Vegan Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes

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Happy Birthday...... to me!!   It has been a fabulous birthday week! Ok so technically my birthday was Monday...but as long as the birthday mail keeps coming I reuse to give up the bday crown :) I wouldn't refuse another birthday cake either... I like vanilla with chocolate buttercream...just sayin'...   or pumpkin cake (my favorite)... or carrot cake...   or FUNFETTI cake!   My birthday is the 9th and my dad's birthday is the 10th.....and we had … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting and a Wedding Shower

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Hi! I'm home! I've been trying desperately to avoid the fact that I'm home. But I think it happened?? Maybe if I just click my heels a couple times... few times? for 5 minutes?? I'll wake back up in sunny California....   Nope. I don't know what Dorothy's got that I don't. I even picked up a Yorky this week (I'm dog sitting for one of my friend's for the next few months! SO. freaking. cute.) But that's ok, I've actually been going through some serious kitchen withdrawal, I cannot … [Read more...]

Monster Cupcakes!

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Halloween is the BEST. Besides the fact that an entire new aisle is now dedicated to candy in the grocery store, even better is that I can walk out of the store with 10 different bags and no one will judge me. Because the old lady next to me just walked out with 12.   I seriously had SO much fun trying to find cute candy decor for these little spooky cupcakes! Once a month I come up with easy festive recipes for a recipe board I have set up at a doctor's office - and this was … [Read more...]

“No-Stess” Cupcakes – Homemade Hostess!

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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!

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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...]

Portillo’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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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...]

Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

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Hi guys! I'm home from Mexico! I hope you all had a great last week because I had an A-MAZING one! I think a beach vacation should be a mandatory yearly outing, kind of like your annual teeth-cleaning or physical exam. Only instead of avoiding the dentist like the plague or promising your doctor you really do take that multivitamin everyday with your fingers crossed behind your back...you CANNOT wait to go! I swear one look at the beach is enough to cure anything. That near panic attack on … [Read more...]

Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl Cupcakes

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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...]

No Pudge Double Fudge Brownies with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

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Happy almost- TGIF everyone! I don't know about you all but I'm sooo ready for the weekend! I'm ready to relax...read a good book...sip a few cocktails...eat some guacamole....lay by the beach...Ok ok so I really just want Spring Break... I'm over this whole winter thing. This may have been a mild winter but I still can't strut in my flip flops down Michigan Avenue (Or trip my way down..can anyone really walk gracefully in those??) But now I'm rambling! I have a more important story to tell … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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  So I know this post is really about these awesome strawberry cheesecake cupcakes  (seriously! Mmm..), but first, have you seen this youtube clip?? Its of these two little British girls on the Ellen Show....rapping. In pink tutus. And tiaras. Click on the link at the top! And they're only  like 6 or 7 (actually I really have no idea, I made that up) and they rap with Nicki Minaj and it is hilarious... and they're good! Seriously good! They're at the age when kids are usually still in … [Read more...]

Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Fudge Brownies with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

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So for all of you single ladies out there- I've been doing some research. (more like way too much magazine reading, please don't judge). And according to Cosmo Magazine (again.. please don't judge.. I was in a waiting room... I was bored...??) There are 3 tell-tale signs a guy is into you. So if your worried about asking that cute guy in the cubicle next to you, or that guy you've been stalking relentlessly on Facebook on a date... don't be. Are you ready for this? There are "3 Clues He's … [Read more...]

Cookies ‘N’ Cream Cupcakes

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Did you know that Americans consume almost 12 billion Oreos every year? (Don’t use that stat in a research paper or anything... its the first number that came up in the google search results)   That’s more than the number of toilet paper rolls plus the number of toothbrushes people bought in 2011. (Don’t use that stat either, I made that one up)   If American’s put 25 cents in a jar every time they ate an Oreo… it wouldn't matter because t hey would probably use their … [Read more...]