Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Crème Frosting

 Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Crème Frosting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Eve!

I was in a celebratory mood today, so I thought I’d pop open a bottle of Guinness early. 

Okay, so I don’t really drink Guinness.  As perfect as it would be to raise a glass of that to St. Patrick’s Day, I’m not a big fan of stouts.  It’s actually my husband’s favorite, so it’s not that I haven’t tried it, but… nope.  Just doesn’t do it for me.  

Still, I can certainly appreciate the flavors without drinking it.  With its chocolate and coffee notes, it couldn’t be a more perfect addition to dessert!  These cupcakes make use of alllll that goodness, (minus the alcohol) leaving you with a delicious treat that everyone can enjoy!  

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5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

I’m going to start this roundup post with three facts about myself:

One.  A good portion of my ancestry is Irish.  I don’t personally know any of the family that still lives there, but I listen to Celtic music a lot, as if it will bring me back to my roots.  (“Celtic” is legitimately a Pandora station I created and saved as the homepage of my computer.)

Two.  I spent two lovely weeks in Ireland in June of 2011.  I saw so many happy looking people and animals there.  I could practically live on the dense, grainy bread we ate everywhere we went.  And I did kiss the Blarney stone.

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{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Have you ever tried to find the end of a rainbow?  Somehow it always disappears as you get close.  It’s almost like it’s a trick of the light or something…

So I don’t know if there’s ever been a pot of gold sitting at the end of a rainbow, but that’s what they say.  I’ll let you know if I ever see one in person. 

In the meantime, I’ll still consider myself pretty lucky if I happen to have a panful of something both chocolatey-delicious and absurdly healthy in the house.  It’s like getting a guilt-free pass to have dessert every night for an entire week.

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