Sunday, February 27, 2011
Jordan received a very cool belated Christmas present this week from a very cool Nana & Nanu! Her very own table and chair set! Notice her before "chair" below:
We decided a diaper box wasn't the best seating option! But she absolutely loves playing at her new table, having snacks there or even watching tv! And there are enough chairs for when her friends come over... or her dolls join her for a impromptu tea party!
Our night before Valentine's Day complete with chocolate covered strawberry's!!! And everyone was pretty happy about it...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
My dear husband pointed out to me today that it's a little ironic having a blog with cupcakes in the title but never actually posting any recipes... hmm, good point. I have been disappointed with some of the recipes I have tried but I finally found a winner!!! Sweet Potato Cider Cupcakes w/ Marshmallow Frosting!!! And yes, they are as good as the sound! The process is a bit labor intensive but if you have the time I would definitely recommend giving this one a try! They're not super sweet like your typical cupcake but still have a lot of flavor. I also like to think they are healthy because of the sweet potato... never mind all the butter! =)
I divided the recipe in half and it yielded 12 cupcakes. But as this was my first attempt at the recipe I have some notes to help others from making my same mistakes. First, and most importantly, halfway into the recipe it tells you to make a Cider Reduction. However it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 3 hours so I would recommend doing this the night before. Since I cut everything in half it only took me about 15 minutes to do the reduction. Secondly, and also regarding the reduction, once in the refrigerator the butter rises to the top and hardens. So, I would recommend dividing the reduction BEFORE refrigerating. The frosting calls for 12 tablespoons(or 6 if making a half batch) so measure that amount, put in a separate container and toss the entire amount into the mixer for the frosting later. Lastly, DO NOT heat the reduction before adding to the frosting! I did this and ended up with a bit of a runny mess. You can however heat the other container of reduction that goes directly on top of the cupcake and just brush it on. Hope this helps!!!
Sweet Potato Cider Cupcakes w/ Marshmallow Frosting
Friday, February 11, 2011
Just when it was starting to feel like spring around here a cold front comes in!!! So Sean got snow on his birthday... not exactly what he had in mind but we made the best of it! At least Jordan got a little more use out of her snowsuit!
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"I still haven't figured out how to get up without touching the snow..."