Chocolate Beer Stout Cupcake Recipe With Homemade Irish Cream Icing

beer cupcakesI threw a big 40th Beer Bash Birthday party for my husband this weekend and these Chocolate beer stout cupcakes were a HIT!  I loved how super simple they were to make!    And don’t worry, you don’t actually taste the stout beer-it just makes them SUPER moist!

Chocolate Beer Stout Cupcakes With Homemade Irish Cream Icing

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Stout Beer (I used Guiness)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Eggs

Irish Cream Icing:

  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Crisco Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Softened Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of Irish Cream Liqueur
  • Chocolate Syrup

 

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 and put cupcake liners in baking pan.
2.  Beat together cupcake ingredients in bowl on low speed for about 30 seconds and then medium speed until well blended.
3.  Divide batter into cupcake pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until done.
4.  In a big bow, beat butter and Crisco on low speed until mixed smooth.  Continue mixing and add powdered sugar one cup at a time.
5.  Continue beating while adding vanilla and Irish cream liqueur and mix until smooth.
6.  If you have a decorating bag and tip you can pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes or use a Ziploc bag with a whole cut in the corner.
7.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

These turned out amazing and people were grabbing 2 at a time so I was happy I doubled the recipe!  To save my waistline, I am sending in the extras to Chris’s work tomorrow!

If you love these, keep an eye out for more posts coming with details and recipes from the Beer Bash party!

This recipe was based off of one located here.

Halloween Party Recipes: Halloween Dipped Pretzels

dipped pretzels

Everyone loves dipped pretzels but not many like the hassle of melting chocolate.  I have found a solution to this dilemma that everyone raves about.  In fact, I made these at the beginning of the school year last year and my son’s teacher requested them for every party for the remainder of the year!  The awesome thing about these Halloween Dipped Pretzels is that you can use this recipe for ANY holiday or occasion, just change the colors of the sprinkles and frosting!

Halloween Dipped Pretzels:

Materials:
Pretzel Rods
Canned Frosting (your choice)
Sprinkles (to fit your holiday)

Directions:
1.  Open frosting at room temperature (do NOT use refrigerated frosting, your pretzel will break).
2.  Dip pretzel in frosting and swirl until about half of it is covered.
3.  Cover frosting with sprinkles and enjoy!

How easy is that?  These literally take me less than 10 minutes to make an entire class set!

Love this? Check out my other other Halloween crafts and the Popcorn Jack-o-Lanterns!

Maybe you’re looking for an appetizer recipe?  You’ll love my Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe:  Mozzarella Sticks

 

Halloween Party Recipe: Popcorn Jack-O-Lanterns

popcorn collage

 

Looking for fun Halloween party recipes?  These Popcorn Jack-o-lanterns are IT!

Ingredients:

Popcorn ( 2 bags popped)
Marshmallows (1 bag)
Food Coloring (to make orange)
Fruit Roll Up (1-2)
Butter (1 tablespoon)
Pretzel Sticks
Orange sprinkles

Directions:
1.  Pop your popcorn and set aside.

popcorn

2.  Melt butter in big pot on low heat.

3.  Add bag of marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

4.  Add food coloring to turn marshmallows mixture orange.

marshmallow

5. Pour popcorn into the marshmallows until you reach desired consistency.

6.  Form popcorn mixture into balls.

popcorn balls

7.  Insert pretzel sticks into the balls for your pumpkin stem.

8.  Roll ball in orange sprinkles.

9.  Cut Fruit Roll Ups into desired jack o lantern face pieces.

popcorn lanterns

Everything Apples: Get Recipes and Crafts All About Apples!

TOP APPLE POSTS ROUND-UP

apple roundup

 

Get ready for a new Fall Series!

Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts this fall. This week we’re sharing all about APPLES.

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life | [Read more...]

Free Book: 50 Cheap Healthy Meals!

cheap healthy

Cheap and healthy?  I’ll take it!

Right now you can get the book 50 Cheap Healthy Meals – Easy Vegetarian Recipes On a Budget for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Of course most people know the importance of consuming a healthy diet, but people always see drawbacks. Some people believe it is too expensive, there is not enough variety in the meals or that they need the extra sugar, meat and other items they may cut out of their diet.
First of all, let me assure you that there are many easy vegetarian recipes that are also cheap in nature. You do not have to spend extra money in order to eat a healthier and more balanced diet. In fact, by cutting out the expense of buying meat, you might actually spend less money than before.Variety is also another key factor to why people avoid natural foods in their diet. Many people mistakenly believe that having a vegetarian diet means that they will eat the same thing day in and day out and it all tastes bland. Of course this is a myth as well. There are many tasty options to choose from, some of which you will find in this vegetarian cookbook.People who eat healthy also tend to have more energy, as it is better for the body and easily for the body to work. Because of this you will not miss cutting out extra sugar and extra caffeine, if that is what you are relying upon for energy.

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Do It Yourself Restaurant Pizza!

diy pizza collage

We are huge fans of pizza at our house…personally I would eat it every single day if my size would allow it!  We frequently make our own from either homemade crust, or by buying dough balls from local stores.  But when a friend told me that they go to their favorite pizzaria and buy dough balls to make their own pizza, well, let’s just say I HAD to try it!  I was suprised that it cost the same thing as the dough balls we buy at the store…I really thought it would be more.  We got a dough ball that was able to make an 18 inch pizza for only $2.99. Since this size pizza normally costs $13.99, we saved quite a bit!

Do It Yourself Restaurant Pizza

Ingredients:
Pizza Stone/Cooking Sheet
Restaurant Dough Ball
Sauce
Cheese
Your Desired Toppings

Directions:
1.  Heat stone in oven at 375.
2.  Spread dough onto stone (using some flour helps with this).
3.  Add Sauce, Toppings, and Cheese.
4. Bake until it’s to your desired crispness and cheese is melted. *Note* When we buy store bought dough, we have to precook the dough before adding sauce and toppings.  We did NOT have to do this with the restaurant dough.

Free Book: Sizzling Chinese Cuisine

chinese

I am so happy to find this free book!  Our favorite Chinese restaurant has recently closed and we tried a new one this past weekend and it was terrible!

Right now you can get the book Sizzling Chinese Cuisine (Delicious) for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
In this book you will find colorful healthy dishes using simple ingredients and combining colorful healthy dishes using healthy ingredients and combine color texture and flavors. The dishes included in this book range for hot and spicy to delicate flavors using fish and vegetables.
One of the most important features of Chinese cooking is texture. Vegetables should remain crisp and rice and noodles should be treated like pasta and retain their bite after cooking. Ingredients such as bean curd are used for texture, even though have little flavor in themselves. Bamboo shoots and Chestnuts, are a common ingredient, are used only for texture.
The recipes in this book are great for entertaining; we love to make a buffet of Chinese dishes for family and friends. Enjoy Soups and Starters, Main dishes, Vegetables, Rice and noodles.

FREE Book: Easy Granola Bar Recipes

granola

My kids love granola bars so I am excited to check out this free book.  I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while now!

Right now you can get the book Easy Granola Bar Recipe (SimpleFrugal Photo Guides)for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Here are some of the yummy recipes you’ll find:

Peanut Butter Crunch
Praline Crunch Bar
Mocha Almond Crunch
Triple Chocolate Bars
Just Nuts!
Trail Mix Bar
Cranberry White Chocolate Bars
Liberty Bars
Raw Power Bar
Almond Bliss Bars
Ginger Snap Bars
Marshmallow Dump Bars

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Free Book: 30 Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes of All Time

summer dessert

A free book with ice cream recipes? Yes please!

Right now you can get the book Summer’s Favorite Dessert Cookbook: 30 Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes of All Timefor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

The taste of homemade ice cream simply cannot be beat. With the simple, straightforward and delicious recipes in this book, you can be enjoying a bowl of creamy goodness in no time.

Enjoy recipes like:

* Peach Ice Cream
* Black Cherry Yogurt
* Tiramisu Gelato
* Lavender Lemon Sorbet
* Sweet Cream Sherbet

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Free Book-Snack Time: Lite & Tasty Snack Recipes

snack time recipes

I love finding new snack recipes and ones that are “lite” are even better for me!

Right now you can get the book  Snack Time: Lite and Tasty Snack Recipes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook)for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
In this cookbook, every effort has been made to find snack foods that are filling but have fewer calories and/or less fat than their commercial versions. You may even enjoy these more than ones you buy in the store!

Important note: this is not a cookbook with zero calorie (or near-zero calorie) snacks. Those looking for such snacks may be better off buying 100-calorie packs of snack foods from the store. The very nature of these snack foods and their ingredients mean that the calorie count will never be zero, or even close to it.

Also, these recipes are not necessarily low-carb. Some have higher carbs because they include sugars, but in a lot of cases they have higher carbs due to ingredients such as milk, yogurt, or fruit, which are GOOD, healthy carbs.

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Free Book: What To Cook For Dinner For Picky Eaters!

picky eaters

A free book that gives you ideas for picky eaters?  Yes please!

Right now you can get the book What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eatersfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:

Each of the 23 delicious main dish recipes in What to Cook for Dinner for Picky Eaters, ranging from a quick and easy macaroni and cheese recipe (with an ingredient many may have never thought to try) to a little more sophisticated pasta recipe, was developed by Chef John and was given the thumbs up by the Newsome’s own in-house picky eaters. The recipes will give you a variety of meats and flavor combinations to try with your children.

Also included in the book is some little-known information about what may be causing your child’s picky eating, as well as useful tips to getting kids to try new foods from the Newsomes and professional advice from their nutritionist, Suzzanne Myer.

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Free Book: Betty Crocker 20 Best Summer Drink Recipes!

summer drinksThis great freebie is back!

Everyone loves a nice refreshing drink during a hot summer day!  This book promises to give you 20 recipes!

Right now you can get the book Betty Crocker 20 Best Summer Drink Recipesfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:

Summer and the sound of ice cubes clinking just go together, and the cool drinks here are perfect all through the warm months. Serve Frosty Iced Caramel Capuccino and Lemon-Ginger Tingler on a hot day; enjoy breakfast in a glass with Super-Athlete Spinach Smoothies or a Peanut Butter-Banana Smoothie. And come cocktail hour, whip up a Thai-Basil Mojitarita or a pitcher of White Wine Sangria. You’ll find the best summer beverages right here.

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Free Book: The Paleo Kid: 26 Easy Recipes

paleo kid

You would have to live under a rock to not have heard about the Paleo diet.  I have checked it out myself and know many people who are trying it out.

Right now you can get hte The Paleo Kid: 26 Easy Recipes That Will Transform Your Family (Primal Gluten Free Kids Cookbook)for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
The cookbook features 26 high-quality recipe photos. So you will easily be able to enjoy viewing them on both the black & white and the full color Kindle. Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t worry, you can also view this book by downloading the free Kindle app for your computer, iPad, or other mobile device:

This Gluten Free, Kid Friendly cookbook contains:

  • 26 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to cook really tasty quick foods that even the busiest families will love.
  • Tips and Techniques on how to involve children in the cooking process, and ways to make the transition to a Paleo diet easier for little palates.
  • Suggestions for Kitchen tools to make food preparation easy and fun.
  • Recipes that are nourishing and completely free from common allergens such as gluten, dairy, grains, preservatives, dyes, soy and processed sugar.
  • Budget friendly options so you can eat well without breaking the bank.

Free Book: The Coolest Iced Coffee Beverages

iced coffee

This freebie is for all you coffee lovers!  Need your coffee but maybe you don’t like hot beverages during the summer?  Here’s your solution:

Right now you can get the book THE COOLEST ICED COFFEE BEVERAGES! : How To Make The 10 Most Delicious Iced-Coffee Beverages For Special Occasions And Everyday Fun! (Lucious Linda’s Beverage Series)for FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

About the book:
Uncovered inside are 10 of the
most delicious iced coffee beverage
recipes almost everyone can enjoy!

Whether you’re a long time coffee
lover or just looking for a drink
with an unusual kick, these cool recipes
are sure to satisfy!

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Free Book: 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes (Normally $20.95)!

best grilling

Yay!  Here is another great Father’s Day gift idea!  Or just download it for your own use all summer!

Right now you can get the book 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes: Delicious, Easy-to-Make Recipes from Around the Worldfor FREE on your Kindle or Kindle Fire. Don’t have a Kindle device? No problem-simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPadThis is normally priced at $20.95 so you’re saving a ton of money!

About the book:

This newest addition to Surrey’s 1,001 line of cookbooks is the definitive book on grilling everything from appetizers and side dishes, to lamb, beef, hamburgers, sausages, fish & shellfish, wild game, chicken, game birds, turkey, pork, and desserts. Also included are dozens of recipes for sauces, marinades, and rubs to use when cooking on a barbecue grill.

Author Rick Browne is one of the country’s best-known authorities on grilling. The creator and host of the PBS TV series “Barbecue America,” he is the author of seven cookbooks, most dealing with barbecue and grilling. In this new collection, he’s created an encyclopedic collection of recipes drawn from cuisines around the world.

Browne begins with a brief, introductory primer on basic grilling techniques, but the real substance of this book is the dazzling array of recipes–all manner of meat and fish, plus numerous vegetarian options, from every corner of the globe, with a particular focus on North American and Asian traditions.

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