Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: How sweet should life be?

I love this quote by Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules);  he writes,“There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion…Special occasion foods offer some of the great pleasures of life, so we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of them, but the sense of occasion needs to be … Read more

Movies and Photobooth: 8th Birthday Party

Daughter #2 had a birthday party late January, and I’m only getting around to writing about this now.  With all three in school and an increased work schedule and activities schedule, throwing the super deluxe handmade birthday parties of before simply is beyond my ability from a time and effort standpoint.  Daughter #2, fortunately for … Read more

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Cinnamon Cupcakes

Soft, warm cinnamon cupcakes with a gorgeous spiced cider buttercream, topped off with salted caramel – the PERFECT way to enjoy your favorite cinnamon apple flavors this Fall season!  A few years ago, I shared my favorite Caramel Apple Cider Cookie recipe. I’ve always wanted to recreate that cookie in cupcake form, but never really got … Read more

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cocoa Buttercream

Your new go-to pumpkin cupcake fix is finally here! Complete with my favorite cocoa buttercream, this cupcake is soft, sweet, and spiced with just enough pumpkin flavor to satisfy any pumpkin-lover in your life (including yourself). 😉 I know the world doesn’t need another pumpkin recipe… or does it?! I’m excited today to share another … Read more