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Good morning! It’s a lovely Sunday morning here and I hope you’re doing well. We’ve got a batch of pancakes already going and I’m going to whip up some muffins in a few and a wonderful new pizza this afternoon. All of which I hope to share with you this week.

I just wanted to take a second to ask my wonderful readers to please vote for me at Circle of Moms Top 25 Foodie Moms. I was nominated late in the game, but I am definitely still in the running. I keep flirting with being in the Top 25. I know that with your help I can get in there! There is no registration or log in and you can vote daily by clicking the banner button at the top of my blog. Being a foodie and a mommy, this contest is truly important to me! Thanks for all of the support you have already given me!

~Maeghan

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Hydrangea Cupcakes & A Giveaway

We are finally having some nice weather here in Maine and I’ve got Spring fever. Granted, Summer is just around the corner! These cupcakes just scream spring to me and I thought they’d be a lovely little Mother’s Day gift to myself. I’ve always loved hydrangeas and they haven’t bloomed here yet, but now I can look at the pretty cupcakes and then eat them!

I originally tried the frosting recipe that the source uses, but I just couldn’t get it to work so I went back to my trusted buttercream recipe. I found this easier to work with, although this time around I had to decorate these with a two year old attached to my leg pleading for a taste.

I used my go to chocolate cake recipe and my favorite vanilla butter cream. I then divided the batch of buttercream into two and dyed one half using Wilton’s Cornflower blue gel and the other Wilton’s Violet.

I used the 2D Wilton pastry bag tip. (I had never used this tip before and to be honest the closed tips are a bit more finicky) I placed each color into the piping bag as shown. I worked my way around the cupcake and then filled in the center with more drop flowers. There are set by step instructions on the source’s website. I think these came out pretty good. Definitely pretty and different from the normal swirl, that’s for sure! Brighten someone’s day with flowers and cupcakes all in one.

Now, for the last one million hits giveaway. Just a few years ago I would decorate a cupcake with a tub of frosting and a knife. I’d slather it on the top in a dome shape and call it good. Now, I cringe just thinking of doing that. I’m not saying I wouldn’t eat a cupcake like that, but I love pretty cupcakes and they are so easy to make. So, I’m going to send one lucky reader the Wilton Cupcake kit. It has some great tips to make your cupcakes fabulous. They are easy to use and you’ll be making some great looking cupcakes in no time! To enter, just leave a comment below. Tell me your favorite cupcake flavors, what you would make first, or just say, “Hi!” A winner will be chosen at random Sunday, May 20th at 6:00 pm EST. Sorry, items will only be shipped to US residents. I will email the winner immediately and post the names of the winners on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Source: Glorious Treats

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Easy Beef Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo was fast approaching and the hubby asked for enchiladas. Since he rarely asks for something I said sure. I started to scour the internet trying to find the perfect chicken enchilada recipe that would be a good fit for our family. I try not to make separate meals for my daughter so the spice and heat has to be just right or adaptable. Then, my husband asks for beef enchiladas instead. OK, easy enough. I can do that without a recipe! I’ve found a few recipes since that I am going to try out, but these enchiladas were tasty and quick enough to make on a weeknight. The addition of homemade tortillas and enchilada sauce really gave the dish freshness, rather than a quick meal from a box with sauce packets included!

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Easy Beef Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 12 flour tortillas¬†
  • 8 oz Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cups Cheddar Jack cheese
  • handful of cilantro, chopped
  • green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Brown beef on medium-high heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add onion and cook until softened.

Pour 4 oz of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 glass casserole dish.

To assemble enchilada, lay out the flour tortilla and put about 1/4 cup of beef down the middle. Add a few tablespoons of cheese on top. Roll the tortilla and place in the baking dish seam side down. Continue until you have finished using all of the meat and tortillas.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas. Then, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is a golden brown. Garnish with green onions and cilantro. Serve with sour cream if desired.

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1,000,000 Hits & A Giveaway!

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Earlier this week we celebrated one million hits here at The Way to His Heart. This excites me to no end. It means that my hope years ago that someone may read my blog has blossomed into the reality that many read my blog! I have all of you to thank for this milestone. My hope is that you will all stick around for many more milestones along the way. Your comments and emails really make this enjoyable for me. I love to cook, bake, and photograph but the blogging aspect is driven by all of you. I love hearing stories of picky eating husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, and children. I love hearing stories of small victories as you’ve gotten them to eat. I enjoy hearing about new-found confidence in the kitchen and as a mother, I absolutely get thrilled when I hear that your child eats something that I’ve posted. We all know how difficult that is!

Food is a huge part of our lives. It fuels us and allows us to take a moment and enjoy. Whether it’s a quiet breakfast by yourself, placing a nice dinner in front of your family, or taking a moment at the end of the day and enjoying a sweet treat, it plays a major role in our lives. That means that you are taking extra moments out to read about what I’m making and serving my family and hopefully trying it yourselves.

To celebrate reaching one million hits and good, healthy food Newman’s Own Organics has sent me a very large package to share with my readers. We’re talking lots of food here folks. Three lucky readers are going to get a lovely package in the mail containing Newman O’s, Newman’s Own Organics Mints, Newman’s Own Chocolate Cups, Licorice Twists, and Family Recipe Cookies. My family has been snacking on our own batch and love these items. Until the package I didn’t even know that they had their own organic raisins and berries. Look forward to some new recipes including those soon! Newman’s Own Organics were even nice enough to send some treats to our furry family members!

To win, all you have to do is comment on this post. Tell me what you like about the site, tell me what you’d like to see more of, tell me which Newman’s Own Organics item is your favorite. Be nice and productive and three winners will be chosen at random Sunday, May 20th at 6:00 pm EST. Sorry, items will only be shipped to US residents. I will email the winner immediately and post the names of the winners on Tuesday, May 22nd.

You can view more great products from Newman’s Own Organics at the link above our join them on their Facebook fan page.

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