Monday, April 30, 2012

Mini Mississippi Mud Pies


Sometimes I seriously question my time management skills. I seem to have this notion that no matter what I put on my daily task list, time will just keep rolling along until I accomplish everything.  You'd think I would have learned by now that this is not the case. The truth is, there is just not enough hours in a day sometimes. And two day weekends off from work fly by too quick to get things done! There is often little time left for baking and kitchen adventures.

I was almost tempted to go on a baking hiatus this weekend, but decided I could throw together something quick and easy peasy. Friday afternoon I embarked on a weekend getaway to the Pocono Mountains. What a wonderful escape! Saturday I had the privilege of being a spectator at the Tough Mudder 2012 challenge; So much fun!! An innovative and hardcore obstacle course, the strength and stamina of the participants was truly inspiring and motivating. I was so impressed, that I may even consider training for next year's challenge (that's a BIG maybe!)

This week's post is playing off the Tough Mudder theme from my weekend away. Mini Mississippi Mud Pies!  Being short on time, this was a perfect option to throw together last minute on Sunday evening. Simple ingredients, hardly any baking required, and delicious enough to satisfy any sweet cravings.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chocolate Chili Stout Cakes with Mango Chili Nutella Ganache and Spicy Cream Cheese


We're getting into some of my favorite months and I couldn't be more excited. From now through October, I'll be a very happy girl. Warmer temps mean I get to break out all my cute sundresses, flip flops, sunglasses and floppy hats. All things I love!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


There are not many benefits to going to a small school in the middle of central Pennsylvania. In an area that's known for the Amish, corn fields and cows, it's hardly the party town that thrill seeking young adults typically choose for their college years. But there is one HUGE perk....waking up to the smell of chocolate!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blue Moon Cupcakes


It's Opening Day for the Phillies!! And what better way to celebrate than with some beer infused baked goods. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Buttercream


Breakfast is easily becoming my favorite meal of the day. As a kid growing up, I really never gave much thought to my first meal. It was usually a bowl of Kix cereal or frosted strawberry pop tarts. Both of which I would devour in less than two minutes as I ran out the door to catch the school bus.

As I'm getting older, I'm becoming much more adventurous in my eating habits. Things I once used to crinkle my nose at, are now some of my favorite dishes! I'm especially growing fond of the flavor combinations in breakfast foods. Recently I've been mixing up a southwestern egg white stir fry before I head to work in the morning. I combine 4 large egg whites with red, yellow, orange and green peppers, diced and seasoned with crushed black pepper. Delicious! A close second favorite  breakfast dish (and a far less healthy option) is a cinnamon vanilla french toast, drizzled with 100% pure maple syrup.  The maple and cinnamon flavors are so addicting, it's hard not to refill your plate numerous times.

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