Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Another very busy weekend! Each day packed full, but everything turned out great! I spent Friday night with my small group girls and other girls in our high school ministry group just hanging out and making these really cool mugs. It was a great girls night for them to meet new people and have fun in a relaxed environment.

I spent Saturday morning running some errands to get readyFootball Cake | Tackling Life for Christmas. It seems a little early for me to start doing this, but there were some great deals that I just couldn’t pass up! I then made the journey to Wisconsin for our last game of the regular season. Nothing taste sweeter than finishing out a regular season with another win! An undefeated season deserved a special treat for Tuesday Treat Day. So I tried fondant for the first time. It definitely wasn’t as easy as the shows on TV makes it look. Maybe with a little more practice, and even a class, one day I will be better at it. But I think the cake turned out great! And all of the guys appreciated it.

Sunday was another busy day with out annual High School Ministry Turkey Bowl. We use this event for community outreach, hoping that our students bring their friends. We had a great turn out, even though it was cold and windy. Having heaters, hot chocolate, and lots of chili was the best way to stay warm.

So now that the regular football season is done, we head into playoffs. Luckily our first game is home, so we won’t need to travel. The more we win, the more treats I get to make, so I better start coming up with some new ideas! Below is a treat a made just a few weeks ago. Hope you like it!

Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Tackling Life

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Hi there! It’s been awhile. So long that my husband grew a beard! (Check out that picture on the right side of the screen!)

These past few weeks have been busy! Mostly because I’ve been in the kitchen a lot. J and I have decided that we need to start eating better, so we are trying to do another Whole 30. If you have never heard of Whole 30, I suggest you check it out, maybe even give it a try. It’s 30 days of no added sugar, grains, beans, dairy. It sounds horrible and it takes a lot of discipline, but it has made us feel a lot better, and even more inspired when making meals (who knew beets were so good??). We started out great the first 2 weeks into it. It takes a lot of prep in the kitchen, and I found myself making food late at night so I would have something for lunch the next day. But with Halloween, and football season, it became really hard to stick to the very strict rules. So we decided to modify it a little bit to our lifestyle. Two and half weeks of eating better, and I’m down 4 lbs. Not that I was trying to loose weight (it’s definitely an added benefit), but we were just looking to feed our bodies they types of food that will give us energy and make us feel better. This was incredibly difficult when it came to Tuesday Treat days for the players. Not being able to taste what I made, and then having to get up close and personal while taking pictures was torture!!

And we are now 80% done with the regular football season, with an amazing 8-0 record thus far. I am incredibly proud of how hard my husband has worked, and the energy he gives daily to these young men when I know he is tired and hasn’t had a day off all season. I love seeing how proud he is every week at how hard his guys played. And I don’t mind a bit rewarding them on Tuesdays with lots of sugar!

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Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

First game of the season is a win. It was a perfect day for football, and I have some great tan lines to show for it. Since J’s guys played so great I thought I would try something new and make frosting from scratch. I’m so glad that I did because it turned out great! I could have eaten it by the spoonful, but that would mean more time at the gym.

Since I just got a gym membership, I’ve been having to reorganize my schedule to include a few days a week there. I really have no excuses to not go, since the place is right across the street from where I work. It’s seriously a minute walk from parking lot to parking lot. Last week J challenged me to go 4 times in one week. Challenged is just a sweet way of saying that we made a bet, and I was too stubborn to lose that bet. I’m not a big fan of exercise, but I was surprised at how easy it was for me to go and work out for 40+ minutes and then be done. And I felt great! So now my goal is to go 3-4 times a week…..and eat less cupcakes.

Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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