Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Dear Springtime,

I thought it would be great if I could let you know what you mean to me.  It’s really delightful when you’re around, and not every season makes me really want to go outside like you do.

Sure, there tends to be a lot of wind, pollinating flowers that make my nose itch like crazy and my eyes turn red, and some extra anxiety concerning taxes, but it’s really all worth it when I think about all the fabulous benefits you bring us.

Besides lovely picnic/ hiking weather, a plethora of outdoor festivals (I love festivals!), and baby animals, all the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring up (pun intended) in farmers’ markets/ gardens/ stores/ etc. make me want to really get baking!

These fresh strawberries you’ve brought have been a complete inspiration.  I mean, eating plain strawberries is great, don’t get me wrong – but there is a LOT you can do with strawberries.  Of course I had to make something fun with them!  And those oranges still on the tree were also begging to made into something other than juice, you know?  So Strawberry Orange Cupcakes pretty much had to happen.

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12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

Don’t forget to check out this week’s most excellent giveaway – Quest Nutrition products galore!

When you think of spring, what comes to mind?  Flowers?  Bunnies?  (Allergies?)  I think of flavors.  Like, fresh, fruity, zesty flavors. 

Yes, I know.  My world kinda revolves around food.  I’m okay with that.

Anyway, there really isn’t just one particular flavor that comes to mind – it’s like a whole basket of flavors.  An Easter-basket of flavors – if Easter baskets were full of actual fruit and healthier things that the jelly beans try to taste like.

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Quest Nutrition Giveaway {& Protein Cinnabun Recipe!}

Quest Nutrition Giveaway {& Protein Cinnabun Recipe!}

Happy Monday, friends! Especially happy because Quest Nutrition is sending TWO people some excellent (fabulous) prizes!

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite brands, because they make delicious things that can help you stay on your healthy eating goals when you are out of the house or having a really busy week!  And baby, you better believe I'm with you on that need!

I always try to get 10-30 g of protein with every meal or snack, to keep me full and energized throughout the day.  It also helps my muscles rebuild after a workout.  I’m tough on them, but they repay me for my effort with a better metabolism!

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Lemon-Pecan Doughnut Muffins

Lemon-Pecan Doughnut Muffins

Dear Doughnuts,

It’s been far too long since we last got together.  I haven’t seen you in person since that Wild Doughnuts post, way back when.  Oh, those were some crazy, wonderful times!

I keep seeing lots of pictures of you on other food websites.  Really gorgeous pictures of you in all different flavors and icings… and I just couldn’t stay away any longer!

And now – wow – you look so good!  Completely decadent, and yet, somehow, healthier than ever!  

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