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make sweet and sour chicken at home

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken-Breaded chicken smothered in homemade sweet and sour sauce. You will love being able to make this at home! I have been in a real dinner funk

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BBQ Nachos

BBQ Nachos: Tortilla chips, pulled pork, liquid cheese, barbeque sauce and shredded cheese…SO GOOD! While living in Memphis, TN for 19 months I familiarized myself with several of the local

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slow cooker turkey breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast- A delicious recipe for slow roasting a turkey breast without needing the oven. Let’s do some turkey talkin’ today. The big day is next week and I

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tacos in pasta shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells-Browned ground beef, shredded cheese and cream cheese all combined together and stuffed into jumbo pasta shells and baked together. Served with salsa and more shredded cheese.

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Breaded Barbecue Chicken

Breaded Barbecue Chicken: Breaded chicken breast covered in homemade barbecue sauce and baked in the oven. No grill needed for this barbecue chicken! My husband, Jason loves barbecue sauce. Like,

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Fresh and Lite Chicken Tacos

Fresh and lite chicken tacos-Diced grilled chicken, peach salsa, and celery mixed in with mayo and topped with cheese and cilantro.  Sometimes I don’t like trying new foods. There I

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Frosted Spice Cookies

 Well, I can’t believe it is November. I also can not believe how quickly it is flying by. Have you started thinking about what you

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Strawberry Pie

I always think that winter must be over when I start craving a strawberry pie. I love buying fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market and

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crispy oatmeal cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies: A sweet oatmeal crunchy cookie. This recipe is one everyone needs to have in their collection.  Cookies are one of my favorite

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Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake– From scratch funfetti cake with homemade butter cream frosting. Sprinkles are soo much fun!! How can you not smile while baking..or eating sprinkles

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Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

 Mini Apple Pies-Homemade pie crust and apple pie filling from scratch make up this decadent, mini dessert.   This post was originally shared on Kristen’s blog

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homemade pie crust

Homemade Pie Crust

Homemade Pie Crust-Tender, flaky pie crust sets the stage for all your pie needs. I am so excited to share this recipe with you today!

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Winter Favorites


Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

chocolatepeppermintcupcakes1Tis the season for peppermint! I know some people feel it’s too early to share Christmas recipes but I just couldn’t resist. I still have a few recipes to share that will be perfect for Thanksgiving and those will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  With that said, let’s talk peppermint! I personally love peppermint and especially paired with chocolate. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I bought some holiday cookies that I am excited about.

chocolatepeppermintcupcakes2Peppermint cupcakes can be made using your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe and then adding 1 tsp of peppermint extract to your favorite frosting recipe. For these cupcakes I tried a new chocolate cupcake recipe but used my trusty, tried and true classic white frosting recipe.

peppermintpieces1I used the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Pieces and I really liked them. They are not real crunchy and much easier than trying to crush up peppermints or candy canes. 

peppermintchocolatecupcake3I hope you don’t mind the peppermint recipe I have shared with you today because there will be a few more in the weeks leading to Christmas.  🙂

I would love to know what your favorite peppermint recipes are! Leave me a comment and let me know.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/4 cup shortening
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  9. 2 egg yolks
  10. 2/3 cup cold water
  11. 2 egg whites
  12. 1/3 cup sugar
  13. 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
For the Frosting
  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  3. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 pound powdered sugar
  5. 3 to 4 tabelspoons milk
For the cupcakes
  1. Lightly coat a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening with a mixer on medium speed to high speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Add 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla.
  5. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.
  6. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Alternately add flour mixture and water to shortening mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
  8. Thoroughly wash beaters.
  9. In a large bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).
  10. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
  11. Fold one-fourth of the beaten egg whites into chocolate batter to lighten.
  12. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  13. Gently fold in chocolate pieces.
  14. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups.
  15. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.
  16. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  17. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
White Frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening. vanilla and peppermint extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat well. Add 2 tablespoons of milk. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar . Add enough of the remaining milk to make the frosting a spreadable consistency.
  1. I frost one cupcake at a time and then sprinkle with the peppermint pieces. This will allow them to stick to the icing before it dries.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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Winter Favorites

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