Top 10 Posts of 2013 Blog Hop and Link Party

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I've never done an end of the year wrap up {facepalm} but this year I've joined a group of 11 other bloggers to do just that.  We're each sharing our Top 10 Posts of 2013 and YOU have the chance to share your Top 10 Posts or Top Post of the year in the link party below.   My Top Post of the Year was this Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole.  It is so easy to make and my family and I love it.  It … [Read more...]

Beach Inspired Desserts ~ Fun in the Sun

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I love summer and I especially love the ocean.  The family and I haven't had a vacation in over 10 years so I'm getting a bit {TREMENDOUSLY} antsy longing for the sound of the waves, the smell of the water and the feel of sand beneath my feet.  Until then, I'll just dream with some Beach-Inspired Desserts. You don't need to worry about the grit of sand in your teeth ~ the secret to the sandy-look is light … [Read more...]

Chocolate Avocado {Vegan} Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Vegan Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream

Chocolate Avocado {Vegan} Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream ~ now that's a mouthful!  I never ever thought of using avocado as the base for cupcakes let alone a rich and tasty buttercream frosting.  Up until a few weeks ago my relationship with avocados was a guacamole only one ~ we were exclusive ~ but thankfully my eyes have been open to all that avocados can be used for ~ they are an amazing fruit {I thought they were … [Read more...]

Chocolate Toffee Cupcakes with Toffee Buttercream Frosting

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I had no idea until I few weeks ago when I did my Homemade Mallow Cups post that you could substitute flavored creamers for milk in recipes.  This has opened a whole new flavolicious world for me.  I really love toffee and Heath bars so I wanted to make some cupcakes that packed a punch and I wanted to give a little toffee kick to the buttercream frosting as well. It was so easy.  I used International Delight Heath … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cool Whip Frosting

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Have you heard about the new Cool Whip Frosting?  I hadn't until a few days ago.  To say I was anxious to try it would be somewhat of an understatement.  I love to bake and make my recipes from scratch but because I work from home and home school the boys time is sometimes an issue for me.  I am not a big fan of icing in a can {actually, I've never tasted one I like} but this was different.  When I heard about the Cool … [Read more...]

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing

It's time to start thinking about fall ~ cooler weather and Back To School.  I was thinking about these two things and thought it was time to try these A is for Apple ~ Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing.  The icing can double as a delicious sauce for ice cream and a dipping sauce for apples. The recipe is pretty simple and the cupcakes have a great texture ~ a little heavier than a regular cupcake but packed … [Read more...]

Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting

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I made some white batter cupcakes this weekend and wanted to top them off with some white icing.  Something simple but not my usual favorite Buttercream Frosting {my mom's recipe which is absolute fluffy perfection}.  Whipped cream seemed to easy.....cream cheese frosting too blah but combining them both produced the recipe below which is light and tasty! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] *Don't you love the missing icing in … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Cupcake ~ You Fill My Heart

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so easy to tasty and so 'sweet'. Bake a batch of cupcakes, any flavor, from scratch or from a box ~ my favorite is this chocolate cake recipe.  You will also need to whip up some yummy frosting ~ I used my Creamy Frosting recipe and tinted the frosting lightly pink.  Once the cupcakes have cooled use a small heart shaped cookie cutter and 'push in' to the cupcake.   Remove the cookie … [Read more...]

Peppermint Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

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Chocolate and peppermint…could there be a more heavenly combination???? I think not!  I saw these cupcakes on pinterest and had to make some for myself and to share…sometimes sharing is so hard!!!! I made them for our ornament party last week and they were a hit! I took some pictures and was almost ready to serve these lovelies when I remembered that I had some gingerbread men cake picks….they were so cute…sort of … [Read more...]

Best Cupcakes


I got your attention...didn't I????? : ) I found this recipe on pinterest and knew I had to try it.  I was short on time and this recipe {Cookie Brownie Cupcakes with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting} fit the bill.  Minimal ingredients yet maximum taste 'punch'! Cookie Brownie Cupcakes Ingredients: Brownie Mix {I used Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate ~ I bought the family size box accidentally and had extra brownie … [Read more...]