Orange and a Little Bit of Red

I was in the mood for orange.  Orange is one of my favorite colors.  Right up there with the colors red and pink.  And since I haven’t spent a lot of time with my camera lately (and felt a little guilty about it) I decided to spend some quality time with it.

These sweet little Mandarin oranges (and a few strawberries) assisted me in this photography adventure.  They make life so much brighter.


I would love it if you’d share your favorite photo on Pinterest.  Happy Orange (and a little bit of red) Day!


Cheery Cupcakes

My last post was written exactly one week ago.  I can’t get over how quickly time goes by.  I was busy a good share of the week working on an article that is slated to be published in the May/June issue of Tastes of Wine Country. This is a great publication that is specific to the beautiful Finger Lakes area.  I’m very excited about this, my first official writing gig.  I had a great time working on the story and can’t wait to see it in print!  The local business that I wrote about is amazing.  I’m excited for them too – but that’s all I can say right now 🙂

The weather was miserable yesterday.  As I was listening to the hard rain and the strong winds hit against our house I decided I’d had enough.  You know the old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going. “   

I was in the mood to bake.  I just didn’t know what I was in the mood to bake.  Snicker doodles, molasses cookies, and blonde brownies briefly crossed my mind.  In the end, it was cupcakes that won out.  Big, beautiful, cheery, colorful, bright cupcakes.

cupcakes rainbow 008

I’ve made colored frosting before but I really can’t remember coloring cake batter.  To make these I used one of my favorite vanilla cake recipes and then separated the batter into small bowls.  I then colored each batter with neon colored food coloring. These cupcakes turned out beautiful.  They are so moist and pretty that I decided not to frost them.  If you’re a frosting freak then I know what you’re thinking. I may just top them off with some fresh whipped cream and throw a jelly bean on top.  These would make a perfect finish to a big Easter dinner. 

Are you planning on making an Easter dessert?  What will it be?