Anise Licorice Cupcakes

Anise Licorice Cupcakes

I sure hope you’re a licorice lover because these cupcakes will rock your socks off! It’s all licorice, all the time with these babies. And aren’t they so cute with the little licorice gummy bear on top? They almost didn’t last long enough to make it on top of the cupcakes. So while not everyone is a licorice fan, our family definitely loves it. I didn’t like it as a kid, but now it’s easily one of my faves. Have you ever had the licorice candy mix? The one with little pieces that are like Good N Plenty, with the red, black and white pieces, and some pieces that are covered in sprinkles? My dad has been a lover of that mix for forever. He used to always have some hiding in his desk drawers in his home office. When I lived at home and had a craving for it, I’d go looking. Sometimes it was trying … [Read more...]

Mint Oreo Cheesecake

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This Mint Oreo Cheesecake is exactly as it sounds - a mint Oreo crust filled with chopped mint Oreos, chocolate sauce and mint cheesecake! It’s a mint chocolate lover’s dream! This cheesecake was made especially for my bloggy BFF, Julianne from Beyond Frosting. This Friday is her second blogiversary, so I wanted to help celebrate with something I knew she’d love. If there are two things I know she’s a fan of it’s mint chocolate and cheesecake, so this dessert is perfect for her! I love making cheesecakes. Certainly, I have always loved eating them as well. Growing up, cheesecake was well known to be my favorite. These days, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite type of cake because I love them all, but cheesecake remains a top lover. Thing is, I’m picky about my cheesecake. It must be thick, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is super moist and a delicious way to eat your pumpkin. I hope you haven't had too much pumpkin yet, because you'll definitely want to try this! So you know how I mentioned almost a month ago that my phone broke and I was almost dying without it? Well I finally got my new one working on Tuesday night. We have phone insurance, but using it was not the most fun process and they sent me the wrong phone the first time. So it's taken a while, but I'm back in business! I finally have all my contacts again! Woohoo! Seriously, what did we do before cell phones? I know I was alive then and I remember not having them, but really - what did we do? Nutty. A co-worker was telling me a while back that his kids actually saw a pay phone recently and had to ask him what … [Read more...]

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles

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These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles are a delicious combination of no bake pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream and angel food cake! They are super light and festive - I just love them! So have you noticed how the price of buying groceries just seems to go up and up? It’s something my mom and I talk about regularly. It seems so crazy the amount that we spend to feed two people. Back in May, when I went to the BlogHer Food Conference, ALDI was a sponsor. They were handing out free bottles of wine to everyone attending the conference - they even had a Moscato! As with most things - I like my wine sweet. :) I heard from many other bloggers about how much they loved ALDI and their prices, but I’d never been to one myself. Fast forward a few months and I now know that there is one just down the road … [Read more...]

Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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This Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Cake is delicious! It has beautiful layers of coffee ice cream, chocolate brownies, Oreo crumbles, hot fudge sauce and a coffee whipped cream icing. Together it’s a wonderful combination that you won’t be able to stop eating. I love ice cream cakes. I really don’t discrimination against any kind of cake, but ice cream cakes have been my go-to for my birthdays for quite a few years now. My birthday is Christmas Day, so while it always seems tempting to make my own cake, when the time comes I’m usually so worn out from everything leading up to Christmas, that I have no interest in making my cake. Last year we tried to switch it up and I got cupcakes from a cupcakery near my parent’s house. They weren’t bad, but I wasn’t super impressed. However, there are a number … [Read more...]

2014 Iowa CornQuest Recap!

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So you may have read in my posts last week that I got to travel to Des Moines, Iowa. I was one of 10 bloggers who got the chance to travel for the Iowa CornQuest this year, hosted by the Iowa Corn Growers Association. It was a wonderful trip! Over a couple of days, we talked to farmers who grow corn, people from Iowa Pork and Iowa Beef, as well as some from Common Ground. It was probably the most educational trip I’ve ever been on. Did you know that 90-95% of farms are family owned and run? That's a big number! The farmers we met are some seriously passionate people who love what they do and are tasked with helping to feed the world. They believe in what they do and work hard to provide the best crops they can for their families and people around the world. One of the farms we visited has been in … [Read more...]

Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake

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This Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake has all the cinnamon deliciousness of a cinnamon roll in cookie form, covered in a sweet vanilla glaze! And since cinnamon rolls are breakfast food, this cookie totally passes for breakfast too. ;) So we all have our things that we are a bit anal about, right? I think I have a few. But the one that the hubs makes fun of pretty much every night is my obsession with our sheets and covers on our bed. For some reason, our fitted sheet won't really ever stay in place. We've even tried different sheets and it's always the same. Every morning, it's moved around and wrinkly underneath me. So before we go to bed, I always fix it. Always. I've even made the hubs get out of bed after he's laid down so that I can fix it. After 5 years, he seems to finally be over being … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Poke Cake

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This Tiramisu Poke Cake is easily one of my new favorites. There are so many things to love. It’s very similar to tiramisu, but easier to make. It is incredibly moist. And it tastes amazing. I could eat the whole cake in one sitting. SO good. So we had quite a nice weekend. We spent a little time out on the lake before it gets too cold. It was tad chilly when the boat got and the sun was behind the clouds, but other than that it was quite nice. Since it was a little cooler, Jessie loved it. She spent most of the afternoon up on the front of the boat enjoying the breeze. She’s probably the only lab that doesn’t like water though, so there was no swimming. And yesterday we watched the Carolina Panthers. I usually spend so much time baking, that when it comes to making stuff to each while … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake is perfect for fall and the holidays. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the pumpkin and chocolate combination. It’s just so good! This time I’ve got a delicious, moist brownie on the bottom and a no bake pumpkin cheesecake on top. It’s smooth, creamy, chewy and irresistible! So sometimes you have those moments where you are reminded to appreciate the little things. I had a cute little moment like that yesterday while flying home from Iowa. The guy next to me on my first leg of the flight sat down and told me it was his first time flying. He was about my age and so sweet. He seemed pretty excited to what it was like, commenting about everything. Once the flight took off, he said it was the coolest thing he’s ever experienced. He … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Cupcakes

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Who doesn’t love Cinnamon Sugar Almonds? The smell of them literally calls to me and draws me in. It’s intoxicating. So I figured why not take those flavors that I love and make something fun with them - like a cupcake?! And these Cinnamon Sugar Almond Cupcakes were born! They have all the flavor of a wonderful sugary sweet cinnamon almond, without the crunchy, nutty texture of a nut going on. You get the cinnamon almond flavor with a soft, moist and fluffy cupcake. Both the cupcake and the icing have almond and cinnamon, which makes a heavenly experience. I stored them in favorite cupcake/cake carrier and every time I took the top off, I’d get that same delicious cinnamon sugar almond smell hitting me right in the face. Mission accomplished. :) So let’s talk about flying for a second. Like on an … [Read more...]

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