Monday, September 23, 2013

Diamond Candles GIVEAWAY Winner

We have a winner to the Diamond Candles GIVEAWAY!!!  And the winner is...
Stacie Skinner-Hoxsie
Congrats Stacie!
We sent you an email.  
You will need to respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
Thanks for everyone who entered!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I love peanut butter and chocolate!  Mmmm!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!  A few days ago, I wanted to make a special treat.  I remember my cousin making a delicious cake she found on Pinterest: Peanut Butter Sheet Cake.  It was seriously so good!
So I decided to use the sheet cake recipe to make cupcakes.  I felt as if the batter was a bit too thin, so I added a 1/2 cup more flour than the recipe called for.  For the frosting, I used a recipe from Bakerella.  She made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes that looked amazing.  I only used the frosting recipe.
So here is what I did for my Peanut Butter Cupcakes.  Even my husband, who isn't a cupcake fan, couldn't stop eating them!
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare cupcake pan with liners.
Mix in pan and bring to a boil:
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
Mix together the following and add to the above mixture:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda
Mix and add to the above mixture:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
 After mixing, pour batter into cupcake pan filling each liner about 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Let cool before frosting.

1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 Tablespoons milk
For chocolate frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioner's sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth. More milk may be added to make frosting creamy.
For peanut butter frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter and 2/3 cup peanut butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioners sugar and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth.  More milk may be added to make frosting creamy.
Add frosting to decorating bag, filling one half with chocolate frosting and the other half with peanut butter frosting.  Frost cupcakes and top with a chocolate bar!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Diamond Candles GIVEAWAY!

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love candles!  I love the way they make my house smell delicious!  I enjoy getting the different scents of the seasons.  I like the fun fruity scents during summer and the holiday scents during fall and winter. 
One thing that would make candles even better would
The wonderful people at Diamond Candles have done just that!  In each and every candle, they have put a ring in it.  
Each ring is worth $10, $100, $1,000 or $5,000! 
  So as you burn down your candle, you will find a gold little pouch with a little treasure inside!  What a fun concept!  Here is a short video explaining who they are:
I have seen these candles around and always wanted to try one!  So when Diamond Candles contacted me wanting to do a review and giveaway, you better believe that I jumped for joy!
Here are a few pictures of candles and rings that people have posted on their website:  
After trying to decide what scent to choose, I went with Vanilla Lime.  I want to cherish the last days of summer while I can!  :)  I love the fruity scent!  It smells like a delicious drink!
I was so excited to burn down the candle to find my treasured ring!  Well...apparently my kids were even more excited!  They waited...for a short time...and found the ring and unwrapped it!  Before I knew it, they were running around the house trying to find me to show me my treasured ring.  Which is absolutely beautiful!  I just thought it was so funny that they were probably more excited than I was! 
Isn't it beautiful?
Well, we have a fun giveaway for you today!  Your very own Diamond Candle!  So take a minute to enter below...
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

DoTerra Essential Oils- Citrus Bliss Water

This water is FANTASTIC!
  We served it at our Doterra Essential Oils Party.  I actually liked it so much that I now add oils to my water to drink. 

Citrus Bliss Water
-Citrus to cut up. (You can use Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits, etc)
- Water
- DoTerra Citrus Bliss Essential Oil
- Optional- Sweeteners such as Agave, Honey, Stevia
You can do different variations of this.  My personal favorite is the DoTerra Grapefruit Essential Oil to use in my water.
Directions are pretty self explanatory.  
Cut up the citrus.  Add several drops of oil (the amount depends on personal preference and how many people you are serving.  Add sweetener if you want.  Then add the ice and water.
Like DoTerra Essential Oils?  Check out our other recipes HERE!
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