Saturday, October 24, 2015

Annual Greenbluff Trip!

happy monday everyone! i hope you all enjoyed a fun weekend. we sure did :)

i mentioned a few weeks ago that we had our annual greenbluff and pumpkin carving date on the books for the middle of October and that ended up being this past weekend! my parents, sister, her fiance, husband, lincoln and myself all headed up to greenbluff to snag the perfect pumpkin, and fill our tummies with delicious huckleberry and pumpkin donuts!

my older sister and niece ended up working at one of the farms this weekend, so while we stopped by to say hello, they had to miss out on the pumpkin patch, but came over to help carve later that evening. my little brother had to miss out too since he's down at school, but we made sure to have enough fun for him too!

after greenbluff we all came back to the house to start carving, roast pumpkin seeds, eat more food (pizza!) and even more pumpkin and huckleberry donuts. here are a few photos from our day!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

i made the mistake (on purpose ;0p) of purchasing nutella from costco a few weeks ago. and when i finally realized that there was no way i was going to be able to stop myself from continuing to dip a spoon into the jar over and over and over again, i knew i needed to start getting creative and use those jars up.

i started by making homemade nutella filled croissants and sent a bunch home with my mom. they were super easy to make and only took about 20 minutes to bake. you simply buy a few sheets of puff pastry, roll out the dough and cut it into triangles, spread some nutella on the rolled out dough and then roll them up into croissants. swipe an egg wash over them and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. they were good, but nothing to write home about.

and then i started perusing pinterest, which is dangerous enough by itself, but if you type into the search bar "nutella recipes," life as you know it is over. so many crazy, amazing, delicious, fattening recipes to try!!!!

i settled on the nutella buttercream frosting because, well, it's my birthday next week, and cupcakes are always a good idea. so, i baked up a batch of confetti cupcakes (i used a box which i almost never do) and then whipped up a batch of the nutella buttercream. mind blown. or as my husband said after eating one and then two and then three: "those aren't going to last long." (lay off my birthday cupcakes husband! ;0p)

this frosting is so freaking good. i honestly don't think i'll make any other kind again. everything goes with nutella right?

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup nutella
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar

in a medium size bowl, combine butter, nutella, vanilla and about 1 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar. mix well. sample and continue to add about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time until you reach the desired consistency and taste. i think i ended up using about 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.