“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pink Saturday Girlie Stuff + ♥Almost homemade Black Forrest Cupcakes for your Valentine♥

Another Pink Saturday has rolled around that needs some PINK attention.This week I am sharing a girlie-girlie post with you. Guess I'm in the mood for spring even though it's still very cold outside and we still have a bundle of snow on the ground and can't see any grass This is my cheer-me-up post. My cuddly, sweet and happy post that will warm me up and help me to realize that spring will come sooner or later and that winter will be just a memory

The photo above is cute but the little marabou feather and pink satin ribbon fairy laurel is much sweeter when you can touch those floofy feathers and feel the whipped cream surface of the ribbons. This little goodie will be sent to my grand-daughter for Valentine's Day, along with some other items, to make her day special. Rachel loves to play dress-up and truly believes she is a little princess (three brothers + three male cousins help her with that impression of herself), so I like to reinforce her knowing that she is my little lady.

For a little smile, I'm including a PhotoShopped image of my Miss Camille Suzanne. Being a fussy, little gal, her Saturday night bubble bath is a must if she is going to keep her white furs all soft, silky and touchable! This photo was featured on my kitty blog along with others when she was getting ready for a night on the town with her suitor, Dante. (We sure have a lot of fantasy fun over there☺.)

I just love these guest soaps. To wash your hands or face you peel a petal off the pink rosebud, hold it under water and there you go - luxurious, scented bubbles just for you! When done, just toss the petal into your waste basket. I bought several of these from a local artisan because I love pink and I love roses and I love to share and give gifts. In fact, I bought so many I am offering a couple of them for sale on my Etsy pages. I just ♥ feeling like a girl

Last, but certainly not least, is my PINK recipe of the week for you. This one is so simple and easy - perfect for whipping up for your little one to take to school or Sunday Bible studies or for you to bake at a moment's notice to take to work or share with neighbors. Moist and cute as a button - what more could you want!

♥Almost homemade Black Forrest Cupcakes for your Valentine♥


* 1 (18.25-ounce) box devil's food cake mix
* 1 1/3 cups black cherry soda
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 3 eggs
* 1 container vanilla frosting
* 2 teaspoons cherry extract
* 1 to 2 drops pink food coloring
* 24 whole maraschino cherries with stems


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two (12-cup) muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl combine cake mix, soda, vegetable oil and eggs. Using a hand mixer combine all ingredients, batter will still be somewhat lumpy. Pour batter into muffin cups. Bake 19 to 22 minutes, turning the pans halfway through baking. Remove to a rack and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl combine frosting, extract and pink food coloring. When cupcakes are cool ice with pink cherry frosting and top each with maraschino cherry.

Be sure to stop by Beverly's HOW SWEET THE SOUND to check out all of the wonderful blogs that participate in PINK SATURDAY. If you ♥ pink it's the place to be today! 

A WORD ABOUT REDUNDANT OVERKILL! There are so many participants on Pink Saturday that asking us to enter codes only to find out that you are going to moderate the comment as well is OVERKILL. Please do one or the other. Doing both serves no purpose and causes people to leave your blog frustrated about the hoops they had to jump through. I visit each and every blog - it is frustrating to say the least. 

One good way to speed the process for all of us on Pink Saturday would be to remove all barriers to comments for the day only. Wouldn't that be nice?


Anonymous said...

those cakke look delicious maybe a treat for the kids on valentines day

Protege said...

Beautiful post, made me feel really good. Those soaps sound magnificent, I love the whole concept.;)
Have a lovely *pink* Saturday,

Anonymous said...

Love your PS!

The cupcakes sound Wonderful. I hope to get to try them soon!


My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful cupcakes. Very glamorous for Valentines. Happy Pink Saturday.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Mimi. Very nice pink post. Very girly, thank you. Have a wonderful day.


The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Your pink cupcakes make mine look like sawdust! Can I come over and eat yours please?

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, sweetie ~

They look dee-lish!

I use the liquid from maraschino cherries to add to the cake mix ... if it calls for 1/2 c of water then I drain all I can of the cherries juice, then add the water to make the 1/2 c, etc. I also add finely chopped maraschino cherries to the batter.

For the frosting I again use a Tblspoon or (2), & our customers at our shop DIE FOR THEM!

Give it a try.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Treasia Stepp said...

Gorgeous pinks. I love the feather head dress. She will love that. The soaps look so real. I'll have to go over to the Etsy site now.

Anonymous said...

I do love girly stuff, even though you would never know it by walking into my home.

That cupcake has me drooling!!!!

serenade said...

What a lovely blog. I'm getting to meet some great people. The cat is so cute. Blessings to you! DE

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, my, I LOVE your post today, Mimi!

Those soaps are just TOO pretty to use!! Beautiful!

It's very dreary here too . . . we've been hit with storm after storm . . . .

Have a wonderful PINK Saturday!!


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Sweet PINKS and I'm not only thinking of those amazing cupcakes! Love the girlie-girlie laces and roses! Great PINK Saturday post!

And, most importantly, I couldn't agree with you more about all the hoops one must go through on some blogs. It totally slows down the fun of visiting! Thanks for mentioning it!

Gracie Jewellery said...

Such lovely pinks. I especially like the rose soaps. Thank you for supporting your local Artisans!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Mimi... such a pretty pink post today. I love the feather head piece, the cute cat in the tub, the recipe for yummy cupcakes and the flower petals for soaps. I bought some like that and put them in the cutest box as party favors. They smell so sweet.

Happy Pink Saturday...


Sheila :-)

Betzie said...

What a fabulous pink post!!! I love all your pinks but your kitty is the cutest!!!!

Great idea about the comment thing... HPS!

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Mimi,

Thank you for all of the pink yumminess you posted today. The feathers are precious and I know your granddaughter is going to love that little treasure.

Love the idea of the rose petal soap. What a find! Of course Miss Camilla Suzanne looks like quite the princess in her bubble bath.

Wishing you a positively purrrfect Pink Saturday!

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie

LV said...

Trust the weather soon puts some sunshine back into your life. All your pinks for today were most refreshing. Always get excited when I see you have been by my place. Hang in there as things will be better.

Bird learning to fly... said...


This is another advantage of PS. Finding generous, wonderful, positive friends like you!! Not only I got to know your cool blog, but also have made a very cool friend!!

I am in awe of all that pink gorgeousness!!! My little girl is 2 and already thinks she is a princess too!! :) It must be a pink gene somewher lol

Thank you for the happy and very pink comment!! :D

And you've hit the spot again with this yummy cake!!! Divine!
Do you have recipe for a savoury cake? My hubby does not like sweets, so baking sweet cakes for him on Valentine's is wasted..I'll just do this one for me and the kids :)

stefanie said...

what a gorgeous post today...love all!!! the pinks.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one with "Spring Fever." Those cupcakes sound soooooo yummy I think I might whip up a batch for my lovely daughter and bring them over to her college dorm! Thanks for sharing!


Sarah said...

Mimi, love your girly pinks today. Miss Camille Suzanne is too cute! Thanks for stopping by with your thoughtful comments on our new pink bundle. The cupcake looks delicious, and you bet I'm going to make some of these. Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

BethieJ said...

OH I LOVE everything you shared today.. that photo shopped photo of your kitty was to darn cute.. and YUM those cupcakes I MUST make!! :) Thank You for stopping by my blog!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Finding Pam said...

Mimi, I like the idea of Pink Saturdays. Your post today did make me feel much happier. It is grey and starting to rain with colder weather, so thank for giving us a visual treat today.

You are so talented.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

The cat in the tub is too much! I couldn't help but laugh.

I agree...typing the letters in order to leave a comment is sometimes difficult. I often type the wrong letters. I try twice and then give up if it's still not going through. I don't mind moderated comments because I just type my comment and click once. I moderate because every other day I get one that's selling something and I can reject it. I feel bad that some people don't get a comment and often I've really enjoyed my visit to their blog and wanted to tell them.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Forgot to add...try Control and left clicking on each blog in Beverly's list. I think it's even faster. Someone left a comment last week telling me to try it and I like it better than right clicking for some reason. I guess it's what we get used to now. Two ways to do it!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, thank your for the cupcake recipe! I never thought of adding the black cherry soda!

Beansieleigh said...

LOVE the sweet little pink laurel you're sending to your granddaughter! I would have LOVED such a gift when I was a little girl! I almost wish I could see her face when she gets it, and she's not even MY granddaughter! (0; Oh, someday.. right? Dear Daughter's hands are just too full right now. Meanwhile, I don't have to resort to dreaming of these sweet cupcakes! They look delicious, and I'd LOVE to whip up a batch of them! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Happy Pink Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend! ((hugs)) ~tina

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Mimi, what a perfectly pink post. Each of the lovely pink elements is adorable.

And I agree about the comment hoops. What I have done is remove barriers for anyone who was previously OKd via moderation. This seems to work very well as no spam has entered my blog yet. My blog uses a wordpress base so not sure if that is available on other blogs like with blogger.

Sares said...

Camille's photo is adorable! That is one beautiful DIVA cat! The little pink petal soaps are beautiful, I can almost smell them and what can one say about the cupcakes but YUMMEEE!!! Happy Pink Mimi and I hope you get some warmer weather and blue skies soon!

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Mimi!

Great post....

That wreath is going to be adorable on the little one's head! Valentine fairy girl!

Miss Camille is such a diva!

Thanks for your visit and HPS!

love, kelee

^..^Corgidogmama said...

We make a marschino cherry nut cake for birthdays, this started nearly 60 years ago in our family. Your cupcakes look delish, I must say.
Those petal soaps are calling to me. I adore anything rose scented. I see these are freesia, but the lather would be a real treat!

Anonymous said...

Love your post! And I love, love, love the rose petal soap!
Have a great weekend!

Icy BC said...

Just a beautiful pink post! The cupcake is to die for..

T's Daily Treasures said...

Those cupcakes look divine! The little rose petal soaps so sweet. Hope you are having a great day. It is time for me to head off to bed and tomorrow starts another week of work and school. Blessings, Tammy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This was such a sweet pink Saturday post! Love the cat in the tub.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

OMGosh! Those cupcakes looks awesome!! And I do love Miss Kitty! That is just too cute!!

Hope you're having a fabulous Pink Saturday!!

Sheri~~ Prim Rose Hill stusio

Ruth said...

Those cupcakes sound delish ~ I'll be trying them out! Happy Pink Saturday.

She'sSewPretty said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mimi! Those cupcakes look great! I was the only sister to four brothers. Your grand daughter is lucky to have you!!

Dixie said...

Mimi... love these pinks.. especially the last one... I can almost taste the sweet cherry chocolate right now! I think I'll try this recipe! Thanks...

wish I could send you some sweet warm sunny weather from here.. but alas... my fairy powers don't work on weather!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Betty Jo said...

Such beautiful pink Mimi! Happy Pink Saturday! I have to eat before I visit your blog!! Those cupcakes make me want to eat again. Gosh they are beautiful and sound delicious. I agree about the comments. One or the other. I've been getting some really nasty comments on my blog lately so I must moderate. ♥

Light and Voices said...

Okay, I went to print the cupcake recipe. What I want to know is did you design this or can you suggest where I could do this on my blog too? Also I noticed a recipe box on sidebar. Where did you get that? Wow, I am so impressed with the cat photo and may look for those rose petal soaps. Ahhh....what a beautiful blog you have.
Joyce M

Light and Voices said...

Ooops I forgot to ask did you make the memo of 2010 goals? May I ask how?
Joyce M

Nancy said...

They look divine! Happy Pink Saturday!

KayEllen said...

Wonderful Mimi!!

Happy PS :)


Debb said...

I LOVE your blog... especially your kitty... I have the twin to your kitty... a little boy kitty, pure white and pink (7 months old) named Mister Phin..
Mine was a rescue from a mother feral cat in our backyard!
Keep blogging happily!

Ginger said...

Mimi, thanks so much for stopping by to say hi and leaving such sweet comments. I was touched that you commented about my Star. I loved that girl with every inch of my being and it was so hard to let her go, I just haven't been able to get another one yet. Hurts too much to loose them.

On a brighter note... I absolutely love all your pinks, the rose bud soaps are so great, I love the maribou halo and the cupcakes look delicous, think I will make them for my daughters birthday Feb. 6.

Happy PS,

Terri Morse said...

Hi Mimi! Your bathing beauty kitty is priceless! Thanks for the smiles and for the kind words you left on my blog. It gives me pleasure to share and so much more when someone appreciates it. Have a wonderful week! -Terri

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Next time you visit my Shabby Cottage please bring some cupcakes and those pretty rose soaps..I'll make tea! Thanks Mimi for the sweet PINK post. Warm hugs, Esther

caren said...

Well, YUM! What a delicious post in all ways today! Love the soaps - what a great idea. The cupcakes - they need no explanation - looks so wonderful.

Have a Happy Pink Saturday!

Vicki said...

Hi, Mimi,
Your little granddaughter will love her fairy laurel!! It is cute as can be, and she will surely feel like a princess!! I am drooling over those luscious cupcakes, yummy! Happy Pink Saturday to you, my friend! Vicki

Jenny S said...

NEVER have heard of adding soda to a cake mix! Very fun! I make cool whip cookies which are super easy but these cupcakes sound yummy! Happy Pink Saturday!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Mimi
Guess who toddled over here to visit?
And now I feel extra Pink!
Those cup cakes looked so good, that I think mommy was drooling!
So pretty- and the soaps- I think we could smell their sweetness all the way over here.
Thank you for some prettiness

Charlene said...

Oh I think the PINK photos divine & love the fact that you are girlie girl! You are always the most positive person & I appreciate you dedication to P Saturday. You are right there are A LOT of participants & the CODE thing is such a pain. I took mine off months ago & know that many others have too. No problems with it. Dawn of The Feathered Nest has a lot of visitors & she feels the same way we do. HUGS to you & stay warm!!!!! Charlene

Jillian said...

You always have the loveliest of pinky things! And mmmmm mmmm the cupcake looks soooo GOOD right now.

Shabbychicdiva said...

Great post. I LOVE cupcakes!! Thank you so much for stopping by. Winona

Marie said...

just love yor post today. and that kitty juct gets me. i found a cute cupcake maker by sunbeam, i'm just not the betty crocker type i sure do admire anybody that can cook & bake. your cupcakes look like they should be in the hall of fame,

Patricia said...

Happy Pink Saturday !!! I have enjoyed visiting your blog and viewing your lovely photos - Please a wonderful new week.

Anonymous said...

Rachel will absolutely love it! :-) Yup, very sure as I love them too :-)
And the rose petals and how to use it is such a delight!Removing from one petal to another - makes handwashing fun LOL


Rostrose said...

Hi Mimi!
Today it's Sunday, but I want to wish you a happy Pink Saturday! Your pinks are lovely - especially the white cat in the bath!!! This week I am not participating but showing a little bit of our district capital Baden near Vienna. Perhaps you like the old houses there? Hugs, Traude

Carol at Serendipity said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Love your pinks. The soap is wonderful and the cupcakes look delicious.

Thank you for stopping by.



Oh my dear Mimi...I see the spring...peeking out from your pictures...you are so right...winter needs to be just a memory! Your little princess is going to love her Valentine treat! It is so much fun to have a princess in our lives,,,hmmmm,,,truly makes us Queens! Happy Pink Saturday my dear friend...happy Spring to be!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I am on a diet dangit....oh how I would kill for one of those cupcakes right now. (I did eat a cupcake for my birthday...I told my family no birthday cake this year so they bought me one little ol' cupcake to have) :)

And I totally agree about the overkill. You hit the nail on the head! Thank you for mentioning it.

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Tricia said...

Loved the pinks you shared on your blog! I am just getting to make my rounds today, since my f-i-l has been in the hospital. Bet your granddaughter (princess) is gonna love her gift. : ) Thanks for sharing the cupcake recipe - sounds yummy. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We are having lots of rain here. Take care.


crochet lady said...

Wow what a ton of great comments on your pink post!

That cupcake sure looks decadent.


Hello Mimi,
What a sweet pink post. Your kitty is a rare one... who likes a bath and bubbles at that:)
Those petal soaps are so cute.
I hope this finds you in the pink!
Blessings always!

Atelier de Charo said...

Lovely rose soap!!!
Happy Pink Saturday.

Elena said...

Hi Mimi - what a gorgeous pink saturday post. Viewing everyone's pink is delightful. Thank you for visiting - it's lovely to read your comments. I'm doing my rounds on Monday - it's a little late but couldn't do it on Sat.

I've got to have a little giggle at Miss Camille, lol, so cute.
... and I like how you end the post with a pic of a delicious looking cupcake, mmmmm.

.... Happy (belated) Pink Saturday - have a great week.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, Lady Camille in her pink tubby - a vision of loveliness and girly-girliness ;) Oh man, those cupcakes look soooo good. I've got to make some. Thanks for sharing your marvelous recipes. Was it you who shared the baked apples recipe recently? They were so good! DH luved 'em ;)
Hugs and Happy Pinks~

xinex said...

Gorgeous pinkness!...Christine

Shopgirl said...

It doesn't get much pinker than this. I loved it all right down to the cupcakes. Lovely Dear Mimi,
Lovely in pink

Rostrose said...

I just stopped over to tell you that there is a little "giveaway-lottery" on my blog.
Maybe you've got the time and the good mind to go in for my draw. Would make me happy :o)
Hugs from Austria, Traude

jeanne said...

Hello Mimi, I have been trying to visit my pinkies all week. I am finally getting to the bottom of my list. I saved the best for last. Smile.

Thank you for your faithful visits Mimi. I try but my life is one trip away after another. I hope I can stay home for a while now. Thank you for your sweet comments. I always enjoy your visits.

Your post is full of sweetness today. The soap sounds delightful. Your granddaughter will love your sweet gifts for sure. We do love our grands don't we? Mmmmm I would love one of those cupcakes right now. The recipe is easy too. Thanks for sharing it.

Hugs, Jeanne