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Hail to the Nachos

26 Sep

Hello World. It’s me. I’m BACK!

I thought I’d give an update on my status as of late. It’s been awhile and I’ve missed you, this blog, writing, sharing my recipes and most importantly cooking. Don’t get me wrong I have been throwing down, as my Mamaw would say, in the kitchen just not as much as I’d like to. This has been one of the craziest, busiest, most exciting times in my life and I still can’t believe some of the things that have happened over these past few months.


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Cupcake Madness: Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

31 Mar

{Singing} It’s peanut butter jelly time! It’s peanut butter jelly time! No baseball bat, only my third installment of delicious cupcakes in my March Madness Sweet Six Series.

I chose these cupcakes because who doesn’t like a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  When you’re hungry, PB&J’s hit the spot every time, and it’s because of this I wanted to make sure these cupcakes tasted just like the classic sandwich. I was a little worried that the peanut butter would make the cupcakes dry, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. So was Jaime, a friend, and peanut butter connoisseur, who I commissioned to be my taste tester.  These cupcakes passed her test, and I hope they’ll pass yours.  Enjoy, after all, “IT’S PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!”

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Cupcake Madness: Part Deux

28 Mar

I’ve had the craziest sweet tooth lately, I’ll post some ‘regular’ food soon, but for now it’s still Cupcake Madness! As promised here is cupcake #2 in my Sweet Six. I decided to try something a little different, so I combined some of my favorite ingredients to make these babies. Well, it was more like what I could make with ingredients I already had stocked in my fridge and pantry. So here they are:

Lemon & Cranberry Soda Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from Bakerella’s Vanilla Cupcakes

Cook Time: About 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: Makes about 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients (Little Commentary Needed, Super Easy to Make)

Cake:

3 Cups of Self-Rising Flour – Sifted

1 cup of unsalted butter – this is 2 stick of butter, always at room temperature

2 Cups of Sugar

4 Eggs – at room temperature

1 Cup of Cranberry Soda – I used an Italian Sparkling Soda. Have another soda you love? Try it with Blood Orange Soda, or maybe Pink Lemonade, perhaps Strawberry. The sky’s the limit.

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Extract


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Cupcake Madness

21 Mar

I woke up yesterday, and had cupcakes on my mind.  My Fiance, Mr. Donut, woke up with basketball on his.  While it’s March Madness for him, it’s Cupcake Madness for me.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been making cupcakes every Sunday, and I think it would be fun to fill my brackets with the best cupcake recipes I know.  Some new, some old, heck maybe even a wild card or two.

I know I shouldn't have tried the batter as it had raw eggs, but it was delicious! So much chocolate.

Mr. Donut is currently in first place in his NCAA bracket at work, and I’m hoping that these chocolate cupcakes will go all the way.  However, it’s all up to you and my many friends and family to make the final decision.  Like the games this weekend, I think it’s going to be close and unpredictable.  Mr. Donut is still in shock over the University of Pittsburgh upset.

So here’s how it’s going to work, after this weekend there are sixteen teams left, competing to win the NCAA Championship.  I probably won’t be able to make sixteen different cupcakes by then, but I’m going for a Sweet Six.

Here’s my number 1 pick to go to the final four.

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