Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes - These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a light meringue-based cherry buttercream. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes - These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a light meringue-based cherry buttercream. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Does this old saying count if I’m fooled by two separate people at the same time? I learned some hard lessons about myself and about other people late last year and I’m still struggling to make sense of it all.

The internet is creating this detached universe where we nurture artificial long distance friendships instead of focusing on the ones right next door to us. It’s so easy for us to follow along with what’s happening in our social media feeds, aimlessly wishing virtual strangers “Happy Birthday!” instead of picking up the phone and calling our neighbors. I hate the phone and this new world has made my life much easier or at least I thought it had. It has allowed me to fall into this pathetic trap of false friendships. The internet allows people to paint whatever picture of themselves they want us to believe and why should we doubt them?

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These Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies are a perfect treat for chocolate lovers! Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net.

These Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies are a perfect treat for chocolate lovers! Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net.

It has been a weird week. A very weird week full of snowstorms, getting stranded due to snowstorms, kitchen injuries and…. suffice it to say, I got a little behind on life. But I am slowly getting caught up and I finally have a new recipe to share!

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This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Unlike Meyer lemons, which I find to be a bit overhyped, blood oranges are an ingredient that I really love working with every year. I always look forward to their arrival in the middle of winter. Not only are they visually stunning, but their flavor is notably different from other oranges. It’s sweeter. More vibrant. Blood oranges almost have a ruby red grapefruit quality, if you remove most traces of the bitterness and replace it with sunshine.

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This Super Moist Pineapple Cake needs no frosting; it's amazing on its own. It's soft, eggy and delicate. Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net!

This Super Moist Pineapple Cake needs no frosting (though it's delicious with a dollop of fresh whipped cream). It's soft, eggy and delicate. Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net!

When I first began making layer cakes, I was a nervous wreck. They used to scare me to death because I was always worried about messing up. But overtime with patience and practice I grew more comfortable with the process. Now, I actually really love making layer cakes with buttercream (there are links to several at the bottom of this post). The only thing is that they take a really long time to make. And sometimes, I just want some to eat some cake. You know?

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These Broccoli Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes are a vegetarian, easy-to-prepare side dish that the whole family will love. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

I am a perfectionist who never reaches perfection. I am constantly criticizing myself for not working hard enough, not being good enough and not producing the best possible results. It makes it really difficult to get anything accomplished sometimes.

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