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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

Mom's Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Sep 30, 2013

It used to be that your Mom could send a homemade treat to school to share with the class on your birthday. This was a great thing as it created a bit of friendly competition between the Moms and kids for which Mom made the best treat.  Today, the schools have taken all the fun away as unless your Mom is a commercial baker who can make the treats, you have to buy prepared treats to send to school.  The fun of homemade is gone.  Well, it is worth it to find the time to make these treats and send them to school with your kids in a cool-pack lunchbox.  They can eat them in front of their classmates at the lunch table.  This is the recipe my Mom sent to school with me when I was in second grade.  These are excellent and don't let this long set of instructions fool you - these are easy too.  Much better than a name brand pre-packaged cupcake!  We suggest making the frosting first so it has plenty of time to cool before baking the cupcakes.  Enjoy!  (Click the title next to the photo to get the recipe!).

  Mom’s Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes

Coming up soon…….
Grandma’s Tomato Soup – a great canning recipe to use up of the last hurrah of tomatoes in the garden.
Kristina’s Fish Tacos – a new Midwest classic.

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