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Of Cupcakes and Cocktails: Dark Stout Chocolate Cupcakes

Mmm.. Beer. Homer Simpson would be proud. I’ve been a fan of beer for quite a while. My love for the stuff only grew when I moved to the home of Sierra Nevada Brewery (Chico) for school, jetted off to Prague for a semester, and then visited Munich for Oktoberfest (the legit one). Talk about getting fabulous beer straight from the source(s)!

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Frozen Peppermint Pie

I’m sure you’re well aware of my love for all things baking (Hello, way more baking posts than crafts or travel!). Over the past few weeks, I have been so busy with wedding-related events, birthday-related events, and visitors/visiting, that I haven’t been able to play in the kitchen! I had to make up for it somehow, right? So when I had absolutely no plans last weekend, I went a little bake crazy… First I made brownie bites. They were from the box, so I won’t be posting them. I may or may not have served them warm with vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce (hint: I did). And then I made this Frozen Peppermint Pie. While that was firming up, I made Dark Stout Chocolate Cupcakes. You’ll read about that in my next post, though. Onward to the Frozen Peppermint Pie!

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Of Cupcakes and Cocktails: Limoncello Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Limoncello Poppy Seed Cupcakes. I get excited just writing the name. Mmm. Remember that post about the present Emily got me for my birthday? You know, the one that mentioned Intoxicated Cupcakes: 41 Tipsy Treats, by Kate Legere? Well, I couldn’t have let it slip my mind because it combines two seriously fun things: cupcakes and cocktails. While these didn’t turn out like I’d imagined, they are different and in a good way!

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Map Frame

Sorry I didn’t post this last week; I was a busy lady! Not only was it the 4th of July, but Charise got married and I was the maid of honor! So up to Chico I went to help her with whatever last minute details she needed help with.

But back to something that you should might find exciting. I was finally craftier than usual: I made a present for Mel! She is moving from down undahh to the land of stars, stripes, and bald eagles this week and I wanted to bring her something to decorate her new house with. I’ll be bringing it to her when I visit and help her get acquainted with the greater Chicago area.

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