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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Prayers go out to all of the tornado victims. We had pretty nice weather here in central Virginia. My daughter came to visit from Wilmington, it's hard to get her up here because who wants to leave Wilmington, am I right?! What a great little city.

I wanted to make a cupcake that I have never tried but have wanted to. So, I decided on the Black Bottom Cupcake. She isn't too fond of icing, so I thought these would be perfect. 

They came out delicious and are gone already! It's a must make!

P.S. I did not put the chopped almonds on mine.


1 package cream cheese (8 oz.) softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

chopped almonds, optional

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt until smooth. Stir in chips; set aside.

For cupcakes, in a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, oil, egg, vinegar, and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, gradually beat into egg mixture until blended.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with chocolate batter. Drop a heaping teaspoon full of the cheese mixture in center of batter of each cupcake. Sprinkle with sugar and chopped almonds if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 20 - 24 cupcakes

Recipe adapted from

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I'm back, and I brought Peanut Butter Cookies

I have been so busy with life the last couple of months. I am so sorry that haven't been able to post even to let you know that I was still alive. In the last few months I have been laid off, found another job, moved and spilled coffee in my laptop! That's a lot to do in 4 months! Whew I'm tired.

In the meantime, I have snuck around when I had a few minutes to keep up with all of my favorite blogs!

For my comeback post, I have made some delicious peanut butter cookies!



1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Beat the butter until creamy, 2 minutes. Add sugars beat for two more minutes. Mix in the peanut butter and the egg. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the dry ingredients into the sugar butter mixture.
2. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten in a criss cross pattern with a fork. Bake until light brown, 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a minute then transfer to rack to cool completely.

Note: For a chewier cookie, bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings and Project 365

I used to watch All My Children. It went off of the air a few years ago. In place of All My Children, ABC has put a show called The Chew in it's place. I love, love, love The Chew. It is a combo of talk show, comedy show, and all about yummy goodness show. On today's show they had a challenge of chicken wings. 

So I just happened to have some wings laying around, so I made some too! They are really good, a little bit sweet and little bit spicy. You should try this recipe next time you want some wings!

    Sweet and Spicy Baked Wings
    Wing Marinade:
    2 dozen chicken drumettes or wings
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1/2 cup honey
    2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Dipping Sauce:
    1 tablespoon Sambal Chili (I used Sriracha Sauce)
    1/2 cup honey 
    2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon grated ginger
    Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, toss the wings to coat. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove wings from marinade and season with salt and pepper.
    Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the wings so they are not touching. Brush generously with leftover marinade. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes , or until golden brown, rotating tray half way through.
    While the wings are cooking combine all ingredients for the dipping sauce and whisk together. Serve wings with dipping sauce.

Adapted from


Project 365 - Day 10 - your favorite captain

I love some Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. (especially in Lego form)


    Have a great day! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Project 365 - Day 7

Went for a nice walk this afternoon, the weather was mild, so we took advantage! 
Have a great week!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Project 365 - Day 6

This one was gonna be a little harder since I don't have any children at home any more. So I mentioned this to my hubby and he advised me that he had a "toy" stashed away, what for, I do not know, and I am pretty sure I won't ever know! But I am glad he did!!

Hope your weekend was all you wanted it to be and more!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Project 365 - Day 5

Project 365 - Day 5 - Night

Railroad track near our house.

Enjoy the weekend!