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To die for…

Baking is certainly a passion of mine.  I’m not sure where it came from exactly but I absolutely love trying new recipes.  I love that I can create in the kitchen and that people get happy about the things that I make.  When we lived in Iceland I had decided that I wanted to try to make cheesecake from scratch…you know, not the Jello kind out of the box?!?!  I had remembered making a cheesecake with my mom once but I remember thinking how long it seemed to take.  Once I found a recipe and made it myself I was in complete shock at how simple it was.  I would never buy a cheesecake in a box again!  From about that point on I have loved baking.  I love throwing together a batch of cookies, baking big three layer cakes and trying new frostings!

Cinnamon Rolls from scratch

I was inspired early in the week to make a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.  They turned out pretty good although they weren’t gooey in the middle 😦  The problem that we have is that I love sweets (very bad thing), Dominic isn’t real big on sweets, and the boys all think they like sweets until they get two bites into something.  Christian is a milkshake kinda kid, Ayden likes cookies and Mason likes candy.  I’ve always liked sending my homemade goodies to work with Dominic to share.  His co-workers have raved about everything I have sent over the years which feels good.  This time I had asked Dominic to take the pan of cinnamon rolls to work and he did NOT want to.  It had nothing to do with the rolls and everything to do with work issues.  I get it but I would much rather other people eat them so they won’t get thrown away here at home because no one wanted them.  In the end he did take them to work and came home with a very empty pan.  He was bitter about it though and didn’t tell me if people liked them (lol).

This week on Pinterest I found a recipe for Salted Caramel Frosting!  OMG!  Can you imagine?  I had never made salted caramel before but I do know how to make candies fairly well so I figured ‘how hard can it be’?  Not hard at all, just a bit time consuming.  I made chocolate cupcakes from scratch and topped them with this frosting.  I’m not sure if there is a better combination!  These cupcakes are to die for!  I had to get rid of them!  LOL  I was shocked when Dominic ate two of them!  The rest I was able to pawn off to a friend since I wouldn’t dare ask Dominic to take another homemade goody to work in the same week as the cinnamon rolls…lol.

Salted Caramel


Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting!

I had so much fun this week trying new recipes!



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