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Treat(s) of the Week(s)

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Treat(s) of the Week(s)

I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say… I think I’m a bit behind.

And… I think I probably always will be. I guess if you like my blog enough you’ll put up with my inconsistent posting.

I figured I would just share my recipes from the past several weeks in one post to make up for my tardiness.


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Treat of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Acorn Bites

So, I skipped a week. Can you forgive me?

Baking wasn’t exactly a priority for me last week. I had two big tests, two big projects and plenty of smaller tasks to tackle. Very little sleep was had and by Friday, I was all out of energy.

But I’ve been planning this treat for several days. So here it is.


Let’s have a cliche moment, shall we?

Fall is in the air.

For many people, that seems to mean pumpkin-flavored stuff. Yes, I said stuff. Coffee, cookies… I’m not really into it but it’s quite the trend.

I decided to go with it, and I’m happy I did. They were a hit in the newsroom this week (and they’re kinda cute, too)!

I’m feeling kinda crafty this week. Suggestions?

Can I win you back… with food?

Yep, summer’s over. If it wasn’t so hot outside and the leaves weren’t so green, I’d think fall was in full swing. Things around here are CHANGING. Big time.

A new semester, some new people, a new job… Granted, most of the changes I’m facing are good, but some of them aren’t as easy to swallow.

HOWEVER, there are a few things that are mostly the same. Now that I’m back in the swing of working for the newspaper, I’m also back into the swing of making and sharing treats with my fellow students/staff members.

Where was I going with that…? Oh, yeah! Here’s a recipe for something that is easy to swallow.

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I know I haven’t been posting regularly… Can you forgive me?

What will I make next week?…


What can you do with a box of white cake mix?

Just about anything.

This is the brand I have been using, but feel free to try something else.

This is the brand I have been using, but feel free to try something else.


I used a single box of white cake mix to make three different desserts.

  • Mini Blue Coconut Cupcakes
  • Lemon Cake (& mini cupcakes)
  • Hershey’s/Reese’s Mix-up Minis


How do you start?

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.

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And then…

Separate the batter into different bowls.

For my coconut minis, you’ll need the following additional ingredients:

  • Imitation coconut extract
  • Sweetened flaked coconut (save some to toast, if desired)
  • Blue food coloring
I have no measurement for you. This is on a to-taste basis!

I have no measurement for you. This is on a to-taste basis!



Just add and mix.

I can’t tell you how much of each ingredient to add because it just depends on what you like.

Once you have the coconut batter ready, you can fill your lined mini muffin pan. I like to use a cookie scoop; it makes perfect portions with very little mess.



And they’re ready to bake!


For the lemon minis, you’ll need these additional ingredients:

  • Lemon extract
  • Lemon juice
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Powdered sugar





(The powdered sugar comes later)

Add and mix.

Fill and bake.




And for the mix-ups, you’ll need these:

  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • Baking cocoa
  • Reese’s unwrapped minis




Add and mix, fill and bake.


Drum roll, please…






I added powdered sugar to the lemon minis before topping them with whipped cream.

The coconut minis got a whipped cream topping (I would have added toasted coconut to the top, but it burned and almost set off the smoke alarm. My fiance was distracting me).

And I topped off the mix-ups with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a single peanut butter cup.

I’m sure there are countless other ways to turn a box of white cake mix into many masterpieces, but so far, these are three of my favorites!

What will I come up with next?… Any suggestions?…

To be continued…?


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