Whoopie Pies Please

It’s almost midnight as I’m writing this, but I can’t sleep now…I’m up scouring the internet for the perfect Mennonite Whoppie Pie Recipe. You see, after looking through some of our New York photos, I was reminded of the most glorious desserts I’ve ever tasted: real, authentic whoopie pies from the farmer’s market. My mouth is seriously watering right now.

Since I’m awake, I’ll push my bedtime back just a few more minutes and share a few of our photos from the farmer’s market (plus our gorgeous drive up there). I will probably never get over all that gorgeous green. I lingered over the fresh cherries and flowers and Ellie and Grandma Zurcher chased puppies and petted the horses parked with their buggies.

Oh, and as soon as I find that perfect whoopie pie recipe, you will be the first to know. Well, if they last long enough for a good pictures. I have a feeling they’re going to be gobbled up in a flash!

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^^ This drive. That view. Absolute perfection. ^^

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^^ Darling old church building. ^^

horse and buggy

^^ The cutest family of Mennonites I ever did see. ^^

turquoise door

^^ Pretty, please can I have that door? ^^

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^^ Fresh fruit and flowers, oh my! ^^

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^^ It was all I could do to share that last half with Ellie. So. Dang. Good. ^^

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^^ Chasing dogs with Grandma ^^

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^^ Little, old pizza place. Wished we would have stopped in, sometimes those old, inconspicuous restaurants have the best food! ^^

charming american house

^^ This house? Yes, I’ll take it and all it’s charm, please. ^^


Favorite Free Fonts | Part Three

Yes siree, I’ve got more favorite (and free!) fonts for you to add to your collection. Here’s the last part to this favorite fonts series. I’ve loved sharing some of my favorites with you! You can find part one here and part two here. If I missed one of your favorites, let me know below. Enjoy!

favorite free fonts from alexa zurcher

rainbow mansion | minya nouvelle | impact | kenzo | sunshine in my soul | miserably lose
howser | smiley monster | janda manatee solid


Life in black and white


^^ We hit up the zoo this weekend and Ellie was enthralled by the elephants. And monkeys! And snakes, oh my! ^^


^^ Sometimes life calls for ice cream cones in the middle of the afternoon, am I right? ;) ^^


^^ Running through the sprinklers with daddy ^^


^^ This girl is suddenly ten times more talkative, ten times more silly, and ten times more cute. ^^


^^ We ran a 5k! An actual 5k! I’ve been running only three times in the last three years, so this was a big deal…for me ;) Brian and I finished in 30:51, not too shabby. I collapsed on the grass afterwards, he looked like he could run it again. Also, all the little children look thrilled, ha! ^^


^^ We’ve been taking a quick family photo on Sunday mornings before church. Ellie’s getting the crazy faces down ;) ^^


^^ This girl. What would we do without her? ^^


color palettes | summer edition

I shared a few of my favorite spring color palettes back here and couldn’t resist sharing some summer color inspiration too! You may recognize a few photos from our camping trip, midsummer mingle, and DIY camera tutorial. I cannot get enough of all these bright summer colors. Enjoy!

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Anything for Auni

It’s really early in the morning as I’m writing this. I’m having trouble sleeping. I originally had another post planned for today, but it can wait. This needs to be shared. I just found out that my dear, sweet friend Caitlin and her husband Dallin recently received devastating news. Their darling, oh so sweet daughter, Auni, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1, at 7 months old. SMA is a degenerative disease affecting all aspects of muscle development. There is currently no cure for SMA and the outlook is grim, which is absolutely heart breaking. Auni's muscles will continue to deteriorate making it impossible to do simple tasks such as sit up or crawl. Eventually she won't be able to hold up her head or swallow.

I have just listed ten new prints in the shop. Each is available for instant download and they only cost $5 each. 100% of proceeds from these prints will be given to the Naulu family to help with medical bills and whatever else they may need. $5 doesn't seem like much, but if we can spread the word, it will all really add up for this sweet, sweet family. You can find the prints at Alexa Z Design on the front page or under the "Anything for Auni" section. You can also donate to the Naulu family here.

Also, if you happen to be in Utah, there will be an awesome yard and bake sale on Saturday, August 23 from 7 AM to 12 PM at the Castor Oil Change Center (325 North Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT.)

If you want to see more of beautiful Auni, click here. She melts my heart. My dear friends, would you help spread the word? I love this little family and I’m sure they would appreciate it immensely. Thank you all! XO

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Homemade Taco Bowls

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner

Hello, taco bowls! This is one of Brian’s favorite meals to make for us. We’re big fans of Mexican food over here, probably because it’s so fast and easy to make. Making these homemade taco bowls give our regular burritos a new spin, while still using the exact same ingredients.

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner

Choice of meat - we used leftover ground beef
Beans - we used black beans
Toppings – we love lettuce, tomato, and red bell peppers

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner

First, bake your tortilla shells. We use two Pyrex bowls that can go in the oven and shape the tortilla around them. (Don’t forget to spray the dishes so your tortillas don’t stick!) Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. They’ll be nice and crispy and slightly golden brown.

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner

While the shells are baking, prepare your toppings. This is Ellie’s favorite part! She loves to help take out all the veggies and munch of them while we wait. We always use canned black beans, but if you add a little garlic salt, cumin, and pepper, it gives it more of an authentic flavor. Mmm!

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner

After your shells are done, add your toppings, and eat up! We love pairing this meal with some watermelon and Raspberry Crystal Light for a fresh, summery feel. A super easy, ten minute meal and this recipe is totally Ellie approved!

homemade taco bowls - easy mexican dinner