Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Perfect Party Dessert!

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Are you planning a birthday party any time soon?  These gorgeous cone cupcakes would make a great addition!  They are both yummy and delicious!

For the longest time, my daughter has been quite the tomboy, but her tastes seem to be changing to the girlier side of things.  She wants pretty stuff around her all the time.  These cupcakes are definitely pretty and I think they are going to be awesome for her birthday!

Ingredient List:
 
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening  
  • 2 Eggs 
  • 3/4 cup of milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract  
  • 1 pack of Ice cream cones

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by sifting together the flour and baking powder.  Next, add in your salt.  Follow by mixing in the butter and vegetable shortening.  Add one egg at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla.  Mix together until everything is well combined.

Next, depending on whether you want the cake over the cone or not, you can either fill the cone a little less then half way or to the half way point.  Use roughly 1-2 tablespoons per cone.  Place cones into your cupcake pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top looks golden brown (use the toothpick test to be sure they are done).

Let your cakes cool down completely before icing.   The icing is purely a matter of preference.  If you want to, you can simply spread it on, use a can ready to squirt on top, or you can use an icing bag to frost and decorate as you choose.  Cover in sprinkles and voila’ they are ready to be served at your party!

I am excited to try these with holiday themes for Halloween and Christmas!

Thinking About Granite Countertops? Here are Some Pros and Cons!

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If you are looking for a high-end countertop option that is both beautiful and practical, granite countertops may be the perfect choice for you. Made from natural stone, granite is attractive, durable and long lasting. It comes in a wide range of colors, patterns and styles, and it offers plenty of options.

Granite Options

Because granite is cut from natural stone, it comes in a wide variety of unique colors and patterns. You can find granite in every color from black to beige to white to green, or even in less traditional colors such as blue, red or yellow. You can find a pattern that is subtle, bold, swirled, edgy or stippled, and you can get a countertop that is long, short, curved, straight or anything in between. Choose a granite countertop that is thick or thin, and choose an edge such as a flat, bullnose, radius, bevel, ogee or cove. Even if all of your neighbors have granite countertops—and some of them may—your countertop is still sure to be a unique reflection of your personal tastes and preferences.

Advantages of Granite Countertops

Granite offers two main advantages: beauty and durability. If you are looking for a high-end countertop that offers your home a unique and sophisticated look, granite is the perfect choice. It won’t let you down when it comes to function, either. Granite is scratch, dent, stain and heat resistant when properly sealed. Whether you have children, pets or frequent dinner parties, granite is up to the task.

Other advantages include the fact that granite is easy to maintain and easy to clean. Granite is very sanity, as it does not absorb germs or bacteria when properly sealed. Granite also holds its resale value well, and can even increase your home’s value if well taken care of.

Disadvantages of Granite Countertops

Without a doubt, the biggest disadvantage of installing granite countertops is the expense. Granite countertops can cost between $50 and $400 per square foot, which may be more than some people can afford. While the countertops’ durability makes the price worth it, the initial expense can be a shock.

Other minor disadvantages include the fact that the countertops must be sealed as often as once a year, the fact that they can crack in rare circumstances, and the fact that they can stain if they aren’t sealed properly. Plus, they can be very heavy, which means that you need strong cabinets to support them.

If you are looking for something cheap and temporary, granite may not be for you, but if you are looking for the perfect beautiful countertops for your dream home, granite is the perfect choice!

Farm Stand Tuna Salad

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I absolutely love Summer time!  I love all of the farm stands that pop up locally and all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available.

I picked up some fresh veggies this morning at my local non-GMO farmstand and made myself some fresh Farm Stand Tuna Salad for lunch!

I sliced some cucumbers and tomatoes, mixed in some tuna and added a little dressing and voila’ – Fresh Delicious and healthy salad!

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 can/pouch Tuna fish w/water
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing

Mix ingredients together and serve chilled!

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