make in the summer because you don't have to turn on your oven. It's all done in the crock pot and you literally just dump the ingredients in and turn it on.  It uses frozen fruit so you can have that tropical taste all year long.
I found the recipe here and just tweaked it because I couldn't find any sugar free cake mix so I improvised and made my own.
3 cups frozen pineapple chunks
2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 1/2 TBS cornstarch
3 packets of no calorie sweetener (I use Zing stevia)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2-1 cup sugar (I used Swerve sweetener)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp coconut extract
optional toppings: shredded coconut, whipped topping
To make:

  • Spray crock pot with non stick spray
  • Add fruit, cornstarch and sweetener and stir to combine
  • In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients (flour through coconut extract) and stir until mostly smooth
  • Transfer cake batter to crock pot and spread over the fruit
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until topping is golden brown and firm
  • Enjoy hot, warm or chilled (makes 8 servings)
I like the added optional toppings of shredded coconut and whipped topping.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

{The Abode} Updated Lighting in the Master Bedroom

This little vanity nook in the master bedroom had been way overdue for an upgrade.

I got very lucky while perusing Facebook Marketplace one day and saw this light fixture for sale for $10-brand new! 
 It's a Scott Living (Property Brothers) light and still retails for around $40.  It sat in the garage most of the summer until we finally got the gumption to try and install it.
Before I knew it, the old fixture was down.
It looks even worse on the ground!
The new fixture's mounting bracket was smaller than the old one but we knew we'd have some painting to do.
We decided to hang it with the  shades going down.
The new bulbs are so bright.  It was a small update but gives the vanity and updated look and I love it!

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Summer Bucket List

I had a couple things on my Summer Bucket List and I'm happy to say that I was able to accomplish them all!
Beach (and Boat) Trips
We wanted to get to the beach a few times and ended up only having one beach day but two boat days that were really amazing.
These people brought their own palm trees to the beach.
I never get tired of this view!

I wanted to learn how to play backgammon. Mr. Click plays online and we got a set for Christmas so he taught me how to play.

Dutch Braiding
I can French braid but I really wanted to master Dutch braiding (the reverse of French braiding). Having College Girl home for the summer gave me  opportunity to practice.
 After watching many tutorials and practicing on myself...
I finally figured it out!
Sunflower Photo Shoot
It was a dream to shoot in a field of sunflowers with my daughter. I will share more of these photos when I'm done editing them. What did you have on your summer bucket list?

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