Fairy-Type Double Berry Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Happy (belated) Saint Valentine’s day!

I made these cupcakes in celebration of Valentine’s day for my friends tonight. Could you have guessed?

These are yellow cake with fresh strawberry in them, frosted with a sweet, double berry puree butter-cream and topped with a pink pearl candy.


Recipe makes about 24 cupcakes.


For the yellow strawberry cake:
– 3 cup flour
– 3 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 cup butter
– 2 cup sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 4 eggs
– 2 cup milk
– 6 fresh strawberries, chopped up
– you can add cut up raspberries, too, I just didn’t have any since they’re out of season!

For the double berry frosting:
– 4 tbsp frozen strawberries, pureed in food processor/blender
– 4 tbsp frozen raspberries, pureed in food processor/blender
– 1 cup butter, softened
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 4-5 cups powdered sugar
-milk, if needed


For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place liners in cupcake tins.

Combine dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients one at a time. Pour into lined cupcake tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center. Once you feel it’s almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals. Let completely cool before frosting.

For the frosting:

Pulverize your berries in the food processor. Blend berry puree and butter, slowly adding powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk and continue to beat. If frosting is too thin, add more sugar, about a 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar at a time. Best used right away. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with a candy pearl, fresh raspberry, etc.

Note from the kitchen:

-Make sure your frosting can “stand” if you plan on piping it. I had trouble getting mine to stand. If you’re planning on frosting with a knife, it’s not as big of a worry.

-When researching, I read recipes that required you to sift your puree before blending it into anything, to remove seeds. However, I did not do this and after taste testing them, I didn’t have any problem with seeds.

Electric-Type Zesty Lemon Cupcake Recipe

You know me, I love cupcakes. And I like a craft-challenge (not so much a regular challenge). I’ve been craft-challenging myself to think up a whole collection of cupcake recipes for Pokemon types. This is only the beginning!


I will be trying to make other types over the next couple weeks. Successful recipes will be posted, so long as they don’t get eaten before I can get a good picture. (;


Recipe makes about 24 cupcakes.


For the Zesty Lemon Cake:
– 5 large egg whites
– 1 cup whole milk
– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
– 3 tablespoons lemon zest
– drop of orange extract
– 3 cups cake flour
– 1 3/4 cups sugar
– 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
– 4 oz cream cheese, softened
– 3 cups confectioners’ sugar (add more if needed)
– 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
– drop of orange extract


For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place liners in cupcake tins.

In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed. Add the butter and remaining milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture. Pour into cupcake liners. Bake 8-12 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center. Be careful to not over-bake. Check cake at 8 minutes, but not before, and once you feel it’s almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals. Let completely cool before frosting.

For the Frosting:

In a large bowl, whip cream cheese on low speed. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until blended. If frosting is too thin, add more sugar, about a 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar at a time. If frosting is too thick, add more lemon juice or milk, about a tablespoon at a time. Add colour (optional). Best used right away.

Primal, Real-food Chicken Pot Pie!

I have been making chicken pot pie for years. It was probably one of the first things I learned to “cook”. I use the term “cook” lightly, because it involved Bisquick, a can of cream of chicken, and frozen vegetables (as well as chicken and cooked potatoes). I’ve continued to make this quick favourite for Josh and myself– until now!

Well, I mean I’ll still make it, minus the can and box.

Today I made a primal, real-food Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potato Topping. I had planned on making a post about the whole pie, but it was so good and I was so hungry, I only got half-eaten pictures of the finished product. (; Oops. It’s really good and easier than I thought to make! This is a meal that is easily prepared ahead of time and frozen, as well.

Note: This is easily adapted to be gluten-free! I don’t eat GF though, so my pie had a crust and has flour in it to thicken the cream. I have put in substitutes for the flour, though. (;

Adapted from Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes Recipe on Food Network

Cream of Chicken Filling:
– 2 tbsp salted butter from grass-fed cows
– 2  potatoes of your choice, diced (optional)
– 1 onion, chopped
– 2 leeks, chopped
– 1 carrot, chopped
– any other preferred fresh vegetables (I had peas, corn, lima beans, and green beans in mine!)
– 2 tsp minced garlic
– 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
– 1 cup of the best milk you can find (I use milk from cows who don’t receive artificial hormones)
– 1/2 cup flour or 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot if you’re going GF
– Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 2 of the best boneless chicken breasts you can find (ours is from chickens who don’t receive artificial hormones)
– 1 tbsp thyme
– 1 tbsp parsley leaves

Potato Topping:
5 potatoes of your choice, diced
3/4 cup of the best heavy cream you can find (I use milk from cows who don’t receive artificial hormones)
1/4 cup salted butter from grass-fed cows
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium skillet melt the butter over medium high heat, saute the potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, and garlic until golden, as well as any other fresh vegetables you’d like, i.e. peas, green beans, lima beans. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Mix the flour and milk until smooth and add to the vegetables, and cook until thickened. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet heat the oil over high heat and sear the chicken until golden. Cut seared chicken into 1/2 inch chunks and add it, the thyme, and parsley to the vegetables and set side.

For the topping: Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water, season with salt.

Over high heat bring to a boil and simmer until tender. Drain the potatoes and let them sit for 5 minutes to steam dry. Mash the potatoes with a hand mixer. Warm the cream and stir into the potatoes. Mix in the butter. Season, to taste.

To assemble the pot pie, fill a pie pan with filling and top with the mashed potatoes. Bake for 45 minutes.

Shop Small and DIY this Holiday!

Did you get a head start on your holiday gift shopping? Whether or not you did, I know you’re not done. (;

There are always people on your list that are difficult to buy for. In my experience, kids in the family are always easy to shop for. Kids are easily pleased. Immediate family is usually pretty easy as well. It’s when it comes down to your brother-in-law, or your neighbour in your neighbourhood secret santa, or your best friend’s wife.

This gift guide will help you spurr some ideas. All of the ideas are either linked to a tutorial or an artisan’s Etsy shop. Shop small this holiday, and do it yourself where you can!

Gifts for the Men in your Life 

Check out these handsome fingerless texting gloves and many others like these at edbyAnne’s Etsy shop. (22$)

Make this easy upcycled gift for a man in your life who may need some help with organisation or decking out his man cave! Head to Curly Birds for the tutorial.

Make a custom mug with just a sharpie paint pen and a tutorial from One Little Project at a Time.

Make these custom beer coasters for a special man who likes his craft beers with a tutorial by Attic Lace.

Make the men in your life some all natural eucalyptus-peppermint shaving cream with a recipe from the Darling Bakers.


Give your love this pillow made by Spoon Me Pillows maybe to inspire him to cuddle you this season! (36$)

Gifts for a Hostess, In-Law, Neighbour, Co-Worker, or Teacher

Check out these rustic coaster sets and more like them at Rusterior Design’s Etsy shop. (10$)

Give your friends and family frozen homemade cookie dough instead of loading them up with already-made treats! They can enjoy whenever they want. Attach a greeting card with baking instructions like shown at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Make a beautiful holiday vase with a tutorial from Mom Endeavors.

Learn how to make a Sashy knit scarf with help from Red Heart. Watch the video at the bottom of the page if you’re a beginner!

Make a “whale of a bowl” for rings, soap, candy, or anything else a friend or family member might need a little bowl for with a tutorial from the Good Weekly.


Make beautiful vanilla bean and coffee candles with help from Henry Happened.

Gifts for the Ladies You Love

Check out this Swarovski crystal bird wine charm set and others like it at Charmed By Wine’s Etsy Shop. (16$)

Make this peppermint sugar scrub for your gals. The instructions written by Love Grows Wild are so easy! Doesn’t that just look so cute?

Make your girlfriends some wine lollipops. Add mulling spices to make them mulled wine lollipops. The original recipe (obviously made for Valentines Day) is written by Dirty Laundry.

A little less crafty? Put together these manicure sets as shown at My DIY Angels.

Coffee lover in the bunch? Make her a glitter tumbler with directions from the Sorority Secrets.

Make a map pendant necklace with a little tutorial from Unfortuantely, Oh!

Gifts for Little Ones

I know a lot of people who have sewing machines but don’t use them. Are you one of those people? Hop back on that baby and sew some easy pillowcases with a tutorial by Organize & Decorate Everything.

Make these quick and easy baby leg warmers with a tutorial from Jen Loves Kev.

Kids love marshmallows and cocoa! Make them these marshmallow dips for a hot cup of cocoa with a recipe by Rose Bakes.


Upcycle an old shirt or two to make some PJ pants for kids with a tutorial from Hammer & Thread.

A little less crafty? Make this cute reindeer washcloth with soap inside with help from Bumble Bee’s Craft Den.

Learn to make little hair bows for a little girl (or even for yourself!) from Carissa Miss.

A Little Something for Your Fur Babies


There are five different dog treat recipes here from Martha Stewart.


Sew a cute crate cover for your pet with a tutorial by Dimplicity.

A Very Pagan Christmas– An Etsy Treasury!

I’ve recently discovered (and become obsessed with) treasuries on Etsy. Some of them are so pretty. Mine is honestly more of a list of like things for the holiday season than a collection of art, but all of the items are beautiful nonetheless. I’ve composed a list of different Pagan-y things to decorate your home, altar, or self with for a beautiful Yuletide! Click on the image to check out all the artisans and their work!

Another giveaway contest!

I’ve decided to host another contest! It is currently running will end on 16 Nov. You know the deal– make sure you like the facebook page, like the official post, and share it with #AnxietyAntoinette and you’re given a chance to win a custom bleach shirt of your choice in your size. Also– anyone who buys a shirt from me off my Etsy shop or anywhere else I may be during the contest will be given an *extra* chance to win either a second shirt for free, or they’ll receive back the money they spent. This is the only way to receive a second (or even third!) chance to win! 

Let the contest commence!

Sweet skulls, sweet skulls, sweet sugar candy skulls!

Sara and I had our hand at making sugar skulls recently. I have to admit, I expected it to be much harder.


It did require a lot of patience. Four hours of piping while holding our breaths kind of patience. Luckily, these crafty witches have plenty of patience.



We are thinking about posting them on our Etsy shops next year. We would love some feedback! (; Take a look at some of our favourite sugar skulls!