Strawberry Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

I have one Valentine's Day tradition; every year I make a heart-shaped, strawberry cake. They started out as cakes from box mixes. And then as my baking prowess progressed, I began trying my hand at "from scratch" recipes. This year, since cupcakes seem to be "all the rage", I thought I'd mix things up a bit and do strawberry cupcakes. As with most new ventures these days, my journey began on Pinterest. After pinning several ideas, I settled on two criteria: the cake part had to use fresh strawberries and there had to be a chocolate element. I settled on these cupcakes from Annie Eats, this frosting from Martha Stewart Living, and these chocolate filigree hearts also from Martha Stewart Living. What resulted was a moist, creamy, fresh tasting delicacy! The use of the fresh … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Find Bliss

Chocolate is a big deal around my house.  We love chocolate cake and this home-made chocolate frosting recipe from Rachel looks like the perfect way to top it in chocolatey goodness! I have to tell y’all — I’m not really a chocolate frosting person but this — this chocolate frosting with the subtle undertones of cinnamon and the creamy richness from the evaporated milk and real cocoa – ZOMG!!!!   YUM.  Thanks Rachel for sharing this great recipe. I can't wait to try it out! This time of year I spend a lot of time outside gardening and hanging out with my guys.  Teresa's Backyard Furniture post had so many great ideas for decorating and creating living spaces outside.  We especially love to use our outdoor fireplace.  Boys like fire.  It's a scientifically proven … [Read more...]