Merry Muffins

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Recipe from King Arthur Flour Cookbook.  You can find it here on their website, although the web directions very slightly. You can fill the muffin liner to the top, they don’t really spread.

I plopped the blueberries into each liner instead of mixing them into the batter, since my husband prefers chocolate chips to any fruit–so he gets special muffins. 😉

The Streusel topping is in the cookbook as well. If I recall off the top of my head, it’s 1/2 cup flour, 6 tbs of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, 3tbs of soft butter, pinch of salt, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, all mixed together with your fingers.

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Cupcakes-The party essential

I offered to bring dessert to a party this weekend. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time to bake, so I put the cupcakes together on Monday, and then froze them until Friday night when I decorated them for a Saturday party.

I cheated. I used store bought cake-mix and icing. I also had a spastic moment, and set my oven to the wrong temperature. I caught it after a couple of minutes, but my cupcakes had already risen too quickly. I turned down the oven, and prayed they would taste okay. Turns out, making them rise too fast made for a fudgier (yes, that’s a word) cupcake. I’m no scientist, so I don’t know why exactly, but they tasted great, and everyone was raving about them.

I pulled out some piping tools and tried to get fancy with the decorating. When I started to run low on icing, I switched to sprinkles.

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P.s. I also have an AMAZING new Nikon D7100. I’m in Heaven. It was an incredibly generous gift that I am beyond thankful for!!

Experimenting with Props

I have some pretty dishes that I received as wedding gifts. I decided to pull some out to use as props for my pictures. This is what I came up with.

I put Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream in a Bowl, (The surprisingly didn’t care for the flavor…not as red velvety as Cold Stone’s Version) and then topped it with Strawberries and Pink Sugar. The Ice Cream Melted pretty quickly, so I focused on the berries for this experiment.

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Springtime

I do have food photos to share, I just havent gotten around to editing them yet. I got a new iMac last week and am just a little out of sorts since I don’t have the Adobe Suite on it yet. That is one drawback of switching from a PC to a Mac…
For now I’ll deal with iPhoto. *cringe* iPhoto reduces file size. WHY, APPLE? WHY??

*ahem* anyway. I’m sharing some other photos I took today that are not at all food related.