MotivationMonday#14

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Yes, yes, YES!

Fill your mind with positivity and it will overflow into the rest of your life.

Sometimes it can seem hard, if not downright impossible, to keep the positive vibes going. But how about we make a pact? Let’s all work at being as positive as possible, and when we feel the negative thoughts creeping in, let’s do our best to turn it around and stop it in its tracks.

Now, who’s making the most of their Monday?

love & cupcakes,

Katie

p.s.-Happy Halloween!!!! Is anyone trick or treating?!

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Easy Tres Leches Cake

img_7071My husband’s birthday was two weeks ago and one of his favorite desserts is Tres Leches. We first were introduced to tres leches when we lived in Miami, and as we have moved around the country we have discovered that of all places, Whole Foods makes a mean tres leches! Who knew?!

I’ve wanted to make a tres leches cake for about 3 years now, so I figured I was finally going to do it! If you decide to do this yourself, may I suggest doing it when there is a crowd to feed, because it makes a lot of cake!

The hardest part of making this cake is planning to do it the day before so it has time overnight to soak up all the leches! And then having the self control to not eat it before it’s time to!

Ingredients:

for cake:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 T of vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract (optional, but it gives a subtle, delicious taste)
  • 4 eggs

for the “tres leches” part:

  • 1 C. milk (recipe said whole milk, but we had 2% Lactaid on hand)
  • 1 can (140z) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

for whipped cream topping:

  • 2 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C. sugar (you can do less if you want since the cake itself is so sweet)

Directions:

  1.  Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13×9 inch pan.img_6978
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, vanilla and coconut extracts, and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. The full two minutes really makes a difference because the batter gets nice and fluffy and increases in volume (a good thing for soaking up all the milk later).img_6979
  3. Pour into pan.
  4. Bake as directed on box for 13×9 inch pan. (I did mine for 30 minutes and it was perfect). Let stand 5 minutes. Poke top of hot cake every 1/2 inch with long-tined fork, wiping fork occasionally to reduce sticking.img_6982
  5. In large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, regular milk and evaporated milk. Carefully pour evenly over top of cake. Cover and refrigerate overnight.img_6983
after soaking up the milk
after soaking up the milk

6. Whip whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla together until thick. Spread

over the top of cake once all the milk has been absorbed overnight.

7. If you wish, cut up some strawberries to serve over top, or fresh      

          blueberries taste great too.

      8. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, and serve it when it’s nice and  

          COLD!img_7072

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Excuse the blurry pic, but I was too excited to devour it!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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motivation monday #13

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Hiiiiiiii! It’s Monday again! Can you believe it?

First of all, who doesn’t love Lucille Ball? She cracked me up so bad watching her in late night episodes at sleepovers growing up.

Even if miss Lucy didn’t say this quote, I would still love it. Because without self love we can’t be our whole self. If we are happy, the people around us are happy. It’s like a big, happy snowball effect in the best way possible.

Be good to yourself, my friends! We all deserve it, and we’re all guilty of not loving ourself first at some time or another.

Have a great week!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Cute n Mini Lemon Tarts

img_7073Ever get invited to a dinner and want to make something so you don’t show up empty handed, but you’re just not sure what to bring?

That was me when I made these little cuties!

These Cute n Mini Lemon Tarts are nice bite sized desserts that really please a crowd (and that’s saying something coming from someone who prefers her dessert to be made of chocolate!)

I found this recipe for the “perfect sugar cookie”, according to crazyforcrust.com. And I have to say, it’s pretty darn good! You can check out her recipe which I used here. You can always use store bought, but I had all the ingredients on hand and I knew I would like the homemade version better.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar cookie dough (store bought, or made from scratch from here)
  • 2 jars of lemon curd (you’ll have extra)*
  • fresh fruit and whipped cream for topping

*You can substitute any kind of curd if you prefer something other than lemon curd. I even thought that a version of these with nutella mixed with homemade whipped cream as a filling would be DELISH. Maybe that will be my next baking project!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your mini muffin pan with non-stick spray
  2. Make the sugar cookie dough and drop it by tablespoonfuls into each mini muffin
  3. Press the cookie dough up into the sides of each mini muffin wellimg_7076
  4. Bake for 10 minutes until they get a little golden
  5. Because the dough has risen during baking, take your round tablespoon and press down into the warm cookie dough to re-create the divot for each mini tart. Don’t be afraid to press down – you want to make it deep enough to hold enough lemon curd.img_7075
  6. Wait a few minutes for the tarts to cool and remove them from the mini muffin pan. If you gently push on one side of the tart it will tilt out of the tray easily so you can grab it and put it on a cooling rack.
  7. Take your lemon curd and put it in a ziplock baggie that you have lining a bowl or tall glass. Snip the corner off of the baggie.img_6609
  8. Pipe the lemon curd into each mini tart, top with fresh fruit and/or whipped cream. *Serving suggestion: if you are using whipped cream from a can (no shame in that), wait until you are ready to serve the tarts to put the whipped cream on because it “deflates” and doesn’t look as pretty!

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Aren’t they so cute? And because they’re bite-sized you can eat more! haha 🙂

Do you think you would make something like this?

love & cupcakes,

Katie

 

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motivation monday #12

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Hey guys! It’s been a WHILE. Honestly I got a little lazy and life got in the way of my posting stuff here. So I’m back with another motivation Monday for you.

I saw this on pinterest and all I could think was “how true.” With everything in the news and media being so negative, especially with this election coming up, there has been such a divide amongst everyone it seems. I have kept my opinions to myself on my social media pages but as I scroll through I can’t help but notice how many people are “defriending” others based on their opinions of the presidential nominees, or how they say someone’s opinion is downright wrong because it doesn’t agree with theirs.

How about instead of falling into the negativity/judgmental trap of all that *crap*, we just put our energy into being NICE to one another? Share your love. Compliment someone. Smile at a stranger. Hold the door for someone. Say “Thank you.”

Because all of that takes less effort than being mean. And you’ll feel better knowing you made some else feel a little better too!

I hope this helped make your Monday a little bit brighter!

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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