Strawberry Milk Cupcakes with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Strawberry Milk Cupcake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream


I wanted to try something a little different and Nevin had a hankering for strawberry milk a couple weeks ago. We ended up buying that bizarre Hershey’s strawberry syrup that you can stir into milk. I’ve always been a milk fanatic (seriously, I go through about a gallon a week solo) but never had strawberry milk that much. Generally if I wanted to mix it up, I’d go the chocolate milk route, but I do remember being pleasantly surprised as a child by the strawberry Nesquik powder flavor. Needless to say, I decided to use that weird syrup in a baking recipe! It just so happened to be a friend at work’s birthday (hi Maddie!), so it was a perfect excuse to bake :-D The end result ended up being awesome! In retrospect, I should have used a little more strawberry syrup to get more of a pseudo strawberry milkshake, but I was worried it would taste too sweet or artificial which is why I wasn’t too heavy handed with it. The mascarpone whipped cream was out of this WORLD and paired perfectly with the sweet cake and fresh strawberry topping. I wish I could take credit for the whipped cream recipe, but I got it from this awesome blog, foodlikecake. I hope you all like this, and remember, don’t be as shy as I was with the strawberry syrup! Embrace your inner child! If Nevdawg hadn’t I wouldn’t have this interesting recipe for you all :-D! Continue reading

Brownie Pudding

Brownie PuddingHello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been as active lately- it seems the time has gotten away from me. However, this recipe for brownie pudding will hopefully make up for lost time! This recipe creates almost a molten lava type dessert, with a flaky, brownie like exterior and a gooey, oozing chocolatey center. Drool-worthy. This dessert is incredibly rich and decadent, so you need to make sure to pair it with some vanilla ice cream and a tall glass of milk to avoid chocolate overload. This recipe is an adapted version from the Barefoot Contessa (told you Nevin had a crush :-0). Enjoy! Continue reading

Taco Tuesday!

Beef, Corn and Green Chili TacosIt’s Tuesday which means that we are craving some tacos! Nevin and I try to celebrate Taco Tuesday about once a month, but we often rely heavily on the Taco Dinner Kits you can buy at the Supermarket. The reason being simple: we are busy and we want a quick, easy, and satisfying dinner. Although the taco dinner kits are great, especially when dressed up with fresh toppings, they still leave something to be desired. This past Tuesday, I decided that I wanted to make my own seasoning and do tacos right. Making your own seasoning takes less than 1 minute and really does make a substantial difference in flavor. The addition of green chilis, corn, onions, and peppers gives these tacos a different flavor and a more interesting texture than just plain ground beef. I think these would be delicious with chicken too, we just didn’t have any on hand. Let me know what you think! Continue reading

Happy Belated National Ice Cream Day!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream SandwichesIt was apparently National Ice Cream Day this past Sunday. As such, ice cream, and unique ways to incorporate ice cream into a recipe was on my mind. I came across this Buzzfeed article on interesting ways to eat ice cream and realized that I wanted to make almost everything on the list. As a devout cookie dough fanatic, #10 immediately caught my eye. I viewed the original recipe here and decided to give it a shot. Heck, National Ice Cream Day only comes around once a year right? Anyways, these were as decadent as they look and an amazing treat!! Enjoy! Continue reading