Core de Whattttttttt? Here’s the Info you need to know!


We are getting closer and closer to the highly anticipated release of the new home workout program Core de Force, and my excitement is off the charts!

Those who follow me on Facebook know that I have been looking forward to this since I learned of it back in July at our annual Coach Summit, and I think it is safe to say many others are as well! This program brings a fresh new perspective to home workouts by combining boxing with kickboxing and Muay Thai…who wouldn’t love that?

As a fitness and wellness coach, I am always anxious to try out a new program to see how it works and who it can best assist when it comes to my clients. For those of you who are looking to get a jump start on the holidays or are wanting a new program to shake up your workout routine, here’s a little more info on this program, set to be released on October 31st.

What is Core de Force?

As I mentioned, a mix of Muay Thai, kickboxing, and boxing inspired this workout, which requires ZERO equipment….just your body. Core de Force is a month long program, and the daily workouts feature three minute rounds that include cardio spikes, bodyweight training, boxing moves, combo moves, and Muay Thai. Workouts vary in time between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, and there are multiple workouts you rotate between during the course of the program. These workouts include: MMA Shred, MMA Speed, MMA Power, MMA Plyo, Dynamic Strength, Power Sculpt, MMA Mashup, and Core on the Floor. You also have an Active Recovery workout to help your body recover and a Core de Relief 5 minute stretch session before bed. There are three additional advanced workouts once you complete the program that can you choose to include: MMA Kick Butt, Agility Power, and Agility Strength,

What is Muay Thai?

Developed in Thailand over a thousand years ago, Muay Thai focuses on uses the entire body as a weapon utilizing close-combat techniques. Rooted in ancient boxing, its purpose was to assist soldiers when they became disarmed using an eight point system: feet, knees, fists, and elbows. In time it developed into a popular sport.

Who is the trainer?

Trainers….you get two! Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews! Recognize these guys? If you ever gave Les Mills a shot you do!


Photo Courtesy of Beachbody.

Who should do Core de Force?

Everyone!!!! As with the rest of Beachbody’s programs, there is a modifier for the program if you are a beginner, so don’t be afraid of trying it. As you get stronger, you can increase the intensity  and speed of your workouts. This is a great program for anyone who likes boxing, wants to tone up (especially in the core), or loves intensity…….I’m raising my hand because we all know I love intense workouts.

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You can do this! You just have to be willing to start!

What kind of meal plan comes with Core de Force?

Core de Force follows the portion fix, so my 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hardcorps, and Cize graduates will have no issues adjusting to this plan. You won’t get a set of portion containers with the program, but I can help you order them if you need the set or want more! The food plan is very easy to follow, but don’t worry…if you get confused I am here to help you with all of it.

Is there any way to try it?

YES! There was a sneak peek earlier in the month, but there’s some good news….you can try it out again on October 24th! How? If you are a Beachbody On Demand subscriber, you already have access! If you haven’t tried it, it’s super easy…..Click Here to get your free 30 day trial. On Demand is my best friend….since I am on the go a lot I love having access to all of my workout programs on my iPad, cell phone, or laptop. It’s also the best bang for your buck if you are shoppertunistic like me!

Check out my sneak peek at Core de Force here!

Where can I buy this program?

From a Team Beachbody Coach! If you don’t have one already, I would love to help you! As your coach, I am able to link arms with you virtually and help you from start to finish as you begin this program regardless of where you are located. We can craft meal plans together, establish an accountability plan to keep you on track, even grocery shop and meal prep together if you are close. My support goes far beyond the Core de Force program; as your coach you gain exclusive access to all of my online groups for as long as you need them and me. I can also help you save money on the products you love that can help you on your journey!

How much does this program cost?

There are several options when purchasing the Core de Force program, but the best option for you when it comes to value and results is the bundled package, which is available to you on October 31st. With the bundled package you get:

-The entire Core de Force workout program
-Nutrition Guide
-A month of Shakeology in the flavor(s) of your choice
-Core de Force program guide
-30 Days of Beachbody on Demand
-Access to unlimited one on one coach support


Interested in this awesome new workout?

I would like to invite you to be a part of my exclusive Core de Force test group that will kick off on November 7th! I love test groups because they are a way for me to be right beside my challengers experiencing a program for the first time. I haven’t led one since Master’s Hammer and Chisel released last year….so to say I am ready for this is an understatement.

What are the requirements for the test group?

-All participants will commit to both the Core de Force program and Shakeology to be in the group.

-Each participant will have ME as their coach. If you are working with another coach already, I encourage you to reach out to them so they can plug you into one of their groups. Sorry, no coaches, please.

-You will participate in my private online Facebook group and be willing to log your workouts and daily food activity so I can best assist you in achieving the results you want.

***All test group participants will get a special gift from me: Beachbody Energize…my favorite pre workout and one that you most definitely will want while doing Core de Force!


I cannot wait to help you get started using this program and look forward to helping you reach your goals. Stop giving into your excuses, stop feeling like you can’t…..this is your chance to make positive changes that can help you in so many ways. BELIEVE YOU CAN BE HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER. I’m here to help you get there.

If you are interested in being one of the selected participants in my Core de Force test group, please complete the following form. All participants will be notified by October 30th so you can order all of your tools the minute they go on sale October 31st.

I can’t wait for this….and I can’t wait to help you!



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Pretty little fridge.

(I envision the scene from Dumb and Dumber with the bird when I say that).

Sundays are one of my favorite days for so many reasons, especially this time of year with football (Go Steelers) and lots of fun Fall events. I love the chill vibe of the day and knowing that my actions are setting me up for a week of success.

I know a lot of people find it strange, but I feel so much better when I am taking steps to make sure I am having a successful week. What does this involve? It involves things like grocery shopping, meal prepping for the week, establishing when I am going to do my workouts each day, and what goals I have for the week.

Goal setting is something I have always done, even as a young girl. I love making lists and crossing things off as I complete the tasks. As I have gotten older I have realized more and more how important it is to be organized, not just because I like crossing off completed tasks each day, but because having a sense of organization keeps me sane!

Sunday mornings involve a lot of reflection for me. I think about how the previous week went, I think about how I want the upcoming week to go, and I think about what I want to accomplish. I listen to personal development in my office while sipping coffee and listening to my dogs (and husband) snore. It’s my favorite “Me” time.

I think it is easy to say that meal prepping is one of my favorite parts about Sunday. Yes, i actually ENJOY it! Food is the one area that if I don’t plan it out I end up making lotsssss of bad decisions. LOTS. I’ve talked about my process before….I’ve run free informational groups on how I prep and prepare….but it is always worth a little revisiting in my book!

My usual routine goes like this:

FRIDAY: Plan out what meals I want for the upcoming week/check out grocery store sales/draft meal plan. This involves checking my social calendar so I know if I will be at meetings, out to eat, etc.

SATURDAY: Grocery Shop or hit farmer’s markets.

SUNDAY: Prepare everything for the week.

This week I was a little bit ahead of schedule and got everything prepped and ready last night so I could focus completely on my team and some upcoming trainings/groups today. We have a lot going on over here at Sparkle HQ, and it is exciting!

Here is a look at my meal plan for the week:

Since I started my No Crumb Left Behind 21 Day Fix informational group today I have the meal plan color coded to show them how to look at their meals and meal plans. Look confusing to you? Hopefully not! The colors each represent a different food group. (Let me know if you need help with your own meal plan…I can help you make sense of it)! It doesn’t matter what workout program I am doing….I utilize the Fix meal plan for everything!

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers about how it helps to see my meal plan each week, so my goal is to post it for you every Sunday to help give you some ideas for your own meal plan. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or bland….I always love the meals I make and never feel like I am depriving myself. That’s important when you love food!

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Here is a look at how my fridge looks after prep. Lots of containers in there…the only thing NOT mine is the takeout container on the top shelf…that’s Kyle’s leftover sandwich from Melt Bar and Grill. Having things portioned and ready to grab saves me so much time, energy, and money, plus it keeps me on track.

Have a plan, work a plan, my peeps.

Now go get working on your plan so you can have a successful week, too!
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Nice Cream for the Win!

I’ve been posting a lot lately about how much I love my Nice Cream, and it has had so many people asking about that I figured it was time for a quick blog!

I LOVE ice cream, but I know that when it comes to my meal plan eating it every day is probably frowned upon, so I decided to find a healthier option to still enjoy one of my favorites without feeling like I was missing out.

Best part about my Nice Cream (besides the fact that it is healthy, of course)….it is super easy to make. Here is a step by step walkthrough so you can make it, too…..I even have a video at the end showing you how I make it if you learn better by seeing!

What you need:

-Frozen Bananas
-Protein Powder (I always use my trusty Shakeo and change up the flavors)
-Little Bit of Milk (could be almond, soy, coconut, whatever)


End goal: Chocolate Ice Cream

How you make it:

Toss 2 frozen bananas into your blender with a scoop of the protein powder you choose. Include a splash of the milk you have selected, but don’t get crazy with it… can always add a tad more if you need it a little creamier.


Blend like a banshee!

Dump contents into a bowl once you have reached the desired consistency! The ice cream itself will be 2 purples and 1 red if you are following the 21 Day Fix!

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Oh hey, lover. 

Top with whatever toppings you prefer. My staple toppings: Almonds, Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, and Chia Seeds!

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Beautiful. My photography skills aren’t too shabby either.

And if it helps….here is a quick video I made while whipping up some Nice Cream for breakfast the other day. Yes, I eat it for breakfast sometimes, and I am not ashamed. Today I think I am going to try out a pumpkin ice cream recipe….if it turns out, I will share, don’t worry!

Happy Nice Creaming!

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Small Town Funny Business

There is nothing that makes me laugh harder than a ridiculous police report.

Thankfully, the county where I am from keeps me laughing time and time again. Unfortunately, the names aren’t published with these reports, but, being from a small town, I have a few hunches as to who some of them could be.

To give you a little laughter as your weekend winds down and you prepare for Monday, here are a few of my favorites. I threw in a couple of my favorites from the local paper here in Akron because, well, they deserve a laugh, too.

1. How do YOU garden? I guess I’m doing it wrong. 


Found in The Morning Journal. Classic. 

2. Because…..he was trying to save the Earth and not get bags???? 


Can we talk about why the items were returned when IN HIS PANTS???  Courtesy of Akron Beacon Journal.

3. Unicorns are real, ya know.


Again, Morning Journal. Truly believe I know who this may be. 

4. Apparently I am shopping all wrong using bags and stuff. 


That steak better have been thrown out! Again, Akron Beacon for the win. 

5. And my personal favorite…..


Of course, the Morning Journal!

Hope these gave you a great chuckle!

And if you stumble across some funny ones, send them to me please!

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August: Sparkle or Dull?

Guys, can you believe it is September???? I’m having a hard time accepting that summer is over and before you know it Christmas will be here. This year is flying by!

And so is this month! We have been crazy busy with wedding stuff these past few weeks which delayed this blog being posted a bit more than I had anticipated, and this week we had a curveball thrown in with a death in our family. My apologies, makeup lovers!

This blog is all about the eyes!!!!


PRODUCT #1: Tarte Colored Clay Under Eye Corrector

I think Tarte has an amazing line of products, but I have mostly stuck to their eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks. Since I have a pretty strong love affair with my Kat Von D foundation, I’ve never considered their foundations or concealers (I know…..I’m sorry!). I guess I’m one of those people who sticks with something that she knows works for her and doesn’t like to always change it up…especially with foundation and concealers.


Shopping with Mikaele!

I recently took one of my coaches to Ulta because….well, that’s pretty much my second office….and she needed some lashes, so of course I volunteered to help her! During our trip and random perusal of the Tarte aisle I stumbled across this clay under eye corrector. Let’s be honest….I’ve been lacking in the sleep department big time lately and my under eye bags needed a little TLC. I tried the product out in the store and loved it immediately. It went on smoothly, felt like silk, and had great coverage. It was purchased immediately, and I can tell you….I am still amazed by this product. As you can see below, the coverage is pretty freaking awesome. Just an FYI, the color I use is Light/Medium.



Product #2: Elf Under Eye Setting Powder

This was a product that I was skeptical about. We all know I think Elf has some awesome makeup products/brushes, but for some reason every time I was in the Elf section and saw this little guy I always talked myself out of it. Yeah, it is only $3, but do I really need a setting powder?????? For my eyes????

Earlier in the month I was creeping on a few different youtube tutorials trying to master a specific makeup technique and noticed that all four of the tutorials I randomly selected to watch featured the makeup artist using this Elf product. I told myself that was a sign and decided to give it a whirl.

The purpose of this powder is to do exactly what it says: set the makeup under your eye perfectly. It claimed to leave skin feeling silky and help blend fine lines. Skin also is strengthened because of the Vitamin K and Vitamin C blend in it.

I applied this as a final step, so foundation was on, concealer, eye makeup, etc. The brush I used was another Elf product, the Elf foundation brush. The product itself comes with a small brush, but I like this Elf one better. Even though it is a foundation brush, I hate using it for that and think this one is a better option.


Few things about this product……

1. It looks a little shimmery when you look at it in its pot. It’s very subtle. I actually used this when strobing last week and liked the look because it wasn’t as in your face as normal strobing is.

2. With that being said, don’t OVERUSE it! A little can go a long way, and if you use too much you will have cakey under eyes and possibly too much shimmer. Once you get the product on the brush, tap it lightly to get rid of the excess. Remember, you can always add to it….it is much easier than having to take it off or looking like a gothic stripper.


I’ve been having lots of luck with sparkle products lately! Are there any items you have been curious about? Let me know….I’m always up for ideas to help you make beauty easier!



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Rant of the Week: Not my problem.

There are some things in my life that I will always, always do.

I will always shower and wear deodorant.
I will always talk in a baby voice when I see a puppy.
I will always turn the radio off in the car when I get lost.

And I will always, always, ALWAYS talk about my dad.

A few weeks ago I had an acquaintance on Facebook private message me about the loss of my father. Initially I thought she was coming from a kind place , but I quickly realized that the message she sent was more about HER than about me or any pain I was going through. In her words, me talking about the loss of my father and my grief made her uncomfortable, and she felt that discussing things like that on a social platform was not appropriate. She encouraged me to keep my feelings to myself.

I can honestly say that when I feel attacked I am an extremely defensive person, and those who know me in real life know that I welcome any confrontation, so upon reading this message my instinct was to verbally annihilate this individual. I mean…..who does this person think she is to tell me how to handle MY grief. Thankfully, some part of me said to hold off on a response until I felt I could respond rationally and not based off of emotion. Way to go, Katie. You are growing up.

I’ve thought a lot about that message since, and I’ve come to a few realizations that I felt I needed to share.

Grief is a personal thing. I know that prior to the loss of my dad I didn’t really understand grief. Yes, I had lost people in my life, but never had I suffered a loss like I did in November. I don’t think I ever truly realized how sensitive a death in the family was or how different it is to each person. How I handle grief may be different than how you handle it. That doesn’t make it wrong or weird….it means I am handling it in a personal way that is best for ME. There isn’t a manual on how to handle these kinds of things, even though sometimes I wish one existed, and it is extremely unfair to think grief should be approached in one cookie cutter way.

Since losing my dad I have unfortunately learned a lot of hard lessons. I’ve learned that some people who I thought I could count on to help me through the dark times weren’t really the friends I thought they were. I’ve learned that people who I never thought would be there for me would show up and be more present in my life than individuals who I thought I could always count on.  I’ve learned that strength comes from the strangest places. I’ve learned that it is okay to ask for support….for hugs…for a shoulder to cry on. And I’ve learned that we all have to find our own way to becoming right in the head after a tremendous loss.

You know how I handle my grief? By talking about my dad. I talk about him every single day because I miss him EVERY SINGLE DAY. Is my intention to make you uncomfortable? Absolutely not. My intention is to make myself feel better and to never let the memory of the greatest man I have ever known die. He may not physically be here with me, but that doesn’t mean that 34 years of memories died with him November 20th. He will always be a part of my life, and I love sharing that with other people, especially those of you who know me and love me and never had the opportunity to meet him. So much of who I am is a reflection of my dad….how could you not want to know about someone who helped shaped me into the person I am today?

If that makes someone uncomfortable, I don’t really think I am the problem….I think the problem is something a little deeper within yourself. Maybe read some personal development? Maybe do a little soul searching? Or go talk to someone about WHY a person who is grieving is making you feel the way you do? But I hardly think that me talking about how I emotionally can’t handle running a race that my father and I did for years is the catalyst for your feelings of discomfort. Something else is going on there, and since I’m not a shrink, I’m not even going to pretend to know what that may be. But I do know one thing….it’s not my problem.

A huge part of my life falls in the public realm, which I believe many think should mean editing what I share and what I keep private. I don’t care if me talking about my sadness or struggles with this chapter in my life make me seem like a weaker human being. I’m a real person going through a really difficult time, and that is my reality. I’m not going to sit around projecting some image of perfection. I’m going to share with you the good, the bad, and the ugly. You never know….the ugly times I am going through could help someone else with their struggles….or give them a person/resource to come to when the time comes that their life isn’t as sunny.

So……I’m going to keep doing my thing….which means finding ways to accept that my life is different and finding ways to keep my dad’s memory alive in my soul. If that makes you uncomfortable, then I definitely encourage you to take a step back and think about what really is the driving force of that emotion.

Remember….everyone is fighting their own battle. You may not be right now, but someday you will be. And trust me, you won’t want anyone telling you how you should be handling your grief then either.

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July Beauty Finds: Sparkle or Dull?

This month’s beauty finds………ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I was so excited to try both and review them! I’m not even going to mess around with some kind of introduction….let’s get right into it!

Product #1: Tarte’s Swamp Queen Palette

Me and eyeshadows go together like peas and carrots…we just belong together. In recent months I have started to use more products from Tarte (not sure why I waited so long), and was extremely excited when it was announced they were going to pair with Grav3yardgirl, a youtube sensation, to create a palette.

Who is this Grav3yardgirl? A hot ass mess, that’s what, but in a good way. Bunny reviews lots of crazy products, does tutorials, and is just ridiculous….probably why I gravitate to her channel. Her style is all over the place….much like mine. I love it!

I knew that this palette would have some awesome colors that were different from my normal palettes (I love anything brown, purple, grays, etc), and, knowing Tarte’s quality, I had a feeling they would be super rich and apply wonderfully.

I’ll be honest….for a hot second I thought I may not get my hands on this palette. Initially I saw it at an Ulta in Michigan while shopping with my cousins, but since it had been released that day I thought I would just wait and get it back home. They will have ppllleeennntttyyyyyyyy of them at my Ulta, right?

WRONG. Every Ulta near me was sold out….so was Sephora (good news, back in stock if you want one). Fortunately, a girl at Ulta told me she heard through the grapevine that Macy’s was going to be carrying them for a brief time. I took advantage of her tip, found it on Macy’s website, ordered it, and performed a serious of cartwheels and somersaults when it arrived a few days later.

Look at these colors! In the palette you get 9 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 blush, and 1 highlighter. The colors are very rich (can you see the sparkle in a few of them?)!

Here’s my honest review of the product: It is fabulous BUT…..because of how pigmented the colors are I highly recommend using a little at a time….then adding a little more…and so on. I think we all know I love a strong contour, so when I started with the Sweet Tea shade (top left), I was surprised at how INTENSE it was…..leading me to wash my makeup off and start over. Same with Gator Wings (bottom left), which is a highlighter. It has a strong glittery shine to it, so start small with a fan brush and add as needed.

As far as the eyeshadow colors go, I liked them for a more natural, subtle look. Sippy Sippy (middle row, far right) was my favorite color in the palette, but I did have a lot of fall out with the shadow than with the other colors, so be careful or apply eyeshadow before the rest of your makeup.

FINAL VERDICT: SPARKLE! It’s great for traveling since your blush and contouring friends are a part of the palette, and it can work on any skin tone (in my opinion).
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Product #2: Stila Waterproof Eyeliner

I’ve really struggled lately with eyeliners…I don’t know why! I love a strong wing, so I prefer a liquid liner for my top eyelids and use a pencil for my lower eye. This is the summer of weddings for me, and being outside at a lot of them I noticed that my trusty eyeliner (a cheap kind by Wet N Wild that I have used for years) was running faster than Usain Bolt. No bueno. Throw in a few happiness tears…and my whole eye look was ruined.

So I did something I never ever do…..I walked into Sephora and asked one of employees for a recommendation. This is big for me! I swear I know more than the majority of people in there, so asking for a suggestion….that was like taking a bullet.

Lucky for me I got one of the few Sephora employees that seems to know what is going on in the world of makeup. (Sidenote: Why does Sephora always seem to hire idiots? That don’t know what things like highlighters or primer are? Or who Kat Von D is? And who can’t even apply makeup to their own face? I swear…the last time I was in Sephora one of the girls was rocking a foundation shade that would’ve worked if you had been sunburned in Cancun, not if you had the alabaster color skin she did. She looked ridiculous! Ok, I’ll stop). The girl recommended the Stay All Day waterproof eyeliner by Stila, which made me happy. I had done a little online trolling of my own and this one popped up numerous times. Her suggestion gave me the go ahead to purchase and try, and I am so glad I did!

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This product is just like a magic marker for my eye….easy to use, great for making thick wings or subtle ones…and comes in a variety of colors. Best of all, it doesn’t run when Im crying or sweating…which is a huge plus!

Final Verdict: SPARKLE!!!! Yes, yes, a million times yes. Add this to your makeup bag immediately.

For fun I made a little tutorial with the colors I love from Swamp Queen…and I used my Stila pen, too!


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I do it all for the cookie.

Hi, I’m Katie….and I am a cookie monster!

Recently I had a hankering for some chocolate chip cookies, but since I knew my usual recipe is anything but healthy, I decided to give the healthy 21 Day Fix approved chocolate chip recipe a try. This recipe is from the Fixate cookbook that shares 101 recipes that are compliant with the 21 Day Fix eating plan. Need the cookbook? You can buy it here!

I always have two goals when making a new cookie recipe: Don’t eat them all, and make them good enough that Kyle won’t mind that they are healthy.

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3 cups almond flour (I use Bob’s RedMill)
1 teaspoon gluten free baking soda
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw maple syrup
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 large egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet if you prefer)

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine almond flour, baking soda and salt in bowl, mixing well.
4. Combine oil and maple syrup in bowl, beating until creamy.
5. Add egg, egg whites and extract to oil mixture and beat for additional two minutes.
6. Add almond flour mixture to egg mixture, mixing well.
7. Fold in chocolate chips.
8. Drop teaspoons of dough onto parchment paper.
9. Bake 14-16 minutes and store once cooled in an airtight container. Enjoy!


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Life is Short…Eat Dessert First.

Pinterest has it out for me.

Honestly…..If I cooked five meals a day for the rest of my life I STILL would have recipes left over to try! Please tell me I’m not the only one!

This week I made dinner for Kyle and my mother in law and thought it was finally time to try out one of the recipes I had pinned way back when…..lemon soufflés. These weren’t just any soufflés though….they were made in an actual lemon.

You know me, I am all about presentation with food, so off to the store I went for some lemons and ingredients! I was surprised how easy these little guys were to make!

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Look at these cute little beauties!

Katie’s Little Lemon Soufflés 


-8 lemons ( go for the larger ones, trust me. Size matter here!)
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup sugar
-Confectioner’s sugar
-2 Tablespoons Flour (I used Cake Flour)


1. Line a pan with parchment paper and preheat over to 350 degrees.

2. Slice just enough off of the bottom of the lemon (stem end) so that it can sit level. Don’t slice it to where you can see the inside of the lemon!

3. Cut off the tip (that’s NOT what she said….sorry, I had to) approximately 1/3 of the way down from the top. You can choose to keep the lemon tops if you want….they can be your soufflé hats!

4. Using a knife, spoon, or some form of wizardry scoop the pulpy inside of the lemon out and place in a bowl. You will need the juice for later, so don’t get rid of that! For me, this was the hardest part, so if someone comes up with a really easy way, please let me know. Next time I may try a melon baller.

5. You will need 1/4 cup of the lemon juice, so extract it at this time.

6. Mix egg yolks (save the egg whites for later) in a heat proof bowl with the lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and the flour. I used a simple whisk for this task.

7. Place a large pot on the stove with water and bring to a bowl, then place the heatproof bowl inside of it, whisking for about 7-8 minutes.

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I used a Pampered Chef mixing bowl. It worked great!

8. Once thick, remove and beat with an electric mixer for about 8 more minutes, then move to a different bowl and set to the side.

9. In a bowl combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the egg whites and beat until frothy. I used my KitchenAid mixer and started on the lowest speed for about 2 minutes, then slowly increased the speed until the meringue had soft peaks.

10. Mix about 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture. Once combined, fold in the rest of the meringue, then fill each lemon, stopping just a bit shy of the top so it doesn’t overflow.

11. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. The mixture should have risen about an inch above the lemon.

12. Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and top with a lemon hat if you want. Serve immediately!

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Lessons learned while making these:

-They were tasty, but very, very light.
-I should’ve cooked them a smidge longer.
-I need to buy mutant sized lemons next time.

Everyone seemed to enjoy them, so I was a happy camper.

And so was my kitchen help for the night, Murphy.

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Easy like Sunday morning.

Raise your hand if you love Amazon Prime!

I LOVE Amazon Prime…if you haven’t checked it out yet, I want this to be your formal invitation to look into it.

Cliff Notes on what Prime is: A way to order the things you need and get them delivered to your doorstep in two days, even on the weekends. It’s a flat $99 fee per year…..$50 if you are a student, and it waives the shipping costs on everything. The first year we used this I really only used it around Christmas time, and I realized how great it was. The amount I saved on shipping during that time made it completely worth it. Since then, 90% of the things I order online come from Amazon. It makes me feel better if I slack when it comes to ordering something for someone’s birthday or a random event, and honestly, the prices are competitive, so I like that.

A few weeks ago my cousin Kaley enlightened me on something she had purchased through Prime, and I jumped all over the chance to own the same thing: Dash buttons.

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Dash buttons are a product exclusive to Amazon that allow you to purchase an item with one push of a button…items that you tend to run out of around the house that can really be a pain to go buy. I purchased buttons for two items I always hate running to the store to grab: toilet paper and Clorox wipes. The list of products you can buy goes way deeper….paper towels, razors, Slim Jims, Red Bull, trash bags, Doritos…even condoms! The list goes on and on and on!

These buttons are small, as you can see above, and have an adhesive on the back so you can stick them wherever you would like. The button for toilet paper is right in the bathroom vanity because obviously that’s where we would realize we need the product….the wipes button is under my kitchen sink. These buttons connect through Wifi and cost $4.99 per button; that $4.99 will be credited to the first purchase you make using the button, so the buttons are essentially free.

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Add the convenience of Prime to these buttons….you get these items delivered to your doorstep in two days. There goes pesky trips for a pack of toilet paper or Huggies when you realize you are almost out. Easy like Sunday morning.

My only warning with your buttons… careful where you stick them! My cousin had an issue with one of her cats stepping on one and placing a large order on her behalf, and heavens knows what kind of order a child could place for you!

Moral of the story: Prime is worth it. Buttons rock. And cats can be dangerous.

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