Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Favorites from Spirituality & Health, Waiting on Martha, Coty Farquhar and More

Good morning! I hope that your week has been great. Mine has been busy, busy, busy. I am ready to do nothing except relax and take long naps with my new and old pups.

 Life with a 13 year old dog and a 6 month old is crazy to put it mildly. They both have to be carried up and down the stairs all of the time but neither wants to go second. They both like to take long naps but just not at the same time. The 13 year old sleeps through the night, the puppy wakes us up every morning at between 3-4 am and then gets in bed with us until 6:00. This old girl is not, I repeat not and early bird and 6:00 am is killing me!

This week my Friday Favorites are all about relaxing, searching for happiness and good food!

If you would like to challenge yourself to see the good things in life and to be happy for 100 days, visit #100 Happy Days and sign up to participate for 100 days by posting a photo on Instagram of something that makes you happy. I think this is a cool project because it helps to make you mindful each day that it is the "little things in life."

Styling Magazine by Coty Farquhar

The new Styling Magazine by Coty Farguhar is out this month, I cannot wait to read it Saturday over a cup of cocoa.

Waiting on Martha

Doesn't this Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese by Waiting on Martha look like the perfect dinner for a lazy weekend? 

Garlic Knots with Beer Cheese Sauce from the Candid Appetite

And last but not least, these Garlic Cheese Knots with Beer Cheese Sauce from The Candid Appetite. I may have to make a double batch of these and have them Friday and Saturday!

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Relax, enjoy your family and friends, life is short and work can wait!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Anita of Castles, Crowns and Cottages

Good morning! I wanted to take a minute today to wish my sweet friend Anita from the beautiful blog, Castles, Crowns and Cottages a very Happy Birthday!

Image and Recipe HERE

Anita for those of you who do not know is an extraordinary woman who taught herself French and became a French immersion teacher, she also taught herself to play the harp and is now an accomplished player. She is a poet, a writer, and an incredibly talented artist as well. Anita is proof that "where there is a will there is a way".

Aside from all of her accomplishments, Anita is the kindest, most compassionate woman.  Her beautiful prose uplift many and her comments each morning make my day. We have become close friends through blogging and  I am blessed to have her in my life.

I wish you dear friend a very happy day. Happy Birthday! I wish I was there to celebrate with you. I would make you the most delicious chocolate cake and toast you with a glass champagne.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

White Butter Cupcakes with Sprinkles Buttercream Frosting

Good morning! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter with your family and friends and that the Easter bunny was good to you!

Mine was perfect, a quiet weekend with my husband and pups, making, baking and eating lots of delicious food and treats. Of the many things we made these cupcakes were one of my favorites. They are made with the same Butter Cake recipe I featured last week with the strawberries and are topped with Sprinkles Butter Cream frosting and a few holiday sprinkles. 

Butter Cake Recipe
Found Here

Sprinkles Butter Cream Frosting 
Adapted from: Here

1 cup softened butter
31/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 Teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 Teaspoon almond extract


In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and confectioners sugar. Beat until combined. Add heavy cream and extracts and beat for 2-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add more cream if you would like your frosting a different consistency.

Frost cooled cupcakes, then add a few sprinkles.

These cupcakes are scrumptious! I think they are excellent with the berries and cream or the butter cream! Tell me, what tasty treats did you make for the Easter holiday? Or did you not have any room for them after eating the chocolate rabbits in your basket?

I hope that you have a fabulous week!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope that you have a wonderful day filled with the love of family and friends!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Friday Favorites!

Good morning. This Sunday is Easter and although for most of us it is a religious holiday I think we can all agree that a little Easter basket, a nice dinner with family and friends and a few eggs thrown in make it all the more special. 

I have rounded up a few of my favorite Easter things from around the internet.

Marbled Eggs from P.S Heart

If you still need to decorate your hardboilded eggs before the big hunt, check our these beautiful marbled eggs posted by P.S. Heart.

Image from Gwen Moss

If you are looking for 7 Easy Ideas for the Easter Table hop over to visit Leslie at Gwen Moss. I personally will be trying a few of these as I have not even thought of something to do for the dinner table.

Twigg Studio Hot Cross Cupcakes

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional treat to eat on Good Friday, but have you ever made Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes? I haven't either but I will be making these scrumptious looking Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes by Twigg Studios.

Italian Easter Bread from Sprinkles Bakes

I cannot wait to make this Italian Easter Bread from Sprinkles Bakes. My husband is Italian and I think he will enjoy it.

Easter Dinner Ideas Martha Stewart

If you are still making menu plans, as I am, check out these great ideas from Martha Stewart

Leftover Easter Egg Ice Cream

Last but not least, if you have any leftover chocolate you could make this scrumptious ice cream from the The Chocolate Log Blog.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Easter.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sweet Easter Brunch Ideas

Good morning! I love holidays and I love holidays that included eating. Easter is Sunday morning and what a wonderful way to spend the morning with your family than with brunch?

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Although I love a good breakfast for me brunch is all about the sweets, the donuts, the coffee cakes, the monkey bread and more. These are a few of my favorite and most popular posts which I think would be great severed for brunch.

Blackberry Coffee Cake

Blackberry Ricotta Loaf

Blueberry Struesel Cake

Chocolate Muffins

Cinnabon Rolls

French Toast

Monkey Bread

Do you have a favorite brunch menu item? Do you make Easter brunch or do you have an Easter dinner? Please share your favorite recipe here, I need a few to add to my repertoire.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Strawberries and Cream Filled Butter Cake

Good morning! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was fabulous. The weather was beautiful with sunny skies, light breezes and many opportunities for long walks with my pup(s) and husband. 

Of course a weekend would not be complete without a little baking. As we are getting ready for Easter this coming Sunday I thought a light, fresh Strawberry and Cream Filled Butter Cake would be perfect to celebrate and I was right.

Butter Cake
Recipe from: Midwest Living



3 cups sifted cake flour, or 21/2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
11/3 cups of half-and-half
8 egg whites
1 cup sugar

Whipped Cream Filling

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
2-4 tablespoons confectioners sugar


1 quart Strawberries, cleaned and sliced. Leave some whole for garnish


1. Grease and lightly flour your pans. This recipe makes 3 8x1-1/2 round pans. 

2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Ass 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla, beat until fluffy. Add the flour mixture alternately with the half-and-half to the creamed mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition, until just combined.

4. Clean the beaters. In another large bowl beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form(tips curl). Gradually add 1 cup of sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into creamed mixture, 1/4 at a time. Do not mix, fold.

5. Divide mixture into pans. Bake at 350 about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove layers from pan and cool completely.

6. Whip the heavy cream until thick and then add the confectioners sugar to taste.

7. Clean and slice berries, set aside.

Assemble cake: Place one layer of cake on serving dish, layer with cream and berries, place second layer of cake and repeat, then place the third layer on top and garnish. I recommend placing in refrigerator until about 15 minutes before serving. 

NOTES: I used 1/2 the batter for cupcakes and then the other half I made into think 9 x 13" cake which I sliced into three and assembled into this cake.

This cake is scrumptious! It is light, fluffy and delicious. It is also the perfect accompaniment to any sort of berries and cream or just a delicious butter cream frosting! 

I hope you try this recipe and if you do, let me know. I would love to know what you think! 

Have a great week!

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