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A party without cake is really just a meeting. – Julia Child

And really, who likes meetings? Let’s keep it sweet by loading up on cookie recipes, birthday cakes and baked goods for special occasions including Girl Scout Cookies, No-Bake Chocolate Bourbon Balls (yum!) and amazing Southern tea cakes.

Recipe: Trefoils Cookie Balls

Recipe: Trefoils Cookie Balls

Yay! Get your wallets and your stretchy pants ready, those cute Girl Scouts will be rolling wagons through your neighborhood for the next couple of months. You know you want to buy from all of those budding sales stars, so here’s your excuse to stock up. This recipe...

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Pumpkin Pie – three ways

Pumpkin Pie – three ways

I don't know about you, but pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving go hand in hand for me. I'm almost superstitious about it, on par with having to eat black-eyed peas and pork on New Year's Day. I feel like the holidays are off to a terrible start if my pumpkin pie isn't on...

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Fall spice cake

Fall spice cake

I’m a little obsessed with this dessert I just made. So it started when Fillables sent me these awesome non-stick baking pans to review. They come in two parts, making filling your baked goods a breeze. (Click image for more info - affliate link) I’ve used them in our...

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Buy, Brown, Bake, Repeat

Buy, Brown, Bake, Repeat

This post brought to you by Unilever brands. Although sponsored, all opinions are my own. I make a pretty mean banana bread. It’s to the point where my family won’t touch a single ripe banana in our house because they know if they just wait a few more days, I’ll have...

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Turtle gelato waffle cake recipe

Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions and recipe are my own. One thing I remember most about summers growing up in Ohio, was how much ice cream was a part of it. Whether it was ice cream from the family-run neighborhood drive up, the franchise on the hill, or a...

Ratchet & Clank cookies!

The marketing professional in me is so intrigued by nearly simultaneous dual release of video game and movie, Ratchet & Clank. If you’re a PS2 gamer, you’re probably pretty excited about this new version of the wildly popular eponymous game. Originally issued 14...

Harry Potter Birthday “Butterbeer” Cake

Harry Potter is a pretty big deal around our house, so when the Cupcake was turning 8, this mom knew exactly what cake to conjure up for a magical Harry Potter birthday theme. I found a butterscotch cake on the Pinterwebs and despite my hesitation to try a new recipe...

Make Ahead Holiday French Toast Breakfast Bake 

This is a make-ahead French Toast  recipe that gets requested from me year after year! I like to give it as a gift to friends so that they don't have to cook on Christmas or New Year's morning. It's a delicious and easy treat to give and by all means, make one for...
Crawfish Boil Cupcakes

Crawfish Boil Cupcakes

In my day job, I’m a marketing consultant helping companies make their mark. Sometimes that means I get to do fun things like have t-shirts made for my client’s 10th Anniversary Crawfish Boil. Aren't they cute? Because it is not in my nature to arrive at a party...

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Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

My roommate in grad school used to call me the Cookie Monster so… I might know a thing or two about addictive cookies. I caution you. What I’m about to share with you is dangerous. Dangerously good tasting and dangerously bad for your waistline. Dangerous in that if...

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Dairy-free Spider Cupcakes with “buttercream” frosting

Dairy-free Spider Cupcakes with “buttercream” frosting

In Kindergarten at our school, there's something universally dreaded among the parents and it's called "book cooking." Maybe "dreaded" isn't the right word. It is definitely a day that we non-teachers are stretching out of our comfort zone. Each family is given a book...

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King Cake Bars for Mardi Gras

King Cake Bars for Mardi Gras

It's Mardi Gras season, Cher. Get your beads on because it's time for bacchanalia, red solo cups full of hurricanes, and a big fat King Cake. Let's NOT forget the King Cake. I consider myself somewhat of an expert in King Cake. Having two graduate degrees from LSU in...

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Recipe for Cranberry Eggnog Scones

Recipe for Cranberry Eggnog Scones

The Dallas icepocolypse forced us to stay inside for an entire 3 day weekend - and then some. One of my besties joked that it took an act of God to finally get me to stay home and unpack. That's no joke. She knows me too well. But unpack we did, and my kitchen and all...

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Recipe for Crock Pot Apple Butter

Recipe for Crock Pot Apple Butter

Since it didn’t come up on your Facebook friend reminders, you probably didn’t know that it was Johnny Appleseed’s birthday last week. Thankfully I have a 5 year old who keeps me apprised of these momentous occasions, and their requisite school celebrations where I...

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Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread

"Eat More Ice Cream." She wanted us all to wear bright colors. Not the usual black at her funeral. That would be too sad and un-Cindy like. Cindy wanted us to celebrate LIFE, not sorrow about our loss. Cindy threw herself a huge (and I mean huge) party in her final...

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Homerun Baseball Cupcakes

The Princess Cupcake was a hold-out for tball this season. She was not down with the idea of playing in the Texas heat claiming that the “sun would get in her eyes” even with her cap on. Inspired by NY Yankee Andy Pettitte, at the last possible second she shunned her...

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Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party

Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party

For an entire year… scratch that. Since BEFORE her 4th birthday party, (which we celebrated with a Princess and Knights Birthday Party), the Princess Cupcake pronounced that for her 5th we would be celebrating with an Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party. Oh.. and...

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Kids Party Themes – Mermaid Birthday Party

Kids Party Themes – Mermaid Birthday Party

  Mermaid Birthday Party Cakes The hubs thinks I am insane. Three birthday cakes for the Princess turning 5. Seems totally logical to me: 1 - Her party with friends 2 - Her party at home 3 - Her party at school The school party is notably the most low-key and the...

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