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Outdoor Entertaining This Spring + a Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.

I LOVE this time of year: spring has finally arrived and we can do some outdoor entertaining. Mike is a total grill master and we love having friends over to enjoy a meal in our backyard with us. After a winter cooped up inside, having the kids play freely in the back yard while we relax is delightful. Some of my best memories take place on our back deck with friends and family. I’m looking forward to the memories to be made this spring and summer out there!

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor Entertaining

One thing I do not adore is my seasonal allergy flare ups. It’s so bothersome while trying to enjoy time outside. Thankfully, this year I’m getting relief from ZYRTEC®. It starts working the first hour you take it and provides 24 hours of relief. 

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Easy Beauty Looks for Spring

This spring, ZYRTEC® has teamed up with Gilt City to offer great tips and ideas so that you can both feel — and look — your best while entertaining. Like many allergy sufferers, I’ve dealt with watery eyes, a red nose and facial puffiness. ALLERGY FACE® is NOT my favorite accessory while enjoying time with friends. I’m glad to have physical relief from symptoms plus great beauty tips — hello bold lips! 

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Last week, we got all of our patio furniture out. After a long winter in storage, it felt like saying hello to old friends again. I created a warm seating area with bright throw pillows, a fun, patterned rug and lots of candles. Mike has the grill ready to go and I’ve been experimenting with new recipes to serve guests. These peanut butter cupcakes with banana buttercream frosting are a new favorite that I can’t wait to share! 

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.75 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Turn blender to stir and add in vanilla.
  5. Sift flour and baking powder, gradually add into mixture.
  6. Add milk and blend on low only until well mixed, do not over mix.
  7. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes are fully cooked in the middle.

Makes 12 cupcakes. 

Banana Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Method

  1. Remove any dark spots and put banana in mixer on low, blend until all lumps are removed.
  2. Cream butter, vanilla and banana.
  3. Stir in vinegar and salt.
  4. Gradually add in powdered sugar.

Because of the banana, this frosting is best used the day it is made. Once cupcakes are cool, frost and serve. 

Peanut Butter Cupcake

Banana Frosting Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Your turn: share your favorite outdoor entertaining spot with me by leaving a comment! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.