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   Posted by: arcanai

Recipes stolen from Jessica.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

makes about 12 cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips/morsels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and eggs and beat together until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix for another minute or so.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in peanut butter morsels.

Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Let cool, then frost.


Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 block cream cheese (8 ounces), softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and add cocoa powder, increasing the speed to mix. If the frosting it a bit too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.  If it is too thin, add additional sugar gradually. Frost cupcakes once cooled. Top with chocolate sprinkles.


because i just realized i didn’t have the recipe on my site

   Posted by: arcanai

Stolen from Richmond

Hot Artichoke Dip

  • 1 ½ C. Hellmans Mayo
  • 1 ½ C. Shredded Parmesan
  • 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 14 oz Artichoke hearts
  • 10 oz Frozen chopped spinach
  • ½ lemon squeezed for juice
  • ½ tsp. Tobasco + ???

Thaw and squeeze spinach dry. Drain and coarsely chop artichoke hearts. Mix all ingredients. (The ??? amount of tobasco is about 3-6 extra drops).

Bake 1 hour @ 350 — use a Pyrex pie plate if you like lots of crispy browned top — for more cheesy gooeyness a small casserole dish works well.

Serve with crackers or bagel chips.  It’s also great on chicken!


these are a few of my favorite things…

   Posted by: arcanai


while i’m trying to get myself into the Christmas mood, i’ll go ahead and post my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  the first two, peanut butter balls and jen’s butter coookies, are the ones that really taste like Christmas to me.  those are the ones that my mom taught me to make when i was just a little itty bitty.  what are your “true” Christmas cookies? Read the rest of this entry »


thanksgiving menu

   Posted by: arcanai

here’s the feast, more or less the same each year with minor adjustments.  the mac-n-cheese is a new addition this year since richmond keeps raving about how tasty it is.  what festive yummies will you be consuming today? Read the rest of this entry »