Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Do your plans for Valentine’s Day include a quiet dinner at home with your sweetie?

Do you want to make an easy & chocolatey sweet treat without having a ton of left overs that you will end up eating giving away?

Look no further; these chocolate cupcakes are the dessert for you!

When I found this recipe at An Edible Mosaic, I was a bit leery to try it. I haven’t had much success with egg-less or vegan recipes in the past.  I’m so very happy that I decided to give these cupcakes a shot. They might be one of the BEST chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. They are extremely moist and rich.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Cake

Have you ever made an ice cream cake? I made one for the first time this week.

When I was asked if I was available to make a birthday cake I said, “Sure. I’d love too!” When asked if I did ice cream cakes, I had a bit of a RUT-ROH moment. (Sorry, I’m a bit of a Scooby- Do fan)  I didn’t want to disappoint or pass up an opportunity to try something new; I took the order.

Then came the question, ” Do you think you could make a little boat to put on top?” Again I said, ” Sure, I can do that.” Shortly after I got this picture.

Surprise Recipe Swap – Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bites

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  I am so excited to be participating in the very first Surprise Recipe Swap . When Jutta from Hungry Little Girl told me what she was planning I rushed over to sign up.

Each month participants are assigned a blog. They then choose a recipe to make and write about in a blog post. This month I was assigned  Couponing & Cooking.  Have you been to Kaylee’s blog? If not be sure to check it out. She shares her money saving strategies, coupons and some really great recipes.

Banana Coconut & Orange Baked Donuts

I feel like I’m stuck in a bit of a blogging rut lately. I’m baking as much as ever and I having a ton of fun learning to use the fancy new camera Santa brought me for Christmas. (I was a very good girl last year!) But for some reason, when I sit down to write about what I baked I draw a blank.  Bloggy writer’s block…who knew?

Tonight I decided it was time to break out of the rut.  Is there a better way to do that than by sharing donuts? I think not. These are not just any donuts. These donuts are full of tropical flavors. How can you resist a donut full of coconut, banana & orange? Well, you just cant.

Mrs. Smith’s SignatureDeep Dish Pies & A Fun Giveaway!

This post brought to you by Mrs. Smith’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love pie; but I don't bake them from scratch that often. "Why not?" you ask. Because it is a lot of work. First, you have to make a crust, a difficult and often messy task. Then you have to make the filing; this usually involves a lot of peeling, coring, chopping or pitting. Then you have to make some sort of topping, because a pie is incomplete with out a topping.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

It just wouldn’t be Christmas with out Gingerbread treats. I’ve made Gingerbread cookies many many times, but Gingerbread cupcakes have been on my to-do list for quite a while.

I made these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting for my booth at the PTA Holiday Bazaar and they were a top seller.  The cupcakes smell fantastic and are extremely moist. I was on the fence with the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting;  after taking a “poll” I decided to go with it. Boy am I glad I did, the brown sugar complimented the gingerbread perfectly.

Chocolate Cookies Stuffed with Vanilla Salted Caramel

The second I found out about the Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap, I knew I had to sign up.  Here’s a quick run down of how it worked. Each participating blogger was sent mailing addresses of  3 bloggers.  We  baked 3 dozen cookies  and sent 12 to each of the bloggers “assigned” to us.  Then we anxiously awaited the arrival of our 3 boxes of cookies to arrive in the mail. That’s right everyone that participated received 3 boxes of yummy cookies in the mail!!!!!

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Somehow, I totally forgot about these Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies that I shared over at Pamela’s Heavenly Treats months ago.

 The recipe uses a box cake mix so they are a quick and fool proof recipe. Although most of my baking is done from scratch, I believe that we all need a few “cheater” recipes for those days when you need to make a treat in a time crunch or maybe your just feeling lazy & don’t want to clean a bunch of dishes. Who knows, maybe you waited until the last minute to start your holiday baking.

Whatcha’ Whipped Up # 25

Hi everyone!

Last night I realized that I just reached my one year blogoversary. I cant believe it has already been a year since I published my very first dreadful blog post. Seriously I just looked back at my first blog post and cringed. Those photos should never have been allowed to escape from my memory card.

  Thanks to all you ladies I have learned so much about blogging, taking photos and editing photos. I really do appreciate the tips, advice & support I’ve received from all my blogging pals along the way. I couldn’t have done it with out you.