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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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Orange Cream Cheese Dip

My son likes sugar.  And cats.  I feel for my two 7-year-old tuxedo cats, because while all my son wants to do is give them some love, it appears that he’s beating on them.  (It’s hard to teach young children to be gentle to pets!)  Usually he follows them around and tries to give them hugs, but on a rare moment when he’s very excited, anything can  happen.  Like this picture, for instance.  Poor Thomas.  He thought he was just going to get a nice hug from Matthew.

Appearances can be deceiving, for sure.  Just like this heavenly dip.  Although it says orange in the title, and there is orange zest and juice in it, technically it isn’t a healthy dip.  Well, it does have cream cheese, which is in the dairy food group, so I guess you could stretch it a bit.  But the marshmallow fluff and powdered sugar?  Yeah, can’t justify that one.  But I will tell you that if you bring this dip somewhere, you’ll be the life of the party, justifying yourself for sure.  Make sure you have lots of fruit for this dip, because I promise, promise you that no one will be able to resist it.  (Just like Matthew trying to hug the cats.) Continue reading


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Cranberry Orange Scones


Home.  It’s my favorite place to be.  When I’m having a bad day, all I can think about is being home, sitting on the couch with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, watching the fire, and letting my problems melt away.  When I’m out shopping, I think about the pillows, curtains, and accessories that would be perfect in my home.  And when I think about home, I think about my husband and baby boy, and there’s no place I’d rather be.  On Saturday mornings, I like to make a nice, big breakfast.  It’s the only morning where the family isn’t rushed or hurried.  I love the smell of french toast, waffles, and scones on these leisurely days.  These scones are one of my favorite things to make in the winter, because they remind me of spring.  Something about that orange scent and cranberry goodness.  They aren’t that hard to make;, you just have to get over your fear of getting dirty.  Yes, you need to gently, and quickly, work with the dough, which means you’ll be in the nitty-gritty of it all.  To make these Cranberry Orange Scones, you will need the following:

Take out one stick (1/2 cup) of cold butter and cut it into tablespoon-size cubes.

Then put them in a bowl and return it to the fridge until you are ready to work with it again.  This way, your butter doesn’t soften.  Scones are a bit particular.  Warm butter is not their friend.

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