Saturday, August 8, 2009
The recipe was very easy to follow. Simply plus up the Betty Crocker mix with bananas, eggs, vanilla, butter and of course more butter, milk and powdered sugar for the frosting. Now, pre Gluten Free days, I ABHORRED boxed cake mix!! would not even consider boxed cake - NEVER!! Only Swan's Down cake flour for this girl (cake snob, i know!). But as I still have my gluten free training wheels on, I caved under recommendations from others who suggested the mix....and I am certainly glad I did!!
After mixing the batter, I placed them in my new silicone baking cups from Crate and Barrel - Highly recommend, BTW ( only bought a set of 12... so I had to supplement with Barbie cupcake liners - it's all the grocer had!) and baked for 18 minutes....
The cupcake was not moments out of the oven before one mysteriously vanished... hmmm.
Next step, brown butter frosting. 1/3 cup butter gently browned, cooled, then mixed with vanilla, milk and 3 cups powdered sugar. Whoever came up with this concoction - I would love to meet you and give you the biggest hug ever. It.Is.SOOOO. GOOOD!! You! Brilliant!
Look at the little specks of browned butter! yay!
This cupcake saved my life. Gluten free or not, you're life will change with one bite, I swear!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Squeezable Bacon (oh you Sweedes!)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
For those in the know, recently my work assignment changed and now call our corporate HQ home. "Headquarters" life is a bit of an adjustment, beyond the influx of emails, meetings and sweater vests (ew! guys don't do it!!) I find myself surprised and admittedly awkward around acts of chivalry: men opening doors, allowing women to exit the elevator first, etc. Don't get me wrong, the wonderful guys at design would hold doors open and such - and I found myself equally uncomfortable with it- but now it happens with more frequency. At least 4 times a day, I find myself in the awkward situation of "who goes first" through open doors or laugh when men will not enter through doors I hold open. My mom taught me to be independent and considerate, which means holding the door for anyone else, exiting elevators last, walking behind people if necessary, allowing elders to sit before me, etc. etc. and so forth. So when the door is held open for me, or people wait until I exit the elevator first, I'm a bit taken aback. I am sure I'll get used to it in time... but for right now, I find myself blushing, rushing awkwardly through doors and laughing nervously as cultural and social mores play out from elevator to entrance way!
Am I alone on this one? Gen X/Y ladies, do you feel me? Just throwing it out there!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Crimes of passion do not subside simply because it's more difficult to obtain a gun. In fact, the proper Brits are finding more "clever" ways of doing in their friends and loved ones - the trusty knife.
Anyone who's studied history knows the knife has been a weapon of choice for centuries. But no longer! Who knew one could improve upon a timeless design?Gizmodo features an excerpt and quotation from the designer John Cornock:
Mr Cornock, 42, from Swindon, said that
the knife will cut vegetables, but
will make it almost impossible to stab
someone to death and will reduce the risk
of accidental injuries.
said: "It can never be a totally safe knife, but
the idea is you can't
inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of
the kitchen drawer
and kill someone.
Simply, the New Point knife is for cooking "nothing more- nothing less". ...and I want one! Not because I fear death from the hands of my loved ones.. but am quite certain I will inadvertently do harm unto myself. Anyone who knows me understands I am a consummate klutz. I have lopped off many a fingertip (even with a veggie peeler.. it was a bad scene) due to my inability to concentrate or lack of depth perception. In fact, I can no longer feel the tips of most of my fingers!
Hence, I am very excited to welcome this knife into our collection :) I'll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I'll keep using my Wustof's and keep bandaids in the kitchen.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Polka dots and cupcakes blog (lover of all things sweet, cute and preppy) is giving away a fantastic Hobo clutch. I have yearned for one since my good friend Christina introduced me to hers. You can check out PolkaDots and Cupcakes by clicking here - leave a comment or friend her blog to enter!
Another great give away comes from Fantabulously Frugal with her Favorite things giveaway bonanza! I love her site, it's all about finding great deals and free giveaways - highly recommend. Seriously, it's insane the amount of goodies she's giving away!! Here's a taste:
- Decorative envelopes from etsy seller Adnagam
Frango Dark Chocolate Mints
Sunshine Yellow Hair Pins from etsy seller creamrose
Purple Rain Amethyst Earrings from etsy seller Sew*Cool Design
Paperchase 8 Folded Cards with Envelopes
Small change purse from etsy seller Made by Hank
Cucumber Melon Salty Soap Scrub from etsy seller Sissy Soap
Soap Nuts from Laundry Tree
Spring Flower Garden Cupcake Liners from etsy seller Layer Cake Shop
2 Vera Bradley cloth napkins
Musings Recycled Notebook in Blue from etsy seller subu
Fleur de Lis Necklace from etsy seller Bumble Beadz
Marc Jacobs key fob
Stationery and small letter-pressed notebook from etsy seller Sarah Drake
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Protective Recovery Complex
Coriander Ivory Small Cosmetic Bag from etsy seller The Sweet Sugar Beet
Smashbox Lip Gloss
Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags from etsy seller Green Street
Reversible Coffee Sleeve from etsy seller LilE
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
OPI Nail Polish
Stick With Me, Kid Shopping Tote from etsy seller Earth Cadets
As well as MANY MORE surprises!
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!!?! check out her site, it's great! either way, enjoy these giveaways and great blogs!