Saturday, July 18, 2009
- Wax Paper
- 1 18ox pkg French Vanilla cake mix
- 1 pkg (1.16 oz) Swiss Mocha Cappuccino mix ( I used International foods Suisse Mocha Drink mix)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 lg eggs
- 3/4 cup Cinnamon Espresso Syrup: See recipe below
- Mascarpone Frosting: See recipe below
- 3 (1.4 oz) chocolate covered toffee candy bars (i used ALOT more!
- Garnish: additional chopped toffee or white/dk chocolate shaving
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 3" cinnamon stick broken in half
- 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
- 1/4 cup coffee liqueur
- 2 8oz containers of mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cinnamon espresso syrup
- 2-1/2 cups whipping cream, whipped
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Today was a rough day for me. I had a lot on my mind and was having difficulty getting out of my own way. Sometimes the fear takes over, and common sense does not prevail--and in the midst of it all, I find myself heading down the wrong path paved with negativity and self defeat. In those times, I always try to think of things that make me happy, or I go searching for some infinite wisdom outside of myself. Maybe the advice is found in one of my many books or tapes, or sometimes it is via the net (facebook, twitter, a blog) that someone's words resonate with me. Today it was twitter and it was a guy I stumbled across who's name is Charlie. He owns an advertising/marketing firm called Curve Detroit. I have never met him in person, and don't really know much about him. What I can tell you is he taught me a lot today about why life does not have to be bumpy. He posted a video on his blog that spoke to the fact that there are three things that make happiness. First, buy the best mattress you can afford. Second, do something you love for your career. Third, find a mate who "gets you". The video was short, but the message was HUGE. I suddenly realized how easy it really is to stay in a positive space.
Here is what I do know. I have the Sleep Number bed which I love. I have the amazing husband who is my soul mate and loves me just as I am. I also have a great job in advertising and a part time baking business that allows me to indulge in my true passion. It is just that simple......I needed to be reminded I really do have everything I need to be happy and fufilled.
So, to celebrate this new revelation that got me out of my rut, I baked four dozen BUMPY cupcakes. I am going to take them to work tomorrow and share with my co-workers the three simple ingredients of a happy life. Thanks Charlie!!
Here is the link to Charlie's video:
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Then, you mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Mix light brown sugar, vegetable oil and buttermilk with vanilla extract. After that, you mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until mixed.
Add frozen triple berry mix to batter. Frozen berries work better because they don't bleed and turn your mixture pink! I use ALDI brand triple berry mix. The berries are delicious and the price is fantastic!
Put batter in paper cups in muffin tin using ice cream scoop. Sprinkle stuesal topping on batter. Make sure oven is preheated to 375 degrees before placing in the oven.
Bake muffins at 375 degrees for 15-18 min. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes and then cool on rack.
Pour a glass of milk and ENJOY!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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So, you bake them up ( I doubled up the batch to make 48 small)
And you make the yummy frosting while they are baking
And then after you have let them cool completely, you frost them up.
You add some sugar sprinkles while the frosting is still wet.
And then you DIG IN!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tbsp light butter (Land O Lakes)
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
- 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 can of "lite" peaches
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups vanilla fat-free or sugar free ice cream
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add pecans, and cook 2 minutes or until nuts begin to brown, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and set aside in separate bowl.
Stir in bananas, brown sugar, and cinnamon: Cook 1 minute, tossing with 2 spoons until banana slices are coated with sugar mixture.
Per Serving: CAL 215; FAT 4.8g (sat 1.1g); PRO 3.5g; CARB 42.5g; FIB 2.3g; CHOL 2 mg; IRON 0.8mg; SOD 50mg; CALC 68mg.