Dulce De Leche Frosting Simplified

Dulce De Leche Buttercream frosting

With Cinco De Mayo coming up soon, I wanted to try some dulce de leche recipes to celebrate. Dulce de leche can be made from scratch with condensed milk, but if you want to save some precious time, you will want to try what I like to use – Nestle’s La Lechera Dulce De Leche. It is caramel in a can and it is incredibly tasty.

My grandmother used to make hers from scratch and it smelled so good. This “candy milk” is amazing in cheesecakes, brownies, cookies and cupcakes. But this time saving product tastes as good as homemade.

Nestle Dulce De Leche

 

One way I love to flavor cupcakes is by mixing the dulce de leche with buttercream frosting.

 

Buttercream and Dulce De Leche

I make my own buttercream frosting because it tastes better to me than store-bought frosting.

By mixing the two flavors together in an iceing bag, you can get a nice look on your cupcakes in minutes.

Dulce De Leche Buttercream frosting

 

By the way, this is not a sponsored by the product. I just love  it and wanted to share with you an easy way to get the dulce de leche flavoring for your recipes. This can be found in the Hispanic sections of most supermarkets. You can also find it on (disclaimer – Affiliate link) on Amazon.com  under La Lechera Dulce De Leche, 13.4 Ounce Container.La Lechera Dulce De Leche, 13.4 Ounce Container

 

It is also great to add to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to add a little caramel flavor (and so much cheaper than getting coffee at a coffee shop). Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a coffee beverage now and then, but it can add up really fast. A little spoonful in your coffee really adds a nice sweetness to it. I use it when I have an open can so I do not waste it.

But it is especially tasty in desserts, like this. Which go great with some slow cooker pork tacos, or any Mexican food.

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Have you tasted dulce de leche before? What dessert did you have?

 

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It’s Here – The Voice Tour

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If you have been reading for a while, you know that I am a HUGE fan of The Voice! I watch it religiously because I think the talent is amazing and I just love all the judges and their banter. Adam and Blake have their whole man-crush thing, Shakira is so adorable and Usher is so funny and witty!  I was so excited to hear that the Voice Tour is coming this summer!

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Well Talpa Media and AEG Live announced recently that there will be a  31-show concert tour that stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto. Tickets are on sale now via www.thevoice.com/tour and www.aeglive.com. It’s a chance to see your favorite contestants.

Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Tesanne is one of my favorite contestants ever! Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season’s Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media.

Fans can experience the finalists performing favorite moments from their seasons again live on tour. THE VOICE Season 6 Finale will air on NBC on May 20th, but this season’s fan-favorites and past stars will continue on with the 2014 Tour.

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will join NBC’s The Voice as the official title sponsor of The Voice Live Tour. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will bring the message of resilience across the U.S., and provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and content from the road. The multiplatform partnership will bring to life America’s inner and outer resilience, while engaging with the show’s thousands of fans in real-time.

21-Jun

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

22-Jun

Grand Prairie, TX

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

23-Jun

Houston, TX

Bayou Music Center

25-Jun

Tampa, FL

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

26-Jun

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

27-Jun

Orlando, FL

Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

29-Jun

Atlanta, GA

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

30-Jun

Charlotte, NC

Ovens Auditorium

2-Jul

Hershey, PA

Hershey Theatre

3-Jul

Lowell, MA

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

5-Jul

Atlantic City, NJ

The Mark Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal

7-Jul

New York, NY

Beacon Theatre

8-Jul

Baltimore, MD

Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

10-Jul

Toronto, ON

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

11-Jul

Niagara Falls, NY

Seneca Niagara Events Center

12-Jul

Mashantucket, CT

The Grand Theater at Foxwoods

14-Jul

Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square – State Theatre

15-Jul

Detroit, MI

Masonic Temple Theatre

16-Jul

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

17-Jul

Minneapolis, MN

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

19-Jul

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Riverside Theater

20-Jul

St. Louis, MO

Peabody Opera House

22-Jul

Denver, CO

Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

24-Jul

Phoenix, AZ

Comerica Theater

25-Jul

Las Vegas, NV

The Joint at the Hard Rock

26-Jul

Indio, CA*

Fantasy Springs Resort Special Events Center

27-Jul

San Diego, CA

San Diego Civic Theatre

29-Jul

Los Angeles, CA

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

30-Jul

San Jose, CA

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

1-Aug

Portland, OR

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

2-Aug

Redmond, WA

Marymoor Park Concerts

*The Indio, CA event will go on sale Friday, April 25th.

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

Event time and date subject to change. I love that there are several stops here in California and want to go!

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit:

http://nbcthevoicetour.com/

You can also follow the Voice on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nbcthevoice  and Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice     Do you watch The Voice? Which stop is near you?

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This is not a sponsored post – I just am a huge fan of The Voice! Although I would totally go if AEG wanted to send me!

Easter Dessert – Bunny Pops

Bunny Pops

Today I’m sharing a simple way to make a simple and fun Easter dessert with very little effort. I like to bake cookies instead of loading up on the candies.

Bunny Pops

This worked perfectly with my schedule because I had an accident with my eye last weekend and that put me out of commission for a couple of days. I am healing slowly and thanks to the ability to zoom my computer settings, I am getting back to work. I am very thankful that my eyesight is coming back and for the wonderful support I received from friends.

I love putting Easter gifts together for friends and family too. I remember it was so exciting as a kid to open up the Easter basket and go on egg hunts in the backyard. Then we would get dressed up in uncomfortable ruffle dresses, tights and patent leather shoes from J.C. Penney for church. Now, these days, I love getting dressed up, but  thankfully they are making clothes much more comfortable than they did when I was a kid.

This fun Easter dessert is very simple to do and even simpler when you use a store-bought cookie mix. All you is cookie dough, icing and some lollipop sticks. I prepared the dough for rolled cookies about 1/4 inch thickness and used a bunny cutter. before baking the cookies, I inserted the sticks into the middle of the cookie.

Easter Dessert

Once the cookies have baked and cooled completely, I frosted them and uses candy eyes for the face.

 

Easter Dessert

 

They can be put in cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon, placed on each plate.

Easter Dessert

Or you can arrange them into a fun centerpiece. This also makes a fun gift for friends or relatives.

Easter Dessert

Do you know someone who needs a cookie bunny?

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Productivity Apps I Love

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about apps but today I wanted to share with
you a few apps that help me not only save time, but help me keep up my productivity.

The first app is TinyScan. Have you ever had a document or paper and wished you could
scan it right then and there?  You may try to take a picture with your smart phone, but it’s not quite the same.
TinyScan allows you to actually make tiny scan of the document on your phone. Tiny scan allows you do copy receipts letters, invoices and other documents into PDF format

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The second app I love is to do list. I’ve tried many different types of to do list apps in the last few years, and this one is my favorites. One of the reasons I like it is because it allows me to access my to do list from my desktop, iPad, and iPhone.
The free version allows you to create to do lists, priorities and projects, complete with sub-tasks. You can even have tasks that you have assigned to yourself differentiated to those you have delegated to others.

Many times a to do list item will come into my head I need to just jot it down somewhere to do list is perfect for that because of the mulitple access capability. If you have the premium version (I do not), you can also set specific deadlines that will sync  to your calendar and you can also post dealines with reminders to yourself. Todoist is available for Apple products and Android through Google Play.

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The other app I love is Google Drive. Google drive allows you to save photos, documents, files and is accessible from different devices without having to download and worry about which version is the one you want. It also makes it easy to share documents with others. You can view these files, even if you do not have an internet connection.

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Have you used any of thes apps? What are your favorite apps to stay productive?

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Dollar Store Wedding Decorations

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It’s wedding season soon! I’ve got a couple of invitations to weddings and I’m helping someone plan hers. Weddings are so expensive nowadays and  although there are a lot of cute ideas out there, it’s still important to keep costs in perspective. One of the easy ways to keep costs down is by making some dollar store wedding decorations.
 

Wedding decorations from the Dollar Tree

Today I want to show you some beautiful wedding decoration ideas made from items available at Dollar Tree. That’s right, these supplies cost a dollar a piece.  You can still have beautiful decorations, and no one has to know that you saved money by making your own.

 

I always walk down every aisle of the store because I do not want to miss something that I can use.I found some vases that I wanted to decorate and fill with flowers.

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I chose white flowers because I found these cute flower embellishments, and I wanted the blue to stand out.

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I took the vases and wrapped each one with tulle and tied with a bow.Then I secured the blue flowers and added some flowers to the vase.

Frugal Wedding Decor

Next I printed out a cute gratitude message on card stock and put it in a frame for the table. The frame and the stand were $1 each.

Cute message for your wedding guests will add a touch of gratitude!

Finally, I wanted to put a pretty little favor on each place setting. (By the way the plates are also from The Dollar Tree,) I wrapped some candles with lace and secured the lace with a pin.

Laced Wrapped Candles from the dollar store!

The candle is still wrapped in plastic and because the lace is for decorative purposes only, it can be easily removed by the recipient when they use the candle.

As you can see together everything  makes a very nice table decoration.
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Materials for Flower Vases (all items are from the Dollar Tree unless otherwise noted)

Materials for all these wedding decorations are listed below. Be sure to check out The Dollar Tree Website for more wedding decor ideas!

Vases

Flowers
Tulle
Rocks
Flower Embellishments

Materials for Candle Favors

Candles
Push Pins
Lace (purchased at craft store)

Thank You Plaque

Frames
Thank you note (done on computer)

Do you know someone planning a wedding soon?

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