Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cupcake Secrets & a Patriotic Giveaway!

Sparklers, BBQs, warm fresh air.... just a few reasons why I love the 4th of July.
And of course I love any excuse to whip up some festive cupcakes too!

Last year we were invited to a neighborhood BBQ to which I immediately
volunteered to bring some of my little creations.
This is what I came up with:

Windmill Cupcakes


Red, White & Blue Flag Cupcakes

 

They were a hit!


This year I plan to make these for any BBQs we're invited to...

Corny Cupcakes


Now aren't these just the cutest thing you've ever seen?!
They're little cupcakes that look like corn on the cob & it even uses
a starburst as the "butter"
I.could.die.

I'll let you in on a few of my little "cupcake secrets" ...

1- My recipe usually calls for 3 large eggs.
To make it a little healthier I substitute the 3 eggs for 4 egg whites.

2- When baking (not cooking) and the recipe calls for vegetable oil,
you can swap the vegetable oil for regular apple sauce 1:1
Example: 1/3 cup vegetable oil is 1/3 cup apple sauce.
This makes a lot less calories and they turn out more moist too!

But shhhh... it's our little secret {wink}

Feel free to start throwing out those invites this way... you know you want
some of those cute corny cupcakes! Kidding. But that'd be cool.


Annnnnd because I'm feeling especially patriotic{and the fact that I made an extra one for fun}
I've decided I'm going to spread the love and do a little giveaway!

Remember that Patriotic Wreath I made last month? You know, like this one...


Well I'm giving it away my friends!
Wouldn't this look fabulous in your kitchen, entry way or front door??

Here's how my {first} little giveaway is going to go:
{leave a separate comment for each item you complete}

1. Follow my blog {amy&grant} and leave a comment saying so.
{check to see if you already follow me so that it counts too}

2. Leave a separate comment of what you love about the 4th of July.

GIVEAWAY closes on June 26th at midnight
WINNER will be announced June 27th, 2011

XOXO

9 comments:

Quirky Girl said...

1.) Even though I haven't "officially" followed your blog up until 2 seconds ago, I have always frequently visited! I adore your recipes and seeing what you have been up to with your crazy triathlons and what not.

2.) The best part about the 4th of July is blowing stuff up and watching The Sandlot with my family.

Quirky Girl said...

Crap. I didn't leave a separate comment. FAIL!

Amy said...

Quirky Girl- too funny! And Sandlot is SUCH a classic! I'm so going to have to watch it this year! Love that.

Chelsea said...

I follow! I need something cute for my house for 4th of july! ;) AND, you are SO creative! I love it!

Chelsea said...

I usually love the 4th, the fire works and all things 4th of july, but this year, I'm kind of dreading it just because I'm so pregnant....

;)

Vance & Adri Petersen said...

ok you are too cute! and u will be invited to a bbq lol...those are cute and i do the same thing about swaping the oil for the apple sauce! well here is my comment and i love you and 4th of July because it's an opportunity to get together with friends, have great food, swim and enjoy fireworks laying down on a blanket next to the people you love (hubby and kids) ;)....i love that wreath! hope you and grant are doing great ;) lets go dancing ;)

Tammy said...

I am now an official follower of your blog, even though I have had you in my RSS feed since you started it :).

Tammy said...

The thing I love about the 4th of July? Honoring the memory of my great grandparents and granparents who fought during WWI and WWII. BBQing, watermelon, long conversation around a fun summer meal, and lots of fireworks.

Booth Confessions said...

I follow your blog! I love the 4th of July by remembering those who fought during WWI and WWII. Having a BBQ with family and friends and watching fireworks!

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