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‘Blog of the Year’ Award

14 Dec

I am learning quickly that this blog community kinda rocks!  Seriously.  It’s this whole group of supportive people just waiting to lift up and encourage their fellow bloggers.  I kinda love it!

This week I was honored to receive 2 awards!  That’s right.  2!!  They are both the ‘Blog of the Year’ award, which just sounds AWESOME, doesn’t it?  (And it gets better so make sure you read below!) The first came from Jhuls at thenotsocreativecook – not only do I read this blog often, but I also follow her on Instagram.  And you should too!  The second one came from Haley at If You Give a Blonde A Kitchena fairly new (and wonderful) blog that I am really excited about!  A big thank you to both of them.  (And now I can display my ‘2 stars’.  Woo hoo!!)
Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

The blogs I’ve nominated are:

Hilary Makes

Edibles and Travels


I Sing in the Kitchen

Sift, Stir & Savour

Sweet Revelations

Sweet And Crumby

Overtime Cook

Making it with Danielle

Daisy Bites

Confessions of a Frosting Fanatic

tastytreats13’s Blog


Now, the details:

  1.  Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
  3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
  4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
  5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.
  6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

You can find all the badges, banners and information you need here: ‘Blog of the Year 2013′ Award Badges

Day 95 – Peanut Butter and Honey Cupcakes

3 Nov

I love honey! With biscuits. With peanut butter. With tea. With a spoon. Whatever! So, no way I could resist these Peanut Butter & Honey Cupcakes (recipe below from A Beautiful Mess)

And today’s book is Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes.

Cupcake     Mini-Cupcake

These cakes are extremely dense and quite moist.  They don’t have an overly exciting flavor alone. They almost remind me of the texas sheet cake cupcakes, but not as strong.


The frosting is very smooth and creamy, but easy to pipe.  It doesn’t have a very strong peanut butter flavor. More like a buttercream with peanut butter instead of a peanut butter frosting.

PB-and-honey-cupcake     Mini-PB-Honey-Cupcake

They are better together. It’s almost like a peanut butter and honey sandwich, cause the cupcake is such an even flavor. The honey is the most stand-out, which is kinda surprising. It can easily overpower the delicate frosting, so really pipe that on thick.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4 (it’s a creative design, but it was hard to get a great pic cause the honey is so reflective…)
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18


Peanut Butter & Honey Cupcakes (recipe from A Beautiful Mess)


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup oil (vegetable, canola or peanut)

2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

2 cups water


4 sticks of softened butter (2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (the clear kind is better for frostings)

2-3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter

For directions visit A Beautiful Mess.

*Tomorrow: Amy’s Mint Chocolate Cupcakes*

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