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Decadent Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Muffins

I don’t really have an interesting story for you about how these came about. I just saw this recipe and felt indulgent, and decided to add sweet cherries. Then I felt a little guilty, so I added a little whole wheat.

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Zoe turned two last week, and the party decorations are still up. Perhaps, I’m hoping that if I leave them up she’ll stay just as she is, and I can enjoy her sweet two year old self just a bit longer. Just a wish…after all, I did help her blow out the candle.


Vanilla Lime Cupcakes {For Two} With Lime Whipped Cream

I love this new trend of cutting down a recipe to fit your cravings…so you can fit into your jeans.  (more…)

Happy Birthday Cake!

Somebody turned one last week, and I am still in shock.

The first taste of birthday cake is an important one. I wanted Zoe to have something simple and delicious. She loves strawberries, and I thought Fresh Strawberry Buttercream and a simple vanilla cake would go nicely. It turned out perfect.

Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

I didn’t expect to get emotional while making my daughter’s first birthday cake.  It started when I was at my mother’s house in Arizona. I was excited because I got to use all her kitchen gadgets and her fancy double oven. I pulled out her Kitchen Aid mixer that had once belonged to my Grandma. I began creaming the butter, and my mind wandered to my Grandma. She passed away almost 13 years ago on the night of my High School graduation. I miss her. She was a round lovable woman with a great big deep laugh, and always a nice firm hug. She made all sorts of goodies with that very same mixer.


Spring has sprung, at least in my kitchen.


Spring takes the lead with Citrus Vanilla Cupcakes.

Here in Utah, in April, a war begins each year. It is a war between the seasons of Winter and Spring. Each day only one will win.

If you would have looked outside my window today you might have thought Winter was a fierce contender in this war.