The Little Epicurean

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Forget alarm clocks.  Nothing wakes me up faster than the sweet smell of breakfast in the morning. Plus, breakfast is the one meal that its totally appropriate and acceptable to eat sweets (think: donuts, cinnamon rolls, maple drenched pancakes, chocolate croissants). And then there are other mornings

Feb 13 2013

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

It is quite fitting that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of Random Acts of Kindness Week.  I am a firm believer in paying it forward.  Too often, we wait for special days to remind us to do good, express  gratitude or celebrate love.  But why wait?  We should strive to do that everyday, or at

Feb 08 2013

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Hello.  My name is Maryanne and I am a TV junkie. I admit that I choose to stay home during weeknights because I am addicted to too many shows.  I am aware that I can just dvr everything and watch it later.  I can’t wait that long.   I let the show record for 10-15

Jan 30 2013

Pink Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake

I can always find a reason to celebrate.  I say have cake everyday and eat it, too. Why wait for a birthday or special occasion?  My mom says make everyday count.  She’s alive in the moment, do it now type of person.  From her, I have learned that happiness is a choice.  So I chose

Jan 25 2013

Surprise Pecan Shortbread

Last year, I was addicted to Intelligentsia Coffee.  I can’t tell you how many times I would stop by to get an Angelino.  Thanks to my new Nespresso machine (that I gave myself for Christmas), I can make my own lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso shots anytime I want.  Naturally, coffee drinks need a pastry or