Four And A Half Hours Later

At 8:00 this morning, the alarm went blaring off in my ear, which meant that it was time to get movin’. I had lots to get done!

But four and a half hours later…


Two batches of Orange Cream Soda Pop Cupcakes were done…


(with one batch showing its festive side)


One batch of Cookie Dough Cupcakes were done…


One batch of Raspberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla & Raspberry Almond Buttercream were done…


Breakfast was eaten in between…


And I will tell you once more that fresh Farmers Market bread + Blizzard Butter will never get old…




One Stars & Stripes Cooke Cake was finished…

Copious amounts of frosting were eaten…


These decadent desserts were cut…


And I will forewarn you right now…when the recipe comes your way, just know…

They are not healthified in the slightest.


Which, in turn, meant that one 5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Routine was accomplished…

And now I’m ready to par-tayy!

Questions for the Day:

Are you more productive in the mornings or afternoons?

What is your favorite treat to bake?


  1. says

    I love baking granola because it is so quick and easy, & when I have lots of time, I love making something that requires kneading dough :). As for cupcakes, I love frosting them :).

  2. says

    I’m extremely productive in the morning and then I hit my wall around 1 pm. By 6 pm, I get a second wave of productive energy.
    My favourite thing to bake is definitely cupcakes. But these totally blow mine out of the water! Those cookie dough cupcakes are to drool for.

  3. says

    Beautiful cupcakes!
    I can often be productive in the morning, but since I am not a morning person, it rarely happens. I usually get the productive bug later at night, which I usually take advantage of.
    I love to bake anything that is sweet!

  4. says

    Those cupcakes look delicious! Especially the cookie dough ones!

    I’m most productive in the morning. Once lunchtime rolls around I lose all productivity, which is quite unfortunate.

  5. says

    Amazing! All of your amazing cupcakes together… if I was at that cookout I would need to be carried out because I would have to eat one of each! Lol…

    I am most productive in the morning, I become sluggish anytime after 2 PM

    My favorite thing to bake are cupcakes just because they’re so cute and fun to decorate!

  6. says

    Wow, they are the cutest cupcakes! I could eat frosting like that all day!

    I’m usually most productive in the morning but that begins to taper off before lunch :)

    I love to bake anything really, but lemon cupcakes are probably my favourite as I can have them in the oven in less than 10 minutes!

  7. Rick says

    Courtney –

    Seriously the Orange Cream Soda Pop Cupcakes are the best ever. I got them home and couldnt wait until tomorrow. So FAR I still have 11 in the box. :-)

    Thanks again for making all the goodies for me. You are the best !!!!!!!!!

  8. Amanda says

    just made your stars and stripes cookie to take to a BBQ tomorrow – thanks for the inspiration! i hope the finished product tastes as good as the batter…

  9. says

    AHHH THOSE CUPCAKES LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Great job on your workout!! I want to come use your pool and eat your cupcakes;) I LOVE baking anything with large amounts of sugar and butter!

  10. says

    I am defo more productive in the morning! I was up at 6.30 this morning and felt like I’d had a full day by 11am! I love it as it means afternoon naps are guilt free!

  11. says

    I have more energy at night, but I feel like if I get my run in, in the morning then I can be more productive (cause sometimes I lose motivation throughout the day, but once energy is gained at night – if I can wait that long – then I can get some moves in then!).

    My fave, fave, fave dessert would be vanilla cake or cupcakes. I think ever since I got married and missed having a slice of wedding cake (other than the tiny sliver my husband fed me), I’ve loved cake. It’s like my one thing I would love to have (as long as it’s really good cake) if I had to choose a treat!

  12. says

    Whoa… hello Martha Stewart!!! Very impressive work!

    To answer your question, I’m always more productive in the morning. I can get up early, get a ton of stuff done, and then crash in the afternoon just in time to watch reruns of “Say Yes to the Dress.” 😉 Priorities, right?!

  13. says

    those cupcakes have me drooling
    I wanna make cupcakes….hmmmmmmmmmm
    maybe since we’re not doing anything here today I’ll whip up a batch of something!?

    as far as productive…pretty much all the time…I wake up by 5, go to bed around midnight or 1 so my days/nights all run together! LOL

  14. Brenda @ Year 25 says

    The cupcakes all look delicious! Btw, I saw a cupcake stand at the farmer’s market this weekend and thought of you. People would totally line up to buy your creations! Have you ever thought of selling at a market?

  15. Helen says

    Even though I am not a morning person, I tend to be more productive during the early hours of the day. Where do you come up with these recipes for your cupcakes? They all look so yummy! I actually made your chocolate pb cupcakes for my co-workers. They were an instant hit and one co-worker even asked me to make more!


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