Turtle desserts of all kinds hold a special place in my heart.  I’ve talked about the reason quite in depth before in this post.  But today, let’s not focus on the sad stuff.  Instead, let’s just all take a moment to appreciate something good about the past week.  My week has had lots of good.  Plenty of productive studying, a few challenging hours on my yoga mat, making progress with some knitting projects, and of course, lots and lots of wonderful moments with my amazing kids.

As a major sweet tooth with a special love for chocolate and caramel, the cupcakes were another highlight of the week.  Chocolate, caramel and pecans is a winning combination to be sure.  But the cupcake itself was not so much the highlight as was splitting one with my little buddy.  He is at such a fantastic age right now – so smart, inquisitive and playful.  And he wants to hang out with me 24/7.  I know that won’t last forever so I’m just savoring these moments while I can.  Since sharing turtle sundaes with my mom is an incredibly vivid memory for me, I can’t help but wonder which moments he will recall someday.  Who knows?  Maybe it will be this one.

(A quick rundown of the cupcake:  I used my favorite chocolate cupcake as the base.  I didn’t feel like bothering with filling them, plus I wanted the “filling” to be visible.  I topped them with a caramel cream cheese frosting and then made little wells in the frosting to hold the caramel pecan mixture.  Worked like a charm and I loved the way they looked.  Messy, gooey and fabulous.)