Red Velvet Cupcakes - only makes 4 cupcakes! Perfect for when you don't watch a huge batch of cupcakes!

First things first, I spent all of yesterday afternoon watching Mockingjay. I had heard pretty horrible things about it and perhaps my standards are low because I watch 3 movies a year but I kind of loved it. Like, I read the books several times so I knew what was happening but I was on the edge of my seat bed for most of it. 

Also, yes, I am a sucker. I bought it on digital because I had to watch it RIGHT THEN and then I’ll buy it again when it comes out on DVD. Even though I’ll probably never watch it again. 

This is how I work.

Anyway, today is not about me wasting money. Today is about a cookbook that I’d like to give away!

My friend Christina of Dessert for Two recently released a fantastic cookbook also titled Dessert for Two.

 

The cookbook is filled with classic and not-so-classic recipes that have been scaled down to only serve 2 (or sometimes 4) people. Like, this cupcake recipe? Only makes 4 cupcakes! Which means I had one for me and all 3 kids and there were none left to call my name while I watched my money-waster movie. 

I think it’s a genius idea and I really wish someone had pointed me in the direction of small batch desserts when I went through that mug cake phase last year. Because those things are awful.

I have a long list of things I want to make from Dessert for Two and I started with these Red Velvet Cupcakes because, well, it’s always a good time for a cupcake. They turned out delicious and like I mentioned, I really loved that there was just enough for me and the kids without having extras to deal with. 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes - only makes 4 cupcakes! Perfect for when you don't watch a huge batch of cupcakes!

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King Cake Cupcakes

As you guys know, I’m from Mobile, Alabama which is known for many things. Most of which I don’t actually remember because… well, because I’m me. But here are some of my faves:

Dropping a moonpie on New Years Eve.

The Battleship.

Hurricanes.

The Senior Bowl.

And having the first Mardi Gras celebration in the States.

True story.

I bring this up every Mardi Gras because if there’s one thing us Mobilians hate it’s overhearing someone talk about how Mardi Gras is from New Orleans. 

Seriously, 99% of my Mobile Facebook friends belong to the “Mardi Gras was in Mobile before New Orleans was even a city” FB group. 

We get to claim it. Take that, New Orleans!

(For the record, I love New Orleans Mardi Gras, too. I just like Mobile’s a smidge better.)

Anyway, Mardi Gras has long been my favorite holiday and even though it’s not celebrated here in Colorado, I still sit on my front porch and throw things at the neighbors when they walk by.

Just kidding. But I want to.

King cakes are one of the many things I love about Mardi Gras! If you’ve never had one, it’s like a giant cinnamon roll shaped in a ring and then it’s iced and covered in Mardi Gras sprinkles. Or, you can make my favorite kind which has the cinnamon roll thing going for it but also has a sweetened cream cheese filling. It’s to die for. 

And that’s what these King Cake Cupcakes are except to make life easier for all of us, I used cans of crescent rolls. So really, these guys took absolutely no time to throw together. 

You should definitely make them Tuesday for Mardi Gras or Sunday for Joe Cain Day!

King Cake Cupcakes

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Well guys, we’re moving. 

Gahhhhh. 

Yep, we’re moving from my beloved Colorado to Fort Hood, TX.

I was trying to be tough and not let my husband, who obviously has no control over this, see that I was upset so I went about business after he told me. And then he asked if I was okay and I started full-on ugly crying while vacuuming. 

I think it was just the shock of it. Like, two days ago they were telling him that he’s going to the promotion board next month and giving him the summer field schedule. And then surprise! You’re moving to Texas! 

Once it kind of set in, I was excited. Fort Hood isn’t exactly at the top of my list of places to live but I really love the adventure of it all. A new place, a fresh start. 

And then I was like, “BUT I JUST FOUND A HAIR GUY I LIKE! THIS IS HORRIBLE!”

Plus, everything’s a lot more complicated this time. When we moved from Alabama to Colorado, we just had the 2 kids and no one was in school yet. Now we have another kid and 2 different schools to deal with. I mean, by the time we get there and get settled, the kids will have only have a couple weeks of school before summer. 

I know things will be fine but right now I’m just overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. 

If you live in the area, I need to know where the good dog park is, where the splash pad for the kids is, and where the best Mexican restaurant with a variety of margarita options is. Okay?  

And because I may or may not have eaten my feelings last night, I’ve got a Flourless Chocolate Cake for you today! I love a flourless cake – they are just so rich and decadent. Plus that ganache on top! Amazing. 

And I know that the word “ganache” sends people running in fear but it’s just chocolate chips and heavy cream! You make it in the microwave. It’s easy, I swear. 

You should definitely make it for your Valentine. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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We are just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day so I figured it was time to share some easy to make desserts!

I not-so-secretly love Valentine’s Day because it’s an excuse to put up every sparkly heart decoration I have. Which thrills my husband, I’m sure. I also love it because I feel like it’s a free pass to eat chocolate. And what’s better than that?

So for my super simple Valentine’s Day dessert, I’ve got these fun Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pudding Cups.

How cute would these be for a class party? 

I picked up a pack of vanilla and a pack of chocolate Snack Pack Pudding Cups at Walmart, along with some strawberries, Reddi Wip, and really cute Valentine’s Day sprinkles. 

The Snack Packs have a new Easy Open Lid which made it really simple for the kiddos to help me. They also contain the same amount of calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk so it’s a treat your kids will love and you’ll feel good about letting them have it. 

Like I said, these are super simple to make. You just dip the strawberries in a Snack Pack pudding cup (I used chocolate but you can use whatever flavor you like) and then let them set in the freezer for a couple hours. Then you you put a chocolate-covered strawberry on top of the rest of your Snack Pack puddings cups, top with Reddi Wip, and sprinkle with your favorite pink heart sprinkles!

I did some strawberries with sprinkles and some without. You could dip half the strawberry in a chocolate Snack Pack and then the other half in a vanilla. There are so many ways to customize this cute and kid-friendly Valentine’s Day dessert! 

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Can I whine for a minute?

Tonight’s the ball. 

And I’m not going. Wahhhh.

We always miss the balls but usually it’s because my husband’s scheduled for something months before. But this time I got my hopes up. I bought a dress back in, like, June. We bought tickets, we found a babysitter, and we ordered my husband a new blue jacket thing about a month ago. And I was psyched because the blue jacket thing said 3 to 5 day shipping which left us plenty of time to get it tailored and get all his patches put on or whatever.

So 11 days after I ordered it and it still hadn’t shipped, I got on the live chat. And the girl told me that they have to special order uniforms from a uniform shop. And I said, “But this is the uniform shop, no?”

Long story short, the Army even manages to screw up online shopping. 

I’m really only sad because I love my dress and what if it’s totally out of style by the time the next post-deployment ball rolls around?

Can I just show up alone, take a few pictures in my dress, and then leave? 

Is that acceptable? No?

So tonight I’ll be drowning my sorrows in something chocolatey and delicious while I watch Scandal. There may be a pizza involved, too. I might even go for a canned Strawberrita. I’m classy like that. 

Anyway, have you ever made mousse? I was under the impression that it was a labor intensive, 3 day process but it’s literally melting chocolate and folding in whipped cream. 

I made this White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce in less than 15 minutes. And it’s so rich and creamy that it really feels like something that should take hours to make. I think I’m obsessed with mousse now. 

If you need a quick, easy, but still awesome Valentine’s Day dessert, this is it!

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