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Grace’s Second Birthday

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My baby girl’s birthday was yesterday, and it was all I could do to not cry.  Why do the teenage years seem to drag on forever, but when life really begins, does it go so fast?? It seemed like only yesterday that I held this tiny girl in my arms, staring into her sweet, newborn face.  Anyway, enough sappy-sweet stuff.  We celebrated Grace’s big milestone by having a bird-themed birthday party.  Right now, she is really into birds of all kinds, so I thought it fitting.

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I made vanilla sugar cookies and hummingbird cupcakes, and had caramel apple cider and lemonade for drinks.  My husband told me that all previous birthday parties I made too much food and sent goodie bags of desserts home with guests, so I decided to agree with him this year and make it simple.

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I purchased these really cool apothecary jars from Amazon as an early Christmas present and loved putting candy in them.  My original plan was to have the malt-ball robin eggs and chocolate eggs wrapped in the shiny foil, but I think they are only out around Easter.  Gumballs, sixlets, and Jordan Almonds worked as a close second.   And the birch straws added a nice touch.  (It was also nice that I happened to have them in the pantry. Yeah to reusing!) Continue reading

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Easter Desserts

p1020282[1] So in early March, I came up with a list of Easter treats I wanted to make and share.  Tutorials on fondant Easter bunnies, little carrots, and cute eggs, all to go along with carrot cake cupcakes.  (And I don’t know why I like carrot cake, because I certainly do not like carrots.  In fact, they are the number one food on my list of Foods I Don’t Like, but there’s something about adding sugar that changes everything.)  I also wrote down ideas for decorated Easter sugar cookies and even a cake.  Last post I said that we are moving, and in fact we are.  We get our keys April 5th!  It’s our first house and we are so excited.  However, it was a last-minute decision to list our condo before we move, instead of after.  As a result, my mom came over last Friday and helped me pack almost everything in my kitchen, to get ready for the open house.  And with the boxes being moved to the garage were my ideas for Easter treats.  The only baking “things” in my kitchen are cookie sheets and a 9″x13″ pan.  It’s really sad. So what I’ve decided to do is give you a list of a few things I have made for Easter and some recipes from around the web that I think are fantastic.  They’re certainly ones I’ve wanted to make, and some are even on my Pinterest board.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you want to see more Easter or spring dessert ideas, check out the board titled SPRING.  Enjoy, and Happy Easter! xoxo

From the blog

Lemon Poppyseed Cake–Light and sweet, this is a nice cake with a raspberry filling. 081[1] Carrot Cake Cupcakes–These cupcakes are super moist and paired with a cream cheese frosting–yum! Continue reading

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Truffle Cupcakes

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This month is literally flying by! I can’t believe that Spring Break is right around the corner.  This means spring is almost here.  This also means my maternity leave ends.  Which is sad for all.  But, it will be nice to get back to work, see my students, and think academically again.  When I left my students in mid-November, I told them I was returning on April 1st, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke.  (My high school students didn’t get it–ahh, the humor is lost on them.)  At the time, it seemed like my break would be for so long, but that too has flown by. 

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I actually made these truffle cupcakes around Valentine’s Day, but between preparing lesson plans, working on a quilt for baby Grace’s nursery, (I’ll post that when I finish), and taking care of the ins-and-outs of two little cherubs, these yummy cupcakes didn’t make it out on the blog in time for the big romantic day.  That’s fine; they’re good any time of the year.  To make things easier, I used store-bought truffles, but you can make your own.  Continue reading

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10 Fall Favorite Recipes

To me, fall always brings on a sense of warmth and comfort.  Cozy fires, warm apple-cider, family gatherings.  In this post, I thought I’d share with you my top 1o favorite fall recipes.  And at the end of the post are some of my other favorite fall recipes from blogs that I follow.  I hope you’re inspired to make some of these today.  Enjoy! xoxo

My Top-10 Fall Recipes

Apple Crisp

Caramel Apples

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

Owl Sugar Cookies

Pecan Bars

Pretzel Jello

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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

We celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday today.  Just like all of us who’ve hit the 30-year club, each consecutive birthday is that much closer to 40, therefore making birthdays a bit painful.  I won’t tell you how old he is, but I will say he’s closer to 35 than 30.  Actually, I shouldn’t chuckle, since I’m only a year and a half behind him.

Anyway, he’s not really a sweets person, so when I asked what kind of dessert he wanted to help celebrate his big day, he just said something that wasn’t too rich.  I decided on these cupcakes, partly because I had some bananas to get rid of.  (You can read about my banana problem here and here.)  But mostly it was because it’s the end of summer and the perfect dessert to kick off the fall. Continue reading

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Are cupcakes healthy for you if there’s a vegetable in it? You know, don’t you eat more veggies when you sneak them into something?  I try to tell myself that every time I eat one of these cupcakes–I am getting my daily allowance of vegetables.  In all seriousness, while they may not be fully healthy, it is cake after all, these cupcakes are so moist and delicious, you’ll be hard-pressed to eat only one. Continue reading

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Spring Fondant Cupcake Toppers {tutorial}

I made these cupcake toppers for Courtney, over on her wonderful blog Sweet C’s Design.  Originally, I made them for Easter, but since there’s flowers and other spring-y things on it, I thought I’d post them here too.  They are super easy to make and the best thing about it is that you can make them months ahead of time.  (They will save if stored properly–more on that later.)

To make the toppers, you need the following items:

-fondant (I like the brand Satin Ice, because it actually tastes good—and stored properly, it will last 6+ months) Continue reading

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