Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy a naturally sweet treat in these chocolate cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.

Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting - Enjoy a naturally sweet treat in these chocolate cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting.

This recipe was born out of a craving for brownies. A few weeks ago in anticipation of a trip to Legoland, I baked my traditional Cocoa Brownies using maple syrup for the sugar. I figured the texture would be the same, but the flavor would be changed.

Boy was I surprised! There was no noticeable maple flavor, but the texture was definitely different. I baked it into a 9×13-inch pan and it tasted very much like a rich, dense cake. A friend and I agreed that it was similar to the taste of a Ding Dong, only good. We also thought it might be good with some frosting.

My Easy Chocolate Buttercream was out of the question since it has loads of powdered sugar, so it was a choice between Whipped Cream or cream cheese. I went for the cream cheese and I’m so glad I did!

We’ve had these cakes multiple times now. There are never leftovers and the kids have no complaints.

Keep in mind that these are not overly sweet. They have great chocolate flavor, though. The cream cheese frosting adds a bit of extra sweetness and moisture. Love them! [Continue reading...]

8 Great Cookie Recipes

Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great recipes that your family will love.

8 Great Cookies to make that are delicious and also nut-free.

Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? (That’s an affiliate link*, by the way.) It’s one of those movies that proves to you Will Ferrell isn’t the huge cad he appears to be in the 99.5% of the movies he makes. We watched it as a family and were really taken with the beauty and mystery of the story.

Basically, he’s an IRS agent who lives a pretty boring life. He doesn’t know it, but his life is being narrated — and therefore directed by the lovely Emma Thompson. He falls in love with a baker while auditing her. She offers him a cookie.

He doesn’t like cookies.

She’s appalled. He’s clearly never had one of her cookies. And they’re really good cookies.

You can go watch the clip here. Then go watch the movie — we borrowed it from the library.

But, first bake some cookies!

Cookies don’t have to be a complicated affair. My guess is that you can mix up a batch of dough in about ten minutes. Take another twenty to bake. Then enjoy a glass of milk, like Harold Crick, with a still-warm-from-the-oven cookie.

If you’re really on the ball, take a few simple steps to make cookies a little more convenient. [Continue reading...]

Best 100 Juices for Kids, You Know, That Book I Wrote

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! I’ve been contemplating for weeks how to do this whole book launch thing. You know […]

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Milk and Honey Cornbread

Milk and Honey Cornbread - Bake up a batch of this Milk and Honey Cornbread. It

Bake up a batch of this Milk and Honey Cornbread. It’s lightly sweetened and delicious for breakfast or the bread basket. A few weeks/months ago I found some Bob’s Red Mill Corn Flour on clearance at Sprouts. If I’ve ever purchased corn flour, it was many, many moons ago. I have no recollection of it. […]

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Plan A Regular Rotation for Breakfasts

Plan a Regular Rotation for Breakfasts - Planning a regular rotation of breakfast items can make meal planning and prep loads easier.

Planning a regular rotation of breakfast items can make meal planning and prep loads easier. Some folks really like variety when it comes to their daily meals. Some folks like to eat. My people fall mostly in the latter category. They are pretty easy going about meals as long as they are presented in abundance […]

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Grocery Geek: April Mid-point

Grocery Geek: April Mid-point - How our family feeds 8 people for less than the national averages.

We are coming up against crunch time for me. I’ve got a summer FULL of deadlines that make me break out in a rash just thinking about them. I had a little emotional breakdown this week thinking of all that looms ahead of me. My husband and I put our heads together to see what […]

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Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]

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9 Great Foods to Bring to a New Mom

9 Great Foods for a New Mom - In case you didn

Over on Life as MOM this week, I shared about our fourth baby’s delivery and the things I’ve learned from motherhood. It was a close call. He was almost born in the car, the ER, and the elevator. But, we made it — with minutes to spare. It was a crazy time. You can read […]

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Let’s Talk about Juice, Baby

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This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this site. So thanks! Next week my second cookbook, Best 100 Juices for Kids, comes out in stores. You […]

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Spicy Turkey Egg Bake

Spicy Turkey Egg Bake - Turkey spiced with spices and chiles is enrobed in a creamy egg mixture. This egg bake is perfect for holiday brunches.

Turkey spiced with spices and chiles is enrobed in a creamy egg mixture. This egg bake is perfect for holiday brunches. I was never a huge fan of ground turkey as a kid. My mom started buying it The Year We Stopped Eating Red Meat. For a whole year our family ate nothing but turkey […]

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