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How to make yummy cupcakes?


I’m a huge fan of Georgetown Cupcakes.  My sister-in-law introduced them to me a couple years ago and whenever there is a special occasion I ask her or others for at least one.

This evening we spent some time over at a friend’s house and I offered to bring over some desert so I tried at my stab at a yummy cupcake and icing.

I found this really good Allergy Free cake recipe – no dairy, and no nuts – called Wacky Cakes

Allergy-Free Dessert Recipe: Kathy P’s Wacky Cake
Recipe Information
Category: Cakes
Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara
1 1/2 cup flour (see below for gluten-free options)
3 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vinegar
5 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to combine.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until you get a smooth batter. Do not beat.

Pour into greased and floured pan (8″ square or 9″ round) or 12 cupcakes. Bake in oven until tests done – about 35 minutes for cake, about 20 minutes for cupcakes.

I made it with cocoa and they turned out so moist.  I used Cake Flour not all-purpose flour and I think that helps a lot.  I even used the Kitchen Aid mixer and poured all of the ingredients in the bowl to make it super easy and fast.  The batter is watery so I poured it from the mixer into a measuring glass and it was so easy to pour into the cups.   My toddler even helped and had a great time learning about how the mixer worked.  I baked them for 20 minutes.  When they came out they were a little crumbly when I inserted the toothpick which meant that they would be moist.

Then I created the icing.  This wasn’t allergy free by any means but it was close to Georgetown Cupcake’s Red Velvet cream cheese frosting thanks to Delleicious DC for the information. The icing recipe comes from Martha Stewart.  You can find the recipe HERE.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature


  1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until well combined.

I highly recommend following the recipe to the letter – sift the sugar and make sure the ingredients are at room temperature.  I used the Kitchen Aid mixer for this too.  I love my mixer!

After the cupcakes were cool I then iced them by putting it in a plastic ziplock bag creating a hole at the corner and pumping the icing on top.

They turned out great. They weren’t too rich and not too sweet.  Yummy!

Sorry I didn’t take a picture but next time and I’m sure there will be a next time I will take a picture.

What type of cupcakes do you like?

Update:  12/22/2013 –  Here is an updated picture of the Wacky Cupcake.  I made these for my boy’s preschool Christamas party.  They were so yummy and perfect to take to school.  I didn’t even put icing on them.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe – Yummy!

It is that time of year again! This weekend we made our favorite Pumpkin Scones.

All I can say is Wow!  These are truly the best scones I’ve ever made and eaten.

Two years ago I was introduced to the amazing Pumpkin Scone at Starbucks but at $1.95 a piece, it’s not the frugal way to go.

I found this recipe on MomsWhoThink online and made it.  A couple changes that I made include using pumpkin pie filling instead of regular pumpkin (hard to find regular pumpkin at some stores) and I also used heavy cream instead of half and half.   They came out so well I tried the recipe yesterday a couple more times, I used the self-rising flour and only used a 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder and omitted the salt.  I then did another batch with cooking margarine and my hubby preferred those.  I recommend cream for the icing because milk seems to make it too “watery”.

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe

These pumpkin scones are so moist and flavorful you’ll be wanting to make them all year round. They taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks. Make them on a fall morning and they’re the perfect fit with hot tea or coffee. Save yourself the hassle of waiting in line for your breakfast and shelling out big bucks for the same wonderful scone you can easily make at home.

Scones Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
7 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 Tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 Tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

Sugar Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whole milk

Spiced Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch ground cloves

Scones Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

3.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl.

4.  With a fork, pastry knife, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter remain. Set aside.

5.  In a separate mixing bowl, whisk pumpkin, half and half, and egg.

6.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball.

7.  Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide).

8.  Use a large knife to slice the dough into three equal portions. Cut diagonally to produce 6 triangular slices of dough.

9.  Place on prepared baking sheet from step 2.

10.  Bake for 10–16 minutes until scones turn light brown.

11.  Place on wire rack to cool.

Sugar Glaze directions:

1.  Mix the powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoon milk together until smooth.

2.  Brush glaze over the top of each cooled scone.

Spiced Glaze Directions:

1.  As sugar glaze firms, combine the spiced icing ingredients.

2.  Use whisk to drizzle over each scone and allow to dry before serving.

Makes 6 pumpkin scones.

My guess this cost me about $2 a batch to make, if that.

What do you think?  Any suggestions for other recipes to try?

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Meal Planning 5/21/2012

This is week 21 on creating a meal plan for the week. This is a busy week but slow week since the weather has been raining.  Hoping the rest of the week will be a bit nicer so we can go outside some.    I’m excited to say that I got a lot of birthday freebies like I did in 2009 that I will be using in the next couple of days before they expire.  (I wrote the post back in 2009 so some of the freebies aren’t available anymore and some new ones are.  So I plan on writing an updated version soon. )  I got a coupon for a FREE burger at Ruby Tuesdays,  and a FREE meal at Silver Diner!  Looking forward to enjoying those.

Monday: Breakfast: Cereal and fruit Lunch Leftovers Dinner Sardines Lorenzas (open-faced sandwiches normally we do Tuna this time Sardines)

Tuesday:Breakfast Eggs  Lunch Soup Dinner: CiCi’s pizza!  I love CiCi’s pizza because the 5 of us can go there and we can all eat for under $20!  We had a coupon for Buy 1 Adult Buffet and drink and get 1 Adult Buffet FREE just for signing up for their club so the meal was just over $10!  The kids are 3 and under eat FREE.  I will also mention my boys are at the age that it is difficult to take them out places now because they make a HUGE mess.  CiCi’s pizza is a great place because they don’t mind if we do and we always try and clean up most of it.  I’m used to doing that after each meal.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cereal and fruit Lunch PB&J Dinner: Homemade Bar-B-que from a family friend!  God Bless!

Thursday: Breakfast Cereal and fruit Lunch Muffins Dinner: Chicken fingers

Friday: Breakfast Cereal Lunch Fastfood treat Dinner: Fried Rice and Leftovers  – Last week I planned pizza but we decided to wait for pizza for another day and I looked in the pantry and found I had Fried Rice seasoning (no MSG)!  I had purchased frozen shrimp from Aldi for $5.99 and thought what a perfect meal.  I will tell you this was perfect.  My kids LOVED the fried rice.  I think they love salt.   I made it with whole grain brown rice, lots of green peas and carrots.  All 3 of them ate it.   This is a winner!

Saturday: Breakfast Cereal easy Lunch Leftovers and then late lunch with a family gathering Dinner: Friend gathering

Sunday: Breakfast Easy and fast eggs Lunch Fastfood Dinner: OYO

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?

Thanks to for the awesome meal plan chart. Check it out HERE. Thanks to for the encouragement.

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Bottom Dollar 4/13/11-4/19/11

Purex BOGO Limit 2

Purex Detergent or Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets – 03-13-11 RP 1/$1.00

Wish-Bone BOGO Limit 2

Wish-Bone Dressing, Any – Sign Up For Newsletter 1/$.40

Michelina’s Entrees $.95 New lower price

Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Products, Any – Powered By Smartsource
Michelina’s Entree Or Snackers Products, Any – Powered By Smartsource

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $1.88

Lean Cuisine Regular Retail Buy 4 Get 1 FREE
Lean Cuisine, 5-15 3/8 Oz., Any – All You, April 2011 $1.00/3
Pillsbury Cinnamon or Crescent Rolls $1.58 Buy 3 get 1 FREE Hannaford Eggs 1 Dozen
Pillsbury Products, Any (Pillsbury Biscuits 4 Pack, Grands, Junior Golden Layer Biscuits, Grands Biscuits, Grands Flaky Layers Butter Tastin Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls, Grands Cinnamon Rolls, Bread, Pizza Crust, Place ‘N Bake Crescent Rolls 8ct, Ready To Bake Cookies, Refrigerated Cookies, Pie Crust, Or Pizza Crust) – 02-27-11 SS
$3.00/3  Expires 4/15/11
Duncan Hines Brownies $1.69
Duncan Hines Brownies, any – 04-10-11 SS  $1.00/2
Duncan Hines Brownies, any – 04-10-11 SS $0.50/1
Red Baron Pizza Regular or Thin Crust Select Varieties $2.98
Red Baron Pan Pizza or Pan Pasta, any (DND 5) – 03-27-11 SS $1.00/1
Tropicana Orange Juice 59 ounce $2.48
Tropicana Pure Premium Product, Any 59 Oz – 03-06-11 RP $1.00/2
Other deals:
Smithfield Shank Portion Smoked Ham $.77 lb Limit 2
Russet Potatoes $.29 lb
Busch or Miller High Life Family 24 Pack $10.44 each
Pepsi Products 2 Liter $.88 each
Smart Option Ice Cream BOGO Limit 2
Peeled Carrots BOGO Limit 2
Gwaltney Great Bolony BOGO Limit 2
Ragu Pasta $1.58 New lower price
Jif Peanut Butter $1.98 New lower price
Nabisco Chips Ahoy $2.25 New lower price
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Shoppers Food Warehouse 9/8/10-9/15/10

Shoppers is now doing the Double AD Wednesday – Once a week.  Twice the savings.  Every Wednesday.   So on 9/8/10 (Wed) and 9/15/10 (Wed) this sale will be on along with the other week sale.   So if you don’t get to Shoppers this weekend go on Wed and you can include the new sale to this one!  What a great way to save!

Chicken is on sale!  Talk about a great time to stock pile on chicken.  If you have an extra freezer then this is a great time to add to it.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69 lb Family Pack

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs $1.69 lb  Family Pack

Chicken Thighs, Drumsticks or Whole Legs $1.29 lb Family Pack

All Natural Split Chicken Breast $1.69 lb Family Pack

All Natural Young Whole Chicken $1.49 lb

Perdue Grade A is 40% off Sale – see the store for details


Smithfield Premium Pork Shoulder Roast $1.99 lb   – I’m definately going to get one of these to make this week.  I want to make this super easy recipe from Sandra Lee’s Money Saving TV show.

Smithfield Premium Pork Steak $1.99 lb Family Pack

Smithfield Premium Pork Ribs $1.99 lb Family Pack

Chuck Steak, Should Steak, Bottom Round Steak, Eye Round Steak, and Top Round Steak $3.99 lb Family Pack


Tomatoes on the vine $1.49

Green, Orange, Red or Yellow Bell Peppers $.99 each

Fresh Asparagus $1.99 lb

Green Cabbage 2 lbs $1

Juicy Pluots $.99 lb – Pluot is part plum and part apricot.

Ginger Gold, Granny Smith or Breburn Apples $.88 lb

Russet Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.99

Yellow Onions 2 lb $1.99

Hass Avocados $.99 each

Fresh & Crisp Collard or Kale Greens $.79 lb

Other Items

General Mills Cereals 2 for $4

12.8 oz Box Cinnamon Toast Crunch
12.25 oz Box Honey Nut Cherrios
11.8 oz Box, Cocoa Puffs
11.5oz Box, Lucky Charms

General Mills cereals, any (2): Boo Berry, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs (any), Cookie Crisp (any), Count Chocula, Dora the Explorer, Franken Berry, Golden Grahams, Kix (any), Lucky Charms (any), Reese’s Puffs, Trix. – 08-22-10 ss $1.00/2
General Mills Cereals: Basic 4, any Chex, any Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, any Oatmeal Crisp, any Raisin Nut Bran, any Total, any Wheaties – 08-22-10 SS $1.00/2
General Mills Cereals: Basic 4, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Dora the Explorer, Fiber One, Golden Grahams, Honey Nut Clusters, Kix, Lucky Charms, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Reese’s Puffs, Total, Trix, Wheaties, Any – 08-08-10 GM $1.00/3

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Birthday Freebies, Specials and Coupons

I love Birthdays!  Birthdays are so much fun especially when you can say you’re 24 again or maybe 21.  *wink wink*

This past year after reading many blogs about birthday freebies I signed up for several of them.  I took an hour or so off from work and picked them up.   This is what I got:

Sephora – Sign up as a Beauty Insider and get a free gift from Sephora on your birthday.  This year it is a small white eyeshadow, small mascara and small eyeliner.

Cold Stone Creamery – Cold Stone Creamery will send you an email with a coupon for a free ice cream creation to enjoy on your birthday. All ages are welcome!  The server that helped me that day gave me a bigger cup!  I gave him a tip.  Thanks!  It was wonderful.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – Sign up for the Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks and not only will you get coupons for special offers all year long but you will get something on your birthday.  I got a B1G1 coupon!  Yummy!

Bath & Body Works – As I’ve mentioned in the past, Bath & Body Works sends so many coupons and in this case I combined it with a sale.  The cashier even gave me the coupon back to use again.

Godiva – The same day I was going to the mall to pick up some of my freebies I realized that you can sign up for Godiva Chocolate Rewards the same day and get 1 FREE piece of chocolate and you will get 1 FREE piece each month just by walking in.  If you don’t have the reward card make sure you remember the email address you used to sign up.

Rita’s Italian Ice – Join today and receive exclusive offers year round, a special birthday treat and the latest scoop on Rita’s– all delivered straight to your inbox.  Joining the club is FREE! Click here to sign up today!  I got a B1G1 treat and then if you sign up your kids they too will get a treat for their birthday.

Recently my daughter had a birthday!  We had a great time.  We decided to have a simple family get together but we also included a trip to Toys R Us.  It was so much fun.

Toys ‘R’ Us – Children ages 2 – 10 will receive a birthday card and surprise gift from Geoffrey when you sign them up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club.

In the mail I got a $5 off a $25 and then a week closer to her birthday she got a $3 off a $3 purchase, the best part is you can combine these coupons!  Woohoo! We ended up getting a baby doll stroller, baby doll bottles, ball, Popsicle holders and a play shopping cart with fake food for $22!

She got there and had a great time playing with the toys. Plus she got a balloon, a crown and her name announced on the loud speaker.  She was a little princess.

Baskin Robbins – Get a free ice cream treat if you sign up for their Birthday Club.  If you also sign up your kids they too will get an ice cream treat.

To see a larger list of Birthday Freebies check out at Hey It’s Free.

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Bottom Dollar Food deals – 05/19/10-05/25/10

Make sure you enroll in the Bottom Dollar Food Member Card program.  You can sign-up in the store or sign-up online and get the temp. card instantly. They will mail you a card in a week.   Here is Bottom Dollar’s Coupon Policy.

Don’t forget to use your May coupon – $10 off a $40 purchase – expires 5/31/10!


Otis Spunkmeyer Muffins – $1.88 (valid until 05/25)

Toufayan Mini Croissants – $2.88 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Coffee – $5.27 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Orange Juice – $1.94 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Soda – $2.19 (valid until 05/25)

Heineken – $10.95 (valid until 05/25)

Liberty Creek – 2 FOR $11 (valid until 05/25)

Miller Lite or Coors – $10.47 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Pepsi Products – 88¢ EA. (valid until 05/25)

Pinecroft – 3 FOR $10 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Oats & More Cereal – $1.98 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Pork & Beans – 55¢ (valid until 05/25)


Smart Option Fabric Softener – $1.98 (valid until 05/25)

Tide Laundry Detergent – $13..48 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Butter Quarters – $2.08 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Half & Half – $2.28 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Shreds and Chunk Cheese – $1.88 (valid until 05/25)

Kraft American Singles – $1.79 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Yoplait Yogurt – 10 FOR $5 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Breaded Shrimp – $3.98 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Chicken – $4.28 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Ice Cream Sandwiches – $2.78 (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Pot Pies – 67¢ (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Self Rising or Thin Crust Pizza – $3.97 (valid until 05/25)


Dove Soap – $7.14 (valid until 05/25)


Duncan Hines Brownies – $1.69 (valid until 05/25)

Duncan Hines Cake Mix – 88¢ EA. (valid until 05/25)

Food Lion Frosting – $1.06 (valid until 05/25)

Hunt’s Manwich Sauce – 94¢ (valid until 05/25)


93% Lean Ground Beef – $2.78 LB. (valid until 05/25)

Bottom Round Roast – $1.98 LB. (valid until 05/25)  This is a good price.

Farm Raised Tilapia Fillets – $2.97 LB. (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Meatballs – $1.97 (valid until 05/25)

Fresh Split Chicken Breasts – 97¢ LB. (valid until 05/25)

Gwaltney Bacon – $2.27 (valid until 05/25)

Holly Farms Chicken Wings – $1.79 LB. (valid until 05/25)

Jamestown Brand Ham Slices – $1.49 LB. (valid until 05/25)

Land O’ Frost Sub Kit – $5.47 (valid until 05/25)

Pork Tenderloin – $3.97 LB. (valid until 05/25)

Smart Option Chicken Nuggets – $2.47 (valid until 05/25)

Tastee Choice Salad Shrimp – 87¢ (valid until 05/25)

T-Bone or Porterhouse Steaks – $6.97 LB. (valid until 05/25)


Cabbage – 47¢ LB. (valid until 05/25)

Hass Avocados – 88¢ EA. (valid until 05/25)

Red Potatoes – $2.99 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Sliced Mushrooms – $1.69 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Strawberries – $1.98 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Tomatoes – $1.47 (valid until 05/25)


Food Lion Variety Pack Chips – $5.99 (valid until 05/25)

Lay’s Chips – $1.78 EA. (valid until 05/25)

Nabisco Chips Ahoy! – $2.50 (valid until 05/25)

Zesta Crackers – $1.99 (valid until 05/25)

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Shoppers Trip 05/08/10 and CVS Trip 05/08/10

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already the weekend went by so fast.  I’d been trying to get these pictures downloaded so I could show off my shopping trips and now I can.

Back when they had the Shopper’s Promotion I was trying to decide when I should use the 2 $5 catalinas.  This weekend was when they were to expire so on Saturday I went in and got all of this after using the catalinas it came to under $3!  Not bad.  We had a funny picnic on Sunday in the garage eating salad.  Will be making salads tomorrow night.

I’m excited to say that I got to do the Nivea deal more than once.  This is my favorite body wash.  I’m so glad I got introduced to it a while back when CVS had a buy 1 get 100% ECBs back to make it free.  My skin has been less dry and I haven’t had to use that many lotions.   Now I have a supply that will last me for a long time.   If I ever get any more body washes it is for gifts or donations.   Plus, the Nivea Lip Moisture is a new favorite of mine too.  I left one of them in the car, which is why it isn’t in the picture.  Everything in the above picture cost me under $3.

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Farmers Markets in Fairfax County, VA

May is the time of year to check out the local Farmers Market.  Here is a list of Farmers Markets in Fairfax County, VA:


Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 4 – November 23


Fairfax Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 4 – October 26



Vienna/Oakton Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 5 – November 17

Frying Pan Farmers Market, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
May 5 – October 27

Wakefield Farmers Market, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May 5 – October 27


Herndon Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 6 – October 27


Annandale Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 6 – November 4



McLean Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 7 – November 19

Please Note: Market closed for McLean Day, May 14, 2010

Kingstowne Farmers Market, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May 7 – October 29



Burke Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 1 – November 20


Reston Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 8 – October 30



Lorton Farmers Market, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
May 2 – October 31


Thanks to