Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

With summer just around the corner, I’ve found the perfect light and flavorful cupcake to make for all occasions- the raspberry lemonade cupcake. It’s bursting with fresh raspberries and the hint of lemon, and is sure to please family and friends! Super easy to make, and even easier to indulge in!

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Cupcakes:

1 package white cake mix

1 small package vanilla instant pudding

3 Tbsp sweetened raspberry lemonade drink mix ( Country Time Lemonade or the like- pink lemonade mix also works)

1 c. sour cream

2 tsp lemon zest

3/4 c. water

3/4 c. oil

4 egg whites

3 drops of red food coloring

1 c. fresh raspberries

Frosting:

1 c. butter, softened

1 c. shortening

1/2 c. frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed

2 Tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla

zest from 1 lemon

2 lb package or 7.5 c. confectioners sugar

3-4 drops red food coloring

*I could have easily halved this and frosted all my cupcakes. I had a ton left over*

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk cake mix, pudding mix, nad drink mix together. Add sour cream, water, oil, lemon zest, and egg whites to the mix, and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Add drops of food coloring and mix in. Fold in raspberries and mix gently to incorporate.

Scoop batter into a muffin tin with cupcake liners (24).  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, cream butter, shortening, and lemon zest together. Add the lemonade concentrate, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Gradually add the sugar, mixing well until light and fluffy. Beat in the food coloring.

Pipe frosting on cupcakes and garnish with a raspberry on top.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I wanted to honor the one person in my life (besides Jesus) who has been my main supporter, rooting me on every step of my life… that person is my mom.

My mom:

  • Has been there before day one, loving me, and having high aspirations for my life
  • Spent the first day of Spring in 1985 bringing me into this crazy world
  • Gave me her curly, unruly hair 🙂
  • Never gave up on me, no matter how feisty, naughty, mean, rude, unappreciative, and  distant I was
  • Believed in me (and still does!)
  • Continues to play Sorry! and other board games with me when I’m home
  • Is stronger and more determined than any other person I know
  • Has a wonderful sense of humor, and a fantastic smile (pic shows the humor, not the smile! 😉 )
  • Cares immensely not only for me, but for the rest of our family, her friends, and also patients she sees at work
  • Helped save my life 11 years ago, even when I didn’t want to be saved
  • Has a poofy head of white hair, and wouldn’t want it any other way
  • Taught me how to be a strong, confident, self- sufficient person
  • Collects marbles on my behalf
  • Makes wonderful desserts (Like mother, like daughter?!:) )
  • Is a ridiculously talented quilter
  • Loves my kitty since I can’t have her in my home
  • Always has time to listen to me- whether I’m complaining, bragging, laughing, or crying, she’s there when I call
  • Put up with me not showing her what my wedding dress looked like until the day of my wedding
  • Lights up a room with her personality
  • Loves God, and walks side by side with her personal Savior Jesus every day (!!!)
  • Never asks for anything in return
  • Used to sew my sister and I matching Christmas dresses- Don’t worry mom, I forgive you for doing that to us!
  • Is beautiful, inside and out
  • Will love me as long as she’s on this planet- how cool is that?
  • Lets my sister and me stick our tongues on her for a photo

My mom is so many things besides the above, but there’s not enough time in the day, or space on my blog to post it all.

Mom, thank you for being you, and nobody else. I know I don’t tell you enough how much you mean to me, but know that each and every day,  I am SO thankful that I’m your daughter. Love you more than I can comprehend!

{Mini} Monster Cookies

A few weeks back, a co-worker brought in monster cookies. I had one…or two (she guilted me into the second!). I went home craving monster cookies, and waited two days before caving in and making my own. I had a good excuse to make them though- Ryan was leaving for the week, and I wanted him to have some treats to share with the people he was working for, and for family members he was staying with. Plus, that meant that I could limit how many I kept behind for me to indulge in, which is definitely a benefit given I had 84 cookies total.

I’ve always enjoyed making monster cookies not in monster-size. They are easier to bake, store, and eat. Plus, I find them to be cuter in small form 🙂 This recipe can be used for big or small cookies- no set size required here!

Monster Cookies

1 1/2 c. peanut butter- not generic or reduced fat

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 c. packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

4 1/2 c. quick-cooking oats

2 tsp. baking soda

1 c. miniature chocolate chips

1 c. M&Ms miniture baking bits, or 1/2- 3/4 c. regular M&Ms

In a large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine oats and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and M&Ms.

Drop by heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until edges are browned.  Remove to wire racks.