Written by, Bernadyn Nettles
Can you believe this is the last week of October? It always makes me a bit sad to see this month go because it's my favorite month. We're planning on doing more things from our Fall Bucket List this week like go to the Jacksonville Zoo's Spooktacular event. I'm excited for Halloween since it's a favorite of mine. We've been making more Halloween treats here including these Banana Spice Cupcakes I made for a Halloween party last week. Recipe is below and this is my last week guest hosting Turn It Up Tuesday so I invite you to join us or have a look around at what others brought to the party!
Banana Spice Cupcakes Recipe
1 box of spice cake box mix
What You Need:
1 ripe banana, not over-riped
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3-4 tbsp water
- pinch of salt
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
How to Make Banana Spice Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Follow the instructions on the box. Then, mash banana and add it into bowl.
- Fill each baking liner 1/3 full. (I used mini cupcake liners because that's what I had on hand).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Don't overcook!
Let cool before frosting.
While cupcakes are baking, you can make your frosting.
Directions for Buttercream Frosting:
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter, vegetable shortening, water and Pure Vanilla Extract on medium-high until smooth.
- Add in salt and powdered sugar. Beat until well-combined. If frosting is too thick, add another tablespoon of water but be careful not too add too much or else consistency will be too thin.
I used yellow and red food coloring to make the frosting partially orange. It wasn't a bright orange so if you want the color more vibrant, add more red and yellow to the entire batter until you get the color desired.
Add sprinkles and candy corn if you like to make it more festive for Halloween or fall.
Now, onto the party...
Welcome to the 58th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We're so happy to have you here this week - and thanks for the amazing posts last week!
Happy Halloween!!! The holiday is right around the corner, and it makes me realize that the year has flown by! What are you doing for Halloween? Going to any parties? Dressing up your kids in those adorable costumes? Share them all with us this week - present or past!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!
(from the top - left to right)
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries
And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!
This is the last week for our October guest hosts...thanks for all you have done to make this month great!
(from the top - left to right)
Bernadyn from B is for... | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations
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Here are the Featured posts from last week!
Laura chose Nature Mini Wreaths: Love Inspired from Simple Nature Decor. "I love the simple and adorable idea. This could easily be made with the family or that special time when Mom needs to hide and just be creative. Bringing Nature and memories always inspires me as a Blogger to want to be even more creative."
April chose 10 Reasons to STOP Breastfeeding from MBA SAHM. "Butterfly turned ONE this week, and to stop nursing has been wearing on my mind a lot lately. There are so many things that are easier with breastfeeding. That said, things are getting more difficult as she's teething and using me to soothe herself."
Jillian chose Dollar Store DIY: Easy Owl Banner from Table Decor Ideas. "I chose this post because I am looking for new fun ways to decorate for Halloween outside of pumpkins and skeletons. This is perfect!"
Cathy chose Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry. "Karly creates the ultimate fall sweet treat! A moist apple cupcake topped with a creamy caramel cream cheese frosting with an added M&M on top! This cupcake is the perfect mouthful of fall flavors!"
Meghan chose How to Create An RH Baby Room without Spending the Money from Seeking Lavender Lane. "I want to redo my daughter's room soon as she transitions to a toddler bed, but I already redid her nursery once so definitely can't afford another major redecoration! This post gives great ideas on how to decorate affordably and still give you the look you are going for."
Stacey chose Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie's Noms. "OMG! Those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely getting some sweetened condensed milk the next time I go to the store! Maybe even 2 cans, so that I can make a version with nuts, all for me! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!"
Bernadyn chose Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood. "I think this post about separating your finances in a marriage is a smart and practical way to keep the marriage more balanced. It may not work for everyone but then again, it may be a great way for some couples to be happier with how the finances are handled in their marriage or partnership instead of only one person having the burden of handling all the financial obligations."
Jessica chose Couponing: My New Addiction // How I Saved 50% on My Groceries from Mommie and Wee. "I've been wanting to try out couponing for awhile. It's kinda hard in San Antonio becuse the only main grocery store is HEB, but once she mentioned WalMart, I was like, huh?!? Maybe I need to start looking into couponing again and pick up the Sunday paper! Thanks for the tips :)."
Tina chose Painted White Mini Boos from Woods of Bell Trees. "I love this craft. Nice, easy to make and so elegant. I'd love to have them all year around!!"
Sonya chose 3 Mobile Mystery Shopping Apps That Pay Cash from Being a Wordsmith. "This is a great post for anyone looking to make cash from mystery shopping. Kimberly does a great job of explaining how each app works. Along with listing the pros and cons for each app."
Elina chose Flower Collage Canvas from Sum of Their Stories. "I love this project because she takes you step by step on how she created it. The floral papers she used were beautiful and I love that she used a black marker to draw an offset outline around the petals. It really gives the completed project a touch of whimsy."
Natasha chose 7 Things You Don’t Get Warned About When You are the Parent of a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. "Love this post! All the points are so true - no one can truly warn you about what to expect with a toddler, but sometimes I wish someone would've warned me how crazy it is!"
The post with the most clicks is 5 Reasons Why You Must Watch How to Get Away With Murder from Being a Wordsmith.
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And the Best of the Best is...
Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry
There's a tie for second place!
Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie's Noms
Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood
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