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Cranberry Chocolate Chew Holiday Cupcakes

So... surprise!
My kid loves chocolate just as much as I do.
(Which is a lot!)
I am always trying to think of fun treats
(chocolate ones that can subdue the sweet tooth are always good)
to bake with my Little Muppet since she is very good at eating her fruits and veggies
and sometimes that calls for a delicious reward-
also since baking is my forte in the kitchen
and the only area in which I feel I sometimes have mad skills.
All other areas are questionable.

To whip up a little dessert for us
I sought out the ingredients that we needed at Winco
and, after a long stay there of grabbing groceries as well,
Svea got to pick out a little handful of jellybeans from their dispensers.
I LOVE that system!
Winco has dispensers with pasta, beans, candy, etc.
and you just grab whatever amount you need!
Ok I'm geeking out about my favorite grocery store.
Back to baking.

I headed home with Rice Chex Cereal
and Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Cake
along with sidekicks of eggs, frosting, and berries.

I got to work baking my Cranberry Chocolate Chew Holiday Cupcakes
and Svea got to work helping lick the spatula
and eating frosting.
I made cupcakes since they are the perfect size for Svea to hold by herself
and added pieces of Rice Chex Mix inside to give them a lightly chewy texture!
The chocolate batter fills the Chex pieces and bakes into them
leaving chewy pieces throughout!
SO yummy.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to #SpreadCheer and make them for your loved ones this holiday season:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and gather Betty Crocker cake mix, Rice Chex cereal, eggs, vegetable oil, cranberries, and frosting. 
  2. Mix Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Cake mix with three eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 1/4 cups water, and a dollop of sour cream (for an even more creamy taste) by hand or in a mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed. 
  3. Spray cupcake pan with cooking spray. 
  4. Fill each slot halfway with batter, add a few pieces of Rice Chex, and then fill with more batter so that each slot is about 3/4 full and Chex pieces are covered. 
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes. 
  6. Frost each cupcake with Betty Crocker chocolate frosting and garnish with a cranberry. Some of my family members like to eat the cupcakes with the cranberries and some like them without so it's up to you if they are for taste or for show. :)
  7. Enjoy!
And here are some helpful tips from Svea on how to eat your cupcakes:

Begin by pointing to your cupcake and saying, "Ooooo! Woooow!" 
 Try giving your cupcake a kiss so it knows that it's loved.
 Taste a little lick of frosting with your finger.
 Realize how amazing it tastes!
 Go all in!

Download these awesome coupons before your next Winco trip 
for savings on your holiday treat baking needs!
You can grab a coupon to:

Save $1 on Bulk Foods when you buy four Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix or Ready to Spread Frosting (any flavors / varieties)
Save $1 on Bulk Foods when you buy any two boxes of Chex cereal (any flavors / varieties)

And in order to spread some #WincoCheer, 
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Thanks for stopping by!
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Mathea's Sweet Sixteen: A Vintage Fashion Affair (Part One)

Now I should preface this epic party by saying that a birthday party is always in best taste when 
it reflects the person who is being celebrated. 
My sixteenth birthday party consisted of my friends and I sitting in a circle and playing
"Do you love your neighbor?"
(a hilarious but extremely simple game)
followed by carving ice cream blocks and then eating them.
I feel like that was a pretty accurate portrayal of me at sixteen. 
I was all about baggy t-shirts, no makeup, and having fun with my friends. 
So naturally when my mom asked me to put on my sister's Sweet Sixteen
I knew it would be nothing like mine had been. 

Mathea somehow got all of the fashion genes in the family!
She can recreate any hair style, 
she is a make up Van Gogh,
she looks like she just walked off of a runway 90% of the time, 
and she LOVES to make unique memories with her friends. 
So this party needed to be a reflection of her
to really celebrate where she is in her life at sixteen-years-old. 

After a couple months of planning, 
endless nights of sewing, crafting, and creating, 
the time had finally come. 

I began her birthday week by stealing her away to do a little photo shoot. 
I wanted photo inspiration at the party to match the "Vintage Fashion" theme
so I styled a shoot to tie it all together. 
I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted the flower crown for the shoot to look like
so I collaborated with a local florist, Judy, from The Tulip Tree Florist
to bring my vision to life. 
She created the perfect piece for us 
and I collected other vintage items that I already owned to compliment the flower crown.
The faux furs and romper were pulled right from my sister's wardrobe 
and the vintage dress at the back of my closet had been waiting for just this moment.
The results were exactly what I'd hoped for. 
This is 100% my sister. 
And yes. She is straight out of a fairy tale.

Bucket Hat: Cents of Style

Stay tuned to see the rest of the vintage fashion festivities from the party in Part Two!

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