Ah, vacation. Yes, I am on vacation for a whole week. This summer has been a busy one with lots of traveling but not really for vacation purposes; I don’t count weddings as vacation. So yeah. I am at the lake for a week trying to bronze my embarrassingly white legs, wakeboarding and eating of course. Speaking of eating, how about some cupcakes?
Perhaps one of the best summer treats is a slice of pie with a big ol scoop of ice cream. Today I combined two of my favorite desserts: pie and cupcakes. These are Lemon Blueberry Pie Cupcakes with a oatmeal crust crumble. I mean, the best part of the pie is the crust for me so I couldn’t forget that.
The lemon cupcakes contain an extra bag of lemon pudding mix for added flavor. Once cooled, the blueberry pie filling is added to the middle and topped with a lemon infused cream cheese frosting. I sprinkled it with the oatmeal crumble. Lemon and blueberry is such a great combination. The sweetness of the blueberry and tartness on the lemon balance each other out. For this recipe, I chose to use canned Lucky Leaf blueberry pie filling. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, actually a few months ago, I went to Colorado for my brother’s graduation. I have been putting off writing this post for whatever reason; but today is the day. When I was in Fort Collins, I went to this place called Mary Mountain Cookies; it was oh my god amazing. First of all, their cookies were the size of my face. They had more than a dozen flavors to choose from AND they had a variety of frozen cookie doughs (for take n’ bake) and other frozen treats. So naturally I bought eight cookies to try.
I was so intrigued by the blueberry cheesecake cookies that I decided to recreate them at home. They are blueberry cookies topped with graham crackers and a cream cheese glaze. Their cookies were soft and chewy; they’re pretty much my cookie idols. Continue reading
If you are reading this post, that means I survived the wedding! I can’t wait to tell you guys about it, after I am done sleeping. Except that oh wait, I am heading to Minnesota on Thursday for my cousin’s wedding. It has been about eight years since the family was all together last. A few of my cousins have children now that I haven’t met so I am very excited to see everyone. Back to back weddings, only this time I just get to eat the desserts instead of making them!
With the 4th of July approaching (I can’t even believe it), I have been on the hunt for easy to prepare recipes that are on the lighter side. The blueberry pie parfaits are layered with crushed piecrust, lemon infused blueberry cream cheese and fresh blueberries.
I love a good blueberry pie, but I wasn’t looking to spend half a day trying to make one. Instead, I baked just the crust by cutting them into small circles and letting them cool. While the piecrust was cooling, I made a blueberry cream cheese with a lemon zest. The layer of fresh blueberries in the parfaits is a great compliment to the cream cheese. You can make your own piecrust, but since this post is about being easy, go ahead and buy a prepared piecrust. Continue reading
Oh man, this is an exciting week for me! On Thursday, I am traveling to Austin to attend the Blogher Food Conference. I signed up in December, so I have been anxiously awaiting this week for quite some time. I am really looking forward to meeting the bloggers that I follow and have come to know through the past few months. I am trying to plan a visit to some local bakeries and eateries in the area. This is one of my favorite things to do when I visit a new city. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way! I plan to not eat at all this week so I can have some storage space for the extra calories, haha.
So yea, back to these muffins. When my parents read this, I am sure they will be shaking their head at me for sharing this story. When we were younger, we would always go camping in New Hampshire during the summer and my parents made us go pick blueberries. Now as much as I like blueberries, do you know how long it takes to fill a gallon size bucket with mini blueberries? A freaking long time! I just recall having to wear long pants and a long shirt and sit in the hot sun while my parents tried to have three young kids help them pick two or three gallons of blueberries. As an adult, I much prefer to buy my blueberries at the grocery store. Sorry mom and dad. Continue reading