Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcakes, light as air angel food cake stuffed with lemon curd and topped with lemon whipped cream frosting!     This lemon cupcake recipe is what spring dreams are made of! To me, spring is just light and airy and full of possibilities! That’s just how these easy lemon cupcakes are, like a ray of sunshine. Bursting with lemon flavor in every bite!     I made these lemon cupcakes from scratch, but in all honesty you can cut a few corners with these and they will still come out amazingly! Instead of a homemade angel food cake recipe, just get a store bought one, no biggie. Boxed angel food cakes I think come out almost exactly like a from scratch version, they are super good! Then, just purchase a little jar of lemon curd, you can find it by the jams and jellies. The only thing you really should make homemade is the lemon stabilized whipped cream… yum! Stabilized whipped cream is a recipe I get asked about a lot. It is super simple to make and it will stay in your fridge for days and not lose any of that airy-ness.     If you are going to make this recipe from scratch, you will not be disappointed! It super simple and I suggest starting off by making the lemon curd first. Once you get this recipe for lemon curd down, you can experiment with other flavors like Raspberry Lemonade Curd and Vanilla Bean Orange Curd! To stuff the angel food cupcakes, I just put some of the lemon curd into a piping bag with a...
Easter Cookies

Easter Cookies

Easy Easter Cookies, soft sugar cookies decorated with colorful fluffy buttercream frosting and sprinkles! Perfect for spring or Easter!   How fun are these Easter cookies?! And so delicious too! You will be making this recipe again and again. Plus, you can change the color of the frosting to anything you wish making it perfect for every season and Holiday! For these Easter sugar cookies, I just took my basic sugar cookie recipe (because it’s the best!), then topped them off with yummy fluffy buttercream frosting. I colored the frosting with gel food coloring to make sure it had a nice pop! Then, I just sprinkled some spring colored sprinkles on top. I actually got my overall color palette from the sprinkles, so cute!     Of course, you don’t have to make everything here from scratch, you won’t hurt my feelings! All you need to do for the store bought version of these is pick up a roll of sugar cookie dough, then bake them per the directions on the back of the packaging. Then, pick up 1-2 cans of white frosting, depending on how many cookies you are making. Then, divide the frosting between four bowls. Color each frosting bowl a different color. I used Wilton Icing colors in sky blue, pink, violet, and lemon yellow. One thing I do need to note is that after you color the frosting, it will darken a little as it sits. So, leave it just before you think it is the perfect color. Top with sprinkles of your choice and you’re done! So easy.     This is also the...
Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad

Shrimp Pasta Salad, a perfect side dish, lunch, or party food! This cold shrimp pasta salad has all the good stuff - bowtie pasta, grape tomatoes, zucchini, and shrimp all tossed in a yummy pesto vinaigrette. It is a little different than your average pasta salad, but isn’t it fun to mix it up sometimes?! Pasta salad, in general, is one of my favorite summer snacks. You can load them up with fresh veggies and you have a refreshing snack for you in the fridge whenever you want! This recipe is the best shrimp pasta salad I have tried. I think it is really all about that dressing you use! The dressing for this recipe is super bright, flavorful, and easy to make! Of course, you can purchase a premade Italian style dressing. But, there is just something special about making it on your own. Shrimp and Pasta Salad Recipe Directions: Cook Pasta per the direction on the back of the box, rinse with cold water and let drain thoroughly. Roughly chop the cooked shrimp, thinly slice the zucchini, and cut the grape tomatoes in half. Throw everything into a large bowl. In a small bowl, make the dressing consisting of vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, prepared pesto, and more. Place pasta in the bowl with the other ingredients, pour the dressing on top and mix everything until well coated. Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour, serve and enjoy. As with most recipes, you can use this as a base to add more things that you love. Alternatives and Add-Ons: You can definitely add lots...
Chicken Salad with Grapes

Chicken Salad with Grapes

Chicken Salad with Grapes, rotisserie chicken, sliced grapes, walnuts, and celery. Simple, easy, and delicious!     Chicken salad, in general, is one of my all-time favorite lunches. It is super versatile, but yet light and refreshing… the perfect lunch! I’ve been asked a lot how to make chicken salad. The answer is easy, just chop up some cooked chicken, add any veggies you like, toss them in a yummy mayonnaise-based sauce and you are good to go! I made this version extra special by making this a chicken and grape salad. You can make chicken salad with red grapes, but this time I decided to use green. They were on sale at the grocery store, so I thought why not!     You can serve this chicken salad with grapes on a bed of lettuce, with crackers, or even in sandwich form. The possibilities are endless! Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe Directions: Dice cooked chicken, place it in a large bowl. Add sliced grapes, scallions, walnuts, and celery. In a small bowl make the creamy dressing including mayonnaise, parsley, dijon, and more. Stir to combine. Pour the dressing on top of the chicken salad ingredients and stir to combine, try not to break up the chicken too much. Serve and enjoy!   I personally like my chicken salad more on the chunky side, with bigger pieces of chicken. If you like it more of a smooth spread consistency, I suggest shredding the chicken instead. Alternatives and Add-Ons: Again, this is one of those amazing recipes where you can make it your own. Add whatever grapes you want, if...
Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Easy Waldorf Salad is bursting with fresh fruit in an addictive pineapple yogurt dressing!   The original Waldorf salad recipe might have you asking lots of questions. There is fruit.. with mayonnaise… and a whole lot of different things going on. Today’s recipe is slightly different from the original, yes there is still fruit (and celery! trust me… it’s good!), but it’s my version of the Waldorf salad dressing that makes it updated and oh, so yummy! Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple, honey, and a touch of parsley really sets this salad apart!   Still sounds a little weird? Believe me, I get it! But, once you try this Waldorf salad recipe you will be hooked! It’s basically a fruit salad with a little extra pop! It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet, fresh, and delicious! A mixture of apples, golden raisins, grapes, celery, and walnuts all tossed in a sweet Greek yogurt dressing… I mean that sounds pretty darn good to me! Waldorf Salad Recipe Directions: Dice Gala apples, slice celery, slice grapes, and toast walnuts if needed. Place into a large bowl with golden raisins and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple with juice, honey, and parsley. Pour dressing on top of salad ingredients and toss to combine. Serve classically in lettuce cups or eat on it’s own!     One of the ingredients that is actually my favorite is probably the one you think is the strangest. The addition of a little chopped flat leaf parsley in the dressing gives the whole salad this super fresh taste that I just can’t describe. Do NOT...

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