Bubbly Cupcakes

Do you have some leftover Champagne that you’re not going to drink?  Well that doesn’t happen at my house, but I thought some of you would enjoy this recipe!  Just put off the diet for another week.

Save this recipe for Valentines Day to share with your sweetie. xoxo

from Beth @The First Year Blog

Champagne Cupcakes
Yield: 12 Total Time: 1 hour

Print Recipe
1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box, **replace the water with champagne
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
4-6 tbsp champagne
4-5 cups powdered sugar
gold sprinkles
homemade gold sparklers (gold wire and gold tinsel), for decoration


Preheat the oven according to the directions of the package.
Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the directions on the package, however substitute the water for champagne, so if your box calls for 2/3 cup water use 2/3 cup champagne. Divide the batter evenly among the muffins cups.
Bake according to the suggested time – roughly 20-25 minutes.
Remove the cupcakes and place them on a cooling rack to cool.
When the cupcakes are cooled, prepare the frosting.
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and vegetable shortening and beat using an electric mixer until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Add in the champagne, starting with less and adding more for stronger flavor if desired.
Begin to add the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand first, then with the electric mixer. Continue adding powdered sugar until the frosting tastes good to you.
Place the frosting in a large piping bag fit with a 1m piping tip. Push the buttercream down into the bag. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes, starting in the center of the cupcake, swirling out, and then swirling back into the center, progressively stacking the frosting as you get to the center.
Top with gold sprinkles and gold sparklers.













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Pink is the New Black

New Years Eve is always a time to break out the sparkle. I mean if you can’t wear it on NYE when can you wear sequins from head to toe!

You might have seen that the POTUS and FLOTUS hosted a black tie gala in Florida at Mar a Lago. I was curious to see what Melania would wear. Regardless of your politics, you have to admit that she totally brings it!

So here it is. The good news is that the Erdem midi dress (not a mini and not a maxie) is on sale. The pink sequins confection usually retails for $5,503 but is on sale for $2,201. Pink Christian Louboutins round it out for a gorgeous outfit. xoxo


Let’s go drink Pisco!

Travel and Leisure released their #1 place to visit in 2018.  It’s got world class wine, Easter Island, active volcanos and lots of penguins!  Did you guess Chile?




Roberta Fiorito

Prepare thine passport. The travel experts at Lonely Planet just released their list of the top ten countries to visit in 2018, and the number one country is…Chile!
Pack your bags, seasoned traveler, because we’re headed to South America. With the Andes, Pacific Ocean and Atacama Desert, the country’s vastly diverse geography lends itself to all types of explorers. Also, we heard the capital, Santiago, has become a hub of trendy shops, restaurants and culture just waiting to be discovered. Finally, to top it all off, the country will celebrate 200 years of independence next year.
So bring on the pisco sours and empanadas…we’re headed to the land of poets.


Food Crack

My FB friend Carolyn posted this recipe on her page today. You’re welcome!! Xoxo


1 lb. bacon

1 pkg Pillsbury crescent rolls

½ cup maple syrup

¾ cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet (like a 15×10) with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment with cooking spray. NOTE: this recipe was originally made with foil. Since people have had issues with the foil, I recommend using parchment paper. Unroll the crescent rolls into one single plane of dough and pinch any perforations together to seal. Stretch the dough out to fit the size of the pan with your hands so it’s even. Prick the dough with a fork all over. Set aside.

Meanwhile, cook your bacon. I like cooking mine in a skillet, but you can bake it – whichever you prefer. Cook it until it’s technically safe enough to eat and just about done, but still lighter in color and not quite crispy. You don’t want it fully cooked and crispy as it will continue to cook in the oven. I pulled mine out of the pan right when they were a medium-pink color. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.

Drizzle ¼th cup of the maple syrup over the crescent roll dough. Sprinkle with about ¼th cup of the brown sugar. Top with torn pieces of the cooked bacon. Drizzle the remaining maple syrup on top of the bacon pieces, and top with the remaining brown sugar.

Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until bubbling and caramelized. Remove from the oven and allow the pan to come to room temperature or warm to the touch before cutting or breaking into pieces. You can serve this at room temperature or slightly warmed. It tastes best the day of, but can be eaten the next day if stored airtight.

Designers 70% off!

If you are ever in Nashville, Austin or New Orleans you need to stop in UAL. I read about it in the Wall Street Journal. Big time designers at a huge discount. Shoes, accessories and clothes from fashion houses you only see in magazines. Valentino, Givenchy, Rodarte just to name a few. Inventory is limited so you won’t find a DVF dress, for instance, in all sizes, but they do have a wide range available in both men’s and women’s clothes. You’ll find couture racks, super sale racks and everything in between. You can get some fab clothes for a great price! Check out their EBay items and online store too. Xoxox