Monday, July 15, 2019

Into The Woods

Hello everyone!
Over the weekend Erik and I stayed at my family's cabin.
We love to spend time in the great outdoors.
What with the late winter and very wet spring, it took a little longer than we would have liked but we are glad that we were finally able to make it in.


My family built my grandparent's cabin about 30 years ago.
I have a lot of memories there and love the ones I now get to create with Erik.



Saturday happened to be the HOA's annual luncheon.
I had never attended before. 
Since my family could not make it up we decided to stop by and represent.
They had all sorts of delicious food and it was held right by the gorgeous lake.


They held a raffle and we ended up winning the biggest prize there.
A solar-powered blue tooth speaker!
I am so excited to have it at the cabin for all of us to use. 


Everywhere was simply breathtaking.
We tried to spend as much time outside as we could.
We went for walks, read on the porch and drove around the canyon.






Erik practiced skipping rocks on the lake and rivers.
He was actually getting pretty good near the end. 



We saw a TON of wildlife.
Birds, pot guts and dozens of deer!



My favorite part though was the sunsets.
Seeing the forest slowly turn gold was stunning.




Our time there went by way too fast but I am so excited that we will be heading back there next week.
What is your favorite part of the great outdoors?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Delicious Watermelon Cake

Hello everyone!
One of my favorite things about summertime is watermelon.
It's so delicious!
Each time Erik and I cut one up, there is a good chance we will eat it all then and there.
I have seen lots of fun watermelon cakes around but, I had not seen any that were round like an actual watermelon.
I thought it would be fun to create a cake that not only looked like a watermelon but, tasted like one too!


You will need:
2 Cups Of Flour
2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/8 a Teaspoon of Salt
1 Stick of Salted Butter, Room Temperature
1/4 a Cup of Vegetable Shortening
1 and 1/2 Cups of Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1/4 a Teaspoon of Almond Extract
5 Egg Whites
3/4 a Cup of Whole Milk
1 Packet of Watermelon Gelatin
1/2 A Cup of Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
White Buttercream Frosting
Light Green, Dark Green and Red Food Dye


Preheat oven to 350o.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and watermelon gelatin mix.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening until soft.
Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts.
Add the egg whites one at a time beating well after each addition.
Alternate adding in your dry mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and mixing until just combined after each addition.
Add a few drops of red dye to the batter and mix until well incorporated.
Gently fold the chocolate chips into the batter until just incorporated.


Grease both sides of a six-inch ball baking pan with shortening.
Fill each baking pan evenly with the batter.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Move to a wire rack and let cool.
Prepare your frosting.
Dye 1/3 of the frosting dark green, 1/3 light green, and 1/3 red.
Once the cakes are cool, flip them upside down and level the bottoms so that they will lay flat.
On your serving tray, apply two small dots of the buttercream frosting where you would like to place your cakes.
Set the cake bottoms on the dots.
Alternate applying stripes of light green and dark green frosting around the sides of the cakes.
Carefully smooth the frosting lightly blending the green colors into one another to reflect the look of a watermelon rind.


Frost the top of the cakes with the red buttercream frosting.
Apply a few of the mini chocolate chips flat side up on top of the red frosting to look like seeds.
Enjoy!


I love how this cake turned out!
A round cake is not something you see every day especially one that looks like a watermelon.
But the best part is that is tastes like it too!


I could NOT stop eating this cake.
One tiny taste would turn into a slice, that would turn into another slice and so on.
You have been warned!
What is your favorite food to enjoy in the summertime?


All my love,
Autumn

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

We're Back!

Sunday May 26th


Hello everyone!
We are trying to get back into the vlogging game. 
In our coming back vlog we spend the night at a hotel.
We ate, shopped and checked something off my 26 for 26 bucket list.
When is/was your golden birthday?

All my love,
Autumn

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Night At The Fair

Hello everyone!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. 
Erik and I sure did.
We went to the City Fair!


Each year our city holds a fair around the Fourth of July.
We have always wanted to attend but can never seem to find time with all of the Holiday Festivities.
This year we were able to make it work. 
We headed out a little later in the day so we would get there right around dusk.
I always love to be at fairs or amusement parks as it starts to get dark and the lights start twinkling on.


As soon as we got there, Erik had his eyes on some Cotton Candy.
The food cart was our first stop.


We ate the Cotton Candy as we scoped out the fair for things we would like to do.


We soaked in the sights and smells and enjoyed the live music.



We also came across the most gorgeous puppy!
His name was Blue.
We were blessed enough to pet him and then I proceeded to stalk him for a good portion of the night.


Afterward, we bought some tickets for the rides.
Erik wanted to go on the Ferris Wheel and I wanted to go down the giant Fun Slide. 
We were in line for the Ferris Wheel for a hot second...
It worked out perfectly though. 
We made it on just in time to see some fireworks at the rodeo down the street.


Then it was time to go down the Fun Slide.
I have to admit I was a little nervous climbing up the stairs.
It didn't seem to have the strongest foundation and I do not do heights.
We were given a burlap sack to sit on.
After wrestling with a heap of kids at the top, it was finally our turn.
It was super fast and super fun.


Then I was ready for something salty. 
We headed back to the food cart and grabbed some popcorn.


We continued to walk around the fair and take in all the sights.
We were able to find a spot to sit and sat down while finishing the popcorn and enjoying each other's company.




It was such a nice night.
I love having the opportunity to just be with Erik with no distractions.
It's nice to hold hands and talk about simple things. 
It was also a fun atmosphere to take in right after finishing Stranger Things 3.
We felt like we were on set!
Have you seen all of Stranger Things 3 yet?
What did you think?


All my love, 
Autumn


Monday, July 1, 2019

Our Weekend Down South + A Discount Code

Hello everyone!
Last weekend Erik and I headed to Southern Utah for a little break.
Erik's grandparents have a condo in St. George and they are so kind as to let us use it.


We left Thursday afternoon and got their that evening. 
We really didn't have any plans but to relax. 
And relax we did.
We ate out, did a little shopping, saw a movie, explored Old Town and rebinged Stranger Things Season 2 in preparation for Season 3 this week.
It was great to just be together and unwind.




We also got to try out our new Muzmm Backpack for the first time!
I have had an interest in a new duffle bag for the last few years.
The one I currently have is 12 years old, bright green with lime polka dots and looks like it has lived a nice long life. 
I was very eager to buy one specifically for our adventures this summer.
Enter Muzmm.
They reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in buying one of their bags.
It felt like it was meant to be.
After doing a little research I decided that I really was interested in their bags.
I liked the look and how they can be used in three different ways. 
As a backpack (duh), as a duffel bag or as a shoulder bag. 
They come in two different sizes and several different patterns and colors. 
We went with Big Ash.


We took it with us to St. George this weekend for our first test run.
And to be honest we were very impressed.
It can hold A LOT and is high quality.
The best part of all of this?
They have provided me with my own discount code for you to use towards your very own. 
Use autumn20 for 20% off your order. 
Let me know which one you end up getting!
What summer adventures do you have planned this year?


All my love, 
Autumn

Friday, June 28, 2019

Popping Patriotic Cupcakes

Hello everyone!
The Fourth of July is less than a week away.
What?!
Has the year flown by for anyone else?
I am super excited because the Fourth is one of my favorite holidays.
There is such a fun energy that surrounds it.
To help us celebrate I made these fun patriotic cupcakes with a secret ingredient (it's pop rocks) that actually make them pop.


You will need:
2 Cups Of Flour
2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/8 a Teaspoon of Salt
1 Stick of Salted Butter, Room Temperature
1/4 a Cup of Vegetable Shortening
1 and 1/2 Cups of Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1/4 a Teaspoon of Almond Extract
5 Egg Whites
3/4 a Cup of Whole Milk
1/4 a Cup of Red and Blue Sprinkles
White Buttercream Frosting
Red and Blue Food Dye
Pop Rocks


Preheat oven to 350o.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening until soft.
Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts.
Add the egg whites one at a time beating well after each addition.
Alternate adding in your dry mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and mixing until just combined after each addition.
Gently fold the sprinkles into the batter until just incorporated.
In a cupcake tray lined with cupcake liners, scoop batter into the liners until they are 2/3rds full.
Bake the cupcakes for 18 - 20 minutes or, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Move to a wire rack and let cool. 
Once cool, use a straw to poke holes into each cupcake.
Spoon the pop rocks into each cavity.
If you want a bigger popping sensation do several holes.
If you want a more subtle sensation do less.
Repeat until each cupcake has been filled with Pop Rocks.


Prepare the frosting.
Divide the buttercream frosting equally between three bowls.
Dye one red, one blue and leave one white. 
In a piping bag fitted with a large star tip, carefully add the frosting in sections avoiding mixing the colors.


Frost your cupcake with a patriotic swirl.
Enjoy!


These cupcakes were SO much fun to bring to life.
I have had them in the back of my mind for a few years.
They are the perfect treat to indulge in for the holiday and will have you feeling all sorts of festive.
What is your favorite treat to enjoy on the Fourth?


All my love,
Autumn