“No-Stess” Cupcakes – Homemade Hostess!

Happy Friday! Ok I promise this is the very last time I will say Birthday for at least the next couple months. I swear! I feel like over the past week and half every other sentence has began with cake and ended with birthday. Which is actually totally awesome. But 4 cakes and 5 lbs of sugar later I'm not quite seeing straight and a raw carrot is really sounding pretty good right now. But the reason I have to mention Birthdays one... last... time... is because today I am guest posting over … [Read more...]

Banana Layer Cake With Fudgy Frosting for my Birthday!

Happy Birthday.... to me!   It's my 25th Birthday on Sunday and my Dad's 35th...(give or take a couple decades, love you pop!).... on Monday! So this weekend is absolutely jam packed with fun bday festivities!   Birthday's are seriously the best.I'm celebrating with my friends tomorrow night then meeting up with my fam to go to the Bears game on Sunday... and sit at the 50 yard line! These tickets are crazy good! Then finishing up Monday on my dad's bday for a big family … [Read more...]

Red, White, and Blue-Berry Shortcake Cupcakes

 Happy 4th of July weekend.....ish! Chicago fireworks are on the 4th but my hometown's are this Sunday (very excited!), so that means an extra day of beer, bbq, and burning yourself on sparklers...and...in that order.   But this weekend is even more special because today I am guest posting for one of my very best foodie friend's, Kayle, from The Cooking Actress!!   Its no secret I'm kind of obsessed with her. She is the absolute sweetest girl ever and SO funny. I can … [Read more...]

Portillo’s Chocolate Cupcakes

So it was my little brother's high school graduation this weekend! It was a gorgeous ceremony. Picture happy students eagerly waiting for their hard-earned diplomas...proud parents snapping pictures and taking videos... a beautiful school choir singing songs of encouragement and good luck.... And.. The power goes out. Halfway through distributing the diplomas. Pitch black.  (pic of the gym post-black-out) Best graduation EVER! I swear it was like a rave. Only better. It was almost … [Read more...]

Guest Post- Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles by Kayle

Hi guys! So since I'm in NYC for the week visiting my culinary school I thought I'd let a real New Yorker takeover my blog for a bit while I strap on my fanny pack and wander through Times Square... I am SO excited to introduce you all to my new best foodie friend, Kayle from The Cooking Actress! Not only is her blog bursting with yummy recipes (have you seen her buckeye cake??) but she is the absolute sweetest girl you will ever meet! Friend her, follow her (on twitter people!), subscribe, … [Read more...]

Mom’s Day Recipe Round-Up

So the game plan for today's post was supposed to be "Mail Order Mom's Day"... and no. Not like ordering a new mom. I was going to do baked goods that are 'mail-friendly' for those of us too far to visit mom on her big day or those of us doting children who forgot to buy mom a gift. So the point was to give all you procrastinators some easy  recipes to make and send to mom for Mom's day...only today is Friday. I'm just realizing that I totally just defeated the point of my post. Mom will not … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Inspired Dinner Party

 So today's post is extra special - like deserving of glitter, a gold star, and maybe even a firework kind of special... I hosted my very first dinner party ever yesterday! I am so excited that Foodbuzz.com liked my proposal for an Earth Day themed, earth-friendly, vegetarian (mostly vegan!) dinner party, because it gave me an amazing excuse to invite over my closest friends to be with the people I love the most - doing the thing I love the most...cooking! I loved having an Earth … [Read more...]

Blueberry Sugar Shortcakes with Mango Compote

So I am SO excited for this weekend! Foodbuzz (if you haven't heard of it, check it out here, its a food blogging website) picked my proposal for an Earth-friendly, Green Dinner Party that I will be hosting this Saturday! It's going to be featured on their website for the next couple weeks along with a few other deliciously talented food blogger's parties. The party's theme is inspired by this month's Earth Day, so everything I will be cooking and using will all be eco-friendly, local, … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

Dear Chocolate- Please please please forgive me for completely ignoring you in my last post. Those Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes meant nothing to me... I swear. It was just a one night thing, I was confused...I thought I wanted vanilla...those little flag cupcake toppers were just too cute...it won't happen again, I promise.  You can have the password to my myrecipes.com account, check my saved my recipes! I swear!   Don't get me wrong - I love a good simple vanilla cupcake, or a … [Read more...]

Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff's butter and buttermilk... but first... Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below? If you're a little confused its probably because you're used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!! I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday … [Read more...]

Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

Happy Friday everyone! This is an even happier Friday than most Fridays....do you want to know why?? Actually there's three reasons. #1... I'm leaving to Mexico tomorrow for Spring Break! In 24 hours I am going to be sipping pina coladas, eating guacamole, and applying more sun tan lotion than most mom's smother their toddler's in. #2... I made some kick butt Dulce De Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes in honor of my little vacation! #2... Kayle from The Cooking Actress nominated me for The … [Read more...]

Skinny Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel

OMY-goodness. We have had amazing weather in Chicago this week! And I don't just mean amazing for Chicago... aka as long as its not snowing/blizzarding/sleeting/etc....am I forgetting anything..?? It was almost 80 yesterday. I came home and immediately jumped into my bathing suit and laid out in the gorgeous sunshine and read a book. And its a very good thing that my backyard is in the woods because I may have blinded a few people with the sun's reflection off my very white body. In the … [Read more...]