Monthly Archives: April 2012

March for Babies


This morning I participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies, it was a gloomy day, the rain threatened, but held out to ensure the walk took place.  This walk took a new meaning two years ago, when one of my best friends lost her baby girl, Alessandra due to premature birth.

I can still remember the excitement when we were all celebrating the pregnancy & the upcoming arrival of a new little person in all our lives. I need to explain that some of my childhood friends have stopped being my friends, and have become family.  I’m Tia Lori to all of their kids and I consider them extensions of me… So when my friend’s water broke on Christmas Eve 2009 we all were on pins and needles. I remember I even took a cake to the hospital on December 28th to Celebrate my friend’s birthday… Then on December 29th, Alessandra was born, way too early… She was with us for a brief time but somehow she will always be with us.  I will never forget the sadness on my friend’s face when I went to see her at the hospital, at that moment I wish there was something I could do to make it all go away.  But it was way beyond what I could control.  So now I walk…

Every day a baby is born to early… Some thrive, others don’t… Please help me help the March of Dimes


Why Yes, I do bake… And very well…


I had been in a baking lull… Hadn’t fired up my KitchenAid stand mixer in MONTHS… Then a couple of weeks ago I got an email invite for an Easter get together with Family.

My baking hiatus was lifted… I had something to bake for… And I knew what they wanted – my guava cupcakes. I’m a fan of Sandra Lee’s semi homemade way to cook, bake, etc… So here goes my recipe for the amazing cupcakes…

1 Box White Cake Mix (I like Duncan Hines, you can use whichever you’d like)
2 Jars of Conchita Guava Preserves (You’ll need some of it for the frosting)

1 Large Tub of Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Cups confectioners sugar
1 dash of vanilla
4 Tablespoons of the Conchita Guava Preserves

Make the frosting the day before so that it gets a nice consistency. Mix together the tub of cream cheese, add the confectioners sugar 1/2 a cup at a time to that it completely integrates into the frosting.  Once its all nicely mixed and smooth, add the 4 tablespoons of the Conchita Guava Preserves… Once it’s done it will take a nice pink hue.  I put it into a big gallon zip lock.  When I’m ready to use I just cut off a tip and use it as a piping bag.  Genius right?

For the cupcakes, follow whatever the box says… Yes simple as that… Put the finished batter into the cupcake molds.  Now here’s the Lore part… Put 1/2 a teaspoon of the Conchita Guava Preserves in the center of the batter of each cupcake.  Follow the instructions on the box to bake…

Let the cupcakes COOL COMPLETELY before frosting.

All that is left to do is ENJOY them… 🙂

Let me know if you bake them 🙂