Huggable Christmas Cupcakes

My middle child needed a treat to take to cheerleading the other evening, so we decided to make mini cupcakes. We used this ‘souped up’ cake mix recipe, and wanted them to look festive. This is what I we came up with! I thought they turned out really cute, and they were so simple, so I thought I would share in case anyone needs something quick and easy this week. Since I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one running around like a crazy person…

The Hershey’s Hugs were the perfect size for the mini cupcakes, and we added Christmas sprinkles. Done and done! Miss Two got lots of compliments!

Fudgey Mocha Nut Pie

I know I’ve been skimping on the posts here lately, but I just can’t seem to get things caught up since vacation.  I’m trying to find a happy medium between keeping my blog up, and also keeping the house from looking like a train wreck, plus cooking {semi}healthy meals, while running constantly picking up/dropping off children, etc.  You know the drill.

As I got on my computer today, the first thing I saw were images from the explosions at the Boston Marathon.  Of course I cried, and all I could think of is how I was just looking at horrific images not too long ago.  The world is ‘going to hell in a hand basket’ as my mother says.  It is so sad and depressing.

You know what isn’t sad?  This pie…

Seriously, this is the happiest freakin’ pie I’ve ever seen. (Okay, so I’m being lame, but hey, trying to lighten the mood after than somber look into life.)
This recipe is one I’ve had cut out from a magazine and stuck in a notebook for years!
I don’t know what magazine it came from, but I found it on the Hershey’s website too.
This is the first time I have made it, and this pie is DIVINE.  It’s very rich, very chocolate-y, with lots of nuts and a hint of coffee.  The coffee really accentuates the chocolate and the texture is like a moist brownie.  This is now my favorite chocolate pie.  I love the flavor and texture even more than my Chocolate Chess Pie!  If you are not a coffee fan, you could leave it out, and still have a delicious chocolate pie, but the coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor. I also used half regular Hershey’s cocoa and half Hershey’s Dark, b/c I looovvvee dark chocolate, and I used fat free sweetened condensed milk, b/c that’s what I had on hand.  Other than than, I followed the recipe as written.  If you are a chocolate lover like me, you definitely want to give this one a try!