Lemon Lime Icebox Pie

I should not be allowed to go into Walgreens.  Fact.  Particularly when I have a baby sleeping (finally!) peacefully in the stroller, and absolutely nowhere I have to be any time soon.  Recipe for disaster.  It’s like strolling right back into my early teenage years . . . right up to and including the bad soft rock music playing on the store’s sound system.  I can sing along with “Rocket Man”, oh yes oh yes I can.  And “Dream Weaver”, and “Wildfire” and “Killing Me Softly.”  All that nostalgia almost makes me want to shop for fake nails and a hair highlighting kit.  Almost.

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Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes are festive, don’t you think?  Besides being portable, and in handy single serving sizes – they just have “party” written all over them.  Especially when topped with colored sprinkles and all decked out with cute wrappers and animal shaped toppers (see below).  The best thing about cupcakes – at least from the standpoint of me, the laziest baker around – is that it takes very little effort to dress them up.  Pipe on the frosting instead of spreading it on and you go from home-baked to practically professional in the wink of an eye!  And, shhhhhh, don’t tell – piping is way faster!  Sometimes I think I should do a Lazy Baker class for moms and show them how easy it is to look like a pro and not waste a lick of energy.  But then I get too lazy to set up the class, and there goes another idea down the drain . . .

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