Disney Cruise 2014 ~ Sailin’ on the Dream

 
 
 
Our Disney cruise was so amazing. We sailed on the Dream for 4 nights and stopped in Nassau and Castaway Cay. I absolutely love Nassau because of Blue Lagoon Island. It’s like a little tropical paradise away from it all. It’s a 30 minute charter boat ride away from the city.  
Castaway Cay is wonderful too. I love that you can go to the beach for a day and then hop back on the ship and off to the dining room for dinner. Seriously carefree! I highly recommend a Disney Cruise to everyone.
 

 

 

 

 
This salad looked and tasted seriously amazing
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Oh my gosh, I never realized that Chandon was crying in this picture until now. Who cries on a Disney cruise right next to Mickey Mouse? right?

 

 

 
 
 

Pop of Soft Pink

 

1. H&M Textured woven coat $59.95
2. Princess bib necklace from Shop Bijous $34.00
3. H&M Airy blouse $19.95
4. Juicy Couture skinny jeans in grey $125
5. Jessica Simpson Carmody strappy bootie $65.98 (sale)
 
I have been having so much fun putting together some new looks for spring. I have a hard time doing it at the stores because there’s too much to look at. But, if I do it in a collage like this it seems so much easier. This is seriously relaxing for me. And being in an all male household, this counts as therapy…lol. 
 

Make your own luxurious bath truffles {natural ingredients}

So it’s been a while again. But I was feeling pretty motivated to get back at posting some stuff to my own blog after browsing through some pretty amazing and inspiring blogs. And there are so many things I want to blog about that I just don’t know what to do…lol. I’m interested in trying everything. And I mean everything. I like cooking, fashion, beauty, interior design & home renovation, as well as crafts (especially knitting, even though I hardly get around to doing it). One of the many things I wanted to try was making bath products. So I got that in my head and picked up some supplies. Next thing you know, I’ve made some fabulous bath truffles.
 
These Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake Bath Truffles were a cinch to make…..
 
 
 
 
 
So, first thing I did was search for a recipe (found on Soapqueen.com) and make a list of what I needed. I just ordered a couple of the ingredients from Amazon (Soap queen has them too). Easy peasy. 
I adapted the recipe just slightly to change the scent and add a little twist of my own to it.
 
Here it is….
 
Natural Bath Truffles
 
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup caolin clay
2 oz melted cocoa butter
1 oz melted shea butter
1 oz essential oil of your choice
optional: additive such as poppy seeds
mold or you can shape them by hand
 
Here is the link to where I found the recipe. They have a youtube video you can watch too to for more in depth directions.
 
http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-fizzies/making-bath-truffles-on-soap-queen-tv/
 
These make your bath smell amazing! These little gems fizz away in your bath, adding moisturizers to the water. I used a lemon cake perfume oil for the scent. Poppy seeds are a natural moisturizer and they can be used to treat eczema. My skin was so soft and silky after using these. 
Wrap them up in a pretty little box with some tissue and they will make a lovely gift.
 
 
<3 Amanda

Strawberry Lemonade Poppyseed Muffins


Holy Smokes it’s been a while. A long, long while. 

I had every intention of keeping up with my blog. But the baby didn’t like that plan too much. Between the baby, the housework, the other kids, the business bookwork and hockey, I’m not sure how i’m still standing…lol. But I absolutely love to cook and bake among many other things. Not that I haven’t been cooking in the past couple of years. I’ve got so many great recipes to share and organize and hopefully I can keep up and organize them all on here. 

So, while the baby naps and the other kids do their english, here we go….. Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. 

 Wow. 

 My oldest boy is a huge fan of Starbucks Lemon Poppyseed Loaf. So I decided to make a lemon loaf at home. As I started mixing it I thought how fun would it be to make these into muffins and add a strawberry twist to it. 

Boy oh boy was that a good idea….

can you say Delish!…

um ya, half of the batch was gone in 5 minutes. 

So here it is. So fluffy and light, I’m going to have to make these again tomorrow. Four boys & 12 muffins, just doesn’t cut it. 

You’ve got to try them out. 

 Strawberry Lemonade Poppyseed Muffins 
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon 
3 tbsp strawberry juice (squeeze from berries)
1/2 cup butter 
1 cup sugar 
2 eggs 
2 tsp lemon rind 
1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
2 tbsp poppy seeds (more or less depending how much you like)
icing sugar for dusting

Start with preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your 12 muffin tins with muffin cups.
Combine your 1/4 of sugar with lemon juice and strawberry juice. You might want to zap it in the microwave for a few seconds so there are no sugar grains It should be thin enough to so you can spoon it on the muffins after and have it absorb. Set the bowl aside.

Cream butter, add 1 cup of sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each egg.

Sift flower, baking powder and salt together.

Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and lemon extract, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. (make sure you do this, it makes the batter texture just right).

Stir in lemon rind and poppy seeds

Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Cool muffins for 5 minutes and then spoon syrup mixture over top each muffin slowly so that it absorbs a little into each muffin. 

Then while they’re still war, dust icing sugar over top and then let cool.

These are actually best tasting once they’ve had a chance to cool and mellow.

Enjoy!

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