Friday, March 25, 2011

The Quilt I am working on!!!

This is the top of the quilt. I have pieced it all together and am waiting to go to the store to start quilting it!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

High Hat cupcakes Peanut butter frosting & Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Thanks to  ACup full of Cake  I did not do as well as she did but yet they were still amazing and this peanut butter frosting was by far the best I have ever had!!! I have read this blog for a while and she is an amazing baker!!!

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes recipe
(adapted from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans)
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. milk

Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler placed over, but not touching, barely simmering water.  Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Remove from the water and set aside to cool slightly.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until smoothly blended and creamy, about 2 minutes.  Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing.  On low speed, mix in the melted chocolate.  On medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is blended into the batter.  Add the vanilla and beat until the mixture looks creamy and the color has lightened slightly, about 1 minute.  Mix in the sour cream until no white streaks remain.  On low speed, add half of hte flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it.  Mix in the water.  Mix in the remaining flour mixture until it is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Fill muffin cups with cupcake liners with about 1/3 c. batter.  Bake about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes on wire rack and turn out to cool completely.  Yields 18 cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

½ cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter ( skippy etc not natural pb)
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ or so heavy cream

combine butter with peanut butter and cream add powdered sugar ( mixture will be stiff) then add the heavy cream a little at a time until you get the consistency you like for spreading or piping. Try not to eat it all before it makes it onto your cake or cupcakes. Its seriously good

you can also use crunchy peanut butter

Chocolate Coating Recipe

2 cups (12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips or baking bar chopped up
3-2 tsp canola oil

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water ( but not touching) Stir frequently. Once the chocolate is smooth mix in the canola oil and transfer to a smaller, deeper bowl. One that will be better for dipping. Let cool for 10-15 min before dipping. Enjoy!!

Chips & Salsa

Making Salsa is one of those things I enjoy doing at the warmer weather approaches. The only thing that is not shown here is I do add 1 can of tomato sauce. Everything else is shown.
2 Jalepenos Peppers
2 Habeneros Peppes
2 Anaheim Peppers
1 Medium Onion
Green Onion diced at the end of blending
Bundle of Cilantro
10 to 12 Roma Tomatoes

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Been Gone Along Time!

Ok so here I am thinking now that I am gonna have more time on my hands I am gonna have to start up working on this blog agian. So I will update a little bit. Since October I have had a lot of changes in my life.

1. My oldest by 8 minutes has left the nest and moved off to Oregon which is a bit sad but it was time for her to fly out of the nest and see what life is about. It has been hard on me and I miss her like crazy but there was nothing more I could do she is 18 and needed to test her wings. She is trying to continue with home school through conne.ctions acad.emy and hopefully will still graduate.

2. I stepped down from my position at work so that I could work from home so now I am enjoying my first week at home and realizing I can start baking, cooking & crafting more and this blog will be a reflection of that. I am so happy that I am going to be able to start sharing that with everyone so my mom can see what I am doing. I might even post some of my mom and my sisters stuff on here as we are all crafting fools haha. All using different mediums

3. Jessica is enjoying her relationship with Nesto he has been the love of her life since her freshman year in high school and she is trying to survive her final time as a senior and Loving (note the sarcasm) Algebra 2. She is going to be very happy graduating and having a bit of freedom. I know that when I was her age I couldn't wait until I was free of high school then I felt kinda lost. Like I could start my life but how. I figured it out and I know she will to. She loves me being home now as well.

4. Joanna is still doing well in school and has decided that she wants to try out make up. So I went out and got her the new May.bel.line Line so she could see what it was all about. Wow can't believe my baby is in 7th Grade, 13 and wanting to try makeup. What the heck, how did that happen? Still focused on being a lawyer and doing anything she can to make her transcripts look good so she can do all she wants where she wants in school. Oh how proud I am of her. She is also enjoying me being home.

I hope this finds everyone well and hopefully I will start posting on this a bit more as I start to show all of my crafts and wow in 2 months it will be my 1st wedding anniversary with a wonderful man that God brought into my life at a perfect time to show me how wonderful being the other half of someone is. YAY!!!