Hoppin’ Cupcakes……

October 22, 2011 by Heather Tallman with 42 comments


You know, sometimes you know a good thing when you see it.  I am not always this decisive or sure about everything but for these 2 things I am.  You can always count on a good cupcake and an effective blog hop.

I made these cupcakes for my family over fall break and they were gone in an hour.  But as I stood over the kitchen sink I pondered what direction I wanted my blog/site to go I had so many ideas.  I mean, I am not trying to be a trailblazer.  I am not waiting to be found, I am not the next Julia Child, I am not shiny and fresh.

I am just a woman who does her best to make a nice life for her family.  I cook, clean, work,  laugh, write, eat, kiss boo boo’s, scrub toilets, do yard work….just like the rest of us.  I am not waiting on an epiphany about what I am going to be when I grow up.  I am there already.  I am not waiting for things to fall in my lap, that is just wasting the life I have been given.  I am going to point myself in the direction I want to go, follow my heart and move forward.

Starting Over…
So I go back to how I found so many of you, how we all became intertwined on the Internet through daily posts, chats, emails and phone calls : my first Blog Hop.  I had over 148 responses to it and through that I have found SO many new sites as well as interconnected our pages through shared traffic, links and comments.  For this I am grateful, for this I am BLESSED!

So in keeping with the Carrot Cupcake and Blog Hop theme Basilmomma is giving herself a face lift. I am going to shrug off thoughts that I need to post something every day to be remembered, I am going to go back to the real reason I started this site to begin with.  I wanted to chronicle my life with my family, through food and cooking.  I want to get back to writing and stop trying to churn out post after post just to keep my traffic up.  Who can keep up with that…?

So after you check out my Carrot Cupcakes I would LOVE for you to link up YOUR site (NOT a post but your SITE for others to find.  There is a whole world of new readers out there who want to share in your life as well.

Please leave your link by using the inlinks tool .  It is quick and easy.  All I ask is for you to share this on your Facebook Wall if you have one for your blog/site so others can come for a visit and/or link up as well.  I am leaving this open through the 28th so please be sure to visit more than once to see what new friends come along!

Rules, Rules…
  Please link up your ‘clean’ site, be kind to others and visit a few new ones on the list (tell them I sent ya;) and spread the love ! Leave me a comment below to let me know you were here but only links left with the link tool will be in the hop.  I know that many of you have told me how effective the last hop was for your site so I hope we ALL benefit from this!  Isn’t that what a hop is all about?

We all have different connections and when you stop to break it all down it is very ‘6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon-ish’ and I am a firm believer in networking.  If you tell 3 people who tell 3 people…..You get the idea.

Carrot Cupcakes
Adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe, 2004

3/4 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 C canola oil
3/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 C natural applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 shredded carrots (about 2 medium)
1/4 C walnuts , optional plus more for garnish
1 package of low-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 C of sifted confectioners sugar
1 lemon, zested
optional: squeeze of lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 spot muffin tin with baking cups.
Sift together the first 6 ingredients.  IN a large bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar and eggs until combined.  Whisk in the applesauce, vanilla and carrots.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Stir in the nuts, if desired.

Divide evenly between the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile combine the cream cheese, sugar, zest and juice (optional) with a mixer until smooth and ice the cupcakes when completely cool.  By the way, this is my go-to icing for most things.  I just love it on about anything!

Store cupcakes in the refrigerator.

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  • Cassie//Bake Your Day

    Thanks for doing this, Heather. I love your post…you are so forward-thinking, I love your writing and I love that you said…”church out posts just for the sake of keeping traffic up…” It is very hard to keep up with. I’m so glad to read this and be a part of your blog hop. Going to share on Facebook now. Thanks again! :-) Cassie

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    Hi Heather! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! Looking forward to sharing. Your cupcakes look yummy! :)

  • Lesa @Edesia's Notebook

    Great idea, Heather! Love your cupcakes!

  • Dee at Deelicious Sweets

    Hi Heather! Thanks so much for hosting this link up! Such a good idea :)

    Those cupcakes look awesome. I like that you used applesauce too!

  • Laura Jeanne

    As always I am loving your blog and yummy yummy cupcakes. I thought I was already following you but either way I DEF am now!!! :)

  • Jenni

    I love your blog! Thank you so much for hosting the blog hop!

  • Yasmeen

    Hi! It’s my first time here – I found your site through Mother Thyme’s post on FB. Happy to post on mine as well :)

    I appreciate your sentiments about not having to post every day. I’ve been a busy, busy girl the past week, and simply haven’t had the time to post or keep up with about 100 blog-related things I have on my mind. Rather than getting stressed, it’s great to channel the reason we started posting in the first place.

    Lovely cupcakes, too. I’ve never met cream cheese frosting I didn’t like.

  • The Culinary Lens

    Thank you for the hop. I can barely keep up with two posts a week so daily would just not be doable for me LOL

    These cupcakes look good

  • Yvonne - Hey Pesto

    What a lovely idea! I’m only starting in the blogging world but love reading what everybody else is doing!

  • Served up with Love

    What a great idea! I have found so many great blogs and fe llow foodies with these blog hops. I am a very busy mom working full time, I blog to give me an outlet and there is absolutely no way I could blog everyday, my goal is 2 a week but here lately its been more like 1 a week. I hope to find many more great blogs with this hop. Thanks for all that you do! Those cupcakes look so yummy!

  • Amee

    Great idea, I love stumbling across new blogs – and I love cupcakes!

  • Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish

    First of all, the cupcakes look delicious! How can you go wrong with cream cheese frosting:) Second of all, thanks for hosting th blog hop. I’m excited to look at all these sites I haven’t seen before!

  • One Cool Lunch

    Cupcakes look great! Thanks for hosting!!

  • Rich and Sweet

    Lovely idea Heather! Thanks for being yourself and best of luck on this next step in your life!!!!xoxo Bia Rich

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise

    I know what you mean! I obsess about my numbers and stats and get depressed wehn they drop or when someone dislikes the facebook page

    you are totally right..it is too much stress and we need to step back and take a breath and think why we started these blogs and where are we heading with them.
    Thank you fro the blog hop

  • momwhatsfordinner

    Great idea Heather! Thank you for the opportunity!:)

  • Jocelyn

    Love love LOVE this post…I have been having the exact same thinking going on lately! I want to blog for the fun of it and not be concerned with people liking it or even commenting. I am so happy to have found your blog…and even happier knowing that you live really close to me:-) Next time I am in Indy:-)…

  • Sylvia@peachesanddonuts

    Great idea! Thanks!! Am looking forward to checking out some new blogs! :)

  • Leah @ Beyer Beware

    What a great blog hop! Can’t wait to find other great blogs I can get more ideas from. Thanks for hosting and thanks for the recipe for the cupcakes!

  • Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart

    Heather, thanks for hosting this great “hop”!
    And I am in agreement with you on “pulling” back and taking a hold of “why” I started the blogging.
    And I am ALWAYS here for you!

  • Zestuous

    What a beautiful post Heather. You continue to cook with soul and love, and I love that. I first found you through someone sharing your blog hop months ago. I can’t wait to meet more foodies through this hop. Thanks <3

  • Giselle

    Thanks for the blog hop….great idea. Love your blog…found it via FB

  • Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare

    Great idea! I just found your blog through several facebook notices about this blog hop! I’m just beginning in the blogging world, and can already tell how easy it is to get caught up with posting daily and the traffic numbers! So, this is a good reminder to read! Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura Jeanne

    Also, I have an award for you, if you haven’t seen it already. http://www.ahealthyjalapeno.com/2011/10/spiced-pumpkin-cream-cheese-and-bloggy.html
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  • Amy

    Great idea….Thanks for doing this…

  • Debi

    Love the idea, the recipe and especially the reasoning behind the post. I tend to get caught up in the facebook/blog world also. There just isn’t enough time to do Everything I would like to do so I do what I LOVE to do instead. Taking care of My Boys and Husband are number one. Much <3 and Many Hugs Sweet Friend!

  • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

    Great post Heather and thanks for the blog hop. It is true, you get sucked in so quickly and sometimes we just need to sit back and reflect on what’s truly important. I hope you had a great week with your family. <3

  • Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures

    Thank you for the opportunity to link up! You are very correct in what you say! Looking forward to browsing some new blogs for inspiration!

  • Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    Carrot cake…one of my favorites! Looking forward to checking out some great new blogs from your hop. Have a great week!

  • Frugal in WV

    Now I want cupcakes :) I have to take a step back every once in a while and gain perspective also. It’s way too easy to obsess about numbers and facebook likes etc. I have my family to look after first and foremost and remember that I started my blog for fun, not numbers! Thanks for hosting, I always love reading your facebook posts and blog. Have a great week!

  • Jenna

    Your cupcakes look fabulous, and enjoy the process of ‘getting back to your roots’ and reconnecting with your writing.

  • Inside a British Mum's Kitchen

    thank you SO much for this wonderful post which is a reality check for us – I LOVE what you say – you cook, clean, scrub toilets, kiss boo boos and are so thankful for you have – me too – and sometimes I forget – I love this network of blogs and growing through it.
    Mary x

  • Mia

    Thank you so much, Heather!

  • Kay Johnson

    Thanks for the opportunity to join in the fun. Been checking out some new blogs …
    Kay Johnson
    … and then I ate it!

  • Cooking with Tammi

    Tammi Was here and loves this idea.. ohh and thsoe cupcakes look scrumptious.


  • Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    I loved your first blog hop, so of course I wouldn’t miss out on your second :-) Thank you SO much for hosting!

  • Lauren

    Found you from Chocolate & More, and Crumbs & Chaos on FB!

  • tanja

    Thanks for hosting, Heather! Such a great idea! Your cupcakes look DELISH!:)

  • Anonymous

    I follow several of the blogs that linked up this week.

    I did check out a new blog, Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Great name!


  • Ginny McMeans

    Lovin these cupcakes!

  • Joelen

    Carrot cake is one of my faves – looking forward to trying this soon!

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