Yet another post brought to you by sugar and butter.

I SUPPOSE you are waiting on the introduction of PUMPKIN EVERYTHING  sometime soon.  I have yet to jump on the bandwagon, though I did have an iced (hello, Florida) pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks but I just am not that into it yet.

So when my friend from New York suggested we bake VANILLA cupcakes in celebration of our reunitation (not a word), I scoffed when she said we can just, you know, buy boxed stuff and make it.

Why don’t normal people understand my life?

CLEARLY, we will be making this from scratch and not only that, Andreana, we are making vanilla BEAN cupcakes with KAHLUA butter cream.  I really do like boxed cake (I am DEFINITELY not above it…I’d eat it every day if you make it for me).  If I bake though, I want to waste my time and experiment and not know what the end result will taste like.  Here we go.

I had to add the cute little sprinkles to make it more interesting, I lost my piping tips 😦

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There are no calories in these cookie dough stuffed chocolate cookies.

I am really glad that nobody has a secret camera in my home office… it would be pretty embarrassing for them to see how much I jam out when I’m doing work (ironically enough when I am distracting myself I turn el seriouso).  Today I am blessing my dog with “Ja Rule Radio” on Pandora, and between that and having these cookies waiting for me I think I am out of control with my excitement right now.  One time my husband snuck into the house when I wasn’t expecting him and caught me so off guard that I screamed so loud Shaeley had diarrhea on the floor.  I know that you wish you had my life so bad.  Except for when you want to be skinny but you can’t stop your hands from tricking you into baking delicious treats every week.

Make sure you make extra “cookie dough” for this recipe, because it has no eggs and therefore creates more reason to lick the bowl with reckless abandon. Luckily for me I ate half of the unsafe chocolate cookie dough and had lots of stuffing left over that didn’t make it into the cookies.

NOM!

I used this recipe with no substitutions.  It’s really hard to actually wrap the chocolate cookie dough around the stuffing, so I applaud the original poster on making theirs look so neat and tidy.  I am not a neat and tidy person.  Don’t want to know the nutrtition facts for this cookie?  I am warning you right now; DO NOT click the read more link.

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staying full = impossiblity

I’m currently working on upping my protein intake simply to try and quell the constant yelling of my hungry stomach.  This is possible thanks to Gold Standard protein… it is THE ONLY PROTEIN POWDER I HAVE EVER TRIED (out of about 6 different brands) that I can actually drink in water without gagging.  It tastes GOOD with water… not sure how that is possible.  So far I have only tried the rocky road flavor but I will definitely be ordering a lot more once my bank account allows for it.  To be honest I am very skeptical of these protein powders considering there absolutely must be chemicals in them, but we’re all going to die one day and I don’t know of many instances where one died a premature death because of protein powder.  Feel free to prove me wrong?  How else would I consume 99+g of protein a day?  Feel free to offer up alternative suggestions.

I made a white chili the other night and it was SO FILLING that I thought after eating it at 7pm I was sure I wouldn’t be hungry before bed, which also made me worried that I had calculated the nutrition facts wrong (anything healthy leaves me hungry after 2 hours).  Sure enough by 8:30 my stomach started getting angry again (sorry about my privileged American problems).  I can’t even stand the thought of people who are REALLY going hungry every day, it makes me upset.  I hope to be able to cook for some of them one day.

I got this recipe from Rachael Ray’s October 2012 magazine issue.  It was a section where they give you a main recipe and many different ways to change it up.  Let me tell you it was nearly impossible to cook this because the directions were out of order and everywhere.

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