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Friday

Seedling Cupcakes


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Happy Earth Day! We're celebrating by taking in the gorgeous views off the coast of Spain this week but I have a fun recipe for you if you're looking for a way to get a bit festive this weekend (or really, anytime, because this chocolate cake is THE BEST!). These cupcakes are almost as cute as they are delicious and all you do is add a few ingredients to a box of yellow cake mix to create bakery-style cupcakes that no one will believe came from a mix. 

The real fun comes in when you turn your delicious chocolate cupcakes into tiny spring seedlings with an assortment of frosting and crushed cookies. If you want to involve the kids, you can set out options for decorating the tops of their own seedlings with fondant leaves, gummy worms or other gummy creatures. I went ahead and served these in miniature pots so they really look like little seedlings (and double as table decorations).

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Total Time: 45 min. | Prep Time: 5 min. | Serves: 8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
  • 1 box (16.5 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (optional)
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Topping
  • 1 can (16 oz.) Kroger Rich & Creamy Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 1 package (14.3 oz.) Oreo Cookies, for topping
  • Fondant leaves or gummy worms, for topping

Directions:
  1. Follow the directions on the cake mix package, mixing the ingredients in a large bowl until combined. 
  2. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full with batter and bake at 350° F for 20 minutes or until the cupcake top bounces back after pressure is applied.
  3. Frost with chocolate frosting and dip the top of the cupcake in crushed Oreo Cookies; top with the fondant leaf to serve as a seedling. If desired, add a gummy worm or two.





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Tip:
I pulled the chocolate cookie part off of each Oreo, so I had no white filling in my "dirt."

This post was created in partnership with Kroger (and you can see more of the projects we've done together here).

Thursday

Blushing Pink




top, Sheinside, c/o // denim: old Paige flares // watch: Daniel Wellington, c/o

These beautiful delicate blouses have been all over this spring in their pastel colors and flowy silhouettes. They're ultra-feminine, easy to wear, and take a plain "jeans and a top" look up a few notches. I found this non-maternity one on sale and while all the material covers the bump, I'm a bit more excited to wear it after this baby makes her appearance.

One trick about all these fun delicate fabrics for spring is taking care of them at home. I'm notoriously horrible at getting our dry cleaning taken in so I love that the Tide Pods we've been using work on fabrics like lace and silk so I don't have to worry about it. I've also packed a few of things in our suitcase to use at our rental on our trip so we don't have to worry about picking up soap for the inevitably large amount of baby laundry there will be to do :)

P.S. The top is pretty sheer once you get to the dipped hem ruffles but the fabric is really soft and it is incredibly comfortable





This post was created in collaboration with Tide - thanks for stopping by today! #TideChic

Tuesday

My Top Tips for Online Consignment Shopping




Happy Tuesday friend!


but really, if you're following on snapchat (@elisabethmeg) you know it's been one of those Tuesdays over here and I'm ready to crawl into bed and call it a day

At least once a week I link to my favorite place to order clothes online (and by favorite I mean the one I use the most frequently - all three of those boxes pictured above have arrived in the last two weeks.... ) so I wanted to share a little bit more about how I've scored some of my very favorite pieces at 80-90% off over the last few years.

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