Life Update

I started this blog because I wanted to “do something”. I often feel like I am unable to express my creative side and that I lost a large part of who I am when I went to nursing school and am now trying to reclaim that. So I paid the money and created this little space on the internet for myself but yet I haven’t even begun to fully utilize it. In five weeks I will completed my BSN and take a break from school for a while. I am a night shift RN and I feel it has become such a large part of my life as well as a stressful part that I just want to focus on the Hannah that is separate from that.

I am a person who LOVES making lists and planning how I am going to get my life in order but then I sit the list and plans aside and continue on with business as usual. I want to do more with my “free” time and I somehow what this blog to be apart of that. I think as of now I will use this blog as a personal space. Social media has been tricky for me to navigate since the election and work really love a place to just exist without constantly worrying that another family member is going to “unfriend” me for my beliefs.

I am on journey for health. I am a part of the body positive and fat positive world and believe that all bodies are good bodies. I however have health issues that would be better controlled if I ate a certain way and amount and moved my body more. I basically just want to start taking care of my whole self; body, mind, and spirit. I am also going to be starting a fertility journey with my husband as I have struggled to stay pregnant and now to get pregnant.

So this blog will include;

personal updates (fertility included), pet photos, clothing and beauty reviews, checking off my endless lists, goals,  health and fitness (ha ha ha), and recipes (I love, love, love to bake and cook).

I sit and spend a lot of time watching people live their lives all while wishing I could do what they do and frankly I’m fed up with being the bystander in life. Like¬†Arthur Abbott pointed out in The Holiday I am finally going to be the leading lady in my own life.

 

Memorial Day Plus Size OOTD

This Memorial Day it was sunny and hot so I decided to do something I have never done in the past! I wore a outfit that allowed me to stay cool and one I thought was cute.

Dress: Target

Shirt: Torrid

Shoes: Birkenstock

My Husband captured a photo of me grilling and initially I vetoed the photo because it highlights a lot of things I dislike about myself. I feel like at 31 years old I need to let go of the thought process of needing to be flattering. I posted this upcoming photo to my Instagram and felt okay with it!

Live authentically.

Love yourself just as your are, you are not the “before” you.

Easter Cupcakes

Ferror Rocher Easter Cupcakes

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While browsing the aisles of my local Rite Aid the Easter candy caught my attention. I found some Ferror Rocher eggs that looked tempting and like something that would find wonderful inside a cupcake. I crafted the idea of doing a vanilla cupcake base with a Ferror Rocher nestled in the middle and all of that topped with a delightful whipped nutella buttercream frosting and crowns with an additional Ferror Rocher. I had a few leftover cupcakes so I topped them with a beautiful vanilla buttercream for my Husband as he isn’t a fan on chocolate. These were a huge hit and I would love to make them again but with a chocolate base. Recipe to follow.

Cupcake Base (Martha Stewart’s recipe):

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 softened sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating line your cupcake pans with liners of your choosing. I got mine from Amazon. In a medium bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In another bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Crack eggs into separate bowl if worried about shells. Mix eggs one at a time into cream and sugar mixture. Once eggs are all incorporated add the vanilla. Once you have both mixtures it’s time to start alternating butter mixture with flour mixture and milk. Divide your final mixture between your cupcake liners; I use a ice cream scoop to do this. Make sure your liners are 3/4 full and then pop them into the oven for 20 mins (check after 15 mins because ovens vary so much). Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake and if it comes out clean it’s time to remove your cupcakes from the pan and cool them on a rack.

(I added in the Ferror Rocher egg to the middle of the cupcake base prior to baking)

Whipped Nutella Buttercream:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter; softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup nutella spread
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (or quality whole milk; I use full fat milk with the cream on top when I don’t have heavy cream on hand)

Cream the softened butter until pale yellow. Add in the nutella, vanilla, and salt. Once combined start adding in your powdered sugar little by little alternating with the heavy cream (add more or less depending on how stiff you’d like your frosting; I went for a medium consistency).

Decorating:

Using a large star tip I pipped a rosette like shape and nestle the plain Ferror Rocher on top.

Enjoy!!