Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes


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Cherry Vanilla

Try these Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes the next time you want to make a treat that is bursting with love.

Vanilla cupcake recipe:

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (room temp)
2 egg whites
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

*Optional sprinkles.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set up your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer or Kitchenaid on medium to high for 30 seconds.

Now add sugar, and vanilla to the butter and beat until combined.

Add egg whites, and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Alternate, the flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is well mixed together. Add sprinkles for color if desired only.

Fill the cupcake pan liners 2/3 with cake batter

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before frosting

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

Cherry Frosting

2 sticks butter (room temp)
4-5 cups Powder sugar
4 tbsp Maraschino cherry juice

Directions

In large mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed until stiff and fluffy.

Add 3 cups of sugar, one at a time.

Scrape the sides to get all of the sugar.

Now add the cherry juice

In addition add the last cup of sugar.

Beat until smooth. Frost each cupcake and enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Cupcake

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Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s Day Gift Idea Under $5


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Chocolate Lovers Gift Idea

Valentine’s Day Gifts do not need to cost much at all as long as you are able to use a little creativity.

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea, I highly suggest your local Dollar Store for some really great inspiration!

You can easily put together a custom Chocolate Lover’s Valentine’s Day Gift Under $5 using items you’ve hand selected for the one you love.

The items in the picture were all found at the Dollar Stare for $1 each. I have linked to similar items on Amazon just so that you can see the price comparison.

CHOCOLATE LOVER GIFT SUPPLIES

1 – Valentine’s Day Themed Mug

1 – Box of Hot Chocolate K-Cups

2 – Lindor Truffle Chocolate Bars

1 – Valentine’s Day Plush Monkey

INSTRUCTIONS:

Open the k-cups and remove labels from coffee mug and monkey.

Place chocolate bars and k-cups in mug using tissue paper as filler.

Loop the monkey arms through the mug handle and use a ribbon or twine to secure.

More Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $5

Stationery Valentine’s Day Gift 

Amazon Prime Free Music Streaming Service


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Amazon Prime Music is non-stop music that you want to hear with no interruptions or annoying ads. Since I already pay for Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping, this is a nice surprise to have included free.

Rich always listens to Pandora when he works and it only allows so many skipped songs and is constantly playing annoying ads.  Now he can listen to what he wants without being restricted in any way.

Check out the rest of the details here.

Love & Joy Bears $5 Each (Was $12.95)


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Valentine's Day Bear

These adorable Plush Bears are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, and with two different ones to choose from you will be able to find the perfect one for anyone.

CaptureThese are regularly priced at $12.95, but Dayspring is offering them for $5 each for a limited time only!

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From his wide-eyed, endearing expression to his velvety soft, grey exterior, this extra-cuddly teddy bear is the perfect companion!

Tuck it under your arm, give it a squeeze, hug it tight and feel the Joy!

Whether facing challenges or enjoying a birthday, children will enjoy many fun-filled moments with this delightful teddy bear close by their side.  Makes a wonderful gift!

Grab yours for $5 while supplies last!

Stationery Valentine’s Day Gift Under $5


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Stationery Gift Idea

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea, I highly suggest your local Dollar Store for some really great inspiration!

You can easily put together a custom Stationery Valentine’s Day Gift Under $5 using items you’ve hand selected for the one you love.

The items in the picture were all found at the Dollar Stare for $1 each.  I have linked to similar items on Amazon just so that you can see the price comparison.

OFFICE GIFT SUPPLIES

1 – Gift Box
1 – Pack of Gel Pens
1 – Floral Sudoku Puzzle Book
1 – Small Notebook
1 – Valentine’s Day Balloon

INSTRUCTIONS:

Remove labels and packaging from all items and place in gift box.

Cut down stick of balloon if necessary to fit nicely in the box.

Fill around with tissue paper.

Add a few stickers or embellishments to the gift box if desired.

Consider leaving a small love note in the notebook for your Valentine to find.

Homemade Sleep Salve


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Homemade Sleep Salve Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for simple recipes that I can make at home using my essential oils collection. This one is sure to become a household favorite around here, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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This stuff works great for winter and you’re just worn out. Plus the Thieves warms up your feet and in no time you’re asleep.

Homemade Sleep Salve

Makes about 16 ounces of sleep salve.  

Sleep Salve Ingredients

Items Needed:

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons grated beeswax
Equal parts Lavender Essential Oil and Thieves Essential Oil
Printable Sleep Salve Labels

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: Both of the essential oils used in this recipe are included in the Premium Starter Kit, along with a diffuser and 9 more bottles of popular essential oils. These starter kits are on sale for a limited time and well worth every penny!

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Sleep Salve

Directions:

Place the coconut oil, olive oil, and grated beeswax in a metal or glass bowl, and heat over a double boiler.

Once everything has melted, give it a stir, and then remove from heat.

Sleep Salve Process

Once your mix has slightly cooled add in about 50 drops of Lavender and 50 drops of Thieves essential oils and mix.

Sleep Salve EO

Carefully ladle the warm sleep salve into clean jars, let cool until room temperature.

Add printable sleep salve labels and your sleep slave is ready to use!

Sleep Salve Containers

Store close to your bed and smooth onto feet, cover with socks, and snuggle up on nights you’re having a tough time falling asleep.  

The lavender will help support a good night’s rest and the Thieves will support a stronger immune system.

Homemade Sleep Salve

Why this works:

The larger pores in your feet allow the essential oils to quickly absorb and flow through the body, helping you relax. You can also massage into hands, sore muscles, or even your temples for instant calm.

These free printable Sleep Salve Labels make this so cute you could even give these away as gifts.

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