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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream #kidsinthekitchen

The kid’s and I have been chatting Valentine’s Day desserts this week. They have off of school on the 14th so I said we could make something special.
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream #kidsinthekitchen #valentines #arrow

We made a test batch of these Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream and Arrow decorations. They are adorbs! The icing was done with a butter knife by Shae so it isn’t fancy but it’s handmade.

Here is the recipe for cupcakes & icing.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 350° and prep a 12 muffin cups with liners.

Gather all of your ingredients, measured and ready to use. If you don’t have buttermilk now if the time to make some. In a measuring cup add 2 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar and fill to the 1/2 cup line with milk. Let this sit for 5 minutes till thick and curdled.

In a microwave proof bowl melt the butter and chocolate in 30 second increments till smooth and shiny. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt till thoroughly combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer with the whisk attachment combine sugars, eggs and vanilla till silky smooth. Slowly add in the butter/chocolate mixture till combined.
Add the remaining ingredients, flour mixture & buttermilk half at a time and mix just till combined. Doing the final mixing by hand ensures you won’t over mix the batter. You’ll have a very thick batter, one that resembles brownie mix more than cake batter.
eating cake batter #kidsinthekitchen
Evenly scoop into muffin cups and bake for 17-19 minutes. A toothpick should come out with specks of crumbs.

Remove from oven, set aside to cool for 5 minutes then transfer cupcakes to cooling rack.

Let come to room temperature before icing.

Simple Buttercream Icing (easily doubles or triples)

pink buttercream #kidsinthekitchen #valentines

  • 2 sticks softened NOT MELTED butter
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 drops pink food coloring
  • 1-2 tbls heavy cream

Mix all of your ingredients except for heavy cream with a paddle attachment on your mixer until you achieve smooth consistency. Slowly add cream 1 tbls at a time for a soft frosting. Your icing should not be stiff but not runny. If you add too much cream add in more sugar a couple tablespoons at a time.

Ice you cupcakes with a piping bag and tip or keep it rustic and family style with just a warm butter knife.

Decorate as you wish and share with your loved ones.

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Animal Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks Craft

In a world full of Spongebob, Minecraft, Xmen and Micky Mouse I’m glad I have the craftiness to help my kids stand out in the piles of mediocre. This year for Valentine’s Day Shae will be handing out something more exciting and lovable with these Animal Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks.

Animal Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks


Fingerprints make everything cuter. The personal touch shows the recipient that the gift was made especially for them from the heart. These bookmarks are also useful.  Shae is reading more and more each day and I know a bookmark would come in handy for her.


  • Stamp pads
  • Blank bookmark shapes cut from cardstock
  • Fine point pens
  • yarn or embroidery threadThumbprint Valentine Bookmarks


Ink thumbs and fingers and press onto bookmarks.

Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks

Add details to transform in to cute animal shapes. Write your message.

Bunny Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks

Add yarn to the top of the bookmark.

In just a few short minutes you have an adorable Valentine Card for an entire class.

Animal Thumbprint Valentine Bookmarks


Can you come up with any other thumbprint animal ideas?


Despicable Me Valentines to Share

A couple years ago we were presented with a new friend, we named him Walter. Walter was a Depsicable Me minion.  He was found getting a bath  in the front yard, sunbathing by the pool and taking a swim.  He was a great friend.

despicable me minion

One could guess that Despicable Me is one our favorite movies. It’s a movie that we can put on and know we’ll always be pleased with the choice.  Despicable Me 2 is coming out this summer and we can’t wait to see what Gru and the girls are up to.  For now, just days from Valentine’s Day enjoy these adorable cards to share with your kids, kid’s classmates, loved ones or the mailman!

despicable me valentines
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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat

It’s hard to believe that the month of January is almost over but it’s even harder to believe that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

Melinda and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day in the full sense of the word like flowers, candy and dinner but we do exchange cards and get each other a nice little gift.  Recently I received a nice package full of awesome toffee, brownies/bars and cookies from Harvard Sweet Boutique located in Hudson, MA and I am planning to give Melinda something just like this for Valentine’s Day.  What person wouldn’t like delicious brownies, cookies or toffee?  You couldn’t think of anyone could you, either could I.

Harvard Sweet Boutique was founded in January, 2007, by Susan George.  Her passion for fine baking and recognition of the need for unique gift alternatives helped to mold the idea for the company. Harvard Sweet Boutique has become the indulgence of choice for those who are looking to send the most memorable and sensational gifts.


Awesome box that the treats came in!

In my package that I received all of the items were really really good but my favorite item was the Chocolate-Glazed Macadamia Caramel Shortbread Bar.  Shae and Shaun loved the assortment of cookies and Melinda and Sabreena loved the brownies.  I liked how each item came individually wrapped for total freshness and come in a really nice gift box.


This is what I call awesomeness!


Pure deliciousness!

Now that I have tested a few of the items from Harvard Sweet Boutique I will be sending these to my grandparents for sure.  They LOVE sweets and that is typically what Melinda and I send them for holidays as well as birthdays.  My grandfather can be a real pain when it comes to his sweets but I know after tasting what Harvard Sweet Boutique sent me he won’t have a single complaint.  My grandmother is also going to love the gift box.

I’m glad that Harvard Sweet Boutique reached out to me to do this delicious review because if not I might have missed out on their awesomeness forever.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Gift Guide- here is my list of perfectly thoughtful and unique gifts to give to that special someone. I’ve included a blend of goodies that can be appreciated but men and women and have thrown in a few child-friendly ideas.  Who wants the same ole’ roses and boxed chocolates? Use your imagination, think of the other person’s style, personality and obsessions. Whether you go practical like bedding or sensual like intimate wear make this Valentine’s Day count.

Handbag Heaven – with prices ranging from $15 to $75 you are going to find a perfect match for that special someone. Shop with confidence with a 100% Money-back Guarantee on over 500 selections of versatile wallets to oversized totes to stylish satchels.

Good Karmal– forget supermarket bagged stuff, indulge in the buttery handcrafted caramels from Good Karmal. My absolute favorite is Sea Salt, sweetly decadent with a delicious surprise. Each candy is wrapped with a message of good fortune ranging from Maya Angelou to Ghandi. Started with a small gift idea Good Karmal is inspiring a better world one yummy bite at a time by donating a portion of proceeds to environmental charities such as National Arbor Day Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund.  Good Karmal has also ben featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things, find out why yourself.

P.F. Changs – not your everyday chain restaurant, P.F Changs is a cut above the rest with stylish décor, a delish menu and knowledgeable servers. Make the night extra special with a glass of wine from their extensive selection and don’t forget dessert, Rob and I recommend the Banana Spring Rolls!!!!

Spreegirl-Shop for sleepwear and intimates from sweet and delicate to super sexy. And with the new SpreeGirl Curves collection, you don’t have to leave out the ladies with a little more booty than the rest.

Lush – for men, women, children and everyone in between Lush handmade body and bath products are a necessity not only for everyday skincare and beauty but for life’s simple pleasures. Try out the super popular bubble bars for a lavish and bubblytastic experience. Our favorite is Comforter.

Dreamsacks BambooDreams – go for ultimate romance with a gift of elegant silk sheets or a wool/cashmere throw for snuggling.

Pearl Paradise – you can’t go wrong with jewelry. Diamonds may last forever but pearls scream grace, class and chic (think Jackie O). Traditional pearl necklaces and earrings are something to be handed down through generations, showing they never go out of style.

Timi and Leslie – for that expecting mama, give her the ultimate luxury of a practicality and genuine leather with a Timi and Leslie Parisien Diaper Bag. With an accessory list that includes a wristlet for mama, sleek bottle holder, keyfob and stroller straps this gorgeous tote rivals any other diaperbag on the market.

The opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!  Good Karmal provided products for this event but all other products/companies listed were previously reviewed.