White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

White Chocolate Funfetti Popcorn

Popcorn is good on its own, but the addition of white chocolate and sprinkles makes it birthday-week-worthy.

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I shared this popcorn with the third- and fourth-graders at my church, and they could not quit eating it!  I lost count of how many times I heard, “Can I have some more popcorn?”

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Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts


Next week, my older brother will celebrate his 25th birthday.  He has lived 9125 days, and I estimate that he has eaten Pop Tarts for breakfast at least 9000 times.


Yes, I realize that would mean that he ate Pop Tarts when he was only 4 months old.  He probably did.



His favorite flavor is frosted strawberry.  Although I don’t eat Pop Tarts nearly as often as he does, I do love just about anything with cinnamon.


And that’s where this recipe was born.  In the picture above, there are three types of homemade Pop Tarts:

  • Frosted Strawberry (for Brother)
  • Cinnamon Roll (for myself)
  • Chocolate Chip (for everyone because the world loves chocolate)




  • 2 cups oatmeal ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-4 tbs cold water

Filling Ideas:


  • Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse 20 times, and then let the food processor run until all ingredients are well combined and become a ball of dough.  I had to stop the food processor several times to break up large chunks of coconut oil.
  • Divide dough into two equal parts.  Wrap each half in plastic wrap and flatten slightly.  Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for about 10 minutes (it seems weird, but it worked).  Roll dough between two pieces of plastic wrap until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut dough into as many pieces as possible before re-rolling and cutting.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place half of the dough pieces of a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.  Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each piece of crust.  Leave about 1/4 in on each side so that the filling will not come out the sides when it bakes.
  • Place a second piece of dough on top of each bottom piece.  Use a fork to seal the edges.  Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of each pop tart.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool.
  • I topped mine with a simple glaze (powdered sugar + milk), but that is completely optional.
  • Eat and enjoy!  These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.




P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts  Lizet @ Chipa by the dozen and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

Simple Joy Saturday #28

Simple Joy Saturday #28

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 17-23

1. Ice cream cake

My birthday cake was the rich combination of Reese’s Klondike Bars and Breyers chocolate ice cream.

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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.

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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?


How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

How to Celebrate Your Birthday for a Full Week

I don’t know about you, but

I’m feeling 22!!

I know, I know.  I am so lame, but I have been waiting like 3 years to say that I am feeling 22.

Anyway, let’s move on to today’s post.

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Look at the above picture of Taylor.  Doesn’t she look disappointed at the measly 3 cupcakes that she has?  I mean, sure, she is only one person, but doesn’t she deserve lots of cupcakes? Ariana Grande has lots of cupcakes.

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And, I mean, sure, you were born on one day, but you are unique!  Your birthday celebration should last for at least seven days!  Here are some ideas to keep the celebration going all week long!

  1. Enjoy Sunday brunch with your friends.20170319_124043
  2. Eat cake and ice cream with your family to conquer Monday. 

  3. On Tuesday, get a free drink at Starbucks.20170321_160504
  4. Eat free fruit from Sheetz with your lunch on Wednesday.20170321_153444
  5. Thursday is for a long supper with your closest, dearest friend.  (We always stay at Chick-fil-a for several hours because we talk so much.  In fact, we were so busy talking that I forgot to capture a picture for the blog.)20170323_195454.jpg
  6. On Friday, grab some more birthday freebies and join a casual volleyball tournament (or a whatever your favorite sport might be). 

  7. Finish out the week with a relaxing swim and a birthday present (green tea) from the YWCA.20170325_084411.jpg
Top Ten Tuesday: Non-defining Numbers

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-defining Numbers


As of Sunday, I am another year older.  If turning eighteen makes you a legal adult, turning twenty-one must signal that you are well-experienced in life.

I am a numbers person, and it is easy for me to get bogged down with stats.  Twenty-one years…that’s 7,671 days.  184,104 hours.  11,046,240 minutes. 662,774,400 seconds.  I wonder how many miles I’ve traveled in that time?  How many faces have I seen?  How many books have I read?  How many hairs have I brushed off of my scalp (you other long-haired people know the struggle!)?  How many peanut butter sandwiches have I eaten?

Those numbers would be interesting to know, but they really are not important.  Those numbers do not make me who I am.  Everyday, God reminds me that only one number matters:  the number of times Christ died for my sins: once and for all (Hebrews 9:28).  As a result, my life can last for an infinite number of years.

Ten Numbers that Do Not Define Me

  1. My age
  2. The speed at which I can run a mile
  3. My grades
  4. The number of classes I take
  5. My height
  6. The number of hours I work
  7. The number of push-ups I can do
  8. The amount of time I study
  9. My bank account balance
  10. The number of friends I have

One Number that Defines Me

  1. The number of times Christ died so that I can be made holy – One

Because of God’s will, we are made holy through the sacrifice Christ made in his body once and for all time.

– Hebrews 10:10

30 before 30: 1 year update

30 before 30: 1 year update

Here’s what has happened since I turned twenty and I began marking items off of my Thirty Before Thirty list.



4. I officially upgraded to a smartphone on May 11, 2015 because my standard phone was doubling letters when I typed, I couldn’t hear while talking on the phone, and I wanted mobile data on my summer road trips.

7. I bought Corrie the Corolla on August 31.  She is as close to perfect as a car can come.


9. Since my 20th birthday, I have been to NC, TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, TN, AR, NM, OK, MO, IL, IN, MI, OH, WV, VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, and SC.  That means that I visited 23 states in 2015-2016!  I really did not think I would get so many knocked out that quickly.


I have plans to visit Arizona and Pennsylvania this summer, so I should hit my goal before August.

In past years, I traveled to Florida, Arizona, and  Pennsylvania, so I have been to 26 states total.

13. On March 21, 2015, I dashed through the sparkly, colored clouds of the Color Run.


23. I worked for 7 weeks at Pine Cove Christian Camp as a photographer.

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24.  After dropping my brother off at the airport on New Years Day, my parents graciously went with me to the American Girl store.  It was Lea’s release day, and there were so many people that we had to stand in line to simply enter the store.  I bought the newest Kit mystery.


26. Read this post about the Burke Street Food Truck Festival.


29.  In July 2015, I ate a sweet potato roll at a Chinese restaurant near my house.  A few weeks later, I had a California roll.  One of these days, I will build up the courage to eat raw fish.

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30. The letter is written…now just to open it on March 20, 2025.