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.
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)
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
Oh, Eastern Market, how I love thee. No, really I do, it’s probably one of the best outdoor (and indoor) farmer’s markets in the area. Problem is, it’s about a 30 – 45 minute drive from my house, and I won’t even begin to talk about parking. If I could I would go every day, just to pick up some fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Maybe even eat a crepe, or stand in line at Market Lunch, on a Saturday morning. Well, if I could skip the line, in a VIP kind of way, I would totally do it. However, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, so I’ll just wait like everyone else.
Last night was the ultimate test. I was tempted to drop by the grocery store on my lunch break and pick up a few things for dinner. Luckily, I got busy at work and did not have a chance to go. If you have been reading my blog then you’ll know that I am trying to cook more, and use the foods I already have stocked in my fridge and pantry. I have developed a habit of going to the grocery store and not using the foods I buy. I attribute this horrible habit to my indecisive nature. I can say I want spaghetti for dinner, but end up making meatloaf. Seriously, it’s ridiculous, and I’ve wasted way too much money and food because of it.