Oreo Cupcakes!

I found a recipe for a Cookies and Cream Cupcake on AnniesEats.net and knew it would be perfect for Rylan’s birthday. To save myself a little time I used a box cake instead of making it from scratch, but still followed the icing recipe she used.  They came out tasting incredible. Follow the simple steps below for a sweet treat!

Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 24 Oreo cookies halfed, with cream filling attached
  • 1 box classic White Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil  
  • 1 1/3 Cups water
  • 20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream

For garnish:

  • Oreo cookie crumbs, I crushed 12 of the halved Oreo cookies without the cream
  • 24 Oreo cookie halves, or you can use the other 12 halved sides without the cream and break them in half.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350* F
  • Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners.
  • Place Oreo half with cream side face up in cupcake liner.
  • Mix box cake as directed.
  • Place coarsely chopped Oreo cookies into batter and stir.
  • Evenly divide batter into prepared cupcake liners.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.

To make the frosting:

  • Combine the butter and cream cheese in a medium sized bowl and beat at medium-high speed until smooth.
  • Blend in vanilla extract.
  • Beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
  • Add heavy cream and beat on medium- low speed until almost incorporated. Then beat on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes or until fluffy.

You can either frost immediately or I covered the bowl with plastic wrap and placed in the fridge for a couple of hours.  It came out a little more firm and was easier to decorate the cupcakes with! Check out some pictures below of this simple and delicious treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Rylan

My nephew, Rylan is turning four today! It’s been amazing to see him change these past few years and I can’t wait to see him continue to grow.  He cracks me up with his dancing and funny faces and breaks my heart (in a good way) when he tells me he loves me.  Of course there are occasionally pouting fits like any little boy, but he returns to his kind and energetic spirit every time.  Today for his birthday I’ve decided to make him cupcakes! Check back later today for the simple, super delicious recipe! (Hint it’s made with almost everyone’s favorite cookie!) Happy Birthday Rylan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rylan with his mom, Brooke and best friend Tristan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Rylan!!

Skiles Orchard

The cooler weather has had me on the hunt for orchards and bakeries to find fresh produce and goodies such as pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls.  Last week I visited  Skiles Orchard in Rossville. Besides the orchard they also have a greenhouse and market.  Right now you can find apples, peaches, green beans and potatoes in the market along with jams and candy.  They also sell kitchen gadgets, handmade hats, aprons, and dish cloths.  Stop by Skiles Orchard Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm .  Check out some pictures from my visit below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for this sign off of IN-26 right before you get to Main Street in Rossville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skiles Orchard. 9811 N County Road 600 W. Rossville, IN. 765-379-2339. Hours: Monday- Saturday: 9am to 6pm. Closed Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s patio seating as well if you want to relax a little outdoors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots to see inside the market!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved driving by the orchard.  The rows of apple trees look so beautiful!

Wea Creek Orchard

I was so excited to finally visit Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette yesterday! Not only was I excited about purchasing some apples and apple cider, I couldn’t wait to see the barn they have for events.  One of the owners, Perry Kirkham was very helpful while I was picking out apples and even sliced into one for me to try.  After picking out a few Neil and I walked around the orchard area and into the barn.  This is definitely a place to check out for some delicious apples, apple butter or to walk around and enjoy the beautiful grounds.  Soon you will be able to pick out pumpkins or go on a hay ride! Check out their website here for market hours and other information or visit them on Facebook! Be sure to check back this week to see what I’m making with the apples I purchased!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many apples to pick from. There is even a list to describe the apples and what they are best used for! Wea Creek Orchard 5618 South 200 East. Lafayette, IN. 765-807-6142. Market Phone: 765-421-7901. HoursThursday and Friday: 10am to 6pm. Saturday: 8am to 6pm. Sunday: 2pm to 6pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also sell homemade Apple Butter, Apple BBQ sauce, Apple Salsa, Peach Preserves , Pumpkin Butter, Honey and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The barn where you can hold events. Wait until you see the inside of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful! There’s also more space below the barn and you can use some of the property as well!  Click here for more information on holding your event at Wea Creek Orchard!

Out of this World Goodness!

I’ve been visiting Frankfort for many years.  Whether it’s for a family reunion, to see the Christmas lights at TPA Park or watch Neil skate at the skate park there is always one place I want to go every time.  The Milky Way.  They’ve been open for over 50 years and they make their own ice cream. Get a tasty cookie dough flurry or enjoy an incredible vanilla coke.  They also offer food such as tenderloin, burgers, tacos and much more! Many people go out of their way to make a quick stop for a tasty treat or you can sit on their patio area in the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Cherry Chip ice cream. Perfect sweet and tart flavors. A new favorite of mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went for the spicy beef taco.  The meat was flavored perfectly and they layer on the toppings graciously!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Milky Way. 750 Washington Street. Frankfort, IN. 765-654-8831. Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am to 9pm. Sun: Noon to 9pm

Need Some Flavor?

While I was antique shopping I decided I needed a little bit of a pick me up. I had driven past the corner shop many times before, but decided it was time to stop in and see what Flavors with This and That was all about.  Upon entering it’s a bit of a boutique experience. This and That has beautiful jewelry, purses and sell unique gifts along with cards and fancy dip mixes.  If you walk a little further back you enter Flavors.  The barista Emily happily greeted me and was very helpful.  This place is truly an experience.  Besides all of the freshly brewed coffee, lattes, teas and non coffee drinks they also offer a complete deli. You can stop in Monday through Saturday at 7am and enjoy an item from their breakfast menu or check out their signature sandwich menu here. They also offer a Biggest Loser Menu for more healthy options.  For more information about Flavors visit their website www.flavorscoffeehouse.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need to get out of the office or away from home? Flavors offers free high speed internet and has a relaxing atmosphere complete with table and chairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your coffee just how you like it at the coffee bar. Flavors also sells syrups to enjoy in you coffee and other drinks at home!


 

 

Flavors. 63 E Clinton Street. Frankfort, IN. 765-659-2814. HoursMon-Fri: 7am to 5pm. Sat: 7am to 2 pm. Closed Sundays.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see where I went for a tasty treat!

A Little Bit of Shopping

Besides visiting TPA Park there’s a lot more to do in Frankfort.  You can visit the high school gym where they filmed part of the movie Hoosiers, or try out some tricks at the skate park just down the block.  In the mood for shopping? Check out one of their amazing antique stores. Also, be sure to check out Over the Back Fence. They have country style decor and antiques.  Visit them at 52 Main Street or give them a call at 765-654-0200 for more information. Their hours are Tue-Sat 10am to 5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peddlers Alley has everything from figurines to jewelry and records.  They also have a huge space in the back filled with antiques and used furniture.

Peddlers Alley. 300 N. Main Street. Frankfort, IN. 765-654-6862. HoursMon, Tues. Wed. & Fri: 10am to 5pm. Sat. 10 to 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plunder on the Square has a wide selection of furniture but also has great finds like books, dishes, glassware, along with a small selection of antiques and collectables.

Plunder on the Square. 51 North Jackson Street. Frankfort, IN. 765-659-3262. HoursWed-Sat: 10am to 5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive by Frankfort Senior High School to see where they filmed part of the movie, Hoosiers.  1 South Maish Rd. Frankfort IN.

 

Be sure to check back tomorrow.  I have a couple of great places to find a good meal or a tasty treat while visiting Frankfort!

 

 

 

It’s Always Sweeter Here!

I’m always looking for new bakeries to satisfy my daily sweet tooth so I was thrilled when someone told me about a new bakery, Embellish, in Frankfort. The owner, Amy, has had the storefront for only a month, but has been making custom cakes for about a year. She makes all of the pastries and runs the shop on her own. The bakers case is always filled with homemade doughnuts, cupcakes, brownies, cheesecake, and cake pops! She also has a menu that features other goodies like apple dumplings, coffee cake, tortes and pies that can be ordered.  I bought a few items and was very pleased.  Be sure to check her Facebook for more information and to see the amazing cakes she creates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides all of the sweet treats she also offers milk, juice and a coffee bar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes!! I went with Dreamsicle and Turtle! The Dreamsicle cupcake actually tasted like a Dreamsicle and the Turtle cupcake had so much caramel flavor.  These were delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Cake Pop is a perfect bite sized treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to stop by Embellish! 253 N Columbia Street. Frankfort, IN. 765-650-1603. Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 3pm. Sat: 8am to noon.

Labor Day Weekend!

I had a great day yesterday at the Earl Park Fall Festival. Neil and I enjoyed walking around the flea market, watching a demolition derby and eating some fantastic BBQ from Crabby Mike’s BBQ.  I know a lot of people look at Labor Day weekend as the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.  There are lots of great festivals going on year round and a lot of places to see in Indiana.  Be sure to check back here often to get up to date information on what’s going on near you.  I hope everyone gets a chance today to spend some time with family, friends or enjoy a little rest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flea market has something for everyone. This booth had all handmade crafts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New and antique toy tractors filled this table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed a loaded baked potato with brisket from Crabby Mike’s BBQ!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Watching the demolition derby was my favorite part of the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been to many festivals where they have chocolate dipped cheesecake but I never tried it until yesterday. The creamy cheesecake with a sweet chocolate shell is a perfect combination!

 

Need to make a last minute dish for a cookout? Check out Food Network.  They have great recipes from classic sides to tasty treats!

 

Sweet As Pie

When I visited Zionsville a few weeks back I came upon My Sugar Pie.  I was a little bummed that they hadn’t opened yet, but I knew once they did I would have to make another trip.  My Sugar Pie had their grand opening August 20th and I plan on heading back soon.  They are open Tue-Wed: 10am to 3pm. Thur-Fri: 10am to 6pm. Sat: 8am to 3pm. Be sure to check out their Facebook and visit their website to see a list of over 40 different pies!

 
 

My Sugar Pie. Zionsville, IN. 40 E Pine Street. 317-733-8717.