Foodie Friday {Black Bottom Cupcakes}…

I love to bake so much so that I would open a bakery!  Since I don’t own a bakery, I have to watch how much I bake at home.  Two people should not consume sweets too many times a week.  Not to mention, Raymond and I fight over food (especially the sweet stuff)!

My mom invited me a pool party recently, and I took this opportunity to bake one of my favorite recipes.  Black Bottoms.

I didn’t name the recipe; I just eat it!  They are delicious cupcake-like desserts!


  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
    • OR 1/2 cup chocolate chips (regular size)


  • 1.5 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and salt in large bowl until creamy.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. In a second large bowl, whisk or sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, sugar, and salt.  
  6. Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and water to dry mix until well incorporated.
  7. Spoon enough of the chocolate batter into each cup so that they are filled halfway.
  8. Top each with a rounded spoonful of cream cheese mixture. 
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cupcakes are puffed and barely golden.  
*Recipe found in Family Circle magazine
Until next time…

Vision Boards…

I recently attended a Vision Board party at my friend Sandra’s home.  I went for two reasons: 1) I don’t miss a chance to hang with Sandra…ever 😉 and 2) I wanted to make new friends.  I had put together a vision board last year, so I had mentally opted out of the activity.

When I got there, I changed my mind.  I credit that to the wonderful women and energy in the room.

So I ask — have you created a vision board?  If so, I would love to see it!  Email it to me! 🙂

What are your thoughts on vision boards?  Some think it is hokey….which is why I ask.

I learned about vision boards while reading Success Principles by Jack Canfield.  The idea was to visually put your future dreams and goals out to the universe and the universe will respond.  Or something like that.

Here is what my old vision board looked like:

Vision Board (2011)

Side View

Other Side

I will post my new {still in process} board tomorrow.  I would love to show off your board!  Make sure to email me your thoughts and picture! 🙂

Until next time…