Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

22 Nov

Spice up Thanksgiving with these pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon frosting!

Originally posted on Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen:


A few years ago, I shared my favorite recipe with readers for Pumpkin Muffins, but since I recently created this Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, these muffins have graduated all the way to cupcakes. My kids love them. Correction: LOVE them!

Allow me to backtrack for just a moment…

Kite Hill vegan cream cheese has been getting lots of attention lately, and there’s a really good reason for all this buzz. It’s delicious. What’s even more impressive to me is the ingredient list: almond milk, cultures, and that’s about it. The simplicity of ingredients and its delicate flavor actually inspired this delightful Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

So here we go, just in time for Thanksgiving…the reintroduction of these pumpkin cuties, transformed into scrumptious mini cupcakes with this very easy and delicious frosting.


1 cup canned cooked pumpkin
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 cup sucanat or organic…

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Hello Gorgeous: Wish List Makeup Products

14 Nov


I just attended the beauty trend event “Hello Gorgeous” at Bloomingdales in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I’m going to pass along the products highlighted for a flawless, chic look.

For skincare, Clarins super restorative serum was chosen to maintain your skin and reduce aging. Did you know that Clarins was the first plant-based cosmetic line? Clinque presented some sculpting products including a massage applicator. From Shiseido, ultimune was demonstrated.

Now you can spray on a foundation? Dior has air flash. It’s simple, fast and not sticky.

Lancome highlighted the Paris eye palette, while Estee Lauder demonstrated double wear makeup to go in a new innovative compact.

Of course, I made a purchase. My purchase was the Bobbie Brown serum corrector and concealer. Just what I need to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes and keep them bright.

MAC’s Holiday Magic Makeup

7 Nov


It’s not too early to think about holiday makeup. Deck the halls with lip gloss, glittering eyes and colorful hues with MAC’s newest collection. The packaging is as pretty as the product. I especially liked the set that comes in a mini clutch (below). MAC sums up the collection as Irresistibly Charming.



I like how Nordstrom highlights the collection. It’s so easy to see all the products. In the coming weeks, I will be posting about other makeup brands. What’s your favorite?

Taubman Art Collection Up for Auction

25 Oct


Sotheby’s has the honor of auctioning a prized Motown icon’s art collection on Nov. 4th. It’s the personal collection of A. Alfred Taubman, the shopping mall magnate.  Peruse the three Sotheby’s  catalogues here and you will view a treasure trove of art spanning many art periods and artists from Dali to Degas to Modigliani (above.) The sale is valued at more than $500 million. The Detroit News reports that the proceeds of the sale will pay the estate taxes with the remainder funding the A.Alfred Taubman Foundation.

I had the opportunity to interview Taubman for Style magazine, which is no longer in publication. He was gracious, interesting and passionate about art and architecture. His philanthropy is boundless leaving a legacy at the University of Michigan, Detroit Institute of Art and College for Creative Studies to name a few. I’m certain his Foundation will continue the path of generous giving to the arts, education and medicine.




Chartreuse: A Colorful Restaurant

18 Oct


The restaurant Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails adds to the list of the new hot spots in Motown. Located in Midtown, the decor is vivid with a wild shade of green — chartreuse.  The menu is creative as the decor. From the Lake Erie walleye to the duck confit to watermelon salad, the food is refreshing and delicious. And as you can see, very colorful.

Young Motown Entrepreneurs

11 Oct



Grant Garbinski and Blake Dagenais combine art, story telling and commerce with their online site Maloh Art. These two college juniors created a company that sells artwork online, but what makes this site unique is the ability to find out what inspired and influenced the artist. For the artists, Maloh provides branding and marketing services.

At Maloh Art, every piece of art has a narrative, and they share the artists’ stories with the world. “It is not enough to sell beautiful art work; we ensure that our customers can share in the story.”

The butterfly and seahorse above are by Megan Swoyer. Read Megan’s art story here.

Being savvy entrepreneurs, they are also on kickstarter.

For more young motown entrepreneurs, you can always read  Crain’s Detroit Business for Crain’s 20 in their 20s, 40 under 40.

My DC Visit: Family, the Pope and a Congresswoman

5 Oct

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I just spent two weeks in DC with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in the Capitol Hill area. DC is so exciting, and the city was frenetic with the Pope’s visit. No, I didn’t see the Pope, but for those who saw him, it was inspiring.

I stopped by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell‘s office. As always, Debbie, who represents the 12th District in MI, is one of the most gracious, charitable and knowledgeable woman I know. She is an advocate for many important causes including American manufacturing and women’s health.

She and Rep. Candice Miller just introduced a bipartisan resolution designating October 2, 2015 as National Manufacturing Day. “Manufacturing is the heart and soul of the American economy, supporting 17.6 million good paying jobs and contributing more than $2 trillion to our economy in 2014 alone. On National Manufacturing Day, we recommit to keeping manufacturing in this country and supporting the working men and women who continue to fuel American innovation.”

Yes, Debbie saw the Pope. Here is what she said. “Pope Francis has inspired and renewed many Americans with his words and actions during this past week. For me, he reinforced the importance of being a member of a community and the responsibilities we all have to the common good. He reminded us that faith isn’t just acts of charity, but the responsibility we have for action to help others.”



Key to the Cure 2015

10 Sep


Key to the Cure is a nationwide four-day charity shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks partners with local breast cancer research teams for a kickoff party with plenty of  food, fashion and makeup. The kick off party is not to be missed. It’s the perfect girls night out.

This year I’m part of the Key to the Cure 2015 committee (see photo above by Tracey Benson Photography) that benefits the Comprehensive Cancer Program at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. Since the event is nationwide, google your city and Key to the Cure to find your event.

In my location, the host to Key To The Cure is Michael DeSio, Vice President General Manager of the Palm Beach Gardens Saks. (He is guy in the photo.) The Palm Beach Gardens’ 17th Annual Key To The Cure event is on Wednesday, October 14. For more information call The JMC Foundation Office 561-263-5728 or register online at the Jupiter Medical Foundation.

Motowners, the event in Detroit is Thursday Oct. 15. Ina Levinson is the the Vice President General Manger at the Somerset Saks. For more information, visit this site.

Every year a fashion designer creates a unique T-shirt modeled by a celebrity. This year the designer is Jason Wu and the celebrity ambassador is Julianne Moore. This photo is in the new Saks catalog, and the T-shirt can be purchased.

This is a great cause and a great event! 


Kicks for a Cause

3 Sep



Some boots are made for walking and others are made for a cause. Meet my new friend Bonnie Murphy. She’s a physician and a fashion designer. What a great mix! Her website is, and  she donates 10 percent of the sales to research in  breast cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma and multiple sclerosis. Just look at these dynamite styles!



More Car Talk

29 Aug

A new radio program, “In the Driver’s Seat,” just launched on SiriusXM with host Doron Levin.  Levin is an award-winning journalist from Motown.

Here’s how the President of SiriusXM described the program. “If you love cars or are just thinking about what to buy, you’ll want to listen to Doron Levin,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Doron’s remarkable insight and experience as a journalist and commentator will deliver to SiriusXM listeners and car buyers revealing conversations with the car world’s top executives, as well as top drivers, designers, engineers, collectors and journalists.”

This will be a great program for car aficionados all over the world who want to know the latest trends and capture an inside look into the business.

This airs on SiriusXM Insight channel 121 and on SiriusXM On Demand.

I hope he interviews some of my favorite car aficionados — Jay Leno, Bob Lutz and the guy from Car Talk NPR Radio Show.




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