Saturday, April 19, 2014

Simple things Sunday | Easter

Welcome back to Simple things Sunday everyone! I got back home Tuesday and it feels like I started making up for all the time I was away as soon as I stepped off the plane! 10 days is a long time to be gone. I'm so grateful to be back with my family and to be well on my way to feeling 100%!

We managed to squeeze in all of our favourite Easter traditions this week: egg dying, hunting for eggs, rolling Easter eggs, reading some of our favourite Easter books. We're used to chilly temperatures and the occasional Spring snowstorm this time of year, so I couldn't help feeling a little spoiled with such a beautiful Easter week full of sunshine!

The Easter Bunny comes to our house on Saturday morning so that we can spend our Sunday reflecting on the life of the Savior and all the blessings we enjoy #BecauseofHim. If you haven't watched it yet, I encourage you to watch this inspiring video about all that was made possible in my life and in the lives of countless others, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter Sunday!


What simple moments are you celebrating this week?

-Share your photos with us on Instagram, Twitter, G+, even Pinterest by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday. Stacy on Instagram // Rebecca on Instagram

-Post your photos on the Simple as That Facebook wall anytime! I
'd love to see what's going on in your world!

-You can also link up here on the blog each weekend starting Saturday nights at 10pm CST!


What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are. Read all about STS here.



Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins


I'm so pleased to welcome the lovely Cheri, of Kitchen Simplicity to the blog today! She is sharing one of her delicious recipes with us! These carrot cake muffins sounds divine and I can't wait to try them!   

Carrot cake. What is it that makes it so synonyms with spring? Is it the craving for fresh spring and summer vegetables? Or is it simply the fact that spring = Easter = bunnies = carrots = cake (because really what other associations do you need to turn a healthy vegetable into a decadent cake)?
This time around I decided to keep things on the healthier side by using carrot cake as inspiration for some tasty whole wheat muffins.





The base is fluffy and light, more the texture of a cupcake than a muffin, even though they are 100% whole wheat. And, rather than a thick layer of frosting, the tops are dipped in a sticky cream cheese glaze sweetened with brown sugar and maple. They are just decadent enough to feel like a treat while still being healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast.
If you’re looking for an Easter hostess gift, brunch potluck item, or simply a fun baking project to make with the ! kids, these muffins are perfectly suited for spring.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins with Maple-Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze

Muffins
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrots
Glaze
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and spices. In a separate bowl whisk together oil, egg, milk, vanilla, and sour cream. Stir into flour mixture just until evenly combined. Fold in shredded carrots. Spoon evenly into 12 paper lined muffin cups. Bake at 400oF for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

For the glaze: beat together cream cheese, butter, and brown sugar with a wooden spoon or beaters, until smooth. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla until well blended. Once muffins have cooled, dip the tops in the glaze, or spoon the glaze over. Store, covered in the fridge. To freeze: place on a baking sheet in the freezer until frozen, wrap individually in plastic wrap before placing in a large sealable plastic bag to store.

Makes: 12 muffins



Thank you so much for this yummy recipe Cheri! For more scrumptious recipes, meal ideas and beautiful food photography, be sure to swing by Kitchen Simplicity! Here are just a few more of Cheri's recipes that caught my eye! 

Follow Kitchen Simplicity: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone! :)



Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Yogurt
Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Skillet Lasagna
Carrot Cake Pancakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Topping


Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Simple Things Sunday | At the Farm

It's hard to believe the weekend is here already - time for Simple things Sunday again! :)  I'm still in Canada recovering from surgery. I'm feeling better and better each day and I'm happy to be on my way home soon. Staying at my parents place brings back lots of memories of growing up on the farm. I always loved tagging along with my Dad while he did chores. I still do. It's been nice to go check on the new calves and feed the cows with my Dad and spend some one on one time with him this week. :)

What simple moments made you smile this week?

We'd LOVE for you to share your photos with us! You can:

-Share your photos as they happen on Instagram, Twitter, G+, even Pinterest by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday. Stacy on Instagram // Rebecca on Instagram

-Post your photos on the SAT Facebook wall anytime! I
'd love to see what's going on in your world on the Simple as That Facebook page!

-You can also link up here on the blog each weekend starting Saturday nights at 10pm CST!


What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are. Read all about STS here.



Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 General Conference Printables

I look forward to Conference time throughout the year and this past weekends General Conference was as uplifting as ever!  I love jotting down my favorite quotes as I listen to the talks and this year I took a digital approach to note taking. I made some illustrations of my favorite quotes using Rhonna Designs  app on my iPad. You'll find links to download digital versions of following quotes plus links to a few of my favorite talks. I hope you enjoy and as always, feel free to share with your family and friends!





"Today's complexity demands greater simplicity." - Elder L. Tom Perry




"Don't assume that happiness is the absence of a load. The unique burdens in each of our lives help us rely upon the merits, mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah." - Elder David A. Bednar





"We can choose to be grateful no matter what." - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf



"As we arise each morning let us determine to respond with more love and kindness to whatever might come our way."
- President Thomas S. Monson



"Gratitude is a catalyst to to all Christ-like attributes. A thankful heart is the parent to all all virtues."
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf





"Blame keeps wounds open, forgiveness heals." - President Thomas S. Monson


April 2014 General Conference Quotes Printables. 
Click the link above to download the full resolution files. Printable PDF version coming soon.

If you're looking for more LDS inspiration check out the brand new Pinterest Board: Live it! Love it! LDS. I'm excited to collaborate with an amazing bunch of LDS bloggers in sharing some of the best LDS inspiration out there! On this board you'll find beautiful LDS themed printables, memorable activity ideas, LDS inspired decor, DIY projects and more! It's a faith filled board where you can go to be inspired and uplifted.

Follow Jamielyn {iheartnaptime.net}'s board Live it. Love it. LDS. on Pinterest.


Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Simple Things Sunday | Smile



I'm keeping things easy for #SimpleThingSunday this weekend by sharing this photo I posted on instagram the other day. My husband writing a big exam and myself going in for surgery on the SAME day made for an interesting week. That sweet smile and darling little drawing made me pause in the midst of all the chaos and realize that there are so many things to smile about, even when life is hard. :)

"I’ve seen better days, but I have also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed." - unknown

What simple moments made you smile this week?

We'd LOVE for you to share your photos with us! You can:

-Share your photos as they happen on Instagram, Twitter, G+, even Pinterest by using the hashtag #SimpleThingsSunday. Stacy on Instagram // Rebecca on Instagram

-Post your photos on the SAT Facebook wall anytime! I
'd love to see what's going on in your world on the Simple as That Facebook page!

-You can also link up here on the blog each weekend starting Saturday nights at 10pm CST!


What is Simple things Sunday?

This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. We gather here each Sunday to share our photos, to enjoy the beauty found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things truly are. Read all about STS here.



Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

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