Happy Sunday! Tomorrow my kids go back to school after 9 days off so we’re living it up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes! And probably a trip to the park to fly some kites that I found in the back of my closet while packing. 

My kids are total cereal connoisseurs so they were pretty impressed by these cupcakes. They were, however, more impressed with the Skylanders Skystones game that came in the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Do you remember being a kid and being SO EXCITED when there was a toy in the box? I can remember standing in the cereal aisle and asking my mom for a specific kind just because it had a toy. And lucky me, I was an only child so I didn’t even have to fight anyone for the toy!

But anyway, the Skylanders Skystones games are hidden inside specially marked Big G cereals. You get the box of cards and then the gameboard is on the back of the box. 

My oldest got his first Skylanders Playstation game for his birthday last month and since then all 3 of my boys have become obsessed with Skylanders. They Skystones game that comes in the cereal is so fun and I love that it fuels development through imaginative and cognitive play. And each Skystones game comes with a downloadable code to unlock characters in the popular mobile game. 

Participating Big G Cereals include: Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Lucky Charms, Trix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

Basically all my favorites. 

Also, be sure to look out for special offers and free prizes inside Big G cereals all year long!

About the cupcakes?!

The cake part tastes like French toast except better because, well, cake. And then for the frosting, I used crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of sugar. 

It. is. amazing.

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Lemon Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Mint - light and fluffy cake with delicious strawberries on top!

I have to tell you guys, I’m having a week. 

This whole moving thing is waaaay more stressful than it needs to be. We’re 3 weeks out and STILL waiting for paperwork to be signed. We don’t have a date for the movers, I haven’t talked to the kids’ school, and my husband’s still going to work every day even though his leave was supposed to start on Monday. And to top it all off, the house that I really, really, really wanted to rent got snatched up by someone else since the rental company couldn’t hold it longer than 2 weeks. Gahhh, I only had to wait 4 or 5 more days before I could put down a deposit! 

So now we have to find a new house. Or move on post. Which we don’t want to do. At all. 

Stress does not describe what I’m feeling.

Good news though! 

I went to the eye doctor earlier this week and he said that I DEFINITELY need to be wearing glasses everyday. Which probably sounds like an “ugh” to most people but I have been actively trying to fail an eye exam since 1994. So this was good news to me. 

Also, maybe I won’t have headaches anymore. 

But I have to wait 3 weeks for the glasses to get here. And at that point, we may or may not be on our way to Texas. 

I definitely had cake for dinner more than one night this week. But it’s angel food cake so it’s basically just egg whites and egg whites are a perfectly healthy dinner. Right?

I’ve been working my way through all our herbs since we can’t really take them with us so I mixed some mint with the strawberries. I don’t really love biting into a mint leaf but I let the mixture hang out overnight in the fridge and the mint flavor really infused the strawberries. It was delicious!

Lemon Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Mint - light and fluffy cake with delicious strawberries on top!

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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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