Raspberry Tea Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Hello friends! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season & all of the delicious homemade cooking and baking that comes along with it!

As I have mentioned before, holiday baking is one of the biggest joys in my life. I just love baking with all of the warm spices and vibrant colours that come with the season.

So naturally when Pure Leaf reached out to me about teaming up to re-create one of their recipes for the holiday season, I could not have been more excited. I immediately knew my recipe would have to include my favourite Pure Leaf Raspberry Iced Tea! Then because in my mind white chocolate and raspberry are pretty much a match made in flavour heaven; these Raspberry Tea Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting were a recipe choice that was nothing short of a dream come true.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar Halloween Cupcakes

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Happy Halloween eve lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying your Friday evening and that you have mega awesome plans for the Halloween weekend!

I made these cupcakes for a birthday order today and I just had to bang out this recipe post for you because they were just too darn cute not to – especially because Halloween is tomorrow and these would make the perfect Halloween dessert addition to any upcoming Halloween events you might have happening this weekend.

Cole and I will be starting off the weekend at the Farmers Market tomorrow, serving up some Halloween themed goodies and then on Sunday we have a whole lot of nothing planned. That’s right – nothing! haha. It’s supposed to be a pretty rainy Vancouver weekend, so we both agreed that we would love nothing more than to snuggle up at home with Katniss and watch creepy movies on Netflix in honour of Halloween. Not going to lie, I am pretty stoked about this 😀

So what are these spookly little cupcake beauties anyway? Well let’s just say they were inspired by a couple of my favourite Halloween treats…. Snickers, and Reeses peanut butter cups – mhhmmmm. I could eat those little bundles of chocolatey, caramely, peanut buttery joy allllll day long.

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Roasted Yam & Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Happy Friday everybody! And for all you Canadians out there – happy beginning to the Thanksgiving long weekend <3

I just love Thanksgiving don’t you? Not only because of what the holiday itself stands for, but also because I always feel like it marks the true start of the family holiday season. The time that we all really focus on spending time with family and enjoying the simple things in life that matter the most. Like going to the pumpkin patch on a Saturday to embrace the kid inside us all, while picking up a wagons worth of all different shapes and sizes of adorable pumpkins; or the beauty of cuddling up on the couch on a rainy afternoon to watch old movies; or just sharing in the beauty of the vibrant fall colours outside by going for long walks in the crisp fall air with someone that we love.

There are so many things to love about the fall season and I could go on and on about this for days – but the gist of my ramblings is that for me Thanksgiving has always been that marker to the true beginning of this wonderful season. My mom and I have always shared in the love for this season, so I think this why we often tend to get a little carried away when it comes to our family Thanksgiving dinners ever year. As in we act like we are cooking for a guest list of about 50 people when in reality it is usually only about 10 of us gathered around my parents dining room table.

We always end up seriously over cooking and end up having left overs that will last us a week. I mean It’s so hard not to when there are so many amazing harvest inspired dishes to gobble up – honestly can you blame us?  Besides, I’m not one to complain about Thanksgiving leftovers – no sirree…

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Fresh Peach Cupcakes

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Morning lovelies!

First things first, I must apologize for the delay in between posts – gah! I have no real excuse except to say that it has been a crazy busy few weeks – but really, who isn’t busy right? I told you – I have no good excuses…. I fell behind – it was stupid… please forgive me 🙂

So last weekend I bought some local peaches from the Haney Farmers Market and they have got to be the best peaches I have ever had in my life. They were all so, so juicy, and just ripe with peachy deliciousness. When I cut into the first one and had a taste,  just to make sure they were good ;p} It was so dang delish I just wanted to eat the entire box.

Unfortunately I had plans for these peaches and I couldn’t just up and eat them until I was sure I had enough for leftover snacking. Sadly- I had no such luck and I ended up using all of the peaches I bought to fulfill a cupcake order. So basically the number one plan for this Saturday is to make a B-line for the farmers market fruit booth so that I can buy up as much as possible, chop em’ up and freeze them to use throughout the year when we are devoid of fresh peaches.

So I have a sweet and simple post for you all today with these Peach Cupcakes that I made for a custom order on the weekend that I really wanted to share with you before peach season bids us adieu – speaking of which, can you believe it’s almost the end of summer…. ? It’s crazy, I can’t believe we are almost in September!

So with no more explanation as to why these cupcakes happened, {because really, who needs reason when you have cupcakes} here is the recipe – I hope you enjoy.

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Tropical Carrot Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

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Hey peeps!

Alright so here’s the scoop – It’s the first Wednesday that I’m back to work after a week long vacation with Cole touring around the beautiful state of Oregon. It was such an amazing vacation and let’s say that I am feeling a little less than enthused about the return to work. I need a little mid-week pick me up to get me through this week, so here’s my thought; I think we should just have a little discussion about cream cheese today.

I feel like this is a topic that we can all relate to; because A. cream cheese has a serious comfort factor when you are feeling a little bit blue; and B. I mean really – who out there doesn’t love cream cheese? Do you like cream cheese? I’m guessing so, since you have continued to read this post past the first paragraph – so let’s discuss this more…

I love cream cheese; and when I say I love cream cheese,  I mean I really, really love cream cheese –  as in basically I will eat just about anything that has a healthy amount of that creamy goodness slathered on top. That’s right… I said anyyyything… See? I told you I love the stuff. I think cream cheese is pretty much good on/with everything – do you agree? I feel like you can never go wrong by adding a little cream cheese to your life – it can do no wrong.

Are we still in agreement on this subject? I hoped so – I’m happy we share this cream cheese loving bond.  I was starting to think I was the only person in the world with such a fondness for cream cheese, what with all the sideways glances I have gotten in the past from people when they catch a glimpse of me enjoying some of my unique, (albeit slightly strange,) cream cheese pairings.

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Triple Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate & White Chocolate Butter Cream

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I often get asked the question…  “what is your favourite thing to bake?” You would think that as somebody who loves baking so much that I would have a definitive answer to this question on standby at all times… but I have to confess, I really have no idea what my favourite thing to bake is.

I don’t know why, but I find the fact that I don’t have an answer to this seemingly simple questions super concerning. I mean I am constantly making claims about my love and passion for baking, and yet I can’t tell you what my favourite thing to bake is…What does this say about me exactly? That I don’t really have a true passion for baking? That I am secretly just a hack? These are the questions that circle in my mind every time somebody asks me this question and I come up blank.

Okay, so maybe I’m reading a little (a lot) too much into this, but I think that the reason why I don’t have a definitive answer is honestly because I truly just love to bake everything. Whether it be cookies, layer cakes, muffins, scones, loafs, cheesecakes, brownies, cupcakes, pies, pastries – As long as something starts with butter and sugar that I can whip into a fluffy frenzy, I am officially in baking heaven.

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