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Four And A Half Hours Later

by Courtney on July 3, 2011

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…

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Two batches of Orange Cream Soda Pop Cupcakes were done…

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(with one batch showing its festive side)

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One batch of Cookie Dough Cupcakes were done…

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

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Breakfast was eaten in between…

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

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Ever.

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One Stars & Stripes Cooke Cake was finished…

Copious amounts of frosting were eaten…

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These decadent desserts were cut…

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

They are not healthified in the slightest.

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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?

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1 kate July 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

those cupcakes are absolutely precious I love the little straws!!

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2 Charlie July 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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 :).

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3 Sarah July 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I’m most productive in the morning… after around 2pm, I’m uselesssss.

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4 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission July 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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.

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5 Megan @ Sweet B's Homemade July 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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!

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6 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

AHHH I KNEW IT!! Orange cream sodaaaa :) You are talented seriously, those look gowaaaageous

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7 Allyssa July 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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.

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8 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" July 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Your cupcakes look perfect every time! When are you opening that bake shop????

Usually more productive in the mornings. Unless I’m lazy and sleep in until 2 like today oooops..

I like to make brownies and healthified fudge. Really just so I can lick the bowl…

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9 Jillian July 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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!

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10 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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!

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11 Gabriella @ Loosedirections July 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’ve been having fun baking more cupcakes lately
but yours are amazingly perfect
they’re what I aspire to have mine look like one day :)

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12 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

OMG, I just licked my monitor.

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13 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Wow, they’re gorgeous!! I’d love to be able to decorate cupcakes so perfectly like that!

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14 Jen M. July 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That ALL looks SOOOOOOOO yummy!

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15 Rick July 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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 !!!!!!!!!

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16 Amanda July 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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…

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17 Janae Jacobs July 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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!

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18 Khushboo July 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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!

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19 Ms. Dinner-Dates July 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Wow! You were a busy-bee. I think you could go into business making cupcakes that FAB!

I love being productive in the morning!

My fourth has been much more relaxing… Check it out:

http://dinnersanddates.blogspot.com/2011/07/happy-holiday-weekend.html

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20 Samantha July 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Damn girl! Impressive!

I am definitely more productive in the afternoon – I am NOT a morning person by ANY MEANS.

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21 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Didn’t you just whip today’s bumm! Way to go girl! :) Baking like that is a workout in itself! Way to go!!!!

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22 Steph @ StephSnacks July 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I am definitely better at being productive in the morning. Your cupcakes look so adorable!

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23 Char July 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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!

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24 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

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?!

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25 Julia July 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I want all of them. Wow, they look amazing. I wish everything I made turned out that adorable.

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26 bakerbynature July 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Nothing like an early morning filled with cupcake making; now go get your party on!

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27 Keely (Sky Blue) July 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

These are so beautiful. You’re really talented.

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28 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Wow, seriously how do you do all of that? Props to you! Can’t wait for some of those recipes :). I plan on making headway in the kitchen this summer! I am definitely more productive in the morning.

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29 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 4, 2011 at 12:02 am

Holy moly! You were one busy lady this morning! Whatever that non-healthified thing is it looks delish! :) I am definitely more productive in the mornings!

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30 sara @ the foodie diaries July 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Oh my gosh, those are adorable!! They’re going to be the hit of the 4th of July party :)

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31 Pure2raw twins July 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

love the cupcakes – just perfect ;)

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32 Tara Burner July 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

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

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33 Niki (Life's a Payne) July 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Definitely more productive in the morning. Although you look SUPER productive!

The cupcakes (and other treats) look amazing. Wish I was going to some of your parties!

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34 Brenda @ Year 25 July 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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?

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35 Helen July 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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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36 Courtney July 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

YAY!! My ideas come from all over…existing recipes, favorite combos of mine, accidents! lol :)

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