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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

“Light” Monkey Bread

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My family is obsessed with monkey bread. Forget birthday cakes, my brothers ask for these yummy warm doughy globs dripping in cinnamon sugar. Every year. Same with Christmas morning breakfast... Father's Day... Valentine's Day.... I'm not kidding, in high school my younger brother wrote a paper on monkey bread. Needless to say, when I told them I was trying a not only 'new' monkey bread recipe, but a 'lighter' monkey bread recipe... there was an uproar in my house. How could you perfect the … [Read more...]

Tomato and Parmesan Focaccia with Caramelized Onions

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So I have a new life calling. And its not baking cakes or saving the world. Its getting tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show. Do you know how to do this? Because I think its actually impossible. The website told me to 'click' on the date I wanted to see the show on. So I did. Simple right? Wrong. You can't click on any day. The little cursor turns into a hand when you wave it over the calendar... taunting you... pretending its on your side...but then refuses to click on a date. But its ok. … [Read more...]