A New Post? Whaaaaaa?!

So, it seems to me that I’ve been gone for a quick minute….almost. I’ve been so busy with school and work I haven’t had time to update my blog, BUTTTTTT I have been on Pinterest.

That could only mean one thing….come find me and follow me. I have over 15 thousand pins (I can safely admit I have a problem) and over 42 thousand followers. I have lots of cooking/baking boards as well as drink boards because every one loves a good beverage now and again. Plus there’s lots of other things I love!

Click the following link to check out my pinterest. If you have a pinterest you want me to check out comment below with the link. Also leave your personal pinterest and I’ll follow you 🙂

Nicole’s Pinterst 🙂 

[Healthy] Red Velvet Cupcakes

One of my absolute FAVORITE blog is Undressed Skeleton on Tumblr. It’s run by Taralynn McNitt and she is absolutely fabulous. I’ve been following her blog for sometime now and it’s beyond wonderful. She’s a cupcake addict like myself, but everything does she put a healthy twist to it…I just like to eat it as it! However, I made these and they are so good. Head over to the recipe or check it out below:

Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups Whole Grain Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Fat Free Chobani
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Baking Stevia
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 Tbsp Red Food Coloring
Frosting:
  • 1 Cup Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 Packet Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 3 Tbsp Whole Grain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Stevia
  • 1 Cup Sugar Free Cool Whip

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a electric mixer combine Stevia, Chobani, applesauce, butter, almond milk, vanilla, egg whites, and food coloring.
  4. Slowing mix in the dry ingredients.
  5. Fill each cupcake liner up with 1/3 cup of batter.
  6. Bake 20 – 25 minutes.
Frosting Directions:
  1. In an electric mixer combine cream cheese, vanilla pudding mix and flour on high
  2. Turn the mixer to medium speed and add in Stevia, and cool whip until fluffy.
  3. Cover and cool in fridge for 30 minutes before adding to cupcakes
  4. Add 1/3 cup frosting to each cupcake.

Enjoy! xo

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

In honor of Thanksgiving fastly approaching, why not make a delicious pumpkin pie cupcake for all your holiday parties. This recipe comes from Une-Deux Senses. Head on over to her site and check out the recipe or you can see the recipe below:

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Yields: 15 cupcakes
Inspired by this; adapted from here and here.
For the cupcakes:
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tbsn. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
For the graham cracker crust:
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsn. light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsn. unsalted butter, melted
For the pumpkin pie frosting:
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 can (16 oz.) pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsn. molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsn. flour
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
Directions:
  • The “frosting” should be made first as it takes the longest to bake and needs to cool before using. Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a medium bowl, mix together all the filling ingredients until well combined. Pour the filling into a 9-inch round pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce to 350 F and continue cooking for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the filling comes out clean. Let cool completely before using.
  • To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners, set aside. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the butter and 1/4 cup of milk. Mix on medium speed until smooth, about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. In another bowl, blend the eggs, egg white, remaining 1/4 cup milk and vanilla. Add to the batter in 3 additions, mixing for 2 minutes on medium speed after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl in between additions. Set aside.
  • To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a medium bowl and mix well. Add 1 tbsn. of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner and bake for 5 minutes until the graham crackers are golden. Remove from the oven then fill about 1/2 full with the cake batter. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. To frost, scoop the pumpkin pie “frosting” into a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.
Enjoy! xo

Cake Finds via Pinterest

Here are some of my favorite cake finds from pinterest:

Wedding cake with the poem, I Carry Your Heart, by EE Cummings.

Wedding cake with the poem, I Carry Your Heart, by EE Cummings.

Sea shells

Beach themed

pizza cake!

French fries cake

French fry cake!

Breakfast Cake

Breakfast cake: waffles, scrambled eggs, and bacon!

Nautical cake

Nautical themed cake

Minion Cake...I want this for my birthday!

Despicable Me cake! Minions, so super cute!!

Kitchen Aid cake!

Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Banana Bread Pancakes

Granted these pancakes sure do have a long name they are actually really good. This recipes comes from How Sweet Treats. They give you step by step directions along with photos. Check out their site as well as the recipe below:

makes 12 pancakes

What You’ll Need:
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Measure out the milk and add the vanilla extract to it. Whisk together the dry ingredients and add in milk and vanilla, stirring to combine. The mixture will still be dry. Add in mashed bananas and mix. Add in melted butter and stir until batter is somewhat smooth.
2. Heat a skillet or grilled on medium heat. Using a 1/3 cup measure, spoon batter into rounds and cook until bubbles form on top – about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for a minute or two more. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot with butter and syrup, or the vanilla maple glaze.

Note: if you don’t have/can’t find whole wheat pastry flour, use 1 cup of regular whole wheat and 1 cup of all purpose. Or 2 cups of all purpose.

Vanilla Maple Glaze
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. Pour over pancakes.

Enjoy!xo

Winter Wonderland Martini

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(Also from Single Minded Women, check them out!)

Ingredients:
2 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
1 oz White crème de cacao
2 oz White chocolate liqueur
1 oz Cream
½ Teaspoon of coconut flakes
1 White chocolate wafer stick

Directions:
Add the vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao and cream into a shaker and shake over ice. Strain martini into a martini glass and add half a teaspoon of coconut flakes. Stir martini gently with white chocolate wafer stick to create a blizzard!

Enjoy! xo

Eggnog Martini

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In honor of the holidays, here is an easy recipe for an Eggnog Martini courtesy of Single Minded Women. Check out their site for more holiday cocktails and check out the recipe below:

Ingredients:
2 1-2 oz Eggnog
1 oz Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka
Âľ oz Amaretto

Directions:
Combine ingredients in shaker and shake over ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

Enjoy! xo

S’moretini Shooters

I love all things S’mores, so here ya go. Courtesy of How Sweet Eats here’s a fun recipe for these lovely shooters. Check out their blog as well as the recipe below:

S’moretini Shooters
makes 1 (2 ounce) shooter, easily multiplied

What you’ll need:
1/2 ounce marshmallow vodka (or vanilla, whipped cream or cake flavored vodka)
1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
3/4 ounce cream/half and half
chocolate syrup or hot fudge
graham cracker crumbs
vanilla frosting for glass rimming
mini marshmallows

Directions:
1. Dip the rim of you glass in a bit of frosting, then dip into graham cracker crumbs. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon chocolate fudge into the bottom of the glass. Combine vodka, Baileys, Godiva and cream in a shaker (or water bottle with lid) with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into glass. Top with mini marshmallows skewered on a toothpick.
2. For 8 shooters or 2 martinis, you will need: 4 ounces of marshmallow vodka, 4 ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur, 2 ounces of Bailey’s and about 6 ounces of milk. Measurements obviously may change depending on your own preferred tastes.

Note: if you don’t have any leftover frosting for glass rimming, I think something sticky like maple syrup or agave will work.

Enjoy! xo