Pumpkin Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Frosting

Pumpkin Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cinnamon Frosting

1 medium apple (peeled, cored and diced)
1 boxed yellow, or white, or spice cake mix
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 1/3 cups water

1 16-ounce container cream cheese icing
2 tablespoons light maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line two cupcake pans with paper liners.

2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the apple pieces on high about 1 minute or until tender. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin and water, then beat with an electric mixer on high speed 2 minutes. Fold in the cooked apple pieces.

4. Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake the cupcakes about 18 to 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, stir the cream cheese icing, maple syrup, and cinnamon until well blended. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. Devour greedily.

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The 25 List

So I got this idea from this cute girl, Courtney’s, blog (view here). Every year she makes a list of the things she wants to do or accomplish. I thought it was fun, so since today is my half birthday I decided to make one. I may not have time to do these all in 6 months, but we’ll see how far I can get.

This is my 25 list.

1. run a half marathon.

2. buy a bicycle.
either a road bike or just a beach cruiser. i just want a bike and i’m going to get one.

3. finish all of my applications and get into nursing school.

4. go to three new cities
(outside of utah)

5. FINALLY get a new comforter.

6. re-organize and clean out my itunes.

7. decorate my living room.

8. finish my ‘sex and the city’ dvd collection

9. read three “meaningful” books.
-1 biography
-1 true story
-1 historical book

10. start my journal again

11. learn to cook something new every month.

12. learn to golf.

13. go to boston to visit jenn.

14. clean out the boxes underneath my bed.

15. pay off my credit card.

16. swim with a dolphin.

17. go to costa rica.

18. go to three concerts of bands/people i have never seen before.

19. learn to country dance.

20. see a baseball game in a stadium other than angels stadium.
(or dodgers or padres)

21. do a mud run.

22. complete a do-it-yourself piece of furniture.
as in i re-finish it etc…not build it from ikea 🙂

23. go to a fashion show.

24. buy a pair of christian louboutin heels.

25. make a scrapbook.

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