Orange Blossom [Birthday] Cupcakes Print Recipe Print Recipe


I had the perfect start to the weekend. Mom picked me up from the airport and it was straight to Whole Foods, then the mall. We shopped, got our hair blown out, nails painted and then came home and got cooking. Every bit of it was perfect, even after three hours of sleep the night before. That night my parents hosed a very little birthday celebration with a few friends [erin, cassi, bri, ashley, jess + more] and some family. An evening filled with great conversations, delicious food, several bottles wine and fabulous company. Only thing missing, was my husband and my sister.


Then the weekend took a turn. . .

I ended it with a broken down computer and a empty iPhoto gallery. Not backed up.

To top it off, I came out to the car to find my SECOND parking ticket in 2 days.

I looked like a raccoon.

You all can guess what I’ll be doing today <with lots of under eye concealer>. Hello genius bar.

In case you’re wondering how this fits into Market Monday. It doesn’t. I lost all those photos.  Only reason I have these two is because I was playing around with them [using text] and had saved to a USB drive that was given at the workshop.

Meant to be? Hell, I’ll go with it.

On a happier note, I have my family. My friends. And everyone’s healthy. In the end, that’s all that matters, really.



Since my husband wasn’t able to join me this weekend in Seattle, I decided to make cupcakes before I left as my pre-birthday treat.

Part of my attempt for a week long birthday.

I’d say they were more of a mix between a cupcake and a muffin, but the flavor was exceptional and they were incredibly moist.

I’m actually not a super sweet person so I found these to be the perfect not-to-sweet treat! I’d make these again in a second.

Here’s the recipes for the Orange Blossom Cupcake with Cashew Cream Recipe [via Roost] *gluten-free *dairy-free *grain-free

note: once frosted, best enjoyed that day.

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  • Averie @ LV&Y

    Lisa I am soooo sorry about your computer and loss of photos.  I back my stuff up daily but that’s not foolproof.  I needed to access photos from my old Mac a few months ago and plugged in the zip drive that I thought everything was all backed up on and you know what, it’s not all there.  Not the end of the world, but a lesson in detachment because those photos, info, documents that I thought was all backed up…wasn’t.

    At any rate, Happy Birthday but I am so sorry about your photos.  And the parking ticket.  If it’s any consolation, my husband gets at least 2-3 a month (urban living/urban working/metered office parking).

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Your loss of photos breaks my heart. I’m so sorry!!! These cupcakes look lovely though. Have an extra one today.

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    what a bummer 🙁  but at least you had these fabulous cupcakes…they’re seriously the prettiest things i’ve seen all morning!

  • Bev Weidner

    OMG. That sucks about your computer. Did they fix it?! And how’s your leg? And I’m sad I wasn’t at the party. And what did you wear? And happy late birthday again. AND…AND!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Oh dear! I’m so sorry about your comp! How devastating!

    Sending you warn birthday wishes! Mwah!

  • Liz Tesar

    YUMM! These look delish 🙂

  • Ridgely’s Radar

    You’re making me hungry!

  • Kasey

    Oh man, I am so sorry to hear about your computer + pics. I know how frustrating that can be! Hopefully you still had a wonderful bday and hey, the stuff that matters (friends, family, health) is good 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Awww, what a wonderful and horrible weekend all at once! I really admire your outlook, though. I generally think I am quite good at keeping things in perspective, but when it comes to my photos, I am not so good. Hope you enjoy the rest of your birthday week with no more mis-haps!


  • Kilee Johnson

    Aww, I’m so sorry that your birthday weekend ended up that way. Don’t worry too much. The apple guys are geniuses and you should be able to recover your lost photos.

    The photos that you were able to post are gorgeous! Keep your chin up and it will all work out!

  • Rachel

    Lisa! Your blog is absolutely beautiful! I don’t know how I didn’t realize it existed! Must be because I never check my FB news feed 😉 I just subscribed! I can’t wait to see more!

  • Maria

    Sorry you had a rough day! I hate computer/tech issues. Grrr! Cheer up my friend! xoxo 

  • Krissy’s Creations

    Happy Birthday!! SO sorry about your computer! I wish I was like you though. I would cry for days if my computer crashed and all my pictures were gone. 

  • alisasgarden

    I had computer issues, too, at Blogshop! So frustrating when you come all that way for a workshop! Good luck!

  • reni | bliss and tell branding

    it’s your birthday…but i feel like i’m the one getting the presents! THANK YOU for the incredible recipes for my gf son.  i’m always excited and anxious when i receive your “gifts” in my inbox.

  • Betsy Soos

    Oh my goodness!  I didn’t realize you lost all of your photos at the workshop!  You handled it so well!!  I would’ve been a basket case for sure..  Happy Belated birthday again and it was so nice to meet you in person!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    That sounds like the great start to a birthday weekend but how sad about your computer/pictures!! I hope that the genius bar was able to work their magic and restore them!! On the upside, these cupcakes look delicious and I hope that you have a very happy birthday!

  • Createdbydiane

    sending you a birthday HUG, oh computer problems are so upsetting. I was never good at backing up myself, so i use carbonite and love it. I’ve had to retrieve from it when i got new computer and it was ALL there 🙂 

  • Stephanie R

    Booo to computer woes!  I’m so sorry that happened to you. :/  I’m glad that your birthday turned around at least a bit with those amazing sounding cupcakes!  Here’s to the rest of your year going exponentially better! 🙂

  • Sylvie

    Oh no!  What a weekend!  So sorry to hear about your lost photos. 🙁