Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Photo and Recipe inspiration from: abeautifulmess.com

These cupcakes were so yummy! I like root beer, but I don't love it, so I chose to make my favorite chocolate cupcakes without any root beer taste; the frosting is where we added the root beer flavor :) 

Frosting (makes about 2 cups)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons root beer concentrate
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- paper straws cut in half
- maraschino cherries

1. Whip the butter butter and concentrate until well combined and almost fluffy. 
2. Incorporate powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, until desired consistency.
3. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

* If the frosting becomes too thick, add a tablespoon of milk. 
* We used root beer concentrate because that's all we could find, if you have root beer extract, use 3 teaspoons. The frosting may be lighter in color. 


Not Your Nachos!

What you'll need:
- shredded cheese 
- tortilla chips

1. Pour tortillas on a microwave safe plate
2. Sprinkle cheese over tortilla chips
3. Microwave for about 30 seconds
4. Enjoy! :) 


Saturday Night with the Diamondbacks

Saturday we went to the Diamondbacks game! We got tickets from our company, (have I mentioned how much I love my company?!) and who can turn down free tickets?? 
Then last night we went to T's little brother's baseball game. Obviously, we love baseball! ;) 


Start of Something New

So you may notice something a little different around here... And I'm so excited about it!
This new blog design is SO me and I love it. When I decided to redesign my blog, there was only one place to go, Priceless Design Studio! This is my second blog design with Katie and she is seriously amazing. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, and Katie nailed it! She is such a pleasure to work with, and she makes the whole process so fun. Anybody who uses Pinterest to help with design inspiration gets an A+ in my book. Thank you so much Katie, I am in love with my new design! 

I'm definitely looking forward to get back into blogging more regularly, and excited to start button swapping/sponsoring other blogs next month. Thanks for sticking around :) 


Seed Bead Necklace {Tutorial}

I made my own chain necklace, but if you already have one though, use it! 
To make my necklace, I measured about 32" of chain. 
Use a jump ring and a clasp to complete the necklace :)
To start a seed bead strand, you'll need jewelry wire, a jump ring, and a crimp bead.
1. String the crimp bead, and then the jump ring. Loop wire over jump ring, and back through crimp bead. Gently, but firmly squeeze the crimp bead using the pliers. Trim the extra wire.
2. String the beads. This is the most time consuming part.. 
I recommend doing it while you are watching tv or something :p 
My finished strand ended up being around 24" 
3. Repeat step 1 to finish off strand one.
4. Attach the other strands to the same jump ring. Repeat steps 1-3 for each strand.
5. Attach the strands of seed beads to the chain necklace with the jump ring. 
I use two pliers to open the jump ring, and to close it. 

For more tips and tricks, here are some other necklace tutorials: