Summer fun with Betty


Summer is upon us and that means all sorts of parties, family gatherings, and everyday fun with our families in our own backyards. But one of the things that gets me is the amount of time that is spent in the kitchen prepping for these parties and when it’s really hot out I’m not a big fan of being in the kitchen all day… even if I do have A/C.

But there are a few ways to cut corners and make things a little easier for everyone. For me it’s making a delicious cake (probably chocolate because it’s my favorite) using Betty Crocker cake mixes and one of the really fun cake recipes & designs that they have on their site.

I absolutely love the ice cream cone cupcakes but the ones on the site are a little boring… I think that they could be jazzed up a little bit. The white frosting is little lackluster so here’s what I’m thinking.

Frosting. All these need is a bit of color and some brightly colored sugar crystals and then they’d be perfectly set for any summer party! Pretty swirls of pink, yellow, and blue will brighten up the cupcakes up and made them ready for summer parties.

betty crocker

See… look how easy it is to make these cupcakes. I bet that cute cupcakes like these would be great for kids to help decorate too!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts & opinions are my own… and I do love Betty Crocker and cake.

The great breakfast debate

Before you read any further about the great breakfast debate you should know that this is a sponsored post. I thought that I should let you know since it’s kinda the law and all that now. You should keep reading though… it could get interesting and I have a freebie for you at the end. I promise.

Every day as my two oldest (the teens) are getting ready to head out the door for school I always ask if they ate breakfast and what it was. Often though, I get the answer that they didn’t because they didn’t have time and of course I explain to them that it’s important for so many reasons to take a few minutes to eat something even if it’s just toast with peanut butter or something like that.

The great breakfast debate starts because they’re in a hurry… they need to go right now… or “I know, mom”, accompanied by an eye roll. Oh.. the joy of teens! But really they’re not that bad & they are great girls. That still need to eat breakfast.

So how do I get them to eat? Make it for them… wake them up earlier than what their alarms are set for… stand in front of the door so they can’t leave till they eat? Maybe, those are all options really but it’ll make for angry teens.

Now I have a little secret. Shhh…. don’t tell them that it’s good for them or anything like because they might not drink it. But I can make smoothies with Silk Fruit & Protein that they can take with them and drink on the way to school.

Silk Fruit & Protein

You know what Silk Fruit & Protein is right? It’s delicious that’s one thing, especially the mixed berry, but there are other reasons that you should give it a try instead of regular juice.

  • Silk Fruit&Protein is a delicious fruit juice blend
  • Contains a good source of protein (that other juices don’t have)
  • Available in three amazing flavors: Mixed Berry, Mango Peach, Strawberry Banana
  • Excellent source of Calcium, Vitamin D, & Vitamin C

So run out to the store and grab some! You’ll find it near the soy milk and stuff like that… not by the juice. Odd, I know.

So the freebie that I told about that the beginning of this post? It’s a coupon for $1 off your next purchase of Silk Fruit & Protein.

Okay, so back the kids. I can throw some fresh fruit and maybe some spinach into the blender with a few ice cubes and some Silk Fruit & Protein and TADA…. a healthy breakfast to go. So ends the great breakfast debate.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Silk blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.