Creamy Vanilla Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting // Tried and Tasty

Do you ever feel like it’s the frosting that just makes the cake or cupcake? I certainly do. Either I scrape it all off because it’s just not good enough, or a can’t get enough of it. This Creamy Vanilla Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting is one of those that I just can’t get enough of. It’s so light and airy, it’s almost like you’re eating a cloud. The vanilla is a subtle surprise that is the perfect amount of flavor. Of course cream cheese always makes frosting better if you ask me (check out my Cream Cheese Frosting recipe)! 

Creamy Vanilla Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting // Tried and Tasty

I’ve been wanting to make an Easter treat and wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go. Cupcakes have kinda been my thing lately. Between my Lemon Curd Filled Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and The Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting I felt like it was time to change things up a bit. While I love buttercream, a nice light and creamy frosting was screaming my name. With vanilla pudding as the secret ingredient I was excited to whip this up and knew it would be perfect atop a light and moist white cake cupcake!

What’s the one kitchen appliance I couldn’t live without? That’s easy: my KitchenAid Mixer! I’ve had my mixer for years and use it quite frequently to whip up a batch of my All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies,  my Whole Wheat Banana Bread, or a pan of Toffee & Chocolate Chip Brownies (which happens to be my favorite brownie recipe!). Whatever the recipe, I’ll pull my mixer out in a heartbeat! Makes each job so much simpler. You’ll even see that my KitchenAid mixer is the star of my most recent food month video: Lightened-Up Chicken Marsala. But enough about why I like this machine, how about a reason for you to like it? You’ve got the chance to WIN an artisan 5 quart mixer!

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Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // Tried and Tasty

If you’ve been around Tried and Tasty for a little while, you know that there are certain things I’m trying to cut out of my kitchen. Artificial food coloring is one of them, I’ll talk more about that in a moment. With Easter rapidly approaching, I knew that mom’s everywhere would soon be thinking about coloring Easter eggs for the hunts that will be taking place all over the country! I mean, who doesn’t love coloring eggs in prep for the big festivities? I know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my fair share of dunking hard boiled eggs in the kitchen in dye and decorating over the years. In fact, if you missed it, I’ve got a great way to hard boil a large amount of eggs all at once. Check out yesterday’s post for Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs! It will make your life so much easier as you’re trying to handle putting baskets together, hiding eggs, and whipping together a wonderful meal all at the same time. 

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // Tried and Tasty So how about that getting rid of artificial food coloring eh? I’ve touched a teeny bit on why I’m kicking certain things out of my kitchen in My Weight Loss Story (if you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great read!). What it comes down to is there have been studies that show the harmful effects of artificial food coloring. I’ve read about it, I’ve watched documentaries on it, and I’ve really been strongly motivated to find natural alternatives. Food Matters, one of the documentaries I’ve watched has an excellent article ‘The Dark Side of Food Colors (Plus Natural Coloring Alternatives)‘ that is worth a look. My first experiment was with my Chocolate Mint Trifle. I tinted the cool whip with spinach juice to create a light green coloring. It worked beautifully and you couldn’t taste any sort of difference.

Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs // Tried and Tasty When I stumbled upon this ‘recipe’ for oven baked hard boiled eggs on Pinterest I thought it was too good to be true. I’ve had the same hand-written post-it note of my mom’s instructions on how to hard boil an egg taped to my fridge for over five years. Her’s always turn out awesome, and even with her directions I sometimes struggle. For whatever reason I just can’t seem to get it right. I usually over cook them rather than under-cook them, but I hardly cook them perfectly. I love hard boiled eggs! Perfect snacks and great on salads of course. I was excited to give this a try. 

Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs // Tried and TastyEver since I discovered this method it’s the only way I make hard boiled eggs. I’m telling you. It is SO easy! I love not having to babysit the boiling water and making sure I start the time when I’m supposed to or covering it when I’m supposed to, or uncovering it. You get the idea. Plus, with the oven method you can boil a bunch at the same time with ease. That’s PERFECT for your Easter egg hunts right? You can boil a whole dozen or two all at once. 

Sweet Spring Pull-Apart Made with Rhodes Rolls // Tried and TastyToday is a fun day! I’m over at Whatever Dee Dee Wants showing you the savory version of these delicious Spring Petal Pull-Aparts! Before I get too far, let me start by saying I absolutely love Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Rolls. That’s no secret. I’ve been contributing to their blog now for a couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me all of the wonderful things you can do with their product!! With that said, let’s talke SPRING! It’s kinda-sorta-not-really Spring in my neck of the woods. We keep getting crazy thunder/rain/snow storms that aren’t my favorite. I’m ready for warm weather, open windows, gardening and FLOWERS! 

Sweet Spring Pull-Apart Made with Rhodes Rolls // Tried and TastyI was inspired to make this flower when thinking of Spring and my Breadstick Blossom that I made last April (believe it or not) came to mind. I remembered just how easy that was and thought I would put a fun new spin on it this time around. Pull-aparts are super popular, so away I went. I also know how delicious bread covered in a cinnamon-sugar mixture is! The Savory Spring Pull-Apart is just as mouth-watering. After seeing how popular the Magleby’s Rolls Featuring Rhodes Rolls are, I knew that would be a fun way to make a savory version. Anyway, you’re here for the sweet stuff. Let’s get to it!

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