Celebrate the 50th Anniversary CMA Awards

The biggest and brightest night in Country Music will take place on November 2, 2016. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The CMA Awards.  The show will highlight the past year in country music and pay tribute to a variety of great artists who helped create the country music legacy. Join me and millions of country music fans as they enjoy the show from the comfort of their homes.

Whether you make it a family affair or invite a few of your fellow country music fans over to enjoy the show, make it a party! I’ve gathered several blogger friends of mine to help provide you with special recipes just right for this occasion.

My recipe is one I’ve developed for this event. Inspired by a traditional Southern recipe, Red Carpet Sweet Potato Cupcakes are reminiscent of the old favorite, Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The addition of crushed pineapple to a Martha White® Sweet Potato Muffin Mix makes the cupcakes moist and delicious. For a star finish, top cupcakes with a swirl of brown sugar cream cheese icing!

Enjoy your evening and make it an award worthy night with the help of these delicious recipe suggestions from my blogger friends!

Brandie – The Country Cook: Pumpkin Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Shawn – I Wash You Dry: Chocolate Chip Muffin Crumb Bars
Tina – Mommy’s Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Muffin Waffle Sundaes
Stephanie – Plain Chicken: Sweet Maple Cornbread
Stacey – Southern Bite: Cornbread Crusted Ranch Chicken Bites
Christy – Southern Plate: Country Cornbread Sliders

Celebrate the Country Music Awards Live with the Stars

The Academy of Country Music Award Show (CMA) will be televised live on Wednesday November 4, 2015. The show will highlight the past year in country music with awards for Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and many more. The show will feature a variety of performances by country music artists.

Songs can be great inspirations for baking. For instance, there are a lot of songs that talk about Georgia, which make me think of my mother’s kitchen and inspired me to make Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. This cupcake recipe is quick and easy using a Martha White® Muffin Mix as a shortcut. It tastes delicious and even has an element of surprise in the middle – a peanut butter cup.

CMA Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Martha White® is pleased to announce an opportunity for the chance to be the lucky winner of a trip for two to Nashville, TN to attend the 49th CMA Awards live with the stars. For more information, visit the Martha White Facebook page. See official rules for complete details.



A Valentine Gift from the Heart

Valentine’s Day is devoted entirely to love. A time set aside to express our love and appreciation to family and friends. But Valentine wishes do not need to involve expensive gifts – a card, a visit or a homemade treat will mean a lot to the special people in your life.

Have holiday fun with the kids by baking and decorating heart shaped cookies or crafting cards and decorations. For a delicious party treat, let them help make Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. A muffin mix simplifies the recipe and the surprise of a peanut butter cup nestled in the middle will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

For a good neighbor or friend, a gift of Almond Raspberry Bars will convey the right touch of something special, but not too lavish. Bar cookies are often made with a crust and filling creating delectable layers of flavor like this recipe with a buttery almond mixture that serves as crust and topping and a raspberry jam filling.

Almond Raspberry Bars
Almond Raspberry Bars

And what about a romantic dinner at home? That calls for something special, but it doesn’t have to be hard to make.
I love this elegant Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart. The crust is made with a Lemon Poppy Seed Flavored Muffin Mix, the filling just has four ingredients and the topping is lemon curd available at the grocery store. If lemon is not your Valentine’s favorite, substitute chocolate chip muffin mix and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart
Luscious Lemon White Chocolate Tart

No matter who you want to honor this Valentine’s Day, a gift from your kitchen is a gift from your heart.

Summer Fun in the Kitchen

Cooking together is a great way to spend time as a family, and there are all kinds of things that kids can learn in the kitchen like reading, math and valuable life skills. Though summer cooking projects can be educational for kids of all ages, it’s mostly just fun to get in the kitchen and cook.

Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are the perfect dessert to make with kids. These delectable cupcakes take minutes to prepare and are easy to make using a convenient muffin mix. And there can be no more kid-friendly pairing than the beloved combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

The cupcakes are made with a Martha White® Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix, sugar, sour cream and milk. The fun twist is a peanut butter cup. All you have to do is press the peanut butter cup into the center of each cupcake until even with the batter and bake. If you want, you can top off the cupcakes with the delicious peanut butter frosting.

The kids will love treating their friends to a fun snack that they have helped create. These cupcakes are sure to become a favorite this summer and all year long.