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Have a Happy Weekend: 10 Fall Table Centerpieces

Some things in life, just make me h.a.p.p.y. and decorating and design is one of them! No matter what the season, there is something so festive about table centerpieces! Our dinning room area, is pretty much dead-center of our home, therefore, sets the mood for the rest of the house! I love creating decorative and seasonal centerpieces! Here are a few to inspire YOU!

  1. I love lanterns!

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2. How neat is this?!

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3. Perfect Thanksgiving Centerpiece!

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4. Anothern Lantern…

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5. More Lanterns…

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6. So cute!

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7. Lanterns again… And would make a cute fall wedding centerpiece!

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8. Candles are so cozy!

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9. So beautiful!

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10. I love the idea of using a pumpkin as a vase!

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Have a Happy Weekend! Xo

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Have a Happy Weekend: Cupcake Edition

I’ll admit it, I have a tad of an obsession with cupcakes! I love them! Not only are they yummy, but they are so simple and beautiful! Here are some pretty cupcakes to inspire your weekend!

  1. Because these just look AMAZING!

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  1. Who wouldn’t love a burger cupcake?

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  1. How cute is this?

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  1. And this?

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  1. Who wouldn’t want a Starbucks cupcake?!

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  1. I LOVE COOKIES!!!

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  1. Who doesn’t love surprises, especially in cupcake form?!

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8. How pretty is this?!

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  1. Hello Kitty, of course!

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  1. Dear Anyone, you can pay me in Gigi’s Cupcakes! P.S. My favorites are birthday cake, banana cream, and cookie dough!

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Have a happy weekend! Xo

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Have A Happy Weekend

I love getting gifts, but even more than getting them, I like to GIVE them! When I give a gift, I love wrapping them. I just shows so much more went into choosing the gift AND wrapping it. It’s almost like wrapping it in a blanket of love! I like spending a little extra time wrapping and making it extra pretty!

For the longest time, I hated wrapping because I could never get the ends right. I finally taught myself how after watching a few youtube videos. I admit, I WAS a terrible gift wrapper and that is why I never took the time to do it. I feel like today, that is why hardly anyone wraps gifts anymore. It’s just faster and easier to throw it together in a bag. We are forgetting how to wrap!!

So this week, I have been loving pretty wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, and tassels for wrapping! Wrapping just makes me happy! Here are this weeks’ top 10!

  1. A Wrapping Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIxqTBe8_p0

2. Maps are always good.

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3. How cute is this for a baby shower?!

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4. Adding a sparkly bow is always a good choice.

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5. And vintage prints…

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5. Or music notes…

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6. Who doesn’t love chalkboard wrapping papper?

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7. For a wedding…

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8. For Valentine’s Day…

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9. Fabric…

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10. Pretty just because… And I love the vintage picture!

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Have a Happpy Weekend, loves! xo

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Have A Happy Weekend

I am trying out a new series for my blog! FIRST POST Alert!! 🙂

Every weekend, hopefully Saturday mornings, I plan to share with you 10 things or pictures that make me happy. I think pictures bring out a side in us. They make us feel emotion, whether that be happy, sad, cozy, angry, or  blissful.

The pictures that I will be sharing you weekly (hopefully!) will be what makes me happy. Of course, by now, you should know that fashion, working out/fitness, shopping, cooking, farming, being an introvert, and coffee make me happy. So let me ask you, what makes you happy?!

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Sunday Dinner: Maraschino Cherry Muffins with Almond Glaze

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Hope all you mommies, momma’s-to-be, and grandma’s had a wonderful weekend!

What a weekend it was here in North Dakota! Saturday was a cool, spring day and Sunday, the ground was white with snow! Granted, we live in North Dakota and we expect the unexpected and plan for the unplanned, but this was a surprise! We lost a few little calves yesterday in the snow-storm, and it is still snowing and sleeting today.

This was Saturday, Crabapple Tree blooming!
This was Saturday, Crabapple Tree blooming!
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And this was on Sunday morning! Mother’s Day Blizzard!

While it was icky outside, I stayed toasty and warm inside my kitchen and cooked and baked! I meal prepped for a few hours on Saturday evening and baked treats to take to work on Monday. I made spaghetti squash with turkey and veggies for lunches this week, and I baked a banana cream poke cake, grape salad, and maraschino cherry muffins with a sweet, almond glaze, which I am sharing with you today!

I got the original recipe, which is a loaf instead of muffins, from Averie Cooks. I tweaked the recipe a little to make it my own…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Cherry Muffins/Bread

  • 2 jars (10 oz.) Maraschino Cherries, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • cherry juice reserved, 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Cherry Almond Glaze

  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of reserved cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray; set aside. Recipe may be also baked in one 9×5 pan or cake pan or in mini loaf pans; adjust baking time accordingly.

Remove cherries from jar and chop. Reserve the juice and set aside. (I used about 1 and a half jars of cherries and all the juice from both jars.) Toss cherries with about 2 or more tablespoons of flour (prevents cherries from sinking in dough).

In large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine; set aside.

In a smaller mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil, and all the cherry juice from jars, except 1/2 cup reserved for the glaze, almond extract, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

Pour wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine; do not over mix. Batter will be thick.

Lightly fold in chopped cherries.

Put batter into prepared muffin tins or pan and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until done (time again depends on what you are baking).

Cherry Almond Glaze

In a medium bowl combine juice, almond extract, and powdered sugar. Whisk to combine and add sugar until it reaches the desired consistentcy is reached. Glaze the bread prior to serving. Will keep airtight for about 5 days or in the freezer for 6 months. Do not glaze bread until ready to serve, if you plan on storing long term.

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Sweet cherry, almond goodness.

Have a Happy Monday!

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Fashionista Friday: PinkBlush

It is our first Fashionista Friday here at The Life of the Dakota Farmer’s Wife! From now on, every {almost} Friday I plan on sharing my favorite shops, boutiques, fashion tips, my weekly outfits and more with you! I am so excited about this because I love a good maxi dress or finding a new boutique! I can’t wait to share my personal favorites with you!

Well, here we go!

Have you ever heard of PinkBlush?! Well, it is an online boutique that specializes in women’s fashion and also maternity fashion for all of you pregnant ladies out there! I have several pieces that I purchased from PinkBlush or PinkBlush Zulily. I love shopping here because it is trendy and they have all the latest fashions, it is inexpensive, and it is fast shipping! If you are looking for your Easter or a cute spring outfit, check out PinkBlush! Here is the link:

http://shoppinkblush.com/

They have one of a kind blouses, tunics, dresses, and bottoms. This week Wednesday, I wore a PinkBlush dress/tunic with black leggings, cream boot socks, and cream colored boots paired with a red/maroon statement necklace. This look is great for in or out of the office! Plus it is comfy for putting in those long winter hours!

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Here is my workday look; Today, I chose another PinkBlush blouse paired with skinny jeans, flats, and a statement necklace! I love this look for a casual, but cute Friday look! You can easily transition this look from office casual with jeans to a mid-week office look by pairing it with a pencil skirt! Or to the weekend with skinny jeans and heels!

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Another great reason to go to shop at PinkBlush right now, is their “End of Season Sale”!!! Stock up on winter tunics, sweaters, and blouses for next fall and winter! Lots and lots of great sale prices! Plus, if you spend over $50, it ships free!! It is a great time to check out all their latest fashion and stock up for next year! I always love a good bargain! The best time to shop for winter is in the spring and the best time to shop for summer/spring is in the fall! I have personally saved so much by waiting until the end of season sales to buy new clothes, therefore, it is my favorite season to shop!

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping! Xo

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Sunday Dinner: Turkey Meatballs

Once again it is Monday! This weekend was a busy one for us! Between friends visiting Friday night, a Clue themed Who Dunnit church social on Saturday night, and cooking, cleaning and laundry on Sunday, this weekend flew by! Yesterday morning, Home Alone 2 was on, while I was meal planning and prepping for this weeks lunches and  preparing Sunday dinner, while the hubby was out doing chores. I also cleaned the house and worked out to PiYo: Strength Intervals! (Can you believe I am on week four already!?)

A new Monday also means a new Sunday Dinner recipe from our table to yours! Yesterday, we had turkey meatballs, which were 21 Day Fix approved and husband approved! I was surprised, but my husband actually really enjoyed them! And, I suppose you could use beef in substitute of the turkey. Turkey is a leaner and a “healthier” for you meat, I find myself using it more and more! Like my hubby says, “you can hardly tell the difference!”

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs:

2 pounds ground Turkey (Jennie-O)

2 eggs

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp. Garlic, minced (I cheat and use the pre-mined in a jar)

2 cups Whole Wheat Quick Oats + a little extra, if needed

7 tbsp. Organic Canned (or raw) Tomatoes (no salt added)

1 tsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch (no salt) Sweet Onion and Herb

1 tsp. Italian Spice

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp. Cumin

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open up turkey and put into medium sized bowl. Chop up tomatoes, if using raw. Mince garlic, if not already and chop up onion. I LOVE my Tupperware chopper! I use it all the time! Plus it is small, so it fits anywhere and it is dishwasher safe! I had a Tupperware party this summer and I got lots of new and awesome things! If you haven’t already, have a party! You get lots of great stuff that I literally use every day!

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2. Add in all the ingredients listed and mix well with your hands. I know, some people do not like mixing with their hands, but it’s the only way to make meatballs! During this step, I added in more Quick Oats. It was still a little wet and needed more “glue”. Time to form your meatballs. I formed mine fairly large. Remember, that turkey is a little bit wetter meat than say beef. The meatballs, where not perfect meatballs by any means and are hard to stick together before, but turned out great after they were in the oven and fully cooked. So don’t freak out if your meatballs look crumbly or are falling apart before cooking.

3. Next, you’ll need a fairly large frying pan. I fried mine just until they were a little brown. It makes a lot of meatballs, so you will have to do it in batches. After, I put them into a large, 9X13 glass pan.

4. I baked mine for about 40-45 minutes, or until done. I also served mine with brown rice and honey roasted carrots! For the carrots, slice organic baby carrots in half, length wise. Pour in a little olive oil, organic honey, pepper, and thyme. Toss to coat. Lay out on baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes.

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For the 21 Day Fix meal plan this meal would equal one green, one yellow, and one red! Everything was awesome, plus it made a lot of leftovers for lunches this week! Yumm!

Stay tuned for a very special Valentine’s Day give away!!! Coming soon!

Happy Monday! xo