Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Today I have my pregnancy glucose test.  In honor of that, I would like to share a recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes.  Makes sense, no?

Pre-pregnancy I had a MAJOR sweet tooth.  Since becoming pregnant, I haven't wanted sweets as much.  Note, the "as much".  Donuts and chocolate chip cookie dough shakes from Whiteys (our favorite local ice cream shop) have made the list of favorite cravings.  But I only indulge in them about once a week or so.  My co-workers were beginning to complain about the lack of baked goods coming from my kitchen.  There were three work birthdays this past week so I decided I should probably take one for the team and whip up a batch of cupcakes. For this recipe, I combined my favorite cupcake recipe and doctored up a favorite frosting recipe. They were a hit. Here's how to make your own!

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Delicious Grilled Pizza + DIY Pizza Stone

Delicious Grilled Pizza + DIY Pizza Stone

Man. Monday already?  Where do the weekends go?  I need a time machine.  Not one that takes you back in time but one that gives you MORE time.  We enjoyed a busy weekend.  Part of it was spent in Des Moines hanging with friends and family.  The other half was spent getting our yard ready for Summer.  A good mix of fun and productivity!

We have been enjoying some pretty decent Spring weather in Iowa.  Spring for us means the start of grilling season!  We were super excited to eat our first grilled pizza of the season. 

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Poinsettia Punch

Poinsettia Punch

It's that time of year again.  The time of year where you have to spend time with your family. The time of year where coffee and alcohol are your two best friends. 

I kid. I kid. Nate and I love both of our families dearly. 

Beings our holiday sangria was so popular around this time last year, I've decided to share another holiday favorite today.  This one is called Poinsettia Punch.  Fancy, huh?

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pie is such a funny phrase.  So funny that Nate and I had to look up how the phrase originated.  Because we lead exciting lives. 

According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, it's rumored that Amish women would place them in farmers' lunch pails.  When the farmers would find them in their lunches, they would be so excited that they would yell "Whoopie!" 

I can only imagine what they would yell if they found these pumpkin spice whoopie pies.  I've made them a few times already this year.  It's becoming a problem.  A delicious, delicious problem.

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Guinness Cupcakes & Beer Tasting Party

Guinness Cupcakes & Beer Tasting Party

Last weekend we hosted our 2nd annual beer tasting party.  It's kind of a big deal. 

If you're new here, Nate and I are extreme introverts.  We actually don't mind hosting parties.  We like people in our home.  Our home is great for entertaining. We like our friends. It's just that people suck all of our energy and it takes us an entire year to recover before we can host another party.

We actually did better this year than in the past.  Maybe we can host something again in the Spring?  Wait, let's not get crazy.

Beings that I am a really good blogger, I took approximately 6 photos from the evening and 4 of those are to blackmail my brother in the future.  (What?  He woke up our entire house full of guests at 5:30am on Sunday.  That deserves some kind of payback.)

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Easy Enchilada Chicken

Easy Enchilada Chicken

Happy Friday!  Who's pumped for a three day weekend?  I would be if I had one but I have to work on Monday.  On Labor Day.  The irony is not lost on me on that one.

We still have plans to finish up our never-ending living room project and sneak in some end of Summer fun.

But today I'd like to share with you one of Nate and I's favorite weeknight meals, easy enchilada chicken.  This recipe whips up in under 30 minutes.  We often cook the chicken on the weekend and it whips up in under 10 minutes.  And it warms it up deliciously.  Winning all around.

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Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Nate had treat day last week.  He asked if I would whip him up some of my Grandma's homemade cinnamon rolls.  Can I keep a pan for myself?  If so, yes!!!

I have finally mastered Grandma's rolls.   Okay, I still have some appearance issues to work out but the flavor is spot on.  You know how some things just never taste quite as good as Grandma's. These rolls were one of those things but I think I finally have it.  It only took me like 10 years of trying.  These rolls may take some practice but I have lots of pointers for you that might lessen your learning curve.

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