Glazed Cinnamon Sugar-Stuffed Scones

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Happy Earth Day everyone!! Flip on some Animal Planet! Recycle your Sunday papers! And...don't flush your toilet every time you go...unless.. you know,  you uh...then please do... Today is all about celebrating our beautiful planet and remembering to love her back as much as she loves us! I was googling around the other day and found this awesome little awareness project. Earthday.org/2012 is asking everyone to pledge an "Act of Green" for today - whether it be helping drive over your … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

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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

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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...]

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...]

Chocolate Chip Coffee Morning Muffins

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Monday morning, 7:30 am: Pull into Coffee Shop parking lot. Groggy, rub eyes. Smear mascara. Quickly wipe on lipstick to distract from raccoon eyes. Open door to coffee shop. Me: "Um.... so I'd like a....." Coffee Shop Boy interrupts. Coffee Shop Boy (interruption allowed, kind of cute) : "Small decaf soy latte, extra hot." Hands me drink, already made without me ordering. Me: "... I love you..." but actually comes out as caveman grunt. Don't know how to speak before coffee. Hand cute … [Read more...]

Pear, Apple and Raspberry Crisp

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So I'm really excited about today's post! I'm guest posting for the first time over at my friend Kelly's blog, Eat-Yourself-Skinny. She has the most fantastic blog loaded with absolutely delicious recipes...and they're all guilt-free! Craving creamy macaroni and cheese?? Raspberry margaritas? Gooey cinnamon buns? Check out her recipes over at http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/ and check out my guest post recipe today, Pear, Apple, and Raspberry Crisp.  [hr] So I always forget how … [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...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Whoopie Pies with Fudgy Frosting

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I am obsessed with Pinterst. Its horrible. Between Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging my butt has been glued to my desk chair for way longer than Michelle Obama's new Healthy Living Campaign would approve of. But I eat my vegetables....? I love daydreaming about my next recipe by scrolling through the hundreds and hundreds of delicious looking goodies people have pinned. You can gain at least 5 lbs just by looking at some of the yummy desserts people have created. First I found the most … [Read more...]

Individual Chocolate Cream Pies and My First Blog Award!

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Valentine's Day might be for sharing love, but no one said anything about sharing dessert. These little individual pies are perfect portions of creamy chocolate and fluffy whipped cream on top of a chocolate chip graham cracker crust. Mmmmm....! I love baking individual sized deserts for small get togethers or holidays because I think something about everyone getting their own personal portion says "I made this specially for you". I think its shows some extra love. Plus, it makes you feel … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Pound Cake with Whipped Cream and Berries

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[typography font="Delius" size="22" size_format="px"]Secret Ingredient of the Month: Egg Beaters[/typography] So I'm excited to announce a new monthly feature I'm starting, called,  "Secret Ingredient of the Month". These posts will be devoted to sharing sneaky substitutions to lighten up your baking and pack some extra nutrition into your cooking. I'm going to pick one healthy ingredient every month to highlight and show you various recipes you can use it in to create truly delicious (and … [Read more...]