Breakfast With a Packer

This morning I got to go to Lambeau and have Breakfast with a Packer thanks to Klout. It was so much fun! I brought my friend kim with me and we met up with Anne. We got to hear Jarrett Bush talk about being a Packer and then we got to take pictures and get autographs.

Super Fancy Plates!

Talking about what it’s like to be a packer and about his career so far.

Me and Kim

Waiting in line for our picture and autograph

Me with Jarrett Bush (and yes this is a picture of a picture lol)

Kim and Jarrett Bush

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Zoo Trip!

Last week I stole Emerson from Misty and we went to the zoo. We had so much fun! We saw penguins or “chickens” as em’s like to call them.

We fed the Giraffe and then since we had leftover leaves when the giraffe walked away we went and fed the prairie dogs.

The peacock was even showing off his feathers for everyone

then we went and fed the animals at the kids zoo

and before we left we checked out the new baby monkey’s and took pics with some of the statues.

Blog Star: Hi I’m Amber

I’m Amber, a blog design loving bookworm. I love going to the cabin up north, where we ride the 4-wheelers on the trails, fish and just hang out by the fire. I love anything that has to do with Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, friends, family, Photoshop, Illustrator… and of course my Mac or anything that Apple creates! I’m also a self-proclaimed book worm so if I’m not at my computer you can usually find me with my nose in a book.

The Nail Files — Amber’s Life

I got my June Julep Maven box this week. This month I selected to get the boho glam box

 The polishes are so cute! I’m so glad that I choose this box this month!

I did my nails as soon as I got the box and I did one hand with all robin and one nail in daisy and the other the exact oposite. I did notice that with the daisy it is thinner so to get the color that I wanted I had to do 4 coats, but Robin you only needed 2 coats.

For what I get every month from Julep it’s def worth the $20 a month!

I was a Very Dirty Girl Last Weekend…

but I had so much fun!

Every Memorial Day weekend we usually head up to the cabin in Lakewood for a fun filled long weekend and this year was no exception!

Saturday we went on a trail ride to Waubeno and stopped at the Knothole for some Ice Cream and French Fries. The ride was so much fun and I made a point to hit every puddle I could find, no matter how small! It did rain a tiny bit which was just enough to keep the trails from being super dusty like they normally are.

Before we left waubeno a few of us took turns driving as fast as we could through the big puddle that was in the parking lot. that was the dirtiest we go that day because we hadn’t seen a lot of puddles.

Then on sunday we really go dirty! Since it rained super hard and hailed and stormed pretty good saturday night we had plenty of puddles to go through! We went south this time and we headed to Mountain for some Ice Cream at Scoopers. Along the way I found every single puddle I could and drove as fast as I could, needless to say we were a bit dirty when we got home.

The best part though was when Sam (my cousin) told us about this little trail he had found where the trucks had gone through leaving big ruts and HUGE puddles! So of course we had to go! I hadn’t gone actual mud running since I was little and my parents and uncle’s took us kids. It was a ton of fun! I got sooo dirty though! I came home and my jeans were caked in mud and so were my shoes. I was wearing a white long sleeve shirt under a green t-shirt and when I came home I was mostly brown.

This is Dad’s new 4-wheeler. My brother drove it when we went mud-running, it was pretty clean when we left the cabin and this is what it looked like when we got back.

this is pretty much what the yard looked like all weekend, all the atv’s lined up ready and waiting for us to go on rides.

I had so much fun and I think I may try and stay up all week over the 4th of July just so I can trail riding and mud running some more

What I’m reading

ALEX LOVELL MAKES PEOPLE DISAPPEAR.

TURNS OUT, SHE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE.

Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on — including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective — Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex’s hunch about Melanie’s murder is wrong, his instincts — and their visceral attraction — won’t let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear….

About the second book:

ELAINA MCCORD WANTS TO FIND A KILLER. BUT HE’S ALREADY FOUND HER.

Elaina McCord’s dream of being an FBI profiler is threatened by her very first case—investigating a string of murders near a Texas beach resort. The victims, all young women, were drugged and brutally murdered, their bodies abandoned in desolate marshland. Elaina’s hunch—met with disbelief by local police—is that these are only the latest offerings from a serial killer who has been perfecting his art for years, growing bolder and more cunning with each strike.

True-crime writer Troy Stockton has a reputation as an irresistible playboy who gets his story at any cost. He’s the last person Elaina should trust, let alone be attracted to. But right now Troy, along with the elite team of forensics experts known as the Tracers, is her only ally in a case that’s turning dangerously personal. A killer is reaching out to Elaina, taunting her, letting her know how ruthless he is and how close he’s getting. Now it’s not just her career that’s in jeopardy—it’s her life. . . .

About the third book:

TRACING KILLERS IS MIA VOSS’S BUSINESS. AND HER WORK JUST GOT PERSONAL.

At first, Mia Voss thinks it’s just bad luck when her already lousy day ends with a carjacking, but what seems like a random incident is followed by another sinister episode. A DNA expert, Mia has made it her mission to put away vicious criminals. Suddenly, she’s become the target of one. And the only way to protect the people she loves most is to deliberately destroy her reputation and risk letting a killer walk free.

Once, Mia trusted Detective Ric Santos, but that was before Ric let his turbulent past ruin his chances with Mia, the sexiest, most intriguing woman he’s ever met. But he can tell when she’s lying—and when she’s scared. The key to catching a sadistic madman lies within a long-buried cold case that has haunted Mia for years. Only she can uncover the truth, but first, Ric will have to get her to entrust him with her secrets . . . and her life.

I can’t wait!

Tomorrow afternoon we leave to go upnorth for memorial day weekend and I can’t wait!! it’s going to be a weekend filled with trail riding, campfires and I hope some fishing! Before that can happen though I have alot of stuff to get done! I have at least 3 blog designs I need to start/finish tomorrow. Also I haven’t even started to pack or do laundry so I have clean clothes. I can tell already that friday will be a very very busy day and I know that even though I say I won’t be online, I will guaranteed! I can’t stay away from you guys!

I just have to remember that in a less than 48 hours I will be here

and then hopefully it doesn’t rain/storm on sat (it better not!) because I’ve been waiting since March to do some trail riding!

This was the taken last year when we stopped in Laona at the end of the trail to get something to drink before heading back home.

I’m so excited because this year I have super cute new goggles to match my pretty pink helmet and new gloves.

It’s Finally here!!!

I love the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. I buy them usually within the first week they came out and I own them all. So when I found out they were making One for the Money into a movie I was so excited!! I never got a chance to see it in theaters so when it came out on DVD this morning I ran to redbox and I picked it up.

I’ve already watched it once today and I love it (I may also be watching it again right now lol). Granted they are missing things from the books but what movie that’s based on a book isn’t. Now that I’ve seen the movie I think the cast is great!

Make Your Own Dog Food!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of homemadedogfood.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Worried about your dog’s food with all the recent dog food recall scares? Why not make your own!

By making your own dog food you can save money and feed your dog less processed food. Making Homemade dog food is possible without sacrificing the nutrients your dogs need to live healthy lives.

Ready to try it? Check out the Easy cooked dog food recipe from Homemade dog food. This recipe follows the Once A Month Cooking method. Once made you can freeze it you can take it out use it as needed.

When you are ready to serve it you add the supplements that are purchased from the website. Without the supplements, this recipe is basically a meat loaf and will result in multiple nutritional deficiency diseases.

This recipe makes approximately 48 cups of dog food.  By using this recipe and feeding your dog Homemade dog food you are taking out the processed part to ensure your dog is eating food that is good for them.

When introducing your dog to the new food be sure to do so in stages so that you don’t end up with a mess all over your house.

Ready to learn more? Watch the video here and check out the Easy cooked dog food recipe on their blog.

Chocolate Malt Cupcakes and Babysitting

Last weekend I got to babysit for an adorable little girl named Emerson and we played dress up with the tiger mask and ears I have. She got the biggest kick out of it and looked so cute!

She’s the funnest little girl to babysit, we watch movies while she’s cuddled on the chair with my pillow and her blankets

and if you let her she’ll take over the dog’s kennel and not the dog in. Cali wasn’t too happy about that but I thought it was hilarous.

and then we made Chocolate Malt Cupcakes!

chocolate malt cupcakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

2 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup whole milk

1 1/2 cups malted milk powder {original flavor}

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature

1/2 cup malted milk powder (original flavor)

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate covered malt balls (Whoppers) for garnish. (optional)

To make the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line standard cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a mixer bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugars, baking soda and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk the milk and malted milk powder until all the powder is dissolved. Add the malted milk mixture and the oil to the flour mixture, blending on medium-high speed until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating them as you go. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla until just combined.

Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners, filling 2/3 of the way. (To keep it from getting messy, use a freezer bag to pipe the batter into the tins. I can’t believe I ever scooped the batter into the cups with a spoon…this is so much easier!) Bake until the cupcakes pass the toothpick test (about 18-20 minutes.) Cool completely before frosting.

To prepare the frosting:

Whip the butter and shortening together in a large mixer bowl on high speed for several minutes until very light and fluffy. Stir in the malted milk powder and cocoa. Whip on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Slowly add the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until the frosting becomes thick and a stiffer consistency for piping.

Pipe large swirls of frosting on top of cupcakes and top with chocolate covered malt balls. Enjoy!

Recipe found here : http://www.embracingtheeveryday.com/2012/04/chocolate-malt-cupcakes/