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Shamrock Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Mar 16, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

These cupcakes are so much fun for the kids to make for St. Patrick’s Day. They’ll look festive decorating any holiday spread you put together for this festive and green day.

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Natalee’s S’more’s Cub Cakes

Posted by Hallee on Feb 12, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

Last week and this week, the Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th Anniversary. I wanted to do something to recognize that, but with the church’s Valentine’s Day banquet this week, I was unable to do something “big” (like my idea for a cake with all of the logos of the different levels of Scouting.) Instead, I’m “stealing” a recipe from my brilliant cupcake artist friend, Natalee. Scouting makes me think of camping, camping makes me think of s’mores, and in a desperate attempt to be clever, I’ve dubbed these “Cub Cakes” (for the Cub Scouts…you get it…heh.)

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Kim’s Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Feb 4, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Recipes

I had to make cheesecake for 40+ people and mentioned on my Menu Monday that I was looking for a recipe that I could use to make the cheesecake because I only have 2 cheesecake pans. One of my awesome readers, Kim, commented and asked if I had considered making cream cheese cupcakes. She then emailed me the recipe. I made 6 dozen of them last night, and they were a HUGE hit. The cheesecake just melted in our mouths. Kim gave me permission to post the recipe. I’m just sad I didn’t take any pictures – but I was working pretty hard and it didn’t occur to me. Our menu rotates every 6 weeks, though, so I’ll be making them again soon!

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Essentials: Bakeware Part 2 — Cakes

Posted by Hallee on Feb 2, 2010 in Hallee's Galley, kitchen & cooking tips

I thought I’d do the next Essentials series with bakeware, but as I went to collect it all to take pictures, I realized just how much I had. So, I’m breaking it down into types: Cookies, Cakes, Pies, and Desserts. I’m afraid that this post is going to be a little long. Making cakes, decorating cakes, playing with different cake recipes — that is a passion of mine. I have been collecting cake related paraphenalia for two decades, and have an extensive collection.

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Menu Monday 01 February 2010

Posted by Hallee on Jan 31, 2010 in Hallee's Galley, menus & menu planning

Here’s the menu for my family for the week of Monday, February 1st. As far as desserts go, I’m going to be playing around with some Valentine’s dessert ideas for the blog, so we’ll likely do some cupcakes and at least some cookies – maybe some truffles, too.

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Guest Post: Natalee’s Ben Franklin Birthday Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Jan 16, 2010 in Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, homeschooling

I tried to think of ways to make a glass armonica, a furnace, reaching claw, and a flexible urinary catheter. I found that these tutorials although might prove amusing to me and to those who read this would not prove useful to most people performing cupcakery. Somehow a ‘congrats on passing the kidney stone’ cupcake just didn’t feel quite right. I did feel however the kite could easily be used for a spring party or a birthday party and the glasses could be a fun addition to an ‘over the hill’ party. Hope I haven’t embarrassed myself too much and I do hope that I get to show off more complicated cupcakery in the future, but these were fun, educational, and hey darn tasty too!

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Natalee’s Oatmeal Raisin Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Jan 16, 2010 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, homeschooling, Recipes

My friend Natalee agreed to do a guest blog for me while my husband and I ran away for a romantic weekend alone. When looking at the dates for the weekend, we discovered that one of the days fell on Benjamin Franklin’s birthday. As a tribute to this American icon, Natalee created a recipe using only ingredients that were found in Mr. Franklin’s time. She then decorated them in brilliant ways to show off Mr. Franklin’s contributions to history and culture. The post showing how to decorate them can be found here. This is a wonderful recipe to do with your children as a homeschooling aid.

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Friends & Help & So Many Blessings

Posted by Hallee on Jan 13, 2010 in Blog Stuff, fellowship, Holy matrimony, Life, Marriage, Romance

My very dear friends and some respected and loved fellow bloggers are filling in for me for a long overdue weekend away with my husband.

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Chocolaty Reindeer Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Dec 15, 2009 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

Make a batch of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Frost your cupcakes. Make sure your assistant doesn’t get any on his white turtleneck (even though it appears that mine got some on his chin.)

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Santa Cupcakes

Posted by Hallee on Dec 8, 2009 in Desserts, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare

A cupcake sized jolly old elf.

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