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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Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Strawberry Cheesecake Tart with Chocolate Crust

Happy Birthday!

In my family, it’s basically birthdays all around this weekend.  My dad’s birthday is today, the U.S.A.’s is tomorrow, and my mom’s is the next day.  The fireworks celebration between my parents’ birthdays has always seemed very fun and appropriate.  Well, when the rain doesn’t come down and keep the fireworks from happening, anyway!

Unfortunately, for the last few years, I have been unable to visit my parents on their birthdays, so the holiday hasn’t felt quite as celebratory in a while.  What I’m happy about this year? I’m actually...

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12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

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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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Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? 

Actually, probably 9 out of 10 dietitians wouldn’t recommend it… something about having a sugar crash midway through the morning?  I dunno.  Well, I guess I’ll just chalk that up to another “life’s not fair” instance and move on…

Wait, no.  That’s depressing.  And when it comes to cake, I like to think of myself as an optimist.

Besides, earlier today I was having one of those cake-or-waffles dilemmas.  You know, where you have to make the ultimate decision.  Between cake… or waffles.  Yes, the struggle is real.

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