Contributions by Abigail Shepard

Balloon Cupcakes

Thank you, Be Different, Act Normal, for sharing this brilliant idea from La Receta de la Felicidad.  Need a new and different way to serve muffins or cupcakes at your next party?  You should definitely try Balloon Cupcakes.  They’re like little hot air balloons that might float away at any moment.  Kids will love these…adults […]

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Chocolate Stilettos Shoes

Love shoes?  Love chocolate?  How about chocolate shoes?  Check out these gorgeous Chocolate Stilettos at HLNTV!  I’m so thankful for the internet when something on Central Florida Channel 13 can be seen all over the world.  Everyone should know about Peterbrooke Chocolatier and its Chocolate Stilettos.  They even have a class you can attend and […]

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Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

What is happier than a bowl full of bouncy blueberries?  Well, these Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls from Evoking You, of course.  If you can get your hands on fresh blueberries, why settle for ordinary cinnamon rolls?  These are simple to make, but do remember that they’re not muffins–they’ll need some time to rise.  But just think […]

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Samoa Baked Donuts

Top With Cinnamon is a hero of a blogger.  This recipe for Samoa Baked Donuts is amazing.  If you love the Girl Scout’s version of the Samoa, you are going to freak out.  Caramel, coconut, chocolate, donut, yum.  Make sure to check out Top With Cinnamon’s awesome DIY Donut Pan Tutorial.  I will also second […]

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Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

A single serving cake made in just three minutes?  Uhmmm…Yes, please!  Thank you, Cooking Classy for this great recipe for Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake!  According to blogger Jaclyn, “it’s easier than making a box of mac ‘n cheese.”  There it is: you have no excuse not to try this recipe.  You just mix the ingredients […]

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Southern Caramel Cake

“It’s a cake to take pride in,” says Robyn of Add a Pinch about her Southern Caramel Cake.  Her gorgeous pictures are evidence of that.  She doesn’t think her decorating looks like much, but personally, my mouth is watering.  Follow the excellent directions and you’re sure to create a finger-licking good frosting and a cake […]

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Mocha Marble Cake with Chocolate Coffee Beans

Do you love coffee and chocolate?  If you do, this Mocha Marble Cake with Chocolate Coffee Beans is the cake for you.  Raspberri Cupcakes did a marvelous job taking a layered marble cake to a new level.  With coffee and cocoa in the dark swirl of the cake and in the mocha frosting too, this […]

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookie

Need an easy recipe to get some kids working and learning in the kitchen?  This recipe from Martha Stewart for No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Cookies is just the thing!  You probably have most of the short ingredient list in your kitchen already.  If you’re fresh out of Rice Krispies, Cheerios will work too.  Don’t […]

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Brownie Cookie Dough Sandwiches

I’m so glad Nicole of Heat Oven to 350° worked in the Ben and Jerry’s Factory gift shop so she could find the inspiration to bring us this recipe.  These Brownie Cookie Dough Sandwiches are amazing.  As Nicole says, “what’s not to love?  Brownies, cookie dough…awesome.”  The filling is egg-free and the cookies are perfectly […]

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Rainbow Jello Easter Eggs

These Rainbow Jello Easter Eggs from Choose to Thrive are so delightful!  This dessert is a great, kid-friendly project for Easter, and yummy too.  It does require egg-shaped molds and a syringe, but will be worth the small investment.  Just make sure to heed Choose to Thrive’s advice and thoroughly and grease your molds so […]

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Pretty Polka-Dot Cake

There are so many great cake ideas out there!  Thank you to The Kitchn for spotting this one for a Polka-Dot Cake at Ladies Home Journal.  Polka-dots are always fun and festive.  This polka-dot cake is decorated with home-made meringue kisses.  But, as The Kitchn suggests, there are all sorts of ways to add polka-dots […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks

These Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks from The Novice Chef are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  The recipe is simple and the outcome is impressive.  As an added bonus, they’re delicious.  The best part is making the beautiful swirls.  Be sure to check out Jessica’s Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies too! Read more: […]

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

St. Patty’s Day is fast-approaching!  If you’re not planning on stocking up on beer, why not make these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream instead?  Thank you to The Urban Baker for the wonderful recipe!  With Guinness and cocoa powder in the cake and Bailey’s in the frosting, these are going to be divine.  […]

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Cake Batter Cookie

Here’s a great idea from Lovin’ From The Oven!  These Cake Batter Cookies are adorable and festive.  The trick is simply to replace flour with Funfetti Cake Mix—brilliant.  Who doesn’t love Funfetti Cake Mix?  Lovin’ suggests increasing baking soda and adding baking powder for a fluffier cookie.  Let us know how much works for you!  […]

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Chocolate Cookies With Assorted Toppings

I love bloggers like The Pioneer Woman!  Thank you, Pioneer Woman, for all of the great tips and this recipe for Chocolate Cookies With Toppings.  My favorite thing about this post is that it recommends dusting your counter with cocoa powder instead of flour to make the dough.  I also love the clean, rectangular shape […]

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Dark Chocolate Shooters

What is it that’s so fabulous about desserts in little, individual dishes?  These Dark Chocolate Shooters from Style Me Pretty are so elegant on their platter.  No one at your party will be able to resist picking up one of these sweet desserts.  They’re great as passed treats as well if you’re lucky enough to […]

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Birthday Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

What’s better than an ice cream sandwich?  A cake-sized ice cream sandwich.  What’s better than a cake-sized ice cream sandwich?  This Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich from Bright Ideas.  This cold treat is a crowd-pleaser and a kid-pleaser.  As a yummy bonus, there are M&M’s stuck to the outside edge of the ice cream.  If brownie […]

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Easter Cotton Candy Tree Dessert Decoration

While planning my wedding, I think I’ve seen about a million ideas for pretty things to put on tables.  Sometimes I think everything is beginning to look the same.  Until I see something amazing, that is!  Check out these fun Cotton Candy Trees from Brenda’s Wedding Blog!  They remind me of a Dr. Seuss landscape!  […]

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