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our colorful life | cheer coach josh

Cheer Coach Josh is done for the year! Last night was the official end of Josh’s first cheer season. He was approached about coaching the freshman squad kind of out of the blue last fall, but he’s had a blast doing it all year. To celebrate the girls achievements and have some fun, Josh wanted to throw a little party in his classroom and asked me to help out with all the details. Of course I said yes, because I’m really into parties, but also, the man works non-stop. He’s up early in the morning and often doesn’t get home until 7:00 or later. So, I really wanted to help make this party special not just for the girls, but also for my hardworking husband.

our colorful life | cheer coach joshWe brought in sandwiches and fruit for dinner and I whipped up some fantastically girly cupcakes for dessert. Seriously, I always get requests for my Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes. They are always the first to go. But, I was equally excited about the Vanilla/Vanilla combo this time, because they got purple icing and some edible glitter! Man, do those girls love glitter!

I snagged those polka dot straws and IZZE Sparkling Blackberry sodas on sale at Target. These were a big hit! The girls loved sipping yummy soda from cute straws. Who wouldn’t right?our colorful life | cheer coach joshI didn’t do much in way of decorations, but I did make a lot more of these ruffled crepe paper garlands in purple and black. They got strung up all the way around the room and Josh’s white board, and at the end of the party, I let the girls take them home.

I mixed up a party playlist featuring a fun mix some girl power tunes, current pop, and a sprinkling of 90’s sporting event songs (y’all ready for this?). After eating and chatting, Josh handed out cute little awards for each girl, they all made a few speeches, and then we took lots of pictures.

It was a lot of fun. These girls are all super goofy. Plus, you can just see from the pictures above that they love their coach! It makes me so happy that Josh has a group of students he can count on to work hard and be respectful; a luxury he is not afforded in his everyday classes.

But have no fear! Because Josh is taking over Freshman AND JV next year, so you haven’t heard the last of Cheer Coach Josh!

yum | pink champagne cupcakes

In college, I was pretty obsessed with baking. I even started a tiny dessert catering business where I baked treats and created pretty dessert bars for parties. Now, that I’m in the “adult world” with full-time employment, I don’t get to bake as much as I used to, but I sure do love me an awesome cupcake.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it be fun to share with you one of my absolute favorite cupcake recipes that would make a perfect Valentine’s treat. Wait until you try these Pink Champagne Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream.

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yum | homemade traditional wassail

Happy Monday friends! Welcome to the week before Christmas! One of the things I love most in the whole world is hanging out at home with a warm beverage when the temperature starts to drop. And without a doubt, my preferred toasty drink in December is homemade traditional wassail!homemade traditional wassail recipeIt’s basically Christmas in a cup! The first time I ever tried this was Christmas a few years ago at my husband’s house. My sister-in-law Jennifer brewed this up and I was immediately hooked.

homemade traditional wassail recipeAt a first glace of the ingredients you might not instantly think “holidays”, but with everything mulled together. Oh man! It’s crazy amazing.

homemade traditional wassail recipeAnd, it is actually the perfect party drink! Jennifer makes it in a crock pot to keep it warm for hours and people can just grab a mug whenever they please. Our crock pot is teeny-tiny so we made ours over the stove. Either option would work perfect for your holiday get together.homemade traditional wassail recipeHomemade Traditional Wassail:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange
  1. Combine apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, &sugar into a large pot/crock pot.
  2. Stick cloves into the skin of your whole orange and place in pot.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks and let simmer on low-medium heat until heated through.
  4. Enjoy throughout the day.

homemade traditional wassail recipeMy local grocery store happened to be out of cloves, so I just sliced my orange into thick slices and let those simmer in the pot. It was just as tasty, but the cloves definitely give it a big holiday flavor boost.

If you’re making it just for you (no judgement, that’s what we did!), you can pour any remaining wassail into a pitcher and store in the refrigerator. Just pour and heat whenever you desire a cup of Christmas cheer!

What’s your favorite toasty holiday beverage? Do you have any amazing recipes? Share below!

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yum | simple cranberry compote

Happy Thanksgiving week! Can you even believe November is almost over? Blech, I can’t. Usually for Thanksgiving, Josh and I stay close to home. It’s never long enough of a break to make the six hour trek to our home town, so we hang out together. Last year was my first attempt at making Thanksgiving dinner 100% from scratch, and you know what? It turned out pretty well for a newbie. I’m talking the turkey and everything.

One of my favorite and simplest Thanksgiving recipes is this Simple Cranberry Compote. I’m kind of weird with cranberry sauce. My mom likes to make this traditional german cranberry sauce from scratch, but when I was a kid I always preferred the canned stuff. Yup, the kind that’s still can shaped on a plate. But, this recipe changed all that.

simple-cranberry-compote-promoThe trick is the addition of dates and honey. It totally sweetens up the tart cranberries but you still get their flavor. Plus with only 4 ingredients, it’s too simple not to try.

simple-cranberry-compote-ingredientsSimple Cranberry Compote:

In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, dates, honey, water, and salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Stir often until the cranberries begin to burst and the mixture thickens. About 6-8 minutes.

Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Originally, this recipe called for figs instead of dates, so you can easily substitute for whichever one your store carries.

simple-cranberry-compote-23The recipe is super simple and will add almost no extra time to your Thanksgiving menu. Plus, it can be made up to three days in advance. Just cover and refrigerate then when you’re ready, bring to room temperature before serving.

 Yum, I can’t wait for Thursday! What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

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mad props | no. 1

One of the things I love the most about the blogging community is the kindness and appreciation shared between blogs both big and small. We’ve got a great community to be inspired by. I wanted to make sure to recognize some of the bloggers who work so hard to create beautiful content with a monthly “mad props” post. The title is silly, the intention is warm and fuzzy. Enjoy some of my favorite posts and projects from the blog-o-sphere this month.mad props | no. 1

  1. Cute packaging meets pie. Kelly over at Studio DIY knows how to do it up right. (Assuming there is actually leftover pie!)
  2. Be thankful for your friends with Friendsgiving 2013 celebrated with Emma and Elsie at A Beautiful Mess.
  3. Happy first wedding anniversary to my lovely friend Savannah Smiled. Can you even imagine a cuter couple?
  4. Victoria from A Subtle Revelry shared a unique and thoughtful gift idea. Soup and warm bread on a chilly day.