ValSoCal Guest Post

You are in for a TREAT today my friends.
Our guest today could very well have her own food network.
Not only are her recipes TO DIE FOR,
{yes, I’ve tried quite a few}
but the presentations ALWAYS leave me breathless.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at her house.
Meet Val…Hello everyone. I’m Val from ValSoCal. I’m thrilled to be here doing a guest post for

     Lindsay. My blog is about food and SoCal living two of my
     very favorite things. Come on over and say hi.
               Strawberries and Cream Bars
            2 pounds of strawberries, hulled and halved. (6 cups)
            1 1/2 cups sugar
            coarse salt
            7 large egg whites
            2/3 cup cold heavy cream
            1 teaspoon vanilla
            1) In a blender, combine strawberries, 3/4 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt and
            puree until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Transfer to freezer
            and scrape with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is thick and slushy,
            2 hours. Smooth top with rubber spatula.
            2) In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat egg whites on high
            until foamy. With mixer on medium, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar. Increase
            speed to high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 3 minutes. In another
            bowl, beat cream and vanilla on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
            With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into the egg white mixture.
             Pour over strawberry mixture and smooth with rubber spatula. Freeze until
             firm, about 4 hours. Makes 12 bars.
This is a perfect recipe for the 4th of July!Stop by my blog and say hello.

Lindsay

Momma Go Round Guest Post

Since starting my blog,
I have been blessed with two real life friendships.
Both these girls have been a breath of fresh air for me.
Not only are our babes months apart,
but when we’re together,
you’d think we were life long friends.

As if that isn’t ENOUGH,

We just realized we went to PROM TOGETHER.
Same GROUP and everything!
{talk about small world}
Don’t believe me?
Circa 2000
{disposable cameras…..gotta LOVE them}

Ok without further ado, here is my real life buddy, NINA…
…….
Hi Lee La La lovelies! I’m Nina and I blog over at Momma Go Round.

Momma Go Round
started as a lifestyle blog, charting all that came with
being a new momma and discovering my inner domestic genius. I love
creating fun and useful projects that I can use in my everyday
life.
In the last few
months, I’ve taken Momma Go
Round
in a new direction: fashion.
I got tired of the
“mom uniform”. Jeans, Target tee, Converse, ponytail. Everyday was the
same thing, and everyday I felt the same way:
terrible.
Enough was
enough.
Today I want to
share with you a few of the things I have learned about developing
your own style and being a fearless fashionista!
#1
Revisit
Your Closet!
 See this horribly fitting dress that I wore for
Father’s Day when my son was 6 weeks old? Yeah, well I banished it to
the back of the closet after seeing this picture. Sound
familiar?
Bust that banished piece out and re-work it! You might have
something really awesome hiding in the depths of your
closet.
#2
Rock The
Accessories
Even the most
simple outfit can go from blah to BAM with just a few accessories.
Take my “I have to go to Costco with my 2 year old and carry
everything up to my apartment by myself”
outfit. Yup, it’s the
jeans, tee, and sneakers again…or is it?
#3
Inspiration
Look around for
ideas you love! I found this great look on the Ann Taylor website. I
added it to my Pintrest “Looks
To Try”
board and came back to it when I was stuck.
Poof! Fashion rut
averted!
#4
Don’t Be
Afraid To Fail
Not every outfit is going to be a winner. THAT’S
OK!
It’s better to
have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
Remember,
it’s just clothes! You get to peel them all
off and start fresh tomorrow.
Take sometime for
yourself and find YOUR style. What you love, what you don’t, what
looks great, and what looks as awesome as a Hefty bag. It won’t always
be a smooth road, but it’s amazing how much better you feel on the
inside when you’ve taken a minute to think about the
outside.
Lindsay

Casey Wiegand Guest Post

Every once in awhile, 
you come across a blog that is jaw dropping…
Yes, it is BEAUTIFUL,
but also DIFFERENT than all the rest.
It sucks you in….
All of your free time is spent deep in the archives.
You anxiously wait for new blog posts….
You want to be JUST LIKE HER.
She epitomizes PERFECTION!
{the girl CAN NOT take a bad picture if she tried}
GORGEOUS family.
Talented Artist.
The best part?
She LOVES JESUS!
MEET Casey Wiegand….



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Hi I am Casey Wiegand and I blog over HERE! I am so excited to be guest posting today! The pics above are of my family whom I adore! So nice to meet you all!


I have always been an optimist. Suffering & heartache tend to change that a bit. I still am a true optimist …. just nowadays, I find myself cautious. I find myself looking at “younger, naive” folk & saying “they have no idea”


Sometimes I look at pictures of a “younger, more naive me” & can’t help but laugh a bit. Just so clueless. So clueless about reality, struggles. Clueless about people. 


I absolutely adore this post. It echoes what I have been saying for months about pain & suffering; about tough things we experience. Shauna posted the Crystal Lewis song, 

Beauty for Ashes…I thought Id share, here are the lyrics….

Just beautiful. 

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“When sorrow seems to surround you,
when suffering seems heavy on your head,
know that tomorrow brings wholeness and healing.
God knows your needs, just believe what He says….”
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“He gives beauty for ashes,
strength for fear,
gladness for mourning,
peace for despair….”

“when what you’ve done keeps you from moving on,
when your fear wants to make itself at home in your heart,
know that forgiveness brings wholeness and healing.
God knows your need, just believe what he says…”
Lindsay

Bouffe e Bambini Guest Post

Our first guest is a culinary superstar. 
You may know her already,
she is practically a blogging celebrity…
Welcome,
Hanna of Bouffe e Bambini.
Hanna amazes me on a daily basis with her skills.
You should see this mud pie she made FROM scratch for her hubby’s birthday….
I DIE!

Not only is she talented, but she has a heart of gold.
Its people like her, that I met via blogging,
that I am so grateful for.

Take it away, my friend!

…….
Hi there!!!
I am S*U*P*E*R excited to be here guest blogging today!!! I absolutely adore Lindsay and her blog. In fact, I’m sure we would be BFF’s if we lived in the same city.
My name is Hanna and I am the author of a blog called {bouffe e bambini}. What will you find on my blog? I mainly share recipes but sometimes I throw in a fashion post, some pictures of my babies or maybe a party planning idea. Please stop by and see me anytime. I L*O*V*E new friends.
Here I am with my babies!
Today I am going to share an amazing recipe for homemade donuts!!! They are light, fluffy and pure sinful delight. I promise! I made these last Sunday morning and my husband has never been so happy. These do take a little time to make because you have to let the dough rise twice but otherwise they are not that difficult. Anyone can easily make homemade donuts and they are divine. Please give them a try!

Ingredients

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons hot water or as needed

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.

Hanna
Lindsay