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Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing


What is more festive for St Patrick’s day then these? Chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with mint icing with Bailey’s? And they were delicious.

I followed the recipe on ( for Chocolate Stout Cake, but just made cupcakes – since – well – I love cupcakes! So follow this recipe for them. Or I have heard you could use a Betty Crocker cake mix and just add a can of Guinness instead of the oil and water? I am going to try that next year and will report back!

Icing Ingredients:

4 Cups Icing Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Bailey’s Original Liquor
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
Green food colouring

Icing Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add food colouring until you get the colour you were looking for! Pipe onto your cooled cupcakes and lick the bowl clean – watching out you don’t catch a little buzz! Enjoy!


Oatmeal Flax Pancakes


Though I am a little late for Mardis Gras this year – no reason not to enjoy these every weekend! Made with whole-wheat flour, ground flax, oatmeal and Greek yogurt, these healthy pancakes were delicious and nutritious – and since I made them in the blender super easy!


½ cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon white sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup plain Yogurt
1 egg
¼ cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Throw all of the ingredients into a blender (or you could mix in a bowl with a hand mixer). Blend until smooth. If it’s a little too thick pour some extra milk. The first time I did these with regular yogurt and it was fine, but with the Greek yogurt it was too thick so added more milk. Once blended let sit for a few minutes.

Pour pancake batter onto a pre-heated (medium heat) lightly oiled/buttered pan. Once the pancake starts to bubbly a bit flip over. Only takes a couple minutes. Serve with butter and maple syrup – or berries and whipped cream – or both! Enjoy!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean salad with couscous quinoa and orzo

Mediterranean salad with couscous quinoa and orzo

I was looking for a light and nutritious side dish to serve with a chicken dinner and asparagus that would also work as the main for myself (vegetarian). I had this Mediterranean mix my mom bought from the States while she was there. It was a mix of couscous, quinoa, orzo and red lentils. I decided to cook that up and make a salad.


3 cups cooked and cooled couscous and/or quinoa and/or orzo
1 cup washed cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
Small handful of fresh basil chopped up
Small bunch of green onions cut up
¼ cup of feta cheese diced

1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
A few splashes of red wine vinegar (I did this at the end to get more distance out of the dressing, could just do more balsamic)
¼ cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of honey
Garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste


So I cooked the package as the directions say. If you were doing this at home I would cook up just couscous/quinoa/orzo or combination of, as directed and let cool.

Mix in all of the ingredients for the salad. In a separate dish mix together dressing ingredients until honey is well dissolved.

Drizzle over salad and mix. Let sit in the refrigerator (if you can – its addictive!) for a couple hours and serve. Amazing side dish, great on its own, or on top of spring mix with a little extra balsamic vinegar. Love this! Enjoy!


I am going to try this again soon with just a mix of couscous and quinoa to see if it tastes the same. I am sure it will….

Murray’s Bagels, NYC

While visiting NYC it seemed an obvious “Must Do” to find the best bagel in the city. And I did. A small little bakery on Avenue of Americas, Murray’s Bagels was worth the wait – and the 20-city block walk to get to it!

Served fresh from the oven, I got a whole wheat everything bagel with light cream cheese. It was heavenly! Warm bagel, (hot out of the oven not toasted) with oozing  cream cheese.


Jenn, a salmon lover, got the “Scottish Special” Fresh pumpernickel bagel with cream cheese, tomato, capers and Scottish salmon. Apparently it was to die for… I wasn’t quick enough to snap a shot before it was ½ gone. So I will take that as a sign!

Pumpernickel Bagel with scottish lox.

Pumpernickel Bagel with scottish lox.

If you go to New York City – please, please, go there!