1. Friday, October 21, 2011

    Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

       Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love anything pumpkin flavored. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin loafs, pumpkin pies… you get the idea. This year I decided to make pumpkin cupcakes! I’ve seen this two ingredient recipe for pumpkin muffins/cupcakes floating around Pinterest and it sparked my interest. Two ingredients? Sounded too good to be true, but I had to give it a shot.

    I decided to make homemade cream cheese frosting to go with it (similar recipe here). The verdict: they turned out moist and yummy! Granted, they probably aren’t as delicious as gourmet cupcakes that one might slave over for hours, but they’re still pretty dang good. 

    Instructions: Preheat oven to 350. Combine 18.25 oz. package of cake mix (classic vanilla or spice cake work best) and 15 oz. can of pumpkin. Mix well and spoon batter into paper muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Once completely cooled add cream cheese frosting, if desired (see link above).

  2. Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Nothing is as comforting as classic chocolate chip cookies. Warm, fresh out of the oven, homemade cookies. MmmMmm! I used this recipe and they turned out moist and rich. Chocolate chip cookies are definitely one of my all time favorite treats. Enjoy!

  3. Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Almond Chip Scones

       A few weeks ago my sister came into town to visit. Her flight came in mid morning, so we had a little brunch at my apartment after I picked her up. I wanted to keep it pretty simple with scones, a breakfast casserole, fruit, and coffee. This was my first time making homemade scones (I chose almond chip scones, similar recipe here) and was pretty pleased with the results. Overall, the brunch was a success!

  4. Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Banana Nut Bread

    Mmmm…. Banana nut bread. Classic. It pairs great with a cup of tea or coffee, and is so warm & comforting. I stumbled upon this recipe and decided to try it out. And I’m so happy that I did. This will be a recipe that I add to my family cookbook so that I can enjoy it for years to come.

    On another note: I love giving baked goods as gifts, so I made an extra loaf to give to a friend for mother’s day. To dress it up a bit I wrapped it in plastic wrap and added ribbon and a charm. I already had these items in my craft drawer, and just used a small bit of hot glue to put it all together.

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

    ♥,

    Monika

  5. Friday, April 15, 2011

    Chocolate Dessert Cups

    These cute chocolate dessert cups are the perfect bite size treat to follow any meal. You can really experiment with them too, which is always fun. I made two different kinds: the first one I filled with sliced strawberries and topped with whipped cream, a strawberry slice, and garnished with chocolate. The next one I filled with cheesecake filling, and topped with either a strawberry or chocolate garnish. The end result is not only cute, but also absolutely delish. See below for the how-to.

    Basic Ingredients/Instructions:

    For the strawberry cups, you will need chocolate candy melts. I used light cocoa and dark cocoa. You will also need the ‘cup’ candy molds (candy molds are awesome!)… you can find these items at your local Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s store. You will also need strawberries, whip cream, and a fine grater (if you want to garnish the dessert). 

    Make the chocolate cups following the instructions on the back of the package. Once they are ready just fill with the sliced strawberries, top with the whip cream, a strawberry slice (because it looks pretty!), and then garnish with chocolate. {Just take one of the chocolate morsels and grate with your fine grater, over the cups}.

    To make the cheesecake filled cups, you will need to make a cheesecake. I just whipped up a quick one using Jello’s no-bake cheesecake mix. Once it was finished I just scooped the cheesecake (including some of the yummy crust) into the cups. I also decided to top with some pieces of heath that I had on hand, but that is up to you. Have fun with it!

  6. Friday, January 14, 2011

    Vanilla Chai Biscotti

    I’ve never made biscotti before, but I was excited to try it. They turned out really well, and I know that I will definitely be making them again soon. The recipe I used is for Chai Biscotti and can be found here. I used Vanilla Chai instead of regular, and substituted pumpkin spice for allspice. Overall, they are the perfect compliment to a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

    Sidenote: I have an obsession with drizzling chocolate on baked goods! It just looks pretty and tastes amazing. I mean, c’mon, it’s chocolate! :)

  7. Monday, December 27, 2010

    Mocha Fudge Pie

    Ryan and I had a great Christmas this year! We spent it at his family’s house, and I wanted to bring something along. Enter in this Mocha Fudge Pie {recipe here}. It has a brownie layer, a pudding layer, and a layer of whipped topping. It is also made with instant coffee granules and kahlua, which give it a really yummy coffee taste. I drizzled mine in chocolate (of course!) but it can also be topped with cocoa powder or chocolate curls. Overall, it was pretty good. I think next time I make it I will add in some caramel. Another tip: if you make it, let the pudding cool first before adding on the whipped topping, otherwise the layers may mix together and not set correctly.

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Have a great week!

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