wrapping things up

limoncello cupcake, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

well, phew! i have been making cupcakes for almost 24 hours now, haha!

-red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting

vanilla cream cheese frosting

– peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes to be topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache

cute, warm, melty, chocolatey, peanut buttery mini cupcakes

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting


– lemon cupcakes with limoncello frosting


i am finally done and about to pack everything up, get cleaned up and changed into my little black dress [if it still fits after all this taste testing!] and head on over to the house where my incredible, beautiful friend will be saying her vows to a very lucky man at midnight. what a way to ring in a new year!

i just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a truly happy New Year, wherever you are. I hope the coming year is so sweet for each of you.
oh, and stay tuned – first recipe of 2010 will be these delightful little limoncello cupcakes! you know i love you. 😉

pucker up





things i love VIII: sprinklessssssss!

and surprise donut deliveries by a super sweet and thoughful huzband.

well, i have a lot more cupcakes to make for my friend’s wedding tonight – what are you doing to ring in 2010?

have fun and be safe.

homemade hot chocolate

homemade hot chocolate, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i must say, a mug of creamy homemade hot chocolate topped with fluffy marshmallows really makes the holidays special for me.  hey, i am easily pleased.

i’ve been making and enjoying this very same recipe since i was a kid. we used to read it right off the cocoa power tin. yes – tin. you know, way back in the day they packaged stuff in tins and we all rode dinosaurs to work. *sigh*  it seems that life is moving at lightning speed these days, no?  the Christmas season is such a lovely time to slow down and remember sweet times, and take the time to create new memories.

every Christmas Eve i would get into my favourite flannel pajamas and help my mom whisk the cocoa powder, sugar and milk together until it was rich and frothy, slice tangerines for the mulled apple cider, drop cookies onto cookie sheets and pop the corn for homemade caramel corn. Nat King Cole would be crooning from the record player, christmas lights would be softly twinkling and all was right with the world.

it’s because of the hot chocolate. pretty sure.

here’s the very simple recipe i follow.
don’t forget the marshmallows. 😉

what’s your favourite holiday treat or tradition?
isn’t Christmas just the loveliest time?


reduce, reuse, recycleflake

reduce, reuse, recycleflake, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

my daughter and i cut snowflakes out of an old Crate and Barrel catalogue yesterday. 🙂

using our three r’s.

later today, we will all be making some delicious cinnamon vanilla caramel corn to give away to neighbors and teachers and *munch munch*….er, others!  it’s all about giving!  yeah, that’s it.

hope you are finding much fun in your holiday preparations.