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Pecan, Coconut and Strawberry Cupcakes

Forever and ever I have loved caramel frosting.  I remember Mom

making this frosting, and me waiting for the smooth, rich, and 

buttery crystals on the spoon that had been used for stirring. 

Heaven, I tell you!  Well I whipped up some of this luscious frosting 

and then I needed something to frost!  

Oh, you might think I should have baked first and then made the 

frosting.  But, by now you know me- and well, this isn't the first 

time that I have been known to put the cart before the horse...

For the sake of sensibility,  this recipe will begin with the cupcakes!

I have been in the mood to experiment with cake mixes, this is one

of those recipes and it really is quite delightful and simple. 

I wanted to incorporate the fruits of the season into this recipe.

Fresh strawberries are in the batter along with coconut.  I topped 

the cupcakes with fresh blueberries from our local Farmers 

Market and spruced them up with white sprinkles. 

Some tips for this recipe would be-gently fold those strawberries in.

We don't want them mushed up in the batter-we want to bite into 

one of them-yummy!  

I like my frosting a little runny so that I can dip my cupcakes into 

the frosting, by doing this it helps to achieve a smooth look.

Before the frosting sets, I add the blueberries and sprinkles. 

Refrigerator and serve chilled with a glass of milk and enjoy the 

last days of Summer!

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Southern Banana Pudding

We had wonderful food on our trip down South and when we came 

home I felt as though we had to gradually wean ourselves off of all 

those rich and flavorful foods.  My solution was Banana Pudding!

You do know, that banana pudding is best served 2 or 3 days old.  

All of these sweet little vanilla wafers absorb the pudding and whip 

cream filling to turn into a mouthful of heavenly bliss.  

 Don't you just love the way the pudding layers itself around each

of the wafers-Southern Banana Pudding is not only incredibly

delicious it is a beautiful dessert to serve.

I am happy to report we are back on track with our usual healthy 


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Inspirational Thursday-New Orleans

Our trip came, it went, and it was 

delightfully memorable. It could have been 

the music that set the tone for our 

travels. Or it could have been that we went 

with open souls and hearts.

Our first stop New Orleans.

These musicians were actually 

good, we stopped and listened to several of 

their tunes.  The man with the washboard 

played very well! 

Every corner and turn beckons to the 

traveler, with a different selection of  

sumptuous desserts, coffee, beignets and 

seafood galore -

Whatever your palate desires you will not 

leave this city hungry.

Did I mention that I have a sweet tooth?

Yes, Aunt Sally does make the best Praline!

Verified and stamped with approval by yours 

truly.  Don't you love the method of drying

these marvelous confections-

Everything is tattered, rusted, bent, 

sagging and molded and I love it!  I love 

the rich History, the Folklore, the Tales,

my imagination runs wild with images of

the past. 

We walked and walked and walked until I

had several blisters on my feet.  I didn't 

mind, I was captivated!  We toured

the Mint, walked to Old Ursuline Convent, 

rode the streetcar. Visited the Garden 

District and Lafayette Cemetery No.1.

(Oh, I have some fascinating photos of the 

cemetery and a equally good tale to share!) 

Of course we did the tourist thing and 

walked along Bourbon Street.  

I marvel at the architect.

All of the colors are so intriguing.

The City seems to have a glow all of it's 


It was a little bit of everything and to sum

it all up is nearly impossible. So I will 

leave you with this quote from Chris Rose.

"I'm not going to lay down in words the lure of this place. Every great writer in the land, from Faulkner to Twain to Rice to Ford, has tried to do it and fallen short. It is impossible to capture the essence, tolerance, and spirit of south Louisiana in words and to try is to roll down a road of clich├ęs, bouncing over beignets and beads and brass bands and it just is what it is.
It is home."
Chris Rose - Author -  in 1 Dead in Attic