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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope you all had a safe and joyful holiday with everyone you love. We had a great day today and ate way to much yummy food. We started out going to Jeremys moms house. She lives 1/2 mile from us, so it was nice to have a short drive this year vs. 5 hours last year. She always makes a delicious spread and this year was no different. She made a new cheesecake dessert that was super delicious. After leaving her house we headed to my side of the family. My grandma isn’t doing so well…she has battled cancer for a while now and things aren’t looking so well for her. She looked amazing tonight. Her spirits are high and I’m so glad that we we’re able to make it to dinner. Most of the family was there and the food was awesome. (I love to eat….Thanksgiving is on top of my favorites list.) My step-mom Kim and sisters Chelsea and Lindsea cooked most of the food. It was totally different then what we had at Pam’s house, so it was nice to have a variety. It was so good. I will be hitting Kim up for a few of her recipes!! All in all we had a great day. I’m so glad I had the chance to hang out with my grandma. I really wanted to get some pictures with everyone, but we were all so busy talking that it totally slipped my mind. I enjoy spending time with that side of my family and really should do it more.

We have one more Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m going to Grannys early to help her get it ready. I’m trying to really help this year, so eventually I can take over. 🙂 That’s exciting and scary to me all in one.

I’m so thankful for so much in my life. I have the best husband and kids that anyone could ever imagine. I love them so much. I have a roof over my head. I am thankful for that every time I take the dogs outside and I’m freezing!! We have great friends and family that I’m thankful we could enjoy lunch/dinner together today. I am so thankful for all our DCC contributors. We are getting better and better everyday and it has so much to do with these ladies. They are so talented and love what they do. I don’t know how we got so lucky finding them, but I know I am grateful for everything they do.

There’s so much more that I could ramble on about…but I’m so tired. I can barely keep my eyes open. Again, Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone who takes time to read my posts. I am also thankful for you. What are you most thankful for this year? I’d love to know.

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Hello friends. I have a recipe for you tonight. It’s called Mom’s Best Apple Cake. I found this on Pinterest 9 days ago and I’ve made it twice already. Jerms loves it…which is great, because he’s not much of a sweets eater, so it’s gotta be pretty good! It’s really simple and I normally have everything to make this cake already in the kitchen. Here’s the website that was linked from Pinterest…Bunnys Oven! She has some really great recipes on her website, so make sure and check it out.

Here’s the recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Mom’s Best Apple Cake.



  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  •  3 cups apples, peeled and diced


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Cake: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat together until well-incorporated. Stir in the apples.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 55 – 60 minutes. Cool completely before adding the topping.

Topping: In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately spread over the top of the cooled cake. Let sit for an hour prior to serving.


I like this cake…nothing more and nothing less. I did go through her comments and a lot of people added cinnamon and really liked it. I might try that sometime. I really enjoy making this, especially since Jerms is such a fan of it. It’s nice to have a favorite dessert I can whip up for him now.

I hope you will give this a try sometime. It would be a great cake to have around the holidays. Everyone likes apples, right?

Make sure and check Bunny out over at her website!

I forgot to take pictures of the cake before we tore into it…Bunny has great pictures on her website.

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I started a new book last week.


I thought it’d be a good idea to start reading it since we’re trying to make healthier decisions for our family. I’m only on chapter 5. (Don’t judge me….I’m a slow reader!) If you don’t know what the Paleo diet is let me give you a brief description.

‘The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.’ (I found this here)

Any of my followers Paleo lovers? I’d really love to hear your input on the subject.

I think we are going to try it. It may seem crazy to most people to switch up your diet completely. We were vegetarians for 2 years, so I know we can do it. There were things we loved about being vegetarian and things I don’t miss at all. Tofu is one of them! I will say I never felt better, my weight was at a comfortable number, and we rarely ever got sick. But the truth is I like meat. I missed it.

I think the Paleo diet could really work for us. I’m excited to kept reading and learn more about it.

Again…I would LOVE to hear your Paleo stories. Please share!!!

Thanks for reading.

Steph Shock

P.S. Tomorrow is our running day!

I have something great to share with you tonight. It’s refreshing, tastes great, and good for you. Naturally flavored water!! It’s been all over Pinterest. I’ve pinned it before and never tried it. Today I don’t know what came over me, but it just popped in my head…I want to make some flavored water!  I am so glad I did.

It’s easy…it’s healthy…it’s delicious.


You can look up recipes or just make up your own. Have some fun with it. In this batch I threw in one cucumber, one lime, one lemon, and some mint. I love it. Jeremy not so much. He’s not much of a cucumber lover. (cucumbers have lots of great benefits) Atticus LOVES it. I am afraid he may drink it all before I get to it tomorrow. 😉

I’m going to try some different mixtures. It’ll be fun to let the boys pick what fruits they want to add. It’s a really great way to get yourself (or kids) drinking more water if you have trouble with plain boring water.

You should really try it. I think you’ll love the taste and the benefits from it.

Tomorrow is our running day! Yippee!

Have a happy Friday!!

Steph Shock

Today is the day…I decided it’s time to make the big change. The one I’ve been dreading! It’s time to get healthy!! I love food. I love convenience . Some days I don’t want to cook and it’s just easier to grab something quick. Not anymore. I’m tired of having no energy, being weighed down by the extra weight, and I want to show a healthy example for the kids.

Today I stocked up on veggies. Have you heard of Sprouts? If you have one in your area, it’s worth the trip. I was amazed at their prices and the selection is amazing. Most health food stores are outrageously priced. Sprouts is not. I got so much stuff for very little.


Look at all this yummy goodness. I am so ready for this change. I need it. Heck we all need it!!

We also started back at our running tonight. My legs are so tired. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I can do it! I need to stay motivated. It helps that Jeremy is running with me!  How do you stay motivated with food and exercise? Do you have any favorite websites? Magazines? Please share. I would love the help.

Tomorrow we start back juicing. I love juicing. It is amazing. The only thing I dislike about it, the clean up!! Yuck! Have you ever seen the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead? You must watch it! It will change your life. It was on Netflix…I need to look and see if it’s still on instant stream. It is highly motivating.

Welp…I’m off to bed. I need a good nights rest after our run today!

See you tomorrow.

Steph Shock


Hello everyone! Atticus received the coolest little cupcake maker for Christmas this year and I wanted to share it with you. I had never heard of this thing before. It may not be the newest thing, so you all may think “hello. this is old news!” But it is so cool!! It’s called The Original babycakes nonstick coated cupcake maker.


Atticus loves to help in the kitchen and wants to be a chef when he grows up, so he was thrilled to get this super cool present. I will admit…I was a little skeptical. When he opened it I thought “Well this is cool…but will it work.” I like cupcakes just like everyone else does, but a cupcake made in 5 minutes?! I just didn’t know about that. I was excited to try it out and see if this bad boy worked and I’m here to tell you….THIS THING IS AMAZING! I seriously love it!! Atticus and I made cupcakes in literally 5 minutes and I never thought that was possible.


This is everything that came in the box. The inside of the cupcake maker is nonstick and so easy to wipe clean. Lets get started!

Step One: Plug in the cupcake maker, so it can warm up.

Step Two: While the cupcake maker is warming, you mix up your cake batter, brownie mix, or whatever you are going to bake in it.

Step Three: When the green light is on…you are ready to start cooking! You can use cupcake liners or not. It does suggest them if you are making brownies. It says to fill each hole with 2 tablespoons of batter. I only used about 1 to 1 and 1/2, I was afraid 2 tablespoons would be too much. (Maybe not for you though!)

Step Four: Once your batter is in, you just put the top down and set the timer for 5 to 6 minutes. I like 5 minutes, 6 was a little to done and 5 was just perfect for my liking.

Step Five: Carefully take out your cupcakes. I used the little fork device that came in the box. They popped out very easy.

Step Six: Cool, put on your favorite icing, and eat!!

It was so simple and I swear the clean up couldn’t get any easier. I’m not sure that I actually cleaned anything beside what I used to make the cake batter and the spoon to fill the cupcake liners. The taste was great…moist…perfectly cooked…and so fast! I can not wait to make these again for a party or get together.

It does say on the box it makes mini cupcakes, but I was surprised at how big the mini cupcakes were. They are a perfect size and I wouldn’t really call them mini at all.

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Here is our finished product. Please, do not judge me by my icing skills. 😉

If you’ve seen the babycakes cupcake maker and was skeptical of it, try it out!! It’s worth it!  I’m not sure how much they are since it was a gift, but it does work really well and will save you some time. It is perfect for when you want a sweet treat, but don’t want a full mess in the kitchen and you want it fast!  I was pleasantly surprised  at how well it worked and I see us using this over and over again.

I better go…I have some cupcakes to eat!!!

Hey guys! I feel like time is dragging by the last few days. Has it been that way for you too?  Maybe I’m just anticipating the holidays so much. I am so excited this year…honestly, I think I’m this excited every year I just forget a year later. 🙂  We have everything wrapped and ready to go. Atticus has been so good at keeping all the presents a secret, which I was very worried about!  I only have a few little things left to buy as stocking stuffers, other than that my shopping is done! I  love seeing the kids open their gifts…the looks on their faces…they just get so excited. I just can’t wait!

This will be my first year to cook Christmas dinner and I’m not sure why, but I am so thrilled to be  cooking Christmas dinner!!! I have it all planned out, the grocery list is made, I’m thinking of ways I can spice up the decorations for the table. I am just really into the Christmas spirit!!

Here’s my menu for dinner. I want input if you have any. Anything special you do for Christmas dinner? Favorite recipes? I would LOVE to hear them or maybe share a link to where I can find them!

*Ham-Recipe from Paula Deen

*Green Bean Casserole

*Mashed Potatoes

*Black and Green Olives

*Lime Jello with Pears-This is something Jeremy’s MeMaw always made them.


*Dessert-Black and White Pie-My grannys recipe. (Jeremys favorite)

My menu is small, but since it’s my first actual holiday extravaganza I want to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed in the kitchen! I feel like I am missing something though. I don’t know what it is! (Input is welcome…Im begging!) My mother-in-law and brother-in-law are making the drive to Eureka Springs for Christmas, there will be a total of 6 of us eating. Not to big and not to small. Just perfect for my first holiday meal!  I am most excited about this…drum roll please…I inherited Jeremy’s MeMaws china a few months ago. It’s still boxed and wrapped in newspaper. I don’t have a china cabinet yet and I have no room in my kitchen cabinets, but I am going to unwrap it and get it ready for this special occasion!! Jeremy is very excited! MeMaw passed away in 2009 and is missed dearly. She was such an amazing woman. I feel very lucky to be able to use her stuff and make so many new memories with the china she loved and shared with her family for so many years.

I will make my weekly trip to Wal-Mart for groceries and last-minute Christmas stuff. I need to hand wash the china…do some cleaning around the house.  I have  baking to do for neighborly gifts and such. We normally make Christmas ornaments and hand out with the baked goods. That is still the plan, but Jeremy has been extra busy and hasn’t designed them yet. I’m sure it will be a last-minute thing, but it’ll get done! I think we may even have a few friends driving through  and stopping to see us sometime this week. I have no idea when yet, it’s still up in the air.

I’m sure we aren’t the only ones who will be busy this week. Are you going out-of-town? Is this your first time cooking for the family? Any traditions? I wanna know! Please share your thoughts and tell me what’s going on at your house.

Until next time! Steph 🙂

We found the coolest little gingerbread train at Wal-Mart this week. The boys had a great time decorating it and I snapped a few pictures to share with you guys!


Here’s all our supplies. The gingerbread smelled so yummy.


The boys were very excited about all the candy. I thought they were going to eat it all before we even got started.


Jeremy is the artist in the family, so he got to be the frosting/glue guy!


Decorating!! It was fun watching the boys try to figure out where to put their candy.


Bonus ate more candy than decorating.


Here’s our finished product!!

Now comes the really fun part…Lets Eat!!! 🙂

I am not a coffee drinker. The smell of coffee is usually a major turn off for me. Lately though, I have had this strange craving for it. So….TODAY WE BOUGHT OUR VERY FIRST COFFEE MAKER! I feel like such an adult. 🙂


You should have seen us in the aisle…we looked totally lost. We know absolutely nothing about this subject. We ended up buying the smallest and cheapest one at Wal-Mart.  I had to read the coffee maker book to learn how to even make the first pot. We bought three different types of coffee to try. Dunkin’ Donuts, Millston Seasonal Holiday Peppermint blend, and Folgers Mocha Swirl. We haven’t tried the Dunkin’ Donuts yet. The other two are surprisingly good.

The main reason for this post is…I need some help!! Do you have a favorite brand or type of coffee? Any suggestions you can give me? Does anyone have the Keurig? If you do, do you love it?

Who knows how long this coffee thing will last. As of right now it feels good to have a warm cup of coffee and listen to some christmas music. It’s fun to try new things!

Please comment and let me know any of your coffee secrets. I need all the help I can get!