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Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream


Happy Fall everyone! I think I’ve said this before, but I love the flavors of fall: pumpkin, apple, caramel, maple, etc. Everything is so warm and comforting. I have dozens (maybe hundreds) of autumn crafts, recipes, and projects pinned to my Pinterest Boards – things I’m definitely going to get to…someday.

Well, I did come across a great cupcake recipe recently. Not on my Pinterest Boards (where I should have looked), but at I adjusted the recipe a bit, …

Sausage Potato Soup

It is cold, wet and miserable outside today.  According to Fred Campagna at Right Weather, we are going to get snow.  It’s actually already that rainy/snow mix.

I know.  I shouldn’t be shocked, it’s almost December.  It’s late fall. Winter is on it’s way.

But I detest the cold.  Except on December 24th.  Snow can and should lightly fall, covering the ground in a beautiful blanket of white on Christmas morning.


Days like this were made for soup.  …

Election Day Bento

In the spirit of Election Day, I pulled together a quick patriotic themed lunch.  I did buy white bread (gasp) this week.  I mean really, you can’t have a red, white & blue lunch with brown bread.  I think my kids will survive just this once.

The Menu

  • Green beans (yes, they eat them raw) with red pepper stars
  • Peanut Butter and Nutella sandwich.  It was going to be PB&J so I could have the red jam featured in the

Peanut Noodles – Ina Garten Recipe

I love just about any Asian inspired peanut noodle recipe.  Ina Garten is one of my “go to” recipe gurus, so when I saw her recipe for Szechuan Noodles, I knew I would have to try it.

The result – YUM! I wouldn’t really call them Szechuan Noodles, more of a spicy peanut noodle.  That’s probably not as catchy, but it seems a bit more accurate.

The recipe calls for A LOT of ingredients, but don’t let that scare you …

Halloween Themed Bento Lunch

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and I still haven’t lugged out our decorations.  My sweet little girl asks almost every day if we can decorate.  We just seem to be so busy.  We do try to add a bit of Halloween/Fall fun to our day to day routines.  Packing lunches are always a fun way to elaborate on a theme.

This Halloween inspired lunch was super easy to put together.  A few cookie cutters, a plastic ring, some …