Lemon Blueberry Cake Truffles

Random Thoughts I Had Today:

I could put my entire face in that bowl of yummy-awsomeness! 
Speaking of popcorn, where on earth did Mason put his lunchbox ... full of underwear?!
Oh, I should to hop on VS.com and order that new perfume I tried at the mall.

  Look at THAT! I could totally recreate it ... like tomorrow!

Where's my to-do list?
Does the hubby have pants clean for work tomorrow?
I think this blog needs a new header.

Gah, Candice {from Phineas and Ferb} is particularly annoying today!
 Hahahahahahahahaha! I'm sure I'll see that as a bumper sticker soon.
hmm...have I paid my car taxes for this year yet?
Did I pay last year's ... !?!

Ugh, I'm having a fat day! 
Oooo, I want something sweet ... something lemony! 

adapted from Bakerella
9x13 Lemon Cake, cooled
2 cups Lemon Buttercream
Blueberry Preserves
1 Package of White Chocolate Bark

In a large bowl or food processor, mix cake and frosting together until completely combined.

Roll quarter size balls in hands and press an indention into the center with a finger. Place a little of the blueberry preserves in the center and cover completely with cake mixture. Roll in hands until smooth. Place truffles in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set.
Place bark in a microwave safe bowl and melt according the package directions. Dip each truffle in the white chocolate, making sure to cover completely, and sit in a mini cupcake liner. Decorate with sprinkles {or whatever you would like to use} and let set up.

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Fried Cheesecake Bites

It's date night!
Whaa Hoo!
We don't get very many of these anymore,
so when the time comes, we take full advantage!

We usually opt for a 
romantic dinner out!
{I need a night off every once and a while!}
But, this time I wanted to save a little $$.

So, I prepared our
Date Night Dessert:
Fried Cheesecake Bites
Ohhh Yeah!!

This recipe is beyond easy!!
And, only take a very short few minutes
to prepare ... all you need is a little prep
and you're ready to go! 

Frozen Cheesecake Bites
Prepared Puff Pastry, thawed
Egg Wash

Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees.
Cut puff pastry into equal squares, about 3x3 or 4x4, depending on the size of your cheesecake bites. Remove cheesecake bites from freezer and place in the center of each square.

Make an egg wash from one egg and a splash of water, whisking until combined. Paint all four sides of the pastry with egg wash - this will act as the glue that will bind the pastry together. 

Fold each corner over into the center and pinch the edges to close. This forms a little pouch.

Deep fry at 350 degrees for about 6 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the pouches are floating. Drain on a paper towel and let cool slightly. Serve warm with ice cream or room temperature with chocolate and/or raspberry sauce.

Your love will simply
be smitten
with this yummy treat!
Enjoy and Happy Baking!

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Pistachio Cardamom Cake

I was given a huge
bottle of ground Cardamom
by my mom yesterday!


So, I rushed home,
gathered the ingredients
and started a Persian-inspired cake batter.

{To only realize I was out of pistachios!!}

Ahh!! ran through my mind!
But, then I saw a box of
Pistachio Pudding Mix ...

1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
1 box Pistachio Pudding Mix
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Whole Milk
1 cup Sour Cream
4 Eggs
5 tbsp Butter, room temp.
3/4 tsp Ground Cardamom
Zest of half Orange
Splash Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 9 or 10 inch cake pans and set aside.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, slowly mix the dry ingredients together. Add eggs, milk cream and butter and stir until combined. Add the zest and vanilla and beat on medium speed until a smooth batter forms. Pour a third of the batter into each pan and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested in the center of the cake.

While the cake layers are cooling, start the frosting.

8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 stick Butter, room temp.
2 tbsp. Whole Milk or Cream
2-3 cups of Powder Sugar
1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract, or One Vanilla Bean - insides only.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together. Slowly add milk and powder sugar until desired consistency is achieved. Add cardamom and vanilla to finish. Use to fill the layers and ice the outside of cake.

The pudding makes the cake
And, the cardamom and orange
flavors meld so well together!

The hubs gave it
2 thumbs up
and cleaned his plate!

{Coming from someone who thinks Reese's is the best thing on earth, I'd say that's a compliment!}


Sugar and Spice ...

... that's what
little girls
are made of!

Today was a very special day
for a dear friend and
her little bundle of joy!

Anne Marie is due in late September
and to get ready for her arrival,
a beautiful baby shower took place Saturday afternoon!

I provided the sweet treats
including a 2 tier Cake,
Cake Truffles and French Macaron favors.

The center was made of tissue paper flowers glued to a Styrofoam round.

Hot pink tulle was wrapped around the cake board and added to the girly, whimsical theme.

This is my Charleston Style Pound Cake
with Vanilla Buttercream.
Marshmallow Fondant decorations adorned the outside.

The favors included 3 petite
French Macarons.
A Strawberry, Key Lime and Vanilla Bean.

Here is a shot of my inspiration
behind the color scheme
and cake decorations.

I pulled elements from the rocker's fabric, which also plays a major roll in the nursery.

It was a perfect shower
for a wonderful friend
and exceptional mother!



Happy Thursday 
to all!

I've seen lots of bloggers
confess to what they carry
in their purses ...

So, I'm joining in on the fun!

Hope you all are having a 


Evans' Baby Shower

My super cute
little sister
is expecting her first
baby boy!

She's a talented
who will be one fabulous
hot momma, too!

She cracks me up - i heart her! :)

And, a few weekends ago
I put together a shower
in Evans and her honor.
Here is how it turned out:

 A Sunburst Mirror Wreath I made, that will also hang in his nursery.

"E" is for Evans

The Spread


Up close shot of the Ham Biscuit. They were spicy and sweet! Yum!

These fabulous little suckers are from This Charming Candy Co. I made edible dirt from chocolate cookies and just stuffed the suckers in the mini flower pots. It made such a cute presentation!

Click HERE to visit their etsy shop!

The cupcake liners were bought HERE.

 I made several of these banners from construction paper  and twine I found right at AC Moore. 


This was a basic Puppy Chow{from Svory Sweet Life} recipe that I just added Kettle Corn, Chocolate Chips and Pecans into the mix! And, Tada - Puppy Munch! :)
Leaving you with a shot of her gifts! This is one blessed momma and {already} spoiled little boy! 



You Can't Buy Happiness ...

Just a lil' something
to ponder
on this gloomy
South Carolina Saturday:

Tee Hee!
It made me

Hope you're having
a happy


Orange-Chocolate Cupcakes

Do y'all watch Cupcake Wars?
I just recently got into the show
and now DVR every episode 
so I don't miss a one!

I just LOVE all the ideas
and cutting edge flavors
that are discovered through 
the pressure to impress.

About 2 weeks ago
there was a contestant who 
used a hallowed out orange
as the cupcake liner ...

GENIUS, right!?!

Needless to say,
that got my juices flowing!
Here's my take:

Ingredients for Six Cakes
{adapted from Stefani Pollack of Cupcake Project}
3 Oranges
1/4 cup Flour
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Instant Coffee or Espresso
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Dark Cocoa Powder
2/3 cup Orange Juice
3 tbsp. Butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
Zest of 1/2 Orange

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut each orange in half and juice, reserving for later.

Hallow out the inside. Turn each half on it's side and slightly trim the bottom, giving it a flat surface to sit upon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until combined. Fill each half orange with batter, being sure not to over fill.

{ FYI: This is over-filled ... lol, made quite a mess! ;) }

Place each half orange on a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested in cake. Let cool.

Nutella Ganache
1/4 cup Nutella
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
In a microwave safe bowl, place ingredients in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Cook for 30 more seconds and stir again. It should be a great ganache consistency.
Dip cooled cupcakes into ganache.

Candied Orange Butterflies
If you would like to make these super cute and yummy little butterflies, I followed THIS recipe from foodnetwork.com.
Top each cupcake with a butterfly and serve with a spoon!

I don't even have words
to describe how
flippin' fantastic 
these little guys are!

The cake is
rich and
chocolaty ...

the ganache is
smooth and
nutty ...

and the orange flavor
seeps into the cake
to flavor each bite 


{Oh, did I forget the butterfly? It adds wonderful flavor and crunch!}

Try 'em!
You will fall in LOVE!
Enjoy and
Happy Baking!
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Easiest Monkey Bread

Mason woke up this morning
telling me today was his birthday
and that we were having a party.

Which is super interesting
considering I distinctly remember
giving birth to him in a winter month!

Oh, the life of a 2 year old!
Dontcha just love what the lil' monkeys 
come up with!?

So, I decided to just go with it...

We watched Mickey Mouse ALL DAY,
played in his Spaceship Playhut
and I even made a little dessert to celebrate!

Mason's Half Birthday-Day
{adequately named!!}
{adapted from Paula Dean}
Bundt-Style Pan
9 tbsp Sugar
3 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 stick Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Dash of Salt
2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1/4 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup Chopped Pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, mix well and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and brown sugar until incorporated. Stir in vanilla and salt and set aside.
Open the crescent roll tubes and lay each triangle out flat on a large cutting board or parchment paper.

Brush each with a little condensed milk and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle 1/2 cup of the pecans into the pan. Starting with the little end of the triangle, roll the crescent roll up and pinch the sides to make a bundle. Place half of the bundles into the pan, on top of the pecans. Spoon half of the brown sugar/butter mixture on top. Now, repeat - pecans, bundles, brown sugar/butter.

Bake for 45mins-1hour, then let cool for 10-15 minutes. Invert onto a plate/platter and serve warm.

Great Variations:
Add Chocolate Chips
Use Nutella instead of Cinnamon Sugar
OR Banana and Peanut Butter
Add Apple and/or Raisins 
Add a variety of Chopped Nuts
Mrs. Paula Dean used Chocolate and Banana

The combinations are honestly 

This bread's aroma 
is intoxicating -
so soothing and warm!

It smells just like
breakfast at home!

Enjoy and Happy Baking!

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