Monday, February 3, 2014

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with a graham cracker crust and toasted marshmallowy meringue frosting. Oh. my. gosh. These were super duper delicious! I’ve been so excited to make these S’mores Cupcakes for a while now but I didn’t have a kitchen torch to toast the tops. I don’t know why I haven’t bought one before, but I’m super excited that I got one for Christmas. Thanks Mom!

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

The recipe for these cupcakes is from Jennifer Shea’s new cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! (pssst… I’m giving away a couple of signed books below) Trophy Cupcakes has several locations in Seattle. You should visit if you get a chance. Such cute shops and the prettiest cupcakes. I visited the shop in Bellevue a few years ago. Adorable!

But the first time I met Jennifer was back in 2008 when we were both on The Martha Stewart Show. What?!?

Yes. Still crazy to me. I was on to show Martha how to make my Cupcake Pops about six months after I started the blog (P.S. This past Saturday was National Cake Pops Day. YAY!) and Jennifer was on the show to make these same s’mores cupcakes … which I didn’t get a chance to try when I was on the show.

S'mores Cupcakes

So, I thought they would be the perfect ones for me to make from her new book.

And boy am I glad I did. They are fantastic!

graham cracker crust

They start with a graham cracker crust for the cupcake. Awesomeness!

Graham cracker crust

Place a teaspoon of the crust mixture in each baking cup.

Making cupcake crusts

And press with the bottom of a small glass.

Graham Cracker Crumb Cupcake Crust

Like so.

Chopped Chocolate

But that’s not all. They get chocolate, too.

S'mores cupcake crust

Yep. Just sprinkle chopped chocolate on top of the crusts and bake for a few minutes to set first.

Cupcake Batter

Cool and then… fill with the chocolate cupcake batter. YES!

S'mores Cupcake Batter

But we can’t stop there. Before baking, sprinkle more graham cracker mixture and chopped chocolate on top. I like where this is going … oh and I’m messy!

S'more cupcake

Beautifully cupcakes. I actually think they’re great just like this.

Toasted Meringue Frosting

But they wouldn’t be s’mores without the fluffy marshmallow frosting.

Swirl the meringue frosting on top of the cupcake with a star tip and then toast using a kitchen torch.

P.S. I love my kitchen torch. This was the first time I’ve used one, and now I want to toast everything. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get one. So fun!!!

S'more Cupcake

But not as fun as biting into these babies. Yummmm!

Here’s the recipe … and check out Jennifer’s video on MarthaStewart.com too OR skip down below for the giveaway.

S'mores Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water

Meringue Frosting

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Make the crust first:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter until well blended and no dry crumbs remain.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs flat into the liner using the bottom of a small glass. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of chocolate over each crust. (Reserve remaining graham cracker crumbs and chopped chocolate to top the cupcakes before baking.)
  4. Bake crusts for 8 minutes. Remove the pans and let crusts cool for at least 5 minutes before adding cupcake batter.

For the cupcakes:

  1. After crusts are prepared, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Then combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add sugar and mix until combined. Then add flour mixture. Blend at low and then increase to medium. Beat for 2 minutes until blended and smooth. Remove bowl from stand and add boiling water. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Batter will be thin. Then let batter rest for 15 minutes and stir again gently before using. Fill liners with prepared crusts three-quarters full with batter. Sprinkle with reserved chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Bake about 16-20 minutes until done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Make the meringue frosting:

  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water in the saucepan. Hold the handle of the bowl with an oven mitt while whisking the egg white mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are hot to the touch… about 4 minutes. Then transfer bowl to the stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture, starting on low and increasing to high speed. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form and the meringue has cooled, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk just to combine. Use frosting immediately.
  2. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #867 star tip. I used a Wilton 4B tip. Pipe high swirls on the cupcakes and brown the meringue using a kitchen torch and serve immediately.
Source: Trophy Cupcakes & Parties! by Jennifer Shea, 2013

Here’s a little peek into the book.

It’s filled with recipes for cupcakes and crafty ideas to help you create charming parties. It’s basically super cute.

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Trophy Cupcakes & Parties!

  • To enter just leave a comment below and share the best thing you ate this weekend. Was it sweet? Was it Super Bowl snacks? Do tell.

  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry! Time’s Up, Winner announced below.

  • Two (2) winners will be selected at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening.

Good Luck guys!

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Okay – we have two winners. And I’m now super hungry for party food and appetizers!!!! Thanks for sharing all your best bites. Mine was actually these cupcakes. They are seriously so good. And… I’m still eating them. I have to stop.

Congratulations Katie B. and E. Nadler. Hope you enjoy the book and you should definitely make these.

*Amazon affiliate link.

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Courtney said...

Sushi. Date night on Friday. It was delicious!

February 3, 2014 03:00 AM
2
Allison said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was chocolate covered ginger from trader joe’s…yum!

February 3, 2014 03:05 AM
3
Kayla said...

A Tiramisu cupcake from Cupcake Royale!

February 3, 2014 03:05 AM
4
Liz Hogben said...

Fruchoc ice-cream cake – twas my birthday :-D ps fruchoc’s are a small apricot fruit bite covered in chocolate.

February 3, 2014 03:08 AM
5
Heidi said...

These cupcakes look amazing!

Hmmm! Ice-cream!

February 3, 2014 03:08 AM
6
Sandra said...

I had the most delicious Umami burger. It’s melt in your mouth goodness!! :) xox ?

February 3, 2014 03:08 AM
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Sandra said...

I had the most delicious Umami burger!! It’s melt in your mouth goodness!! Xox :D

February 3, 2014 03:11 AM
8
joycerella said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was flourless chocolate torte!

February 3, 2014 03:14 AM
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Heidi said...

The best thing I ate was 4 Alarm wings from Wingdome!

February 3, 2014 03:15 AM
10
Liesbet said...

I got to share delicious Afternoon Tea treats with other mommies.

February 3, 2014 03:19 AM
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Clare m said...

These look so good! I don’t have a torch but going to try and find a way to do them without. This weekend the best thing I ate were the cookies baked by my 5 year old. We’re in the UK and super bowl isn’t big over here so no party or snacks for us!

February 3, 2014 03:19 AM
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joel said...

Vietnamese Pho

February 3, 2014 03:22 AM
13
Kristen belong said...

Prawn and cheese omlet with hashbrowns and toast so yummy at local hotel and restaurant the red rock

February 3, 2014 03:23 AM
14
Christiana said...

The best thing I ate was nachos that my fiance made for the superbowl! :)

February 3, 2014 03:23 AM
15
Alison said...

After doing a full fast day (only 500cal) on Sunday I had a spinach salad topped with salty, squeaky haloumi cheese and a poached egg…yummo!!

February 3, 2014 03:28 AM
16
Yael said...

My dad came back from a business trip to Switzerland with different kinds of cheese, so my husband and I spent a romantic evening with a cheese fondu.

February 3, 2014 03:28 AM
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Cheryl said...

I ate a delicious curry!

February 3, 2014 03:28 AM
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Kristen Belong said...

Breakfast was my best meal this weekend. I had a prawn & cheese omlet with toast & hasbrowns

February 3, 2014 03:29 AM
19
Naomi said...

Homemade chewy chocolate chip cookies :)

February 3, 2014 03:30 AM
20
Mary said...

Fish and chips

February 3, 2014 03:30 AM
21
Juli Showkeir said...

I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just got a torch also so I’m excited to use it. I made deconstructed Jalapeño poppers this weekend. They were delish!

February 3, 2014 03:30 AM
22
Veronica said...

I ate Dark chocolate fudge pralines… Super delicious ??????

February 3, 2014 03:31 AM
23
Sara said...

I made cauliflower popcorn! and I’m definitely going to make these smores cupcakes!

February 3, 2014 03:36 AM
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Betsy said...

Brownies: )

February 3, 2014 03:37 AM
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Megan A said...

That book looks cute! And the best thing I ate was football shaped pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting :)

February 3, 2014 03:42 AM
26
Lori Souter said...

Mexican food for the superbowl tonight!

February 3, 2014 03:43 AM
27
Joanne Lau said...

My husband treated me to afternoon tea at Claridges hotel in London who are renowned for their high teas. :)

February 3, 2014 03:44 AM
28
Kelster said...

I was testing different monkey bread flavours. DELICIOUS!

February 3, 2014 03:51 AM
29
Aparna Sundar said...

I had homemade chocolate fudge! Deeeeeelishh????

February 3, 2014 03:51 AM
30
Aarika said...

White Chocolate Chip cookies!

February 3, 2014 03:52 AM
31
Trish Hawkins said...

Scrambled eggs with an avocado & chilli salsa on corn tortillas…yum!

February 3, 2014 03:57 AM
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Alisha said...

Ugh. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my favorite thing I ate this weekend was Lil Smokies wrapped in crescent rolls.

February 3, 2014 03:57 AM
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Tina said...

I had some homemade banana bread muffins, fooled myself into thinking it was healthy dispite all the sugar :)

February 3, 2014 04:05 AM
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Maria said...

I had the best homemade pizza ever!!! It was sooo mouth-watering and definitely the ideal Saturday treat!!!

February 3, 2014 04:06 AM
35
sara said...

chocolate and its familiy !

February 3, 2014 04:08 AM
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LauraV said...

A slice of my Red Velvet Cake!!!

February 3, 2014 04:13 AM
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Rela venter said...

The best thing I ate this weekend was a chicken burger after a long warrior race!

February 3, 2014 04:14 AM
38
Heather said...

spicy ahi sushi – yum!

February 3, 2014 04:16 AM
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penny freeman said...

the passionfruit curd I made smothered on hot toast!

February 3, 2014 04:16 AM
40
Neha said...

The best thing I ate was Flour-less Orange Cake :)

February 3, 2014 04:19 AM
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Sarah said...

I made a Tuscaloosa tollhouse pie that was rich and yummy’

February 3, 2014 04:19 AM
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Autumn Frank said...

This book is awesome/adorable/i want to start baking right now!! The best thing i ate was a turkey dinner courtesy of my husband. Who said turkey dinners just for thanksgiving?!?!
#SB48holiday

February 3, 2014 04:21 AM
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Autumn Frank said...

I looooove this! I want to bake them right now. Oh i had a great turkey dinner

February 3, 2014 04:24 AM
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ColoradoConley said...

I had to work (waitress) during the Super (bad ending) Bowl. My boss had one of our cooks whip up some shredded pork nachos for the employees! So YUM!

February 3, 2014 04:34 AM
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Angèle said...

Best thing I ate this weekend ? Tough one !
Maybe my pepperoni pizza enchiladas !

February 3, 2014 04:37 AM
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elizabeth said...

I’m on a diet… ugh!!! So, the yummiest thing I ate was an egg white omlet with spinach, red peppers, mushrooms, and onions. I did use real butter to cook it… please don’t tell!

February 3, 2014 04:37 AM
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Linda said...

Buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese coleslaw

February 3, 2014 04:43 AM
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Thilwen said...

Kiwi cake – sponge base, whipped cream with yogurt on that, and topped with kiwi slices and a glaze. Very fresh, not too sweet, and definitely healthy (thanks to the kiwi and yogurt) :-)

February 3, 2014 04:49 AM
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Jill said...

Best thing I ate was an English Sunday lunch with family.

February 3, 2014 04:51 AM
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Deanna said...

Wings and football with a dessert of chocolate cake !!!!
Mmmmmmmm.

February 3, 2014 04:55 AM
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Lissa said...

Best thing I ate this weekend was my homemade ziti.

February 3, 2014 05:00 AM
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Brandi Bryant said...

The best thing I ate was a layered salad my nine year old daughter made. She made her own dressing and everything…it was really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

February 3, 2014 05:04 AM
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Martin said...

a Coconut tart Huuummmm !!!!

February 3, 2014 05:05 AM
54
Jalisa said...

The best thing I ate was a gooey caramel cheesecake. Yumm!

February 3, 2014 05:17 AM
55
Ashley said...

My roast chicken. Yum yum!

February 3, 2014 05:18 AM
56
Leanna R said...

taco stuffed shells…yummm

February 3, 2014 05:25 AM
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Carrie Smart said...

Best thing I ate this weeked was a new recipe I tried chicken cordon bleu casserole

February 3, 2014 05:26 AM
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Marilyn M. said...

Classic black and white cookies :) This book looks adorable!

February 3, 2014 05:35 AM
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Tina said...

I ate way too much queso.

February 3, 2014 05:36 AM
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E. Nadler said...

Loved the video and recipe. Best thing I ate this weekend was the banana bread with chocolate chips,I made for my family. Yummy.

February 3, 2014 05:38 AM
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Eliana Joines said...

German Chocolate Cake yummy!!

February 3, 2014 05:42 AM
62
Jenifer said...

We ate banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, topped with candied bacon and a chocolate drizzle! They were delicious!

February 3, 2014 05:46 AM
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Joann Sousa said...

The best thing I are this weekend was zucchini banana oat bread that I made. So moist and delicious!!

February 3, 2014 05:47 AM
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Valerie said...

Pannetone bread pudding! Yum!

February 3, 2014 05:49 AM
65
Antonella said...

Brownies, so delicious!!!

February 3, 2014 06:02 AM
66
Holly said...

Caprese sandwich on Saturday. It was delicious!

February 3, 2014 06:06 AM
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Judy R said...

Homemade Kettle Corn – YUM!

February 3, 2014 06:06 AM
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KS said...

My husband’s no-knead bread, fresh out of the oven with soft salted butter and roasted garlic.

February 3, 2014 06:17 AM
69
Taryn said...

I made/ate a yummy Fuji apple cream cheese jello!

February 3, 2014 06:18 AM
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nicole shaffer said...

Caramel puffcorn!!

February 3, 2014 06:19 AM
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Katie Z. said...

A rich decadent chocolate cake I made with my kids for my birthday. Yum!

February 3, 2014 06:20 AM
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Diane Rath said...

Peppermint/Chocolate Ice Cream Cake :)

February 3, 2014 06:20 AM
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janet daly said...

love them

February 3, 2014 06:21 AM
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Catie K. said...

This weekend I had amazing meatloaf, made just like my grandmother’s. I also ate won ton sausage cups surfing the super bowl! Delicious!

February 3, 2014 06:22 AM
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Kristen Smith said...

It’s a toss up – scratch made fudgey brownies or cheesey, spicy, sausagey, beany Super Bowl dip with a few extra kicks to make it different and delicious (I’m a sucker….a dip sucker). It’s just so yummy!

February 3, 2014 06:23 AM
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Jenny Lisner said...

Best thing I ate was a piece of chocolate torte. Back to the diet today! ;)

February 3, 2014 06:25 AM
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Barbara said...

When out to a speciality hamburg restruant!

February 3, 2014 06:27 AM
78
Caley Buxton said...

The best thing I ate was waffles :)

February 3, 2014 06:28 AM
79
Emily said...

Best thing I ate was probably the steakhouse filet salad from Texas Roadhouse. Best thing I made was Sriracha Caramel Corn…actually pretty good!

February 3, 2014 06:31 AM
80
mindy1 said...

Mango milkshake from bobby’s burger palace :D. Awesome cupcakes :D

February 3, 2014 06:34 AM
81
Erica F. said...

A yummu sweet mango :D. It was perfection.

February 3, 2014 06:37 AM
82
Bryn said...

Strawberry fudge

February 3, 2014 06:40 AM
83
Daniela said...

The best thing I ate this week was a strawberry ice cream :)

February 3, 2014 06:42 AM
84
Lori said...

homemade vegetarian vegetable soup…and I made it! :) these cupcakes are intriguing…must try!

February 3, 2014 06:43 AM
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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...

Wow-I need that book! These are stunning. Oh, I need a kitchen torch, too. Putting it on my wish list. :)

February 3, 2014 06:45 AM
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Liz said...

That book looks awesome. And so is your cupcake.

I had Tuxedo Dark Chocolate Mouse Cake with my family and we loved it!

February 3, 2014 06:45 AM
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Donna said...

The best snack this weekend, apple slices with warm caramel and dark chocolate on top.

February 3, 2014 06:47 AM
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Lisa said...

A decadent treat of Wings, Guacamole & Queso with friends at Superbowl party. Can’t wait to make these!

February 3, 2014 06:47 AM
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Ashley said...

My Dad’s BBQ ribs!

February 3, 2014 06:49 AM
90
Eva @ Eva Bakes said...

Homemade copycat Pokey Stix!

February 3, 2014 06:52 AM
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Sharon said...

Yum ! A new favorite :)

February 3, 2014 06:54 AM
92
Cynthia said...

I had some amazing smoked fried chicken…yum!

February 3, 2014 06:54 AM
93
Stephanie said...

Leftover Christmas desserts from the freezer… Best ever!
I love the cupcakes!

February 3, 2014 06:57 AM
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Jackie said...

The best thing I ate was buckwheat pancakes with blueberries!

February 3, 2014 06:59 AM
95
dee dee said...

Went to the lake,with husband and KFC, had their lemon cake for the topper of the day!!

February 3, 2014 07:00 AM
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Pen said...

Peanut butter mini cupcakes

February 3, 2014 07:00 AM
97
Angela said...

I made cherry limeade cupcakes that were delicious!

February 3, 2014 07:00 AM
98
Sandra said...

Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough

February 3, 2014 07:02 AM
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Christine said...

My husband’s bean soup and cornbread.

February 3, 2014 07:03 AM
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andrea (estir_bune) said...

a veggie/hummus wrap sooo good!

February 3, 2014 07:04 AM
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