Graham Cracker Chocolate Cupcakes With Marshmallow Frosting

Monday, March 20, 2017


These cupcakes are like the perfect combination of smore’s and cake. A few weeks ago we entered a cupcake contest at our church’s spring women’s event and Brooklyn knew from the moment she saw this recipe on the Pioneer Woman’s television show that this was the winning cupcake. Well… in fact it did not win (I think there was voter fraud*) but it sure was good and we’d make them again! Using a pastry torch to lightly brown the marshmallow frosting puts it over the edge yumminess. We also added more graham cracker crust to the bottom and sides of the cupcake.


Graham Cracker Chocolate Cupcakes With Marshmallow Frosting

Recipe courtesy of the Pioneer Woman

Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

Cupcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Marshmallow Frosting:
8 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

For the graham cracker crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until well combined. Press a heaping tablespoon of the crust mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup and bake until golden and just set, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
For the cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk, water and oil and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 12 to 15 minutes.
Let cool in the tins on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the tins and allow to cool completely.
For the marshmallow frosting: Combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heatproof mixing bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are warm and smooth to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on low speed, gradually increasing to medium and then finally up to high. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and whisk in the vanilla.
Spread the frosting on the cupcakes. With a handheld pastry torch, lightly brown the frosting.

*there wasn’t voter fraud. But we are demanding a recount.

How I Use Amazon Subscribe & Save

Thursday, March 09, 2017


Thank goodness for online shopping! 100% of the time if I can buy it online (for the same price as a brick & mortar), I’m going to choose that option over going to the store. With 5 homeschooling kids (one being an infant) if I can get it delivered, I’m going with that option.

Over the last year, I’ve started using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save on a monthly basis. If you’re not familiar with Subscribe & Save it’s a subscription based service via Amazon. "Set up regularly scheduled deliveries and earn savings with Subscribe & Save. Unlock extra savings on eligible subscriptions when you subscribe to five or more products at one address on your monthly delivery day. From diapers to toothpaste to dog treats, you can subscribe to thousands of everyday products from Amazon and Amazon Marketplace.”

My typical order-
Vitamins- Rainbow Light Vitamin Gummy Vitamin C, MegaFood- Baby & Me Prenatal & Postnatal
Diapers- Pampers. This time I’m trying a new brand because they had a great deal along with an additional coupon! When there is a coupon option and you combine it with the Amazon Prime discount of 20% off these are my go to, other than Costco.
Wipes- Amazon Elements Baby Wipes 720 Count $14.44 w/15% extra savings.
Dish Soap-(2) Ecos Dishmate Dish Liquid, Almond Scent 25 oz. $5.59 w/15% extra savings,
Hand Soap- Mrs. Meyers Liquid Hand Soap Refill 32oz. $5.05 w/15% extra savings.
Batteries- Amazon Basics AA Batteries 48 pack $10.62w/15% extra savings. We always need batteries and Amazon Basic carries all the sizes.

Sometimes, I’ll use a filler item to get to that magical 5th item. You can add small items like bandaids, gum, dental floss sticks, etc., for less then $3 to unlock the 15% off.

Happy Shopping!

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Friday, March 03, 2017


Confession, I hate washing and blow drying my hair. Anyone else feel this way too? What IS the socially acceptable length of time between washings? Because I’m going a week if I can get away with it! That being said, I do need a dry shampoo to get me through. I’ve tried most on the market, and what I’ve found is that they are generally expensive, irritate my scalp, and many just don’t work that well. I keep coming back to a homemade version that I found several years ago. It’s incredibly simple to make and it lasts longer than a typical can of spray dry shampoo. Plus you can feel good about it being completely all natural.


Homemade Dry Shampoo
  • 1 cup bentonite clay (mountain rose herbs or amazon). Bentonite clay has many great health and beauty uses. See below for additional uses.
  • 1 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (mountain rose herbs and amazon).
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils. A few suggestions- any citrus scent would be nice for freshness. Jasmine for a floral feminine touch. Cedarwood or lavender would also be nice.
  • Spice jar with a shaker top.
  • Optional- Cocoa powder for darker hair colors.

Mix the bentonite clay and arrowroot powder/cornstarch together in a small bowl.
Add the cocoa powder 1 teaspoon at a time, if you have darker hair.  The darker the hair the more cocoa you might need.
Next add a few drops of essential oil.
Using a funnel transfer the dry shampoo to a glass spice jar.

A little will go a long way. Start small.

Tip: Apply the dry shampoo at night and lightly massage it in before bed. This will give the powder time to absorb oils while you sleep!

Other uses from bentonite clay:
Mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply to your face for a detoxifying mask.
Add some to your bath for detoxification and skin healing properties.
It can also be taken orally to help speed recovery of stomach viruses.
There are many more uses if you are interested try googling bentonite clay!

Things I’ve Got My Eye On

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Wood Tray from Magnolia Market
Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree from Pottery Barn. I have tried twice to keep a real one alive and failed. I just don’t know why they aren’t happy in a dark corner! Kidding. All you people with plenty of light in all the right places make me jealous.
Outdoor Furniture. I love the look of this set from West Elm. I don’t know about practicality, but it has me wishing for warm weather, sun, and happy hour out on the deck. Costco also has a sectional in the warehouse that I think would be pretty great.
White Utensils. I’ve been looking for white utensils for a looong time. These guys from West Elm are perfect. I mean if you are going to display them, they should match and be pretty, right?!
Organization. We just got a new garage freezer (after our old one died) and I need to get out there and do some major organization. EVERYTHING THE HOME EDIT does is genius. They are one of my favorite instragram accounts to follow. I’m thinking these Linus Binzs from the Container Store would be a good solution.

Update

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The everett seven is finally live! Please update your bookmarks with our new web address. www.theeverettseven.com

Good things to come!

Five Four Club

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Most wives I know, do most of the shopping in the family. This includes buying clothes for their husbands. Have you noticed that men’s clothes are a lot harder and more expensive to buy? Men don’t have the thousands of options that women do!

I first found out about the Five Four Club from my brother-in-law. He was wearing a great shirt at our Christmas dinner and I asked him where he got it. He then told me all about Five Four and I immediately signed up Brian.

We’re on our 3rd month and been so happy with what we’ve gotten, I decided it was time to share all about it!

So what is this?! Five Four is a club that sends monthly curated packages usually 2-4 items based on your man’s style preferences. You don’t have to make any decisions, you keep what they send you, and you don’t send any items back. You get what you get. So far we’ve been really happy with every item he’s gotten. And, it’s only $60 a month!

To get started you pick your man’s style preferences. We picked the “Mix" which is a combination of classic, forward, and casual.


Here are some of the items we’ve gotten in the our 3 packages.







We’ve also gotten smaller items like socks and a stocking hat. In general, we’ve gotten one to two larger items along with a smaller item(s) in each package.

They also send out an email with pictures of the items you receive and ideas for how to style them. Brian’s worn everything he’s gotten many times. I think he’s worn the jeans nonstop since getting them.

I highly recommend giving it a try and I’ve got a great code for you. When you join you’ll get $30 off your first package. If you don’t like it you can cancel and all it will have cost you is $30. Like I said, we’ve been really happy. Use this link for your first $30 off code. https://www.fivefourclub.com/quiz?referrer=RE1474458

I’m not paid to do this post, but I do receive a referral credit if you sign up!

Some Springtime Favorites

Sunday, February 19, 2017



Confession, spring is my least favorite season. As an Oregonian, it’s pretty much just an extended winter with slightly warmer temperatures. All the stores come out with pretty dresses, short sleeves, and open toed shoes, meanwhile we remain freezing while trying to pretend it’s not actually still 55 and raining.
Even though the weather doesn’t usually cooperate there is still a tug to freshen up, clean up, and generally make way for the new beginning that spring represents. Either that or catch a flight to somewhere warm and sunny. I’d like to do both.
Alas, the vacation isn’t happening at this time so I’m going to focus on bringing spring to the inside of my house. My eye is really drawn to lighter wood tones and plenty of texture.


I’ve loved these oversized prayer beads for a few years. They would pop up on someone’s IG page only to discover that they weren’t available for sale. I finally tracked them down and you can find them here (price is in Canadian dollars). The cross is perfect anytime of year but especially appropriate for Lent & Easter.


What’s more spring then bringing in something living?! Most plants live a short life in my house, thanks to little light and my lack of a green thumb. Still…. it’s cheaper than fresh flowers if I can make them last longer then a week. This snake plant is suppose to be quite hard to kill. I’ll let you know.


It might be a week after Valentines day but Target is ready for Easter. I found these cute wood like eggs in the craft section and now I too am ready for Easter 40+ days in advance. Where is that monkey emoji covering it’s eyes. You can also find the eggs on line here.


Are you sensing a theme? Everything I’ve been drawn to lately is light, natural, and textured. Even the baby is wearing white :) Here’s hoping we get some sun before June.

There I Said It. I’m Not Making Goals This Year.

Friday, February 03, 2017


I didn’t make goals this year. Actually, this is the second year in a row I’ve felt like I shouldn’t make goals. Kinda odd, I know. Why?! Well, it’s complicated. Or... maybe it’s really not.

Let me go back a bit. I have made goals for years and years. I like accomplishing and checking things off the to do list. I’ve made yearly goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, you name it. I’m pretty much into this sort of thing. I want to be intentional, motivated, focused. Get it done people! Then I had twins, and then I had another baby, and now I have 5 kids. Oh! I also homeschool them and my husband often travels for long periods of time.

I have like not much time for myself anymore. So, to put another “thing” on the list to take care of, accomplish, do, etc. just doesn’t seem very realistic or really all that kind to myself. I guess I could make a goal to, “take more time for myself” but honestly I don’t know how to do that or where to begin. Plus you kinda need help when extracting yourself from the above mentioned 5 children.

So, I’m just gonna opt out. Sure, I’d LIKE to do a few things (the usual suspects- exercise, travel, be a better person). I could probably put them down, but I’m not even sure how I would have the energy to accomplish them. And, frankly I’m kinda tired of feeling like I need to do MORE.

This is actually the third time I’ve typed this post. I cringe inside when I read such personal information. Why am I putting this out on the interweb?! Who will even care? Is this self indulgent? Gah! The introvert in me is FREAKING out!! So, I just delete the post. Again. I’ve not even shared this information with my closest family. Until tomorrow, when we get together for a vision meeting and are suppose to share our goals for the year.

Maybe, I will direct them to the blog.

What’s On My Christmas “Wish” List

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I’m trying out some new blogging software that will hopefully make blogging quicker and easier. I don’t have much time to get a post out and if I’m going to keep blogging I need some help! So for fun and to try this new platform out, I’ve put a few of the things that are on my Christmas wishlist. Most of the items I’ve asked for are for the home (and half are sold out!). I need some organizing help and I really would like to redo my pantry. Anyway, we’ll see how this goes. What’s on your Christmas Wish list?



Christmas Time

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fiiiiinalllllyyyy…. a real post!

Welcome friends to a Christmas stop at our house. I wish I could have you over for a Christmas party with fun Christmas tunes, fancy appetizers, and champs. Or just frothy lattes and Christmas cookies.

Throughout the years, we’ve documented our Christmas home and Christmas traditions on the blog and it would be sad not to capture what life was like in the Everett household for “Baby’s first Christmas”.

However, I don’t have the time to make sure the house is 100% in order, or a minute to even capture it if it was! So… there are no “professional” looking images (even if I tried there wouldn’t be anyway), kids are probably in the background, and more than half could be from Instagram Stories.

Anyway, all we want is some lights, a bunch of cozy, and memories.

Sometimes I feel like doing a red Christmas. For a couple of years we even did a blue Christmas theme (not sure why now!) but this year everything is pretty creams with a touch of natural elements and metallics.

These trees remind me of ones I saw in our hotel in Paris. I searched high and low to try and recreate what I had seen and finally found something similar from Target a couple of years ago.

I didn’t really go all out and decorate the entire house from top to bottom. I LOVE it when people do, and I would LOVE to visit your house if you do so! I’m feeling like we have so much stuff and it gets even crazier at Christmas.

Just look at all these stockings!


Our Elf on the Shelf is back- Sparkle. She’s not a very fancy elf, she mostly hangs from things and makes messes. But, the kids still ask each year when she is returning and they race from their beds each morning to find her.

Last year Brooklyn & Ella used their own money to start their very own Christmas villages. We are up to four houses now (almost a village) and I convinced them to set it up in the school room so we could all enjoy them.

Always prettier at night

We are doing the Giving Manger again along with She Reads Truth Advent cards. Love love love both.

Last but not least, you’re shown the door. Literally. The baby is up from her nap and I have to finish this post, probably even before proofing.

Oh well! At least I blogged!


WOW

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write. The last six months have been challenging and wonderful and full, very full. I haven’t had time to do a lot of things, like personal time, exercise, or blog. Thank you friends for being patient with me.  Tomorrow, Colette turns 6 months old.  How can she already be half a year old?   There were so many things that I thought would be easy, but honestly they haven’t been.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I had dreamed that maybe life wouldn’t be so drastically different. And, you know, that’s ok.   So… here we are.  An update and some cute pictures from our recent session with sweetmint.   More to come hopefully sooner rather than later. 

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