Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ideas + HM #181

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #181! Our theme today is Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ideas! How do YOU celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your house? Big deal? Little deal? No deal? Hopefully you can get some great ideas from today’s post! #CincodeMayo #HomeMattersParty

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ideas + HM #181 So, one of my favorite things to make and look at are…CUPCAKES! I figured for this lil’ roundup, I’d share some AWESOME Cinco de Mayo cupcake ideas! Because, really, who DOESN’T love a good cupcake?!

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On the Road in September

Well, can you believe it?! It’s OCTOBER! Wow! So, as the tradition goes, let’s take a look at the previous month and see what the top five posts were here on The Road to Domestication in September.

1. Top Three “Recipes” for Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet (I’m pretty happy that this one was number one, because I worked SO HARD on that dang diet! HA!)

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

This coming Sunday marks the first day of Fall, and I’m already in the mood. Of course, we live in Florida, so it takes a LOT to be in the mood for fall when the temps are still in the 90’s! One thing that really gets me in the mood is Fall-themed baking! So last week, when my friend and I had a bunch of cupcakes to make, I chose to make some of my faves:

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Over the Weekend…and a New Lifestyle

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Another busy and fun weekend at the House of Campbell! Now that my hubby isn’t working on Saturdays any more, we’re really falling into a nice habit of enjoying our weekend – it’s pretty nice, I’ve got to say!

Accomplished on Friday:

  • Well, don’t laugh, but my Friday night was filled with cupcakes. About 14 dozen of them. I’m not at all kidding. One of my girlfriends had an idea to bake cupcakes and sell them at an event our husbands were singing at (see the next paragraph on Saturday’s activities) in order to raise money for the new projectors our church just purchased (they were about $4,000 each!). Since she and I both love creating things in the kitchen, and we like to help people out, we went a little overboard…and by about 11:30 p.m. on Friday night we were looking at each other wondering if we had lost our minds or not. Anyways, we ended up with dozens of Caramel Apple, Hot Chocolate, Sweet Potato Casserole, Pumpkin Lava, and Apple Cobbler cupcakes, and a couple dozen Blueberry Muffins, too. So that was Friday! (By the way, the recipes for most of those cupcakes came from Stefani over at Cupcake Project. If you haven’t been over to her place, definitely check it out! (Make sure you check back here tomorrow, though, for all the details on the Caramel Apple ones!)

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Red Velvet Cupcakes…from scratch!

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s 50th birthday over the weekend, and she wanted Red Velvet Cupcakes. I was happy to comply, because I LOVE making cupcakes, and red velvet ones are so pretty! Thought I’d share my recipe and a few pics with all of you! Oh yeah, the icing was made from scratch, too! (Recipe for that included!)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.
**NOTE** I figured out a while ago that it’s MUCH easier AND QUICKER to frost cupcakes with a pastry bag and a big tip than it is to frost them with a knife. Just sayin’!I also don’t use a HUE amount of frosting on them – I never want to have people scraping icing off because there’s too much, ya know?Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugarBeat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.Let me just say that this frosting is probably my most favorite cream cheese frosting ever! It’s not overly cream cheesy, it’s not too sweet, but it’s still very fluffy! Love it!

I, of course, am never satisfied with just one thing, so I used a few different toppings to give an extra dimension to the cupcakes:

Pearl beads…
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