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GeneralPumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Mara from M Loves M

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Our favorite sweet-tooth sweetheart, Mara from M Loves M, is back with another yummy dessert recipe! This time she shows us how to prepare one of her holiday favorites: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. We will for sure be making these yummy treats for the upcoming holiday. See below for the recipe!
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Hi everyone! My name is Mara and I blog over at M Loves M. I started my blog in 2009, and since the very beginning (even before the outfit posts), I loved sharing some of my favorite recipes. I love to cook and bake, especially since I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I grew up learning from my Dad who is an ultimate master chef without being one. He seriously knows everything; the more complicated the better. While he likes using molecular gastronomy, I prefer to keep it a little more simple. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve made countless times are these pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. They are so incredibly good, and also so easy to make! I swear you really can’t mess them up. I love adding chopped toffee on top for a little crunch! They’re perfect for dessert, or even with your morning coffee!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 10 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toffee bars

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line muffin/cupcake tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugars, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Divide the batter among the tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Spread cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with toffee pieces.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter recipe? I’d love to hear! Feel free to stop by my blog M Loves M and say hi!

xox
Mara

GeneralChristmas Cookie Cocktail with Kaelah Bee!

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We brought back our favorite blogger/mixologist, Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee to make a yummy holiday cocktail to enjoy while getting cozy by the fire! The Christmas Cookie cocktail will definitely get you feeling warm and festive! See below for the recipe!

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Hi guys! Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee here! Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the holidays are the perfect time for a nice, blended cocktail to sip by the fire. Today I’m sharing with you a new favorite of ours: a Christmas Cookie! It combines loads of delicious flavors, and packs a nice, warm punch once enjoyed. It really does taste like a cookie!

 Christmas Cookie

serves one

1 ounce Bailey’s

1 ounce Kahlua

1 ounce Peppermint schnapps

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

3 ounces milk

A few ice cubes

Mix all of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until liquified. Pour into a glass and top with some yummy whipped cream. You can choose to garnish your drink with crushed peppermints or holiday cookies.

If peppermint totally isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! It’s so easy to drastically change the flavor of this cocktail, just by replacing one ingredient. Instead of using peppermint schnapps, try using butterscotch! Then you can crush butterscotch pieces for the garnish. (This one is my favorite!)

If you prefer to stay alcohol free, you can use peppermint or butterscotch syrup to give your mocktail the flavor you’re after. Enjoy!

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GeneralBergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows 2013

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows 2013:
Every holiday season New Yorkers and travelers from afar can expect a mighty show from designer David Hoey and his team of assistants. The team works year-round to create the famed holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue. For 2013 they chose the unexpected theme “Holidays on Ice”.

In true “maximalist” style, this year’s materials included 1000 feet of shimmering icicles framing scenes like Arbor Day, Halloween, and even a frosty Fourth of July. Breathtaking couture from Alexander McQueen Resort, Oscar de la Renta, and Rodarte dresses the mannequins, including a custom onyx plumed gown designed by Naeem Khan for the nine foot tall mannequin featured in the Halloween-themed window!

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GeneralCutest Holiday Cards!

Sending out holiday cards may be a tradition in your household, and we all know how fun it can be to pick out the perfect print each year. With all sorts of independent printers and small scale presses out there, it’s easy to find your flavor, but so hard to pick a favorite! Whether you’re into funny cards, indie designs, or some good old boughs of holly and candy canes, we think you’ll enjoy our selection of season savvy cards below!

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1. Merry Christmas by Mozaiq 2. Sir Narwhal by Little Low Studio 3. Blue Bird on Skis by Quill and Feather Tales 4. Ginjas by Mudsplash Studios 5. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid by Feb10 6. Happy Holidays by Katie Crawford.