One Smart Little Cookie is a collection of everything that brings inspiration, comfort and beauty into my life and home.
I love to create a beautiful home and enjoy it with my family.
It is sharing
what I love to do; baking and cooking in a healthier way without sacrificing flavor
, crafts,
party planning, activities, organization, and home decor.

Being a "Smart Little Cookie" is not about being perfect, it is about knowing how to enjoy life and family to it's fullest~to your fullest.
Due to my creative process, my home gets messy, my kids play in their jammies-all day sometimes (the terribly relaxed days tend to be my favorite),
and my hubby has become much more patient and supportive over the years with all of this.
In fact, he often has his own creative ideas and we both find ourselves anticipating our upcoming projects together~love him!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, but I've rejected denial, and with a toddler who is a budding creative type herself,
I feel accomplished when the dishes are in the dishwasher before naptime (not mine, hers).
I've accepted the fact that "spotless" cannot mean what I have always
envisioned in my mind, at least not with kids,
and I would rather enjoy my kids and beautiful home, than a spotless, sterile home.
I have learned to take each day, one day at a time, and everyday should leave us feeling inspired and more contented.
The day should leave us, whispering in our ear, "the day has been as well as it could have been done, and it has been done well."

Go ahead and take a bite, indulge yourself and try my recipes and crafty creations in your own home.
I hope to inspire you to feel like the "Smart Little Cookie" you are!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chocolate Bavarian Creme Cupcakes

These scrumptious little goodies are a take on two of my favorite childhood donuts, Chocolate Bavarian Creme and Chocolate Old Fashioned.  Mmm...I've lightened them up and put them in cupcake liners for the yummiest, creamiest, chocolate treat.  
You won't be able to eat just one!
Makes 2 dozen

The Recipe
Cake:                                                                   Filling:
2 c unbleached flour                                              1 pckg french vanilla
3/4 c cocoa                                                             instant pudding mix
1 t baking powder                                                 1 1/4 c skim milk
1 t baking soda                                                    
1/2 t salt                                                             Frosting:
1 c I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread                 basic chocolate frosting
1 3/4 c sugar                                                        chocolate sprinkles
2 t vanilla
4 large egg whites                                
1 1/3 c skim milk

Prepare french vanilla instant pudding according to package directions and chill in refrigerator.  When set, scoop into a pastry bag fitted with a small circle tip, refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg whites two at a time and mix until combined.  Alternately add flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with the flour mixture, while mixing.  Scoop into prepared cupcake liners and bake about 20 minutes, or until tops are firm.

As soon as cupcakes come out of the oven, insert tip of decorating bag into the center of each cupcake and fill pudding to the top of hole in each cupcake.  Scoop away any pudding above the surface, if needed.  Refrigerate cupcakes.
When cupcakes are chilled, frost with basic chocolate frosting and dip in chocolate sprinkles until completely covered.

Smart Little Cookie Tip:
You might like to add chocolate chips into the cake batter for an extra chocolatey treat!

Sit back, Relax, and Enjoy your Bavarian Creme.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

I love this vintage picture of a Lady Liberty.  There is something very comforting to me when I see her waving the American Flag, beside the fact she's not messing around with that sword! 

A BBQ, s'mores, ice cream, fireworks and family.  What could be better on Independence Day?
Thank you to our brave forefathers and soldiers, my love and gratitude always.