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Rosh Hashanah Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Ingredients Cupcakes: 1 (18.25-ounce) package spice cake mix 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 large apple)
Caramel Sauce: 35 caramels 1/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream (or regular milk) 1/2 cup chopped pecans 24 wooden craft sticks
Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream, 1/2 cup milk, and vegetable oil until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on med-high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in chopped apple.
2. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
3. Meanwhile, combine caramels and 1/4 cup evaporated milk (or heavy cream) in a medium saucepan over very low heat; stir 4 minutes or until smooth. It's very important to keep the heat very low because if the caramel gets…

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Meeting The Challenge

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Exercise has always been a struggle for me. I lament it almost every day, but I do it! I exercise five days a week for forty-five minutes and stretch for ten. And here's the thing, I complain about my weight and lack of toning most days without acknowledging how hard I work at having the body I currently have. It's a constant struggle not to have toxic self-talks, but here's a refreshing twist that happened this week. I follow Sara Blakely on Instagram. She took part in the Strive Challenge where a large group of people biked, swam, and hiked through towns in France and Switzerland. Temperatures dipped to uncomfortable levels throughout their five-day challenge. I followed her progress and watched videos of her struggling to finish the biking but pushing through, and as I cheered her on, I had a lightbulb moment! Exercise is, without a doubt, a challenge. Whether I'm hiking a trail near my house, lifting weights, or doing cardio in my living room, I'm challenging m…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Yup, It's Just A Cold!

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I haven't had a cold in more than two years, and sadly that good run came to an end a week and a half ago. I caught the back-to-school bug from my son. The mental fog that comes with a cold is cool. My schedule slows down, and I get to rest. My mental loop of torturous guilt, blame, and "should have done better" gets a big break. My brain is almost too fogged up to keep looping, so that's a blessing. I keep telling myself that I'm going to meditate once I'm better so that I continue the break from the judgmental chatter in my head. Let me not forget to mention that it feels incredible to have a legit excuse at the start of a cold to lay in bed once in a while without guilt because, hello?! I'm sick! I'm almost at two weeks with this cold, but the mental fog and achy body aren't all they're cut out to be, so I want to be done with it, please.

I love commiserating with my funny friend Lori who always has a witty comment to make light of our compl…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Soaringly-Brave Souls Coming Into The Arena

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Children are miracles. My kids sway my heart in surprising ways and make it overflow with love by just looking at them. Admittedly, it was much easier to see the wonder in the smiling, cuddly, loving kids that didn't talk back. Nonetheless, there are times when I have to let a cloud of irritation or discontent dissipate before I can recognize my teens again. These days, the challenge of one kid applying to college and another in Sophomore year have tested the sway in my heart.

"Rollercoaster ride" is a perfect description for this stage of life. We started by buckling our seatbelts. Did a big uphill climb that seemed to have lasted a long time, but then flew off the mountaintop at a blurring speed. Big loops, bigger loops, and back to the end of the ride, only to have our growing kids push us off the ride and go on their own. I've read great articles about how to prepare for sending kids off to college, and while good advice is helpful, my heart still feels achy. At t…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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