Simple Chocolate Frosting

My oldest son Caleb celebrated turning 11 this weekend. If you saw yesterdays post you saw a few highlights from that… I thought Id share a new recipe I tried for his birthday. I made up my 1st ever chocolate frosting recipe. I’ve done “vanilla” frosting before… but never chocolate. Not to long ago I was watching the Food network though and saw Giada’s cooking show. She made up some chocolate frosting and I remember thinking “wow, that is simple!” and so I googled it, found the recipe and gave it a go.

It came out great! Although mine was a bit “pale” looking in the chocolate color… but it tasted just fine. I think for more chocolate color, you’d just need to add in more chocolate. Enjoy! it was a hit.


Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe, using 5 ingredients.

Simple Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, (room temperature)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Use a mixer or hand mixer and beat the butter until light and smooth. Proceed to add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  2. Then place your chocolate chips in a small bowl or sauce pan and place over another pot, with slightly boiling water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the melted chocolate to the vanilla frosting and stir until smooth.
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Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Super Simple Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Caleb turns 11

Today is Caleb’s 11th Birthday! To the day :) – This weekend we celebrated Caleb turning 11 with my parents and his brothers of course. All went well and Caleb had a great Birthday celebration.

Despite my little guy growing leaps and bounds this year, one thing remains the same…


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We are very proud of who Caleb is becoming. A great young man. I cherish the moments of innocence I still have left with him… and love he isn’t “GROWN” yet… but I can see in him already, a great father and husband. He is a great kid.

Thankful.

For Caleb’s birthday we had a big breakfast and then made our way to a nearby Lake. Its A HUGE man made lake in SC. Those local know exactly where I am talking about. :)

It was beautiful. Not to hot. Very few people. In fact my boys were the only children there over the age of four. Because we went on a friday morning, schools were in session… so we most def loved being a home school family that morning haha…

After the lake we enjoyed Caleb’s choice of lunch. Pizza and Soda (We rarely give the boys soda, so this is a treat when we allow them to choose the drink they want). We then sang Happy Birthday, had cake/ice-cream and opened gifts.

For dinner we went to a local mexican place Caleb loves. Stayed out til like 9pm. Stayed up til 11pm watching movies.

Birthday success. :)

Below are a few more memories from the day…

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My adorable parents. They celebrate 35 years in Sept!

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Kitchen Paint Job

Before moving into our new house, we had two rooms we wanted to tackle painting. The paint job these two rooms had just weren’t our style… and we felt they made the room feel smaller. The before photos I took you actually cant really see the “texture” the wall had prior. The former home owners did some sort of artsy texture thing on the walls.. I am sure they spent a good amount of time doing it… but we each have our own styles and this wasn’t mine. So it had to go.

We used the Sherwin Williams paint color “Sedate Gray” in this room. It has a hue of green/blue in it, it compliments our living room curtains (that I will show once our living room is done). Our kitchen table has grey hues as well, so I thought it went really well with the kitchen.

I do hope to get a center island eventually as well for more work space. The kitchen is a great size and we have pretty good storage too. The one thing this kitchen does lack that our other kitchen had, is a bar (I will miss that!) and our huge walk in pantry. I knew going into this house hunting process, that to find a kitchen that matched our Atlanta home features, would be hard to find. So I wasn’t let down when it didn’t match up exactly. :)

I still cannot complain. Its a beautiful kitchen.

Enjoy the before/afters :)

BEFORE

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AFTER

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The old wire phone is staying, Reed likes it :) – even tho it isn’t hooked up.

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The last thing Id like to do to this kitchen is to paint the door leading out to the screen porch (its located to the right of our kitchen table) – also the door in the laundry hallway (you can’t see it here but its connected to the kitchen), Id love to paint those an accent color.

Something like this…


So eventually that’ll get done. :) I think it’ll be a nice pop for the room, since grey is kind of boring by itself.

I also would love a backsplash similar to this…

One thing at a time though, right?

Moved in

We are officially moved in! Yay! Finally :)

We moved our final bit of “stuff” (mostly beds, our kitchen table, computer, plates, etc) on Tuesday last week [Thank you for all those who helped! We could not have done it without you]. It has taken us the rest of the week to unpack all the boxes (we still have a few left)… get our wifi back up, pantry stocked, and so forth. We still have a good bit to do but right now the house is feeling more “like home.” It takes time any time you move for a place to begin to feel like home. Anyone who has moved more than a few times gets this…

While some of our moves have been easier to make than others, leaving Woodstock was very bittersweet. Our time there was unusual, special, different and so needed…We are forever thankful for the kindness and generosity of First Baptist Woodstock… who blessed us in ways we cannot even express fully.

I am thankful for where God has brought us and am excited about what is to come! I think the Lord has great plans for the church we are at… and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

Here are a few photos from church here btw. I know many have been curious what the church looks like, etc..etc.. so here is a small glimpse for those curious.


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Taite in his SS Class :) [so serious]

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Owen in his SS Class

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Caleb in his – hes the only boy in his, I’m sure he welcomes that haha…

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One thing I hope to always be throughout my years here as a Pastors wife, is to be genuine… I hope my little blog can be a small glimpse into that desire… without getting me into to much trouble… :-\

I never ever want to seem like the type to “have it all together” … or perfected my life. Far from it. I want people to feel the bumps and sense the struggles. No one wants to watch another person live not seeing struggle in their life. We each struggle at times and I think being honest (wisely) is always appreciated. At least I appreciate those who are that way. :) Maybe that is just me.

“stepping off soap box”

This week I have got to get our home school stuff situation.

I have our school room completely set up! Praise the Lord it all came together pretty easily… Now though I have to go through and make copies for our 1st few months of school. Most of our subjects I have workbooks already set for the boys.. but History and Science will require a bit more copy work and putting together of binders. Nothing to over whelming I hope… but I have enough to do that I think this week will be a little slack on the blog posting again.

With Wifi back up though I do hope to post some fun before/after photos.

We painted 2 rooms and they look great!

We still don’t have living room furniture. We have been shopping around some but have not decided on anything just yet. For now we are using a 2 seat recliner sofa from a sweet lady at church. We hope to incorporate it some how. For 6 people it has been a bit tight, haha! All four boys squeeze into those 2 seats though and with a few kitchen chairs thrown into the mix, we’ve been just fine without a full set. I do hope next week we can nail down and make a decision on something though. :)

I also need to get back into the routine of cooking more. With our temp stay at the farm I was a bit slack on meal making. It was hard to prep meals for a family of 6 in a smaller kitchen… I have no excuse now :) – our kitchen is a great size.

So lots to do!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Below are a few more “instagram” photos from the last week or so. Be sure to follow our updates on instagram HERE.


This is the front yard, Caleb letting Reed watch the garbage truck. I am in love with the trees!

Paint, updates, oil sale?

To those who follow me on Instagram, you already know we have been busy painting our new house. The house we closed on friday was beautiful but the paint choices the previous owners had chosen, just didn’t match us well. So we are repainting a few rooms to start… Id love to paint more but for the time being, the top three we will paint are the kitchen, the living room and an upstairs guestroom/office.

I will do side/side before and afters soon enough… for now the teasers on instagram will have to do :-) – it looks SO MUCH BETTER already though. Love how its turning out.

This weekend we had help from a good number of church members and my parents.

We got all of our storage unit unloaded. Most of all our things are now in the new house. Now its just a matter of going through the chaos of boxes, putting them in the right rooms, unboxing things… and organizing rooms. We are still living in our farm temp house for today and most of tomorrow. The plan is to be in the new house by tuesday night… We have to move our beds, kitchen table and all the stuff we’ve been living with in the trailer (so clothes, towels, bed sheets, that sorta stuff). So there still is a lot of work to be done…

I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel though… and while I am truly exhausted this evening as I type this… I am thankful.

We are blessed and I look forward to making lots of memories in our new home.

… and to end, in case you missed it, Rocky Mountain Oils where I buy all my Essential Oils is having a HUGE sale right now. 50% off many oils… and free shipping. Now is the time to stock up. :)

Disclosure: The above post contains some affiliate links to Rocky Mountain Oils.

Few weekend Grams

Its been a busy week starting up school. Celebrating turning 32… cutting my hair (eek! not sure I love it just yet but its always fun to mix up..). This week I have two Home School Co-op meetings im going to. Trying to figure out what group Id like to join. We also have a re-inspection of our home wednesday that we are buying. Since we had to have the sellers fix a few things, a re-inspection is required for the loan. Thankfully its no extra cost. If all is well, we close 9am Friday!

So it’ll be a busy week.

SO I leave you with some instagram photos :) – since I may not be the best blogger this week.

Reed was the first to bring on the drama with home school.
He got upset that his coloring box wasn’t “green.”

He got over it thankfully. :)

My cuties hard at work. #homeschoolingboys #homeschool #boymom

The rest of the boys did great with their first day schooling!
We decided to wean back in and start with some basics.

I wont have access to the rest of their books until after the move.

To see our 2015-2016 curriculum choices this year check out THIS POST.

For those curious what I chose for Science/History.
I went with Apologia for Science and Mystery of History.

Well they're back!! ? do I look younger? Like my friend Lori said. Bangs are better and cheaper than Botox hahahha.... #bangs #itsjusthair #32yearsold

With turning 32, the bangs came back. They really do make me look younger.

My mom and dad came up for my birthday.
So nice having them closer. They live an hour 15 minutes away now!

My mom, Reed and I went to Ulta for the first time. Wont lie, not my fav. store at all. So overwhelming.

We went furniture shopping too. Looking for a new sofa.
Some how we ended up on this bed, no luck, but had fun.

We’ve had a lot of car naps too. Due to early risers!

Just another day #onthefarm ripping up stumps. ? #farmlife

To top off a great week/weekend, Mr. Fisher, the nice man letting us live on his land
in his spare double wide, made our boys day.

Tractor rides! Its all Reed has talked about since :)

He loves “Fishter Fisher.” :)

Color options in our future Home?

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So! We close on our house in less than a week now. eek! We can’t wait.

I thought it be fun leading up to it, to get other peoples thoughts on a paint color. Obviously, we each have our different taste…and I may choose a color some hate :) – but I do love putting it out there and hearing what others think about this sort of thing.

Alright, so the kitchen is a very dark yellow right now. I cannot say its a pretty yellow. No offense to the home owner who used that color… but its just not my style. The counter tops are black quarts with a bit of sparkle (they are beautiful, although if I had built the house myself and had another color option, I would have gone with something besides black, still, they are nice, so ill work with it.). The cabinets a soft off white. The appliances are black.

The photo to the right I took last week after a visit to the house. The home owners aren’t quiet moved out, so that is why it is messy in the photo. They had a bit of everything all over the place. It’ll give you an idea of what colors I have to work with though.

The kitchen opens up beyond the “globe” (bottom left of photo) to 3 large windows and a door. So that area is where our kitchen table would be. So it all be in the same room.

Here is a reminder of what our kitchen table looks like, because it most def. comes into play with color choices…


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So our kitchen table is rustic… has hues of gray in it… its probably my favorite piece of furniture we own… so whatever color we use in this kitchen, has to compliment it. :)

Here are some colors I was leaning towards….



I even thought about doing a back splash… but I’m not sure what color… maybe a gray-ish wall with a warm hue… of either blue or green…with a tile back splash that is blue?? So many choices!

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Alright the other room we want to paint is the living room.

It is a great size with so much charm.

The other side of the room has ceiling to floor built ins that are white. With a french door in the middle that leads to the screen porch. Here is a photo of them, sorry its so dark… and again its messy because the home owners were still in the “packing” phase when I took these.

I already purchased curtains for the front two windows in this room from world market. They had them 50% off, plus I had a 10% off coupon.. so I saved 60% on them. I couldn’t pass that up. So I got curtains in a blue-ish hue. They are these… The picture doesn’t do them justice though. They have a beautiful texture to them… and the color is much warmer and softer than the photo appears. So I want to paint this room around those blue-ish curtains. Because there is a fire place with old fashion brick though, I can’t go to cold… I feel like a warm color is a must but I dont want it to dark.

Here is what I was thinking…

A warm gray?? So the kitchen I would do a blue-ish warm gray? and then the living space a richer less blue gray but still warm. Does that make any sense?! Is that to much gray? haha… our sofas are still up in the air. We don’t have the beige ones we had in Atlanta… we gave those to a friend.. so we have to buy a new sofa. I was thinking of a darker brown sofa tho (in hopes to hide boy dirt haha).

Not leather though. We have an indoor cat with claws… so leather is a no go for us.

and this is the color of the school room (which is also on the main floor).

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While I don’t LOVE the colors in that room, they actually seem calming to me… perfect for schooling.. so I may leave that room as is.

For those curious details about this house.

It was built in the 90s. Its in a very wooded neighborhood. I adore woods!! (hmmm goes with our last name, haha). I just love trees… and shade… and the backyard here is just perfect for our boys. Enough grass to play in… but enough woods to explore as well. Lots and lots of shade for those hot summer days. There is also a fire pit area already set up… and you all know we love fire pit time in our family.

The house is located on a huge cul-de-sac, so perfect spot for kids to ride bikes. We’ve noticed BOTH neighbors near us have play sets and trampolines/tire swing, so we are hoping there are kids around for our boys to meet. :)

It is a four bedroom. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The 4th bedroom is actually considered a FROG room (finished room over garage). So the ceilings are slightly lower on the sides of the room. Which can possibly become problematic with bunks… So for now we plan to put Taite and Owen in that larger room. It will also be a playroom… so hopefully I can organize it well to keep their beds on one side, play area on another. The other bedrooms will be an office/guest room and Caleb/Reeds room. If we have any more kids (we sort of feel this will happen)… then the guestroom would then become a nursery. Sorry mom and dad. We are hoping though that if and when this happens, we can possibly organize the larger FROG room to second as a guestroom for needed. We will cross that bridge when it comes. :)

Any who, thats about it :) – I look forward to posting some wider angle images taken with my real camera once we get things set up.

We close the 14th at 9am! Hope to paint before we move in (or have someone paint it for us)… and then move things in slowly. What is awesome about this particular move is we still have a place to lay our head in the process… so we may stay at our temp home a while longer in order to make the transition a little less crazy.

and to end… to those who think the posting of these photos is to ever brag. It is not. We are very blessed and I am so thankful for the ability to even buy a home. We know that many have so much less… and each time I think about how much we do have, I am humbled.. and thankful. I hope our home can be a place where we welcome families in… and a home to raise these boys up in. I just love to share our world with those who read the blog.. and with my family/friends around the globe. So my posting photos is for those purposes only. To share.

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