Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple CupcakesIt is time for The Secret Recipe Club

Yes, I know how time flies, and must say this is the quickest I have ever made my chosen selection. I was assigned From Chapelhill to Chickenville this time around, and I think I made my assignment about two days later. After reading through every single recipe I finally decided to give these Caramel Apple Cupcakes a try. They were delicious! Even my husband, a I would rather have chips than a dessert sort of guy, really liked them. I tried to whip that icing up into a frosting but mine still turned into more of a glaze but hey that was one yummy glaze and the caramel portion of this recipe makes your house smell divine. All my kids came in from the park proclaiming the house smelt like Christmas. Make these, enjoy these, I highly recommend!

  • 1 boxed cake mix pus eggs milk, oil called for on box-Aimee used white, I used yellow as I already had one
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 1 lb light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter

1. Make cake according to package directions, stir in diced apples. Bake according to times on box.

2. To make icing melt together the brown sugar and whipping cream. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for an additional minute, add baking soda, boil another minute. Remove from heat. Add butter but don’t mix it in, cool.

3. Beat frosting until desired consistency is reached. spread onto cooled cupcakes.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Check out what eveyone else made at the link below:



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Marinara Shrimp and Vegetable Bowls

Marinara ShrimpWe are fully back into the swing of things with school. The kids enjoyed their drama and sports classes on Tuesday, today starts our piano lessons and Erik’s Aikido, which he is looking forward to so much, one thing he doesn’t like to give up in Summer, but mommy likes the little break. We just keep motoring along, and as I think this September may be our busiest month I can ever remember , I am sure October will be here before we know it. Quick meals are key when you have a lot going on, like this one simple, easy and a seafood dish the whole family enjoyed. Yes even me!

Recipe from Betty Crocker Quick and Easy

  • 8 oz uncooked vermicelli
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 medium zucchini , sliced
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced ( my grocery store didn’t have any so I used 2 zucchini)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb, shrimp, tails removed
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves

1. Start a large pot of water boiling to cook your pasta, cook to your desired tenderness,.

2. While pasta is cooking, saute onion and garlic in oil in large skillet until tender. Add remaining vegetables and salt, cook additional 2-3 minutes until tender. Set aside vegetables.

3. Add shrimp to skillet and cook 1-2 minutes until just pink. Return vegetables to pan and mix with shrimp.

4. While cooking vegetables and shrimp place marinara sauce in small sauce pan and heat.

5. Divide pasta between your serving bowls and toss each with about 2 Tbsp of marinara sauce. Top with Shrimp and Vegetables plus additional marinara sauce.

6. Eat and enjoy!

Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookiesIt is funny what constitutes a tragedy in the life of a blogger, Okay tragedy is way to strong a word, but a let down definitely. You see my camera battery died again and we still haven’t found the recharger, I think it must be lost somewhere in that great big world of ours never to return. This means we need to head to the store and buy ourselves a new recharger. Until then, I am back to using my camera phone, I figured blurry photos and better than no photos at all. So I made these cookies and then brought them to Bridge class last night, where we all managed to polish off almost the whole recipe so apparently they were good!!

Recipe from Allrecipes

  •                     3 1/4 cups flour
  •                     1 teaspoon baking soda
  •                     3/4 teaspoon salt
  •                     1 1/3 cups butter, softened
  •                     1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  •                     1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  •                     2 eggs
  •                     4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  •                     1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  •                     1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Cream together the butter and both sugars, then blend in eggs and vanilla.

2. Add baking soda, salt and 2 1/4 cups of the flour. Beat until combined. Beat in remaining flour.

3. Add chocolate chips and walnuts, stir until combined.

4. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 9 minutes a batch. Cool.

5. Eat and enjoy!