Wine Gummy Bears

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
I'm a little too excited about sharing these cute little wine gummy bears with you. Not only are they adorable, but they're SO tasty! And I'm not one to love a powerful alcohol taste, which is why I'm so happy they turned out to be the perfect taste of wine, staying true to the flavor they were made from, without being overwhelming. It took a couple of trials to get the flavor just right, and the final result is a winner. Pin this for later, friends! 

My wine gummy bears would be perfect to serve at a party, celebrate Valentine's Day, wrap up to gift someone, or just because. In this case, we made them for my birthday (it's this Friday!), and we've loved the out-of-the-ordinary treat.

My favorite is the Red Moscato (the blush pink color), closely followed by the Sweet Red Blend (the dark red), which I was pleasantly shocked about since I'm not really a red wine gal. Husband's favorite was the Sweet Red Blend. And the Chardonnay was delicious too! You really can't go wrong with these flavors; they are tried and tested and turn out great with this recipe.

Stay tuned for my try at sparkling rosé gummies!

  • What You'll Need
    • 1/2 cup wine
      • Chardonnay
      • Red Moscato
      • Sweet Red Blend
    • 1 + 1/2 TBSP plain gelatin
    • 1/4 cup sugar
  • What You'll Do
    • Pour the wine into a saucepan and add the gelatin. Stir constantly until combined over low heat (high heat will burn off the alcohol). 
    • Once the gelatin has dissolved, add the sugar. Keep stirring constantly.
    • When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat off, and using the dropper quickly fill the molds. Make sure to put the dropper underneath the layer of foam.
    • While filling the molds, avoid adding bubbles and the foam.
    • Store molds in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes until set. 
    • Enjoy!

**Here are the Gummy Molds + Droppers used for this recipe.
**Each recipe yields about 125 gummy bears. 
**I used the individual miniature bottles of Barefoot wine to make these. I found them at my local Kroger.

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Banana Bread + A Cinnamon Sugar Crumble Topping

Thursday, January 10, 2019

These winter days have us going a little stir crazy inside the house. There is way more energy than there is square footage, so I'm always trying to think up a way to expend the wiggles while we keep indoors. And I'm the type of mom that enjoys calm activities that leave me feeling refreshed instead of totally spent. So when you have bananas that are on their way out, you mash them up and get to baking. 

Greer's favorite way to bake is by sitting on the counter or stand tippy-toes on her little pink stool. She wants nothing more than to stir the batter. Her second love is dumping in the ingredients. And do you know what she really loves?? Getting sneaky little licks of the batter. I can't blame her, she gets that one from her mama. 

On this occasion, Greer gladly stirred from her stool, asking for bites of banana along the way. We finished making my mom's banana bread recipe when I got a zinger to do something a little different. So I added in some cream cheese and crumbled together a cinnamon sugar topping. The result?? A freakin' fabulous slice of banana bread to go with my coffee. 

  • What You'll Need
    • For The Bread
      • 3 (very) ripe bananas, mashed
      • 1 stick of salted butter, melted
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1 TSP vanilla
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 1/4 TSP baking soda
      • 1/2 TSP salt
      • 1/2 block of cream cheese, softened
    • For The Topping
      • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP granulated sugar
      • 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
      • 1 TBSP butter
      • 1 TSP cinnamon 
  • What You'll Do
    • Preheat the oven to 350°.
    • Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla, eggs, and cream cheese. Mix until well combined.
    • Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to the sugar mixture.
    • Add the mashed bananas, mixing evenly into the batter. 
    • Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan (use cooking spray to prepare).
    • In a separate bowl, crumble the butter, sugar, flour, and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. 
    • Evenly spread the crumble topping over the top of the batter. Gently press it down on the batter (not into).
    • Bake for 60-70 minutes, until an inserted knife comes out clean. 
My favorite way to eat this in the following days is by heating up a slice in the microwave and adding butter. It's scrumptious and also 3-year-old approved!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Greer Girl!

Friday, December 21, 2018
**written last night on Greer's birthday eve

It's been a tradition to rock my little lady to sleep on the night before her birthday, and this year was no different. After brushing teeth, pulling down the sheets, and slipping into pajamas, my sweet girl climbed into my lap and laid herself down in my arms. I cradled her like my tiny baby, tucking her long legs into me and snuggling a blanket around her. Almost like she knew I was feeling a little extra emotional, she reached up in the darkness and touched my face, lifting hers up to meet mine and placed the sweetest sugars across my cheeks, nose, and lips. Then she quietly said, "Thank you." I asked her why, and she responded, "For the sugars." 

Just like I did on the day she was born, I leaned over and rubbed my cheek against hers taking in the softness. Then I brushed her hair away from her face, and told her to close her eyes and dream of all the fun we would be having on her birthday. She peeped back, "...and rainbows." My girl wanted to also dream of rainbows, which unexpectedly struck a cord in my heart, the symbolism not lost on me. Greer is my rainbow baby, and I appreciate that sweet reminder of the Lord's faithfulness to us through her life. 

As I hummed the song I've been humming since she was an infant, Greer drifted off to sleep. I silently prayed for her now, for her future, and the gift that she is. And while I rocked back and forth I had a good long cry. Because the years are so fleeting, and there's no slowing them down. Because I love my daughter so much that it hurts. And while I want to bottle it up forever, there's really no way to keep her this little. It makes me sad, happy, excited, and anxious to watch her grow and blossom into the person the Lord has made her. I'm overwhelmed with thankfulness for her life and the gift and privilege it is to be her mom. 

These three years have been packed full of milestones, firsts, memories, adventures, giggles, tears, stuffed animals, bandaids, bows, and all the sugars. On the eve of her birthday, I can vividly remember sitting in bed with husband the night before she was born. I was huge and uncomfortable, yet savoring the last hours of feeling her dance in my belly. I was so very excited and scared of what awaited us the next morning. I knew life was going to change the moment I first saw her, but I had no idea just how wildly it would. How much my heart would grow, my arms could hold, and my mothering instincts would take control. Motherhood has been a wonderfully wild ride, and I can only imagine what's in store. Happiest of birthdays to my Greer girl!

**while tucking her into bed tonight, as I was standing back up from placing once more sugar on her oh-so-soft cheeks, my Greer looked up and said, "Thanks for the best evening!" My mama heart was done for. 

Holiday Home With The Hills

Thursday, December 20, 2018
The halls are decked and there are just five more sleeps until Christmas! Come on into our holiday home, and enjoy a little look around at the way we like to enjoy this time of year! Decorating our home for Christmas is my favorite, and I love the way the glow of the twinkle lights makes everything feel cozier. Don't you?

This year, I really wanted a touch of pink in our décor, so I jumped at the notion and started with some pink mercury glass ornaments and mauve velvet ribbon. I love the sweetness of the pink mingled with the green, and I think I'll be building on this color scheme in the years to come. I'm kind of smitten. Go ahead, take a look and see....

Lit wreaths hanging from the windows is quite possibly the most charming touch this time of year. Adding extra charm with velvet ribbons and patterned bows is the perfect way to add a personal touch! And the elegance of a flocked tree, oh my! I never gave a flocked tree a chance and on a whim decided to. I'm in love. It's the prettiest sight and really completes the dining room Christmas décor. 

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour! I hope you have the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS!! And thank you  so very much for reading the blog and following along! I am truly so delighted by each of you! xo