Saturday, January 16, 2010

Its a Chocolate Covered Day…

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How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine is going great! My in-laws are here and we spent the day hanging out and hitting up The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Great stuff!! I didn't have too much time to take some food photos though but I did however find some time to try out some awesome new recipes. The football game was on with two teams Im neutral on, so this gave me a good 2-3 hours to test out some stuff.
Ive been wanting to try out these wonderful sounding  recipes by Katie for awhile and in spirit of her amazing giveaway I decided to rock it out and have a chocolate covered kind of day!
First up, I made some 24 Carrot Cake Cupcakes. They are super moist and delicious. I added a ton of cinnamon to these muffins which was really tasty. I loved the chunks of carrot in it as it gave the muffin a really nice texture. Some of them I topped with some coconut butter as well. These are a keeper!
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Next up, I really wanted to try the Love Muffins. I love this recipe because it’s versatility, although its great on its own too. Fabulous! I made a couple of versions, first up was the Elvis. Lots of peanut buttery banana goodness in these little muffs! Some I even topped with a quick peanut butter icing and some crushed banana and peanuts.
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And I also had to try the Jelly doughnut version…
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These recipes were all fabulous! And I knew that at the end of my baking extravaganza I would have to end the day with some babies. Peanut butter cup babies to be exact!
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Overall Im so happy with all of these recipes! They turned out great and I loved the flavor and texture of them. None of them were overly sweet which was really nice too. So you can definitely eat them any time of the day. Thanks Katie for some great recipes!
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How is everyone’s weekend going so far?? I’d love to hear what you all have been up to lately! Tomorrow is my family’s last day here so we are gonna just be hanging out and watching some football in the morning I think. Then after we take them to the airport its massive laundry and grocery shopping time for the week! Have a lovely weekend everyone!!!

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35 comments:

  1. Oh this is so lovely. You have a busy day Chrysta. Not much for me...same as every day of every month :( Time takes its own time!
    The carrot cupcakes look wonderfully, I saw them on Katies site before. The pb icing also is beautiful. Add some cocoa powder and sweetner to the icing and you have chocolate-pb icing!

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  2. the cupcakes sound so amazing!! love them :)
    and my weekend consists of me going back to school-- excited! hope you enjoy the weekend with your fam!
    xoxo
    shelley

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  3. OOoo the jelly filled look sooo good! You clearly had fun in the kitchen

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  4. check out all the CCK recipes, love it!! Have fun with your family for the rest of the time they're there, enjoy all the yummy treats you cooked up!

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  5. Everything looks so good! Especially the carrot cake cupcakes :-)

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  6. I can't believe how many things you cooked up yesterday! They all look great. Can you tell me how many dates and peanuts you used, volume wise? I don't have the ability to measure in grams so I haven't made these before. But I really want to!

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  7. oh i love the looks of those jelly ones! everything looks like it came out perrrrfect :)

    glad you're enjoying the weekend girl!

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  8. Mmm, little tiny carrot cakes?! Does it get any better than that? I bet yours tasted much better than the ones I bought for my dad on his b-day. I went to a bakery to buy him some carrot cake and they only had carrot cake cupcakes. They were nasty, and dry. Yours sound like they were moist and perfect!

    Enjoy your time with the family! I'm alone tonight since Nick is at work, but I plan to do some online house searching, fun!

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  9. those all look great! I think baking is so much fun..only because I like to eat baked goods!! I'm not much of a meal cooker, though.

    Enjoy the time your family!

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  10. YUM!!!!! These look amazing. The pictures look like something out of a magazine.

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  11. hey love!!
    YUMM your hubby and in laws sure are luck to have you cookin up a storm for them! awesome!!! enjoy the time with your fam girl!

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  12. oww! It all looks good, but especially the peanut butter babies! Deliciousness. Glad you had fun with the in laws! Isn't it so nice to have in laws you actually like? I don't know how people with terrible in laws do it!

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  13. Awwwww Im sure you will be missing the your company when they leave, Im sure they enjoyed being there and all the goodies that you whip up!! I am a sucker for cupcakes!! Yum!!!! I love Target , the best ever!!!!!

    Lost is so great, we are trying to finish up season 4 and season 5 so we can BE Ready for the final season!!!!!

    HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT!!!!!!!! XOXOXO

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  14. LOVE the tiny little cupcakes... you rock, girl!! I wanna eat everything you have a pic of!

    Hope you had a super weekend with your family! :)

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  15. I have been wanting to make those cupcakes. Your's look great. Way to bake for the family. I finally just made cookie dough balls last night. They are my first "babies". I am hooked. Can't wait to try them with coffee

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  16. I love your baking blogs. I am making the Peanut Butter Cup Babies ASAP! They look too good to be true :)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  17. WOW nice work, Chrysta!!!! I love the looks of the Jelly doughnut version…wow!

    And of course the PB Balls are music to my ears, too.

    Great job, thx for reminding me bout the jelly donut version!
    xoxox

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  18. I agree with She-fit... your photos are beautiful! Just like you!

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  19. ahh those look SO good!!!! chocolate covered katie (above me) makes the BEST recipes!!!! yay katie :) I love the idea of Jelly filled cupcakes, it is something extra on teh side, and surely just as delicious as the outside!

    sounds like you and your family had the perfect weekend!!

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  20. Ooo Chrysta, such a fun Chocolate Covered Katie post! I've made a number of her recipes, but not these! they look delicious.

    Thanks for all of your sweet encouraging words as of late.. it means a lot! :)

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  21. All those recipes look delicious!! =D Must try them!

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  22. i was totally thinking about making those carrot cupcakes, might just have to get on that :)

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  23. I love carrot cake! Carrot cupcakes sound amazing...perfectly portioned carrot cake!

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  24. It's a bakery in your house! Everything looks wonderful, especially those 24 carrot cupcakes - yum! Love carrots in baking! Week is going great, but I'm already sleepy!! : ) Have a great week!

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  25. those muffins sound terrific - i'm do love me some carrot cake....

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  26. Wow, look at all these fabulous treats! yum! What a delicious weekend you are having!

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  27. Anything involving "carrot cake" is ok with me! I have always wanted to try Katie's 24 carrot muffins, mm...

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  28. i love baking days! and those carrot cake cupcakes look so good :)

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  29. Just found your blog, and love what I see already! Your photos are amazing, as everyone has said.
    I bake a lot myself, and have tried several of Katie's recipes. I love those carrot cake cupcakes too! Are they minis? I always make my muffins into minis because I can eat more that way! :D

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  30. Wowzers, will you look at those little muffins!! They are as cute as a button! I like the jelly doughnut version - it's adorable. :)

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  31. Sounds like you're having an excellent time with the in-laws! That's what I like to hear (read?). You've definitely been eating well! Those jelly-filled babies look fantastic. I have a feeling they are going to find their way into my kitchen soon...

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  32. Any day that involves chocolate has got to be a good day.

    Hope youre doing well darling <3

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  33. Wow--looks like some great recipes here! I haven't had carrot cake in a while but it's one of my favorites. I have never tried coconut butter before (!!) but it seems like a great alternative topping to a cream cheese frosting!

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  34. Agree! Valentine's day is a little cheesy but its nice to have an extra excuse to hang out with your man ;)

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