Monthly Archives: January 2014

Why I’m on a weight loss journey…

When I first started this blog, it was all about baking, and cakes. Those who know me know that I can talk cake all day long if I’m allowed. But what you probably don’t know is that I struggle with wanting to bake, when I know that with all those yummy sweets in the house, it’s just temptation overload. Who can resist some fresh baked chocolate cake, or a yummy cheesecake? It’s hard.

So I branched out into doing crafts and fun projects of that nature to help fill in the void from when I’m not baking. But now today I bring you the real reason why I don’t bake all the time, why I struggle with wanting sweets in the house, and why I am bringing you posts that focus on healthier muffins instead of cakes.

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That’s me….

Well let’s clear this up, that’s me in 02. I weighed 115lbs and was in great physical shape.

Pretty good right?

Well this is me now:


At the time of this picture my weight was 179. See the disappointment on my face? Yeah that’s because I’m not happy with myself. Last September, I started this journey along with my sister in law from Eccentric Chai At my heaviest I weighed 186…. Sad to say.

I’m not going to lie, watching my sister in law with her pregnancy was hard for me. She’s one of those women who when pregnant look like she just took a ball and put it under her shirt. I swear. It was disheartening for me because with my son I put on weight EVERYWHERE… not just my belly, but everywhere.

Don’t get me wrong, Lina’s amazing, she’s a wonderful mom, a great writer, and a great photographer. She’s even branched out into her own baking, and I may have some competition there too. She’s wonderful. But I couldn’t help but be jealous when she started her journey and only had 10 pounds to loose. I have 50 to go yet to be at an ideal weight for my height and age.

But with the encouragement of my sister I lost 10 pounds! And then put 3 back on, but I was on my way.

Then right before Christmas I found this great community of women, some moms, some not, but all who shared a common goal. To get in shape and be “bikini body mommies” The founder of this program lost 100 pounds herself, and is helping to inspire other women to be better. With this community I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what time of day exercise, only that you do. It doesn’t matter that on your first day of each new week you totally suck at the workouts, because hey, by then end of the week, you kicked that Monday’s workout in the ass!

These women have shown me that you can be total strangers, and still have someone push you everyday to be better than the day before. I’ve also learned that it’s not too late to start a transformation of your own. Brianna has a challenge going right now, but she encourages people to start on day 1, day 8, day 15, whenever you feel comfortable.

With the help of Lina and all the ladies on the bikini body mommy challenge I’m confident that my reasons for wanting to loose weight and live a healthier lifestyle will be encouraged. I have 3 great reasons for wanting to be healthier.

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My 2 beautiful kids, and my wonderful husband. I want to be able to do things with them, to keep up with them and I can’t do that if I’m out of shape.

So as of today I’m down 12.2 pounds, and 13 inches from all over, which is a great start. I’m going to keep going to hit my goal weight, and I hope I can share the rest of my journey with you all.

Are you on a journey? Are you ready to share? Post links to your journey below, and I will follow along with you and help provide some encouragement along the way!

Good luck!



Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Good Morning baking memories followers! I thought this morning I would share with you a recipe that I recently discovered, along with the way that I modified it for our taste buds here at the every lively baking memories household. The initial recipe is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins, and can be found over at Chocolate, Chocolate and more. We made these last week and they were yummy. Not sweet because they are muffins, but so full of protein that you don’t want to eat more than one or two in a sitting. The hubs ate 4 the first morning, and was so full he couldn’t even eat lunch that day.

Of course as is normal with my baking, I immediately starting thinking about how to change up this recipe and make it more tailored to my tastes and my families tastes. So what I ended up with was a combination of peanut butter and banana that of course now the hubs says needs some chocolate too, I guess that’s for me to play with next week. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

But now without further adieu I bring you the how to on some Peanut Butter Banana Muffins!


Don’t they just look scrumptious?

So here’s what you’ll need:

2 c flour

1.5 tsp salt

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 c milk

2 eggs

1/2 c peanut butter

1/2 c mashed bananas

1/3 c vegetable oil.

And here’s how to make them:

First mash your bananas in your mixing bowl- way easier than mashing by hand


Then add the milk, eggs, oil, and peanut butter to your mashed bananas and mix well:

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Then in a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together:


Spoon the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl with the banana mixture and mix well:

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Then prep up your muffin tin, you can use cupcake liners or you can spray with some pam- either way is totally up to your preference.


Spoon your batter into your muffin pans:


and bake for 14-18 minutes- until a toothpick inserted into the largest muffins comes out clean.

Then simply cool on a wire rack, or enjoy warm.


These are yummy, but still missing something, and as soon as I get them entirely perfect I will be certain to update you all with what I change.

So if you are looking for a healthier, yet still yummy breakfast muffin look no further than some delicious peanut butter banana muffins.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Recipe of the week


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Snowmen Cake Balls!

I don’t know about where everyone else is, but here in good ole Mid Mo it’s cold and dreary, and many days snowy. We recently got stuck in the middle of the “polar vortex” and spent 3 days in negative temps. It was rough.

But in the midst of it all we had one day warm enough for the kids to make a snowman. Which of course brought me back to the snowmen I made out of cake balls right before Christmas.

So today I bring you the how to on snowmen cake balls!


How adorable are these? And they are super easy to make!

All you are going to need are some cake balls dipped in white chocolate. Some orange candy melts, some black candy melts, some black food coloring, and some miniature marshmallows.

That’s it. And here’s how to make them:

First start with your mini marshmallows. You want to dip them into some black candy melts. I found the best way to do this was to poke them with the tip of a skewer, dip them into the chocolate, and then ” spin” the marshmallow over some parchment, so that the marshmallow falls off of the skewer and lands on its flat end on the parchment. If the marshmallow doesn’t fall off you can gently use a spoon to ease it off of the skewer.

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Let the marshmallows dry. While they are drying put some faces on your snowmen heads. Start with the orange in a squeeze bottle, and give them each a nose. You want your chocolate to slightly cool before you start or your noses will fall before they set up.


Then using a small paintbrush or a toothpick dipped into the black food coloring, make dots onto your snowmen faces making the eyes and a mouth. The dots make the snowmen look like they have coal making up their facial features.


Let your faces dry, and now it’s time to make the brims of your hats, and attach them to the marshmallows.

Using a squeeze bottle with some black candy melts in it make some large dots, bigger than the base of the marshmallows and press your marshmallows into them, making it look like hats.

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Let those dry then using some chocolate attach the hats to your snowmen heads. Once they are all dry you will have these adorable snowmen cake balls!


How cute!

So when winter gets you down, take the winter blues into your own hands and make some indoor snowmen.

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Cake ball variations


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