Happy Halloween Eve!

This is my favorite photo of my kids dressed for halloween in their PBK costumes back in 2007. Aidan was our knight with his vacuum wand for a sword , protecting Princess Sophia from the Dragon, played by 15 month old Emily. Lucy was not into the Prince and Princesses theme as she was obsessed with American Girl dolls that year and went as Molly McIntire.

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!!!

CUPCAKE MONDAY has arrived!!!

Here it is! My first Monday cupcake recipe……

Carrot Pecan cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese frosting
Our house is on an old pecan orchard and we had so many this year, I just couldn’t let them go to waste so I added them to the recipe! 

Here is my semi-homemade organic CARROT CUPCAKE recipe:

1 box Dr. Oetker Organic carrot muffin mix
2 Tablespoons of canola oil
1 egg
1 cup rice milk (can be substituted with cow milk)
1 cup finely grated baby carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)

**1 Tablespoon melted butter when using rice milk
mixed all ingredients with a spatula until well blended

using a 12 cup muffin pan fill each cup 3/4 full

 BAKE: for 15-18 minutes at 425 degrees

COOL: 5 minutes in the pan then remove to cooling rack

I use all organic ingredients but you may use what your family prefers.

CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE frosting recipe:

prep:5 minutes


8 ounces cream cheese (I use philly 1/3 less fat)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 3/4  cups powdered sugar 
3 Tablespoons of T. Marzetti fat free Caramel Apple-Dip (in the produce section)
2 Tablespoons of Rice milk (you can substitute rice milk with cow or soy milk)

using a hand mixer beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth then add remaining ingredients on low until blended then on medium speed 1 minute.

spread over cooled cupcakes

then lightly sprinkle cinnamon over the top(optional)

Yes, I do have more than one child, but Emily follows me everywhere and will be in most of my snapshots.

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A Humpty Dumpty Halloween

Once upon a time there was this beautifully carved Halloween pumpkin sitting on our front porch for all to see, when after 4 days of the glaring sun beating down and temperatures rising into the 80’s ……

 It had a big fall and all the little girls and little boy couldn’t put their halloween pumpkin back together again and into the compost he went.

The prince & the Princesses party

Can you guess what happens when you have a 3 year old and candles and long pretty hair? 
Let’s just say ponytails are mandatory now when in the company of an open flame.
(Emily’s fine and the hair has started to grow back)

   birthday crowns were made for all my princesses and mr. prince charming to make them feel special and loved. They wore them with such big smiles it was worth all the late nights and a special thanks to Stephanie at NieNie Dialogues for the wonderful idea!

10 hours in my kitchen baking up these wonderful delectable delights 

Oh! for our love of cupcakes.
 Stay tuned for the start of the 175 week cupcake odyssey , a new cupcake and recipe posted every Monday!

even the birthday party invites were had a cupcake theme.