White Chocolate Chip Cherry Blondies + Whole Foods Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Whole Foods Market. Don’t hate me. Ingredients can get expensive.

White Chocolate Blondies

Serious question – How is it almost August? Wasn’t it just May, like, last week? Regardless, I hope this pace keeps going because I’m over the summer heat and ready for fall. One of the only good things remaining about summer is cherries. Who doesn’t love cherries? Granted, I prefer mine soaked in alcohol, but to each her own. When the lovely people at Whole Foods Market asked me to create a recipe featuring their fantastic cherries, I immediately brainstormed these white chocolate chip cherry blondies.

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Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

Crown Royal Maple Cupcakes

The other day I asked Austin his favorite kind of cake. In typical guy manner, he responded with some nonsense about how he didn’t really have a favorite (Mine is Red Velvet. Shocking, I know).¬†How do you not have a favorite kind of cake? Seriously. I don’t get it. I understand that cake is amazing and it’s all just so good, but you have to have one kind that really does it for you more than the others. Whatever. Men. Anyway…

In my mission to make him the perfect birthday cupcakes, I wavered between Guinness Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Bourbon Bacon Cupcakes and many ideas in between.

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The Easiest Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Pumpkin Spice Loaf Cake

What would you do if I told you that you could make an amazing pumpkin loaf cake with two ingredients? It’s cool, I’d laugh at me too. In fact, I laugh at myself a lot. I think it’s one of my better qualities. But I digress…

I’ve been making this recipe for years, and whenever I do, I get so many compliments on it. “Why yes, I slaved over this amazing baked good for HOURS…” Or not. For the effort required, this final product is astounding. Try it next time you need something quick. I promise it will not disappoint! It’s also fantastic as muffins – just be sure to change the baking time accordingly.

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Funfetti Cupcakes with Golden Oreo Buttercream

Funfetti Cupcakes with Golden Oreo Buttercream

Oh yay. It’s Monday again. Every time I turn around, it’s a new week. This year is absolutely flying by. I feel like just yesterday it was March. Sometimes I wish I had a little more time to just sit back and enjoy everything that’s going on right now in my life… Savor it a bit more. Stress a bit less. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the negative and forget the positive. Sometimes you just have to channel your inner Ferris Bueller and remember:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Alas, I can’t make time stand still. But I can make cupcakes. Funfetti cupcakes with Golden Oreo Buttercream as a matter of fact. So there’s that.

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Bacon-Bottomed Red Velvet Cupcakes

We need to talk.

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I know – it’s never good when someone says those words. But I promise this isn’t what it looks like. I was just playing around in the kitchen, drinking wine with Liz, innocently baking cupcakes for Aliera’s birthday, and it just happened. I didn’t mean to cause any harm, but now? I’m not sure I can go back to living life the way I did before.

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