Muffin Monday: Pumpkin Spice Surprise Cupcakes

I know it says “Muffin Monday,” but I had to share these amazing cupcakes with you guys! Muffin, cupcake, they're so close, right? At least they're shaped the same! Haha!

I have shared my recipe for Pumpkin Spice cupcakes in years' past, but this time, there's a surprise inside! I was at Walgreens on Friday, and I saw that they had P.S. Hershey Kisses on sale 2/$7.00. I knew I wanted to bake with them this year, so I went ahead and got two bags. The challenge at this point was to still have some left to bake with by the time I needed them!

I am working at a store close to my house today, and told one of the girls that I would bring some of my baked goods in for them next time I worked there. I knew these would be a hit! Are you guys ready to see how easy this is?

Here is what you'll need:

1 box either Spice or Carrot cake mix (Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker both work)

1 – 15oz can of pumpkin purée

1.5 tea pumpkin pie spice

12 Pumpkin Spice Hershey kisses

All I do to make these is put the cake mix, pumpkin and spice into my Kitchen Aid mixer bowl, and mix until uniform. Then, divide the batter among 12 greased cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Set one Hershey Kiss on or pop of each cupcake, and press down into the batter.

Cover the Hershey Kiss with the batter that rose up all around it when you pressed it down, then bake according to package directions.

Here's what they look like when they're done! They have such an amazing fluffy and soft texture. Check out the Hershey Kiss trying to peek through the top of this one:

Oh yeah!! That's what I'm talking about! Fresh out of the oven and melted in the center. I had two, and was lucky to stop there. Thank God I'm bringing these to my coworkers tomorrow, or you might've found me at home in a food coma instead of at work.

Do you ever make something so good that you just roll your eyes into the back of your head and stand there in awe? Yeah, that was me tonight. No, they aren't the healthiest things I've ever made, but they could be a lot worse. Everything in moderation guys (and Stacey!!)

If you make these at home, I want to hear about it! Leave me a comment below and let me know how yours turned out!

It's officially fall in my book on Tuesday when Starbucks releases Pumpkin Spice syrup. It is still a little warm, but you can't go by the weather here in AZ :-). I've heard that Starbucks is planning to release a code word on Twitter and probably FB that you can use to get PS on Tuesday. Best believe I'll be hawking my feed.

I'm off to bed now so I'm rested for my big week at work. Have an awesome Monday, and I'll be back with cool new, and exciting stuff very soon!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sure most of you are familiar with this movement that has now gone viral. I was challenged by a very good friend of mine, Ali Damjanovich, who lives in Tampa now. She lives in the heat, and luckily, so do I! I was a little skeptical about it at first, and wondered why people kept dumping ice water over their heads. Then, I saw this video that someone posted on Facebook, and it all made perfect sense.

I decided to accept the challenge, and also make a donation. Here is my video :-).

If you want to know more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, check out the links below.

Time Magazine online

Forbes online

First-hand experience with ALS

Lorri Carey’s video

To donate, click here

Have an awesome rest of your week y’all!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

 

Feels Good to Be a Working Woman Again

I’ve been so busy you guys! I started working again last Friday after 15 months of disability. Can you believe it was that long? I was honestly nervous, because I haven’t been off work for that long since before I graduated college. You guys know how much things change on a daily basis in the corporate world, right? So imagine my fear of having so much to catch up on, and worrying that I might screw something up unknowingly. I had a script dropped off for “hydrocodone ER 10mg caps,” and was like “no such animal, doctor, try again. Awesome, it’s after hours, and I’m going to have to track down this ER doc, etc.” Well my friends, apparently now there is such an animal, and it’s called ZoHydro. Imagine those apples. Good thing I double checked!!

I also had SO many learning modules to catch up on! I got a nice chunk of them done during my overnights last week, but I still have a ton left! I have two more overnights this week, and hopefully I can finish up my training and be ready for a more normal schedule.

Besides the training and catching up with things, I feel like I’ve slid right back into the saddle. It’s funny how when you’ve been doing something for so long, it’s just like riding a bike when you go back to it. This Tuesday I will have 16 years with Walgreens. I honestly feel valued and very well taken care of after this past year. I love the direction the company is going, and look forward to many more years to come as a team member. I’ve been with Walgreens for half of my life! That’s insane!!

Anyway, it feels amazing to be back, and even more amazing to just be a staff pharmacist. I might take a step back from management for awhile. Since preparing for and passing my BCACP, I have already noticed an improvement in my clinical skills. I love the feeling of confidence it gives me to really be able to help patients above and beyond what I ever could before. This is what I mean by loving the direction the company is going. I see a lot of opportunity to grow as a clinician and a professional, and couldn’t be more grateful.

Today, my supervisor asked me if I could cover a store from 4-9, because the pharmacist there was feeling sick. I agreed to cover, and decided to try my luck at heels since it was such a short shift. My supervisor wears heels all the time like a rockstar, and I’ve learned through my many attempts that I’ll never be as cool as she is. I made it through the five hours, but I did take them off a few times. They’re so cute, though, right??

If anyone knows of a brand of super cute heels that are comfortable enough to wear for 8-12 hours of standing, please let me know. Flats and running shoes get old after awhile.
Above is my OOTD. I believe the entire outfit is from Kohls. I just love that place!! The peplum cardigan has already come in handy twice since I’ve been back to work. What a great find!! My little footie socks are from there, as well, and are so cool! They have a rubber patch inside of the back of the sock to prevent your shoes from rubbing a hole in the back of your foot. I’m going back to get more for sure!
I also took a picture of my MOTD (makeup of the day) after my shift was over. My eyeshadow was the star of the show, but really isn’t showing up well in this pic:
I used one of my all-time favorite shimmery light pinks (MAC’s Swish) on the lid with Verve from the Naked 2 palette on the inner corner. I placed a gunmetal color (Stila’s Pewter) on the outer V and pulled it up into the crease. On my bottom lashline, I used a black eyeliner smudged out with MAC’s Sketch.

Swish, Sketch, Pewter

Mascara was Lo’Real Voluminous Full Definition, and lipstick was a classic, Angel by MAC. Next time, I’ll take a picture on my way out the door so you can actually see the eye look.

That’s all for now. Once I’m done covering these overnights, I should be back on a regular blogging schedule. I hope you guys have a wonderful week, and I’ll be back very soon!

 

Happy Trails!

Stacey