Banoffee Cupcakes

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I have been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn't wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They are so delicious and so fun - you have to make them! So yesterday, our church wrapped up a great first series for the beginning of the year. It basically turned the New Year's Resolution on its head and instead of asking what you can do to make yourself better, it asked what we could do to make the world better. It was basically all about the idea that if you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Often through doing for others, we grow so much more as people than when we focus on ourselves. Certainly there's nothing wrong with wanting to lose … [Read more...]

Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake

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So if you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of poke cakes. I love how easy they are and how they are soaked with yumminess and guaranteed to be moist for days. This Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake is no exception. A delicious red velvet cake is soaked with a combination of sweetened condensed milk and Nutella and then topped with a Nutella whipped cream! So the other day, the hubs and I were driving home and my car beeped at us to remind us that my one of my tires was still low on air. The beeping had started weeks ago, but we hadn't done anything about it yet. The hubs found a gas station with an air pump thingy (do those have a word?) and proceeded to fill up the tire. Here's the conversation that ensued when he got back in the car: Hubs: "Man, you're tire was really low. Like 10 PSI low. … [Read more...]

Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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This Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake combines many of my favorite things - funfetti cake batter, brownies, fudge sauce and ice cream! It’s a wonderful combination of flavor and textures and it should definitely be on your must make list! So the hubs and I contacted a fence company about installing a fence for Jessie back near the beginning of December. We’d hoped to have it installed by Christmas, when we had 5 dogs staying at our house, but it didn’t happen. They were definitely on the slow side and we’ve had a fair amount of rain over the last few weeks. Well when we left for Miami last Friday, they’d still only put the fence posts up. We’ve been really ready for it to be done so that we can stop thinking about it and let Jessie use it. She’s had an electric fence since we got her, but … [Read more...]

Champagne Cupcakes

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These Champagne Cupcakes are super moist and full of champagne flavor! They’d be perfect For New Year’s Eve, or another special occasion. Well, this weekend was a great weekend. Our family slowly tapered off and made their way home, with my parents leaving today. We were busy bouncing around from activity to activity. My niece (she’s 8) played in a basketball game on Saturday morning. My brother is the coach and does a great job. My niece scored 10 of the team’s 13 points and they won the game! Then most everyone went to a movie, but my mom and I took the opportunity to do some returns and shopping. Some of our favorite times are when we are shopping. We have a great time together. Then Saturday night, my dad went back to my brother’s house with him family and my mom, the hubs and I went … [Read more...]

BAILEYS® Macadamia Brittle Cupcakes

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This is sponsored by BAILEYS® Coffee Creamer, but all opinions are 100% my own. These BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers Macadamia Brittle Cupcakes might be the best cupcake I’ve ever had - and I do not say that lightly. They are full of the most wonderful, almost indescribable flavor. They are nutty, but not too nutty. And caramel-y, to take on the flavor of the brittle. It was love at first bite. If you’ve been reading this blog long, then you know I’m a fan of all things BAILEYS®. I love the liqueur and the coffee creamers and have used them in a number of recipes (here, here, here). They could make just about anything and I’d want to eat it or drink it. So when I got a chance to taste a couple of their new coffee creamer flavors and make a recipe with one of them, I couldn’t wait! They sent me the … [Read more...]

Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake

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This Sparkiling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake is no doubt a new favorite - especially for Christmas! The cake is incredibly moist and flavorful and the cranberries add the prefect burst of fruity flavor. The white chocolate icing compliments the cake wonderfully. And the sparkling cranberries on top are beautiful and make it look like is just snowed. If I can’t get a white Christmas down here in the South, I’ll have a sparkling white cake. :) This weekend was crazy busy, but so fun! We finally started turning our “formal living room” into my office. We’d already cleared the room, so this weekend we steam cleaned the carpets and got the main pieces of furniture. I still want to get a few other things and some decorative pieces, but the big stuff is there and I’m ready to get organized! We got the … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Molasses Cream Cheese Icing

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These Gingerbread Cupcakes are some of my moistest cupcakes and they are topped with my new favorite icing. The cupcake is light and fluffy and the icing is a mix of some awesome flavors - caramel, molasses and cream cheese! Yum! So I recently started reading a new book/study. It’s called “Blueprint for Life”. It's about discovering your purpose for your life based on God’s plan for you and creating a plan to achieve it. I’m only a couple chapters in, but so far I love it. I was talking to my mom about it (because we pretty much talk about everything) and she said this one thing that I thought was so true and relevant. Sometimes we look for God’s purpose for us to be some hugely profound thing, and sometimes we are just making too much of it. One of the things the book talks about is that our … [Read more...]

Eggnog Cupcakes

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These Eggnog Cupcakes are full of awesome eggnog flavor! They’ve got eggnog in the cupcake and the icing - yes! You know I like my flavors strong and these cupcakes are no exception. :) So we had a pretty nice, relaxing weekend. Saturday morning we were up way too early, but it was for a good cause. One of the women in our small group works for the fundraising department of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, so we joined in for the Give Thanks Walk. We brought Jessie and she loved the 2 1/2 mile walk and being outside with us. She totally could have gone another 2 1/2 miles. Then there was a food drive at church Sunday and they’ve been collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes, so we went and got food for the food drive and all kinds of things for the boxes. I love doing the OCC boxes. It always … [Read more...]

Rocky Road Cookie Cake

Rocky Road Cookie Cake - a warm, gooey, chocolatey cookie cake full of chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts! So good!

This Rocky Road Cookie Cake is everything you could want out of a cookie cake. It's soft, chewy and oh-so-gooey! A chocolate cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallow fluff, then topped with more chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows, this baby was described by one of my taste testers as "change your life good." Oh yea! So this past Sunday I hosted a baby shower for one of the women in my small group. All of our baby showers (3 now) have been couple showers, so we avoid things like decorating onesies and opt for guessing the price of baby stuff kind of games so that the guys can get into it - at least a little. This past Sunday actually involved some football watching as well, given the time of day on Sunday. Not your usual baby shower, huh? :) It was a great success! The … [Read more...]

Nutella Chocolate Cake

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This Nutella Chocolate Cake is a delicious combination of an incredibly moist chocolate cake and a sweet, delicious Nutella icing, all covered in chocolate ganache. Delish! So I mentioned Monday that I spent the weekend with my cousin who was due with her baby any day. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy last night, less than 48 hours after I left. I would have bet money it was going to be a girl and most of our family agreed. He's definitely a boy though and we can't wait to spoil him! I'm totally bummed I miss the birth though. You may or may not have read this post from September, but if you read it, then you know about the hubs and I's struggle with miscarriage and trying to conceive. I don't know if spending time with my cousin and her husband this weekend is what did it, or if I just am … [Read more...]

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