Natural Red Velvet Cake

Today for my boyfriend’s birthday I made “Natural Red Velvet Cake” from the recipe on The Big Bake Theory blog. Ashleen (author of The Big Bake Theory), taking hours of experimentation and her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, authored this recipe. Instead of the chemical for red food dye, the recipe utilizes beet puree for the red color.


Color: Utilizing about 3/4 c. beet puree, the cake stayed mostly red/pink. The parts of the cake that turned brown were nearest the pan (sides and bottom, despite the parchment paper). The loveliest color was in the tops of the two layers, a gorgeous deep pink.

Texture: The cake was heavier and more dense than regular cakes (a bonus in my book), but still very moist and flavorful.

Taste: I accidentally put 3/4 c. of raspberry juice instead of the 1/2 c. listed in the recipe. The cake had a definite raspberry flavor, with chocolate hints and aftertaste.

Finished off with cream cheese icing, it was a hit with my boyfriend and his buddies. I highly recommend The Big Bake Theory blog  It was fascinating to read the science behind why Ashleen chose her ingredients. For more food science and delicious recipes, head over to The Big Bake Theory Blog!





Giveaway on the Pretty Thrifty Blog

Check out the giveaway on the Pretty Thrifty Blog! Here is a quote from the original post:

“We are so excited to announce that we’re partnering with The Blue Basket and doing a huge giveaway during November! The Blue Basket Shop encourages parents to interact with their kids in creative and thoughtful ways, and their blog has tons of darling, money-saving projects and activities you can do with or for your kids.

The total value of this prize is over $100! It’s the biggest giveaway we’ve hosted yet. :)

The winner will receive:

One $50 Gift Card to

One $30 Gift Card to

One men’s or women’s Alphabet Tracing T-Shirt from The Blue Basket Shop

Giveaway ends on November 25th, 2013

Independent Consultant Resource List

Independent Consultant Resource List

Below is a list of many independent consultants I have come in contact with via personal acquaintance or giveaways. This list will be updated periodically. Shop for customizable, unique gifts, while helping support these women! If you have names/companies to add, please leave a comment with the information! (To search this page: hit Ctrl+F)

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Avon (Beauty)


Fit Wraps

  • Vanessa (on Facebook here)
  • Kris Devos (on Facebook here)
  • Wrap to Be Fab (on Facebook here)

Origami Owl (Jewelry)

Mialisia (Jewelry)

Mary Kay (Beauty)

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Mia Bath & Body (Bath & Body/Beauty)

Pampered Chef (Kitchen)

Scentsy (Candles)

South Hill Designs (Jewelry)

Thirty-One (Handbags)

Willow House (Jewelry)

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Yankee Candle Church Fundraiser

A local church youth group is fundraising for a missions trip that will take place in Summer 2014. Please consider buying a Christmas gift for your family, friends, or yourself and support these youth who are giving up part of their summer to serve God! Forty percent (40%) of the proceeds are given to the youth group. Spread the word!

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Green (Eco-friendly) Articles

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There is some interesting information in these articles. Check them out! More green articles will be periodically added to this page. Feel free to add links and/or comments with green living information!


Green on a Budget

7 Green-washed Products to Never Buy Again


5 Unusual Alternative Sources of Energy

Review and Giveaway on Legacy of Writer’s Blog (10/8)

Review and Giveaway on Legacy of Writer’s Blog (10/8)

There is a lovely, low-entry giveaway for book lovers going on at Katie McCurdy’s blog “Legacy of a Writer.” The giveaway is for a book, poster, and t-shirt (winner’s choice) from Litographs.

Go enter this fabulous giveaway HERE

[Giveaway ENDS October 8, 2013]

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