Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t know about you, but today’s the last time I will feel twenty-two.

That’s right.  Tomorrow is my 23rd birthday.  The older I get, birthdays seem to become less and less important.


But that’s another blog post for another time.  Today, we are making cupcakes, and (more specifically) some pretty amazing frosting.


This frosting is only three ingredients, but it steals the show.  If you’re feeling fancy, you can make cake from scratch.  Since I am lazy simple, I used a cake mix.

chocolate cupcake with pb2 cream cheese frosting

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice (I used a blend of stevia and sugar)
  • 1/3 cup milk or water


  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the ingredients together for 3-5 minutes, until everything is well-combined and fluffy.  I paused about every 90 seconds to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Eat it!  I used a large star tip to pipe the frosting onto chocolate cupcakes.  This frosting would also be good between chocolate cookies, on a chocolate pie, or just on a spoon 🙂

pb2 cream cheese frosting in chocolate cupcake with candle

Do you have a favorite birthday cupcake?


Simple Joy Saturday #27

Simple Joy Saturday #27

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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March 10-16, 2018

1. Longer days and more sunlight!

May we never lose the blessing that is Daylight Savings Time!

2. The overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

(both the actual love of God, and the chorus of this song.  Check out the lyrics!)

Oh! The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.

Oh! It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.

I couldn’t earn it. I don’t deserve it! Still, You give Yourself away.

Oh! The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.

3. This cartoon that Brother shared on Facebook.

And the top comment that he added is true.  Our last name actually means “sheep” in German.




Rainbow Pizza

Rainbow Pizza

A few months ago, I subscribed to a YouTube channel called Eat the Pizza.

On every episode, Christian and Alyssia create uniquely-flavored pizzas or pizza-flavored things.  One challenge they haven’t tackled (but definitely should) is revamping a frozen pizza.


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The Treadmill Life

The Treadmill Life

The treadmill is good.  On cold, rainy days, the treadmill provides a warm, dry workout.  I use the treadmill often in the dark winter months when I rely heavily on artificial light.  However, the treadmill is also a boring road to nowhere.  It is a paltry falsification of the real thing: a run outside.




Running outside is better.  I can think of few things that are more relaxing than a warm, breezy outdoor run at the park.  Sunshine pours through the trees, and I absorb the beautiful golden rays.  The jog takes me somewhere, and there is freedom.



Life is good.  At least, life on earth has many good things: family, friends, sunshine, running, cookies, photography, etc.  But while there are many good things on earth, life on earth is like running on a treadmill.  This temporary life is a mediocre substitution for life in heaven.

stars at the grand canyon

Eternal life is better. 

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.

– I Corinthians 2:9

The joys of heaven cannot be compared to the minimal goodness of earth.  Heaven is lit by the glory of God (Revelation 21:23) and is filled with everlasting worship (Revelation 4).  The bejeweled city is free from the curse of sin (Revelation 21-22).  We will have new bodies that never face hunger or death (Revelation 7:16).  Most importantly, we will have pure fellowship with the Father (Revelation 22:3).

All winter long, I run on the treadmill, preparing for the day that will be warm enough, bright enough, and dry enough for an outdoor run.

Likewise, we must redeem our time on earth and prepare for eternity in the presence of God.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

– Ephesians 5:15-16


Simple Joy Saturday #26

Simple Joy Saturday #26

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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March 3 – 9, 2018

1. Chocolate covered almonds

(or chocolate covered anything, if I’m being honest)

2. Finishing my first graduate-level class

(with a good grade!)

3. Free shipping. 

Am I the only one who falls for the marketing schemes?  The website says, “Spend $10 more to qualify for free shipping.”  So I spend $10, usually on peanut butter.


Two questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite chocolate-covered food?
  2. Do you put more in your cart so that you qualify for free shipping?
God hates sin; God is love

God hates sin; God is love

There are some books of the Bible that are hard to stomach.  Take Nahum, for example.  The short book explains how God will utterly destroy Nineveh.  Nahum states that God is against these people.  He planned their devastation.

This goes against what we are told about God.  Common teaching paints God as a cosmic cheerleader that loves everyone.  At the very least, He delights in our success.

So which is true?  Does God love or does He hate?

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Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar

Salted Peanut Butter Klondike Bar


What would you do-oo-oo-oo for a Klondike bar?

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Now that you are considering all sorts of crazy feats, let’s switch gears and chat about the great month of March.  I love March for several reasons.

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