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Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

These lemon-lime cupcakes are one of my favorites cupcake treats.  I love them any time of year, but the lemon-lime flavor is especially perfect for spring. The cupcakes have a subtle lemon-lime flavor from both lemon zest and lime zest and a little added juice from the lemon and lime.  You can add a little more juice if you prefer, but I like the hint of citrus flavor. Lemon-Lime Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting (This post contains affiliate links that compensate me when you buy.)  The cream cheese frosting is speckled with both lemon and lime zest and flavored with a little more juice from the lemon and lime.  Taste the frosting as you go to achieve the level of citrus flavor you want. One teaspoon of each juice is a good place to start. I've made these cupcakes as both traditional-sized cupcakes and as minis.  Both sizes work well. You'll find the cake to be moist and dense.  This is a cupcake with some substance.  They freeze very well

4 Steps to Growing a Ficus Tree in Your Home

I've had a ficus tree, also known as a weeping fig, in my home for 34 years.  It's thriving. It's not too big and it makes just the impact that I'm looking for in a room with very high ceilings. If you have a space that you need to fill think about getting yourself a ficus tree.  It will give you many years of beauty and joy. It really doesn't take a whole lot of care to keep a ficus tree living for 34 years.  To keep it green and pretty and a living and breathing part of your home and decor for all that time takes minimal time and effort. Watch My Ficus Care Video Be Sure You Have the Right Light My ficus tree is in a room that is south facing.  West light comes in through a window on the side of the tree. My tree loves it in its southwest position.  At first, I tried it in another place in the house and it dropped its leaves. A ficus tree will talk to you.  It will tell you when it's not happy. It will drop and drop and drop its leaves. When I moved my tree to

Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

This combination of chocolate chips, coconut, and oatmeal makes a cookie that will make you say yum. When you're not sure whether you want a chocolate chip cookie or an oatmeal cookie, why not combine the two?   Add some coconut and voila! Chewy deliciousness! This is a simple drop cookie that you can easily customize.  Choose the chocolate chips you like best.  Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate chips will each add a burst of flavor. I choose to use unsweetened coconut flakes in this cookie but you can use sweetened coconut if you want additional sweetness.  The coconut adds a yummy chewiness to the cookie. The bake time for the cookie will vary with the size of your cookies and your oven.  I like to use a scoop for uniform cookies that are about three inches in size.  Start by checking your cookies at ten minutes of baking time.  Mine take fourteen minutes in my oven. Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Print the Recipe Ingredients 1 cup