I am Nicole & I am happy with the life I'm living (: I am married to the love of my life, 08.06.11<3 I am a UCF Graduate with a BS in Elem Ed and Customer Service Staff at Publix. & My hero is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Funfetti cupcakes with Nutella buttercream frosting :) yumm
CREAMY NUTELLA FROSTING
1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups (240g) confectioners&#8217; sugar
3/4 cup (222g) Nutella
3-4 Tablespoons (45-60ml) heavy cream*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)
decorative candies (optional)
Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. You want a very creamy base before adding anything else.  Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and continue to beat on medium speed. The mixture will be fairly thick. Add the Nutella and continue to beat on medium speed. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and the vanilla extract. If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream (1 Tablespoon measurements at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar (1/4 cup measurements at a time). Taste the frosting and add salt to cut the sweetness.  
Source: Sallys Baking Addiction

Funfetti cupcakes with Nutella buttercream frosting :) yumm

CREAMY NUTELLA FROSTING

  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup (222g) Nutella
  • 3-4 Tablespoons (45-60ml) heavy cream*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • decorative candies (optional)

Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. You want a very creamy base before adding anything else.  Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and continue to beat on medium speed. The mixture will be fairly thick. Add the Nutella and continue to beat on medium speed. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and the vanilla extract. If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream (1 Tablespoon measurements at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar (1/4 cup measurements at a time). Taste the frosting and add salt to cut the sweetness.  

Source: Sallys Baking Addiction

Completely caved

And invited Tommy Boy up into bed with me for the night…oops

What Josh doesn’t know won’t hurt him ;)

Grocery shopping for one is lonely

Buying one of everything we’d normally buy two of makes me question whether I should even actually cook myself dinners. Lol

But I hate living off frozen meals :/

Cold front in July?? Is this even FL?

Work up and its a lovely 68° outside. With no humidity!

This never happens in July. Just yesterday I was sweating my butt of in hot humidness of summer.

I can’t wait for fall! (And then we can skip winter and go straight to spring haha)

neurosciencestuff:

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Does handwriting matter?
Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.
But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.
Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
Read more

neurosciencestuff:

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

Read more

Watched a few episodes of 19 kids and counting this afternoon. I think it’s crazy to have THAT many kids because it seems like the older kids have to help out with the younger kids so much and I wouldn’t want my kids taking care of my other kids because I have so many kids.

BUTTTT I am kinda starting to think I want to have a big family. I know I want more than 1 or 2, but I was always thinking 3 maybe 4….but now I’m thinking 4 maybe 5. 

Ehhh I’m probably just talking crazy. Although I always have loved that my dad had 6 siblings which led me to have a bunch of aunts and uncles. 

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what God has in store for us!

just now realized

that with josh being deployed, he’s not going to be here for our 3 year wedding anniversary next month. :( 

That’s sad. Good thing he took me out for seafood dinner before he left =P

Came home to a freshly mowed yard :) #besthusbandeveraward

Came home to a freshly mowed yard :) #besthusbandeveraward