Versatile Blogger Award!!!

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I am amazed every day by all the bloggy love DJ’s Sugar Shack has gotten since I started blogging in December. I never imagined that anyone other than my mom would read my ramblings about baking. She’s my biggest fan:) But since then my treats have been featured 13 times on 9 different blogs & this morning I found out that Addicted to Recipes  nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! It is so  nice to be recognized by people who share the same passion as I do. *sniff* * tears of joy*

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & Candied Carrots

Notice anything different? That’s right I gave the blog a bit of a facelift this weekend. Although, I liked the old theme I never really loved it & decided to look for other options. The new look is still a work in progress but I think it suits me more. This whole blogging adventure has me wanting to take on new a new hobby, graphic design. I guess having some basic html knowledge would be nice too. Who knows maybe one day I will find an awesome graphic designer that is willing to work for treats. It could happen, right?

Lucky St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I had pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to have any time to get any St. Patrick’s Day treats done this year. My first problem, I went to dig out my St. Patrick’s Day cookie cutters and I didn’t have any. Really? How is that possible? I have made cookies for St. Patrick’s day before. I have pictures ( really bad ones) to prove it. I tried to order some online but couldn’t find any in-stock. Even Michael’s seemed to be out of St. Patrick’s Day supplies when I went. There were no St. Patty’s Day cupcake liners, no shamrock sprinkles, & no shamrock cookies cutters left to speak of.So when i got the flu I decided it just wasn’t meant to be this year.

Grasshopper Pie Cupcakes

Last week marked the 100 year anniversary of Oreos. My favorite thing to do with Oreos, besides eating an entire package of them, is to use them in a crust for pie or cheesecake. That is exactly what I decided to do to celebrate Oreo’s 100th  anniversary. I know! I know! I’m a little late. After I decided to make these Grasshopper Pie Cupcakes with an Oreo Crust, I came down with some icky flu. Better late than never, right?

Scout Cookie Challenge

Are you one of those people that can’t walk away from a challenge? I am. I should clarify. I can’t walk away from a cooking or baking challenge. Once I entered a meatloaf challenge and I’d never made a meatloaf in my life. I’m not a fan of meatloaf. The best part is I won! :)   How could I not win with brie stuffed pork, buffalo & veal meatloaf muffins, topped with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, a balsamic reduction and a fried basil leaf? I won this fabulous trophy & a few days worth of gloating and smack talking. Good times:)Anyway this post is about a cookie challenge…This week Cristin over at Cristin’s Cookies is hosting a cookie challenge. The theme is Scouts, in honor of her son passing his Eagle Board of Review & becoming an Eagle Scout! I don’t know much about Scouts but I do know that is quite an accomplishment. Another thing I know about scouts is that they spend a lot of time outdoors and camping. So I made camping cookies and made a campsite scene.  The hardest part was making the cookies stand up, but I figured it out.

Easy Coconut Macaroons

These gooey bites of coconut are always a big hit. They are quick, easy and don’t require many ingredients. If you have coconut, condensed milk, flour, vanilla and salt these can be in your belly in about 20 minutes. *Warning* You do have to mix the ingredients together with your hands. The mixture is a bit sticky so this part can get a bit messy. Using a cookie scoop to make the macaroons really helps cut down on some of the mess and makes nice rounded macaroons.