Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Life Made Simple
Last month when I shared my Mini Red Velvet Donuts over at Lil' Luna, I mentioned that I had never tried anything red velvet before! After making (and eating) those delicious baked donuts I decided that the next thing I needed to make was cupcakes! Red velvet cupcakes just seem like a classic Valentine's Day treat to me. I wanted to stick with traditional cream cheese frosting but didn't want it to be runny or soupy. So I did a little research and created a recipe that isn't loaded with sugar and can be easily piped. Too good to be true? It's not! I've got a few tips and tricks that will help keep this frosting tasting as good as it looks!

Berry Patch Smoothie

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Berry Patch Smoothie
One thing that I miss about living California (and Florida) is the fresh fruit. It seems like no matter what time of year it is, there's always something delicious in season! Here in Utah we grow lots of vegetables, especially during the summer and early fall, which is wonderful, but it's often difficult to find fresh berries! So when I'm scooting past the fruit in the grocery store and I see decent looking strawberries, raspberries or blueberries, I always grab them! I love eating them straight out of the container, using them in muffins or tossing them into smoothies. Yesterday morning I chose the later.

Classic Chocolate Cake

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Classic Chocolate Cake | Life Made Simple
Layered cakes aren't my forte. If you've peeked at my recipe index you'll notice that it's seriously lacking in the cake department. I've always struggled with issues like rise, sticking or texture. I'm sure many of you have faced similar problems. It's downright frustrating to go through all of that work (and ingredients) only to end up with a cake catastrophe. That's why I usually prefer making cupcakes. They're easy, you can scale down the recipe and they're just more fun! So when you do see a cake recipe pop up on here, you know it's gotta be a good one!

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