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Vanilla Roll Cake

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A simple vanilla roll cake with red and green dots and spirals of creamy buttercream is the perfect dessert for Christmas parties. The secret to the creamy buttercream is to whip the butter first before adding the powder sugar to it and whip on medium speed for 2 minutes once all the sugar is incorporated. Doing so, you’ll have a light buttercream way better than the store-bought ones

Ingredients

Vanilla Roll Cake
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
½ cup (100 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup (30 grams) sifted cake flour
3 tablespoons (30 grams) cornstarch
¼ cup red & green Wilton batter bits or edible confetti
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon sugar
Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups (360 grams) powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp red & green sprinkles
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3 teaspoons heavy cream
Decorations
4 oz white chocolate
red & green sprinkles

Instructions

1.Heat the oven to 450F.
2.Line a 17X12 jelly/sheet pan with parchment paper . Set aside.
3.In a mixing bowl add the 2 eggs, 3 egg yolks and ½ cup sugar. With the paddle attachment on, beat on medium to high speed around 5 minutes until pale in color and thickened. Add the vanilla extract and beat few more seconds.
4.Sift the flour and the cornstarch over the egg yolks mixture and with a spatula gently fold it in.
5.Fold in the batter bits as well.
6.In a separate grease-free bowl, add the 2 egg whites and 1 tablespoon of sugar. With a whisk, whip until firm peaks form.
7.With the spatula, fold the whipped egg whites into the egg yolks mixture.
8.Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan, spread it evenly and bake for 6-7 minutes until golden brown and, when touched, it springs back.
9.As soon as you remove the cake from the oven sprinkle with powder sugar and then invert the cake onto a clean dish towel. Remove the parchment paper, sprinkle with more powder sugar, and roll up the cake with the towel. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Vanilla buttercream
10.In a clean bowl add the butter. With the whisk attached on to the the mixer whip the butter for 2-3 minutes on medium to high speed.
11.Lower the speed and slowly add the sugar, ½ cup at a time.
12.When all the sugar is incorporated increase the speed and whip for 2 more minutes.
13.Add few drops of heavy cream until it reaches the consistency you desire.
14.With a spatula fold in the sprinkles.
15.Gently unroll the cake and spread the buttercream evenly all over it.
16.Roll it again and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
17.To decorate, melt the white chocolate in double boiler or microwave and pour it over the cake. Add Add more sprinkles (optional)
18.Let the chocolate settle for few minutes and slice the cake.

Notes
If you can’t find the batter bits, you can use Christmas edible confetti instead. They will not bleed while baking the cake.

(Recipe from a blog by Roxana)

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

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Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins

On the table in under 15 minutes. A great make-ahead and freeze meal as well. Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com
Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients
1½ pounds stew meat, cubed
1 (10½ oz) can French Onion Soup
1 (10½ oz) can Cream of Celery Soup
Noodles,Rice or Mashed Potatoes to serve on the side

Instructions
Stir together beef and soups in slow cooker
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes

I’ve made this a few times & it’s delicious!

My Struggle With Depression

If you’ve ever lived with depression you know it’s a daily struggle. For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with it & feel like it’s always going to be a part of my life. As a matter of fact I cant even remember a time in my life I haven’t. It doesn’t mean I’m not happy because sometimes I am. I just get this overwhelming sadness at times. I feel like I’m worthless & never good enough. Sometimes I feel like I’m a burden to those I love. I feel ugly & have such low self esteem. I push away those I love. Sometimes I withdraw & want to be alone. I can literally go months witbout talking to friends. I’ve tried to commit suicide several times & have a scar going all the way up the inside of my forearm from where I cut myself & received 17 staples. I’ve woken up in vomit from trying to overdose. I’ve had so many tragedies in my life & I dont deal with them very well. (I’ll talk about those in later blogs though) I take meds & I’ve seen therapists. I just started seeing a new one as a matter of fact. This month will be my second visit. It’s nice to have someone to listen to me without judging me. Someone I can be honest with & tell everything to. If you’re reading this & feel depressed or sad, or suicidal, know that you’re not alone! Many have felt this way & more than likely many feel that way at this exact moment. If you feel you’re going to hurt yourself seek out help even if it’s just the suicide hotline, 1-800-273-8255. If nothing else seek help asap. I don’t know what the cure for this is but I am trying my best to be better every single day! I pray that someday it will be over for me as well as you. Take care yall & God bless.

 

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Start a Book Club?

I’ve always wanted to join a book club! I think it would be fun! It would also give me suggestions on books I probably would never have found on my own. I checked for one in my area & my local library actually has one. If you knew how small my area is you’d be surprised lol. They meet the last Wednesday of every month. I would rather join one with people I know but then again I don’t really know anyone in my area so this could be a way for me to meet people that enjoy books as much as I do. I might just walk down & join. That way I also get some steps in on my fitbit as well. Do any of you belong to a book club? What are your thoughts on it?

 

https://www.influenster.com/article/3-easy-steps-to-start-a-book-club

 

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To Blog or Not to Blog

I’m sitting here thinking what do I have that’s interesting to Blog about? Will people want to read my blogs? There so many good blogs out there how will I compete with them? I don’t have any followers or subscribers but you know what? I WANNA GIVE IT A GO! I’ll just write about things I know about & if nothing else it will be a type of therapy. So here we go…my name is Stephanie. I’ll tell you a little about me. I’m 47, live in Ohio but from WV. I married my love almost 2 months ago. This is my 2nd marriage & my last! I am truly in love with my husband & plan on spending forever with him. I believe in God & know that each day is a gift! I have 4 kids, Justin, my oldest, is in Heaven, he would be 30 this year. We lost him to a terrible tragedy in 2004 a few months before his 16th birthday. Then there’s Travis, he’s going to be 28 in June, Skyler just turned 22, & my baby girl Lacey is sweet 16. I feel I should mention my nieces & nephews as I helped raise them. Jonathan is turning 29, Kirsten is 27, Tiffani 22, & Andrew is 21. These kids are my life! I have a grandson that I’ve never got to meet even though we tried so hard to get custody of him. I have depression, anxiety, PTSD, & I’m bipolar. Large crowds make me have really bad anxiety attacks. I’m not employed because I am trying to get my social security due to disabilities so the struggle is real in my life! I’m a recovering addict. I’ve been clean for about 9 years with about 3 slip ups. I still struggle daily with cravings but so far I am winning the battle! I realize how fortunate I am to be winning too! Just this past year alone I’ve seen at least a dozen friends & a family member lose that battle. I can’t tell yall how much I miss them & how sad it makes me that they’re gone. I guess this is enough to write about for now. Take care yall & God bless.