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Baking for the Holidays with Truvia®

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Truvia® Natural Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

     Don't you just love yummy desserts?  I sure do but I am always trying to find something with less calories but still satisfies my craving for sweets.  I recently discovered Truvia® Baking Blend which is a blend of Truvia® natural sweetener and sugar.  It has 75% fewer calories than sugar but with still provide a sugar-like texture and moistness in your baked goods.  Love that!
     We all know how quickly the holidays are approaching and like many of you, I will be doing some baking.  This year I am going to try some of the recipes on the Truvia® website.  One recipe that I definitely want to make is the Cranberry Orange Muffins.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp salt 1⁄2 tsp baking soda 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled ⅓ cup Truvia® Baking Blend 1 Tbsp orange zest 1⁄2 cup orange…

A Thanksgiving Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen. ~ Samuel F. Pugh

I think this is such a beautiful and meaningful prayer. I want to try to remember these things more often in my day to day life.

source ~ Happy Thanksgiving To All of You and I Wish You All The Blessings Your Hearts Can Hold ~

Second Floor Remodel Begins

I'm so happy to tell you that our itty bitty and very old  second floor bathroom is no more. This project has been on our list since we moved to this house five years ago.

The bathroom was located right above our front door so we had the idea   to add a dormer window to create more room and ceiling height.
So what looked like this until recently . . .

. . . now looks like this!

I'm so excited to be getting this done!

I think the changes are going to add a lot of charm and character to our house
and I'm all about charm and character!!

The little roof over the door is going to be a portico with brackets ~
there won't actually be any posts.

• • • • • • • • 
Here is what the bathroom looked like before . . .

. . . and this is what the same space looks like now.

There is still a lot more to be done but it is thrilling  to be this far in the process. I'm getting a lot of ideas for the bathroom as well as
 the exterior of our house.

On the outside, I'm thinking maybe some additional land…

Cute Cake Carriers

I saw this adorable cake carrier at World Market this week, so then I started looking and found some others that are  also super sweet.
World Market
The Spotted Fox
We Heart It
Oh So Lovely Vintage

I don't know which one I like best. (Probably the one that has cake in it!)
Do you have a favorite?