Monday, November 28, 2011

Baking Club

I am participating in this online baking club.  If anyone is interesting in joining, here is the link to the info about it.  My friend, Amanda, is hosting it.  There are only 2 more days to sign up, so hurry!  It's going to be a lot of fun.  Anyone can join.

Here is the book we're using:

The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

I love her blog.  I cook things off of there all the time.  I especially love her Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cornbread, Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Pie, and Strawberry Shakes.  The next recipe I plan on trying is these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins.  They look amazing.



Monday, November 14, 2011

12 + thoughts on frosting

Whoa, I just realized that I have 12 followers!  I need to start blogging again!  I don't want to disappoint my 12 faithful followers.  Truth is, I still cook and bake.  I just got lazy with taking pictures, transferring them to my computer, writing a post, and getting pictures onto the blog.  Can you blame me?  I am seriously impressed with all you faithful bloggers out there.  I don't know how you can create awesome things, AND take the time to blog about them, especially since most of you are Moms with kids.  Hey, that's a good blog post idea...maybe one of you can write about the behind the scenes.  I would like to read that.  You could write a guest post on my blog, for my 12 followers of course!  Any takers? Rachel? Amanda?  Pioneer Woman?  Yeah right, you don't read my blog even though I talk about you all the time.

So here's my latest venture...

And here's what I have to say about it.  I made these for a friend's baby blessing reception.  I started out using the Perfect Cupcake Frosting from Our Best Bites (love that cookbook and blog).  Well, it turns out that I'm not a fan.  It was a lot of work and only frosted 10 cupcakes.  It also tasted way too buttery, and trust me... that's big for me to say.  I love butter.  I have lived a week without milk and eggs, but when I ran out of butter I made a B line for the store.

 So, I won't be making that recipe again.  I ended up frosting the rest of the cupcakes with canned frosting... I know.  It wasn't so bad.  It was a lemon flavored kind.  I whipped it up in the Kitchen Aid for a few minutes.  It got nice and fluffy.  I actually think that it looked a bit better than the other frosting too.

So i'm still on the search for the perfect frosting.  In the end, none of that really mattered anyways.  The cupcakes ended up falling up-side down off of the table.  My cute 3 year old neighbor may have had something to do with that.  It was pretty funny.  I wish I would have gotten an after picture!



p.s. Just in case anyone is interested, I've added the recipe for cooking a live lobster to the lobster post.   It's at the very bottom of the post.
What the ...  I only have 11 followers now!?!  I guess they aren't so faithful after all.