Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes from Cupcake Carnivale

Oh hi! Remember me? I know, it’s been a while. But I’m back.  Things have been crazy here, but in a good way. It’s been so fun to watch my little girl grow up. She’s almost 10 months old and she has quite the little personality. She’s also quite the little traveler – we just got back from London and I think she loved it there! We would love to move there, but it’s kind of hard to get a sponsorship to work there. But if anyone has any tips, let me know!!!

We all know I love cupcakes. And I love girl scout cookies. What happens when you put those two together? I will buy all of the cupcakes! My friend and fellow cupcake lover Cupcake Carnivale got his hands on some girl scout cookies and went to town. I was lucky enough to catch up with him vending at Love Park. I was only supposed to go and buy ONE cupcake. But guess what? He made me get ALL SIX OF THEM! Say whaaaaaaat? I guess I’m easily convinced!

So let’s get started. Sadly, this menu was only available for a very short time. So if you ever come across these fabulous cupcakes that he makes, GET THEM ALL!

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Need I say more? We all love this girl scout cookie. And this cupcake tasted just like the cookie. Sadly I had to share this one. I wish I would’ve gotten two!

This one was his signature Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake dipped in a Mint Chocolate Ganache and coated with Thin Mint Cookie Crumbs. It was then topped with a swirl of Belgian Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (I wish I had a tub of this stuff!!!) and garnished with a Thin Mint Cookie. Wowsers. [Read more…]

Home Chef Meal Delivery Service

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been, haven’t you? It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted and for good reason. Back in the summer I welcome a little baby girl and so I’ve been busy with her. Life has been hectic and I don’t have as much free time as I used to. I haven’t had the chance to cook or bake as much. I’m back to work full-time and I never get a chance to actually sit down and relax until about 10:30/11pm when it’s about time to go to bed. But right now I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so fun to watch my daughter get bigger and develop her personality.

I’ve always been really big on menu planning. I would create a menu for the week and figure out what ingredients we already have and what we need to get. Then I would plan a Peapod grocery order and it would get delivered right to my doorstep. I haven’t been grocery shopping in a real grocery store in quite some time. There are times when I have to run to the local market for a few things here and there, but we do the bulk of our grocery shopping online. I love it.

Have you heard about Home Chef? It’s a weekly meal delivery service – chef prepared recipes, fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions delivered straight to your door. And I have to say I’m in love!! I don’t have as much time as I used to so this is a lifesaver. We chose the three meals per week for two weeks option. So I went online and selected three of the recipes that looked best and picked those. They arrived at my doorstep yesterday. All packaged up and ready for me to cook with. [Read more…]

Sweet Life Bakeshop

There’s a new kid on the block! Sweet Life Bakeshop. This cute little place is not far from my house and it was a beautiful day for a walk so I decided to pay them a visit. I’ve heard great things about their Banana Pudding so I knew I had to stop in and see what else they had. They had a nice assortment of cupcakes, breads, cookies and pudding. Since I know myself, I had to limit the number of things that I bought. I could’ve easily come home with one of everything there, but I limited myself to two cupcakes and the infamous Banana Pudding!

Check out my stash:

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Now I must say that it was difficult to wait until after dinner to try the cupcakes. [Read more…]

Homemade Meat Sauce + a Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s so easy to open up a jar of Spaghetti Sauce and use that when I’m making some of my favorite Italian meals. I usually do that during the week when I don’t have a lot of time. But sometimes, usually over the weekend, I just want some of that home cooked sauce that I make from scratch. It works out well because it usually makes a big pot, and that way I can freeze some to use at a later date.

Redpack sent me some of their products, and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to share my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe with you!

Redpack is also be hosting a Facebook promotion at  https://www.facebook.com/redpacktomatoes  until March 3, during which 1,000 Redpack followers will get a Redpack branded apron each week (for a total of 3,000 aprons). A grand prize winner will receive a pasta stock pot, pasta-related serveware and Redpack products!

And the good news? Red Pack is giving away a free kit to a reader!

Read below on how you can enter to win!

Now check out my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (you can lower this amount if you don’t want it as sweet as I like it!)
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespooon dried oregano
  • ½ Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Tomato Sauce
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste

 Instructions:

In your favorite dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the ground turkey until it’s nice and brown. Drain. Set the ground turkey aside. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the chopped onion and let it cook for a few minutes until it’s nice and soft. Add in the garlic, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar and all of the spices. Stir often so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Pour in the red wine and let it reduce down.

Add in your Diced Tomatoes, Whole Peeled Tomatoes (you can mash them up if you want), Crushed Tomatoes, and Tomato Sauce. Stir until everything is incorporated. Add in the cooked ground turkey that has been thoroughly drained. Stir. Turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer for an hour. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes or so. Serve with your favorite pasta!

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How to win:

Redpack is giving away a free kit to one lucky reader! The kit will include:

  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your Red Pack kit! One winner will be chosen at random (using random.org). The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, March 4th at 11 AM EST. Open to US residents only.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.  My opinion and experiences are 100% my own. Red Pack sent me the same kit that the winner will receive.

Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

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I usually bake from scratch, but sometimes you’re just short on time and want to use some type of mix to save a little bit of time. I’m a huge fan of King Arthur Flour’s mixes. If you looked in my pantry you’d see that I always have a couple of different mixes on hand. I had a box of the Cranberry Orange Scone Mix, but I wasn’t really in the mood for a scone.  I love that King Arthur Flour gives you instructions on how to make other things with their mixes. So I had the scone mix, but I was able to use it for either pancakes, muffins, bread, coffee cake or shortcakes. How cool is that? They call it Scone Mix Magic.

So I decided to make some Coffee Cake. You know I’m a sucker for a crumb topping. This was so easy and simple to make, yet so delicious and flavorful. You’ll definitely want to have some of these mixes on hand for when you want something really good for breakfast. [Read more…]