This weekend was a busy one for me. Normally, I would be snowboarding (sigh). This season has been rough. Although we aren’t suffering from the same lack of snow as we were last year, it isn’t exactly dumping a foot of snow every week either. I have managed to get 24 days in so far, but it’t nothing compared to last years 49 days. As spring gets closer, I feel less inclined to spend 6 hours in the car each weekend. Work, travel and cupcakes have heavily effected my riding this year, but it’s a good thing too!
Launching my blog at the end of October has allowed me to rediscover my creative juices and I love to dedicate as much time as I can to it. It allows me to make things like this:
This is a birthday cake for my boyfriend’s sister. Today is her birthday (yeah! Happy Birthday!). I love when I have an excuse to try recipes from my favorite food bloggers. This is the “Perfect White Cake” from the I am Baker blog. I have been dying to try this recipe because it’s so difficult to find a good white cake. This one IS the perfect white cake! Amanda creates gorgeous desserts. It is topped off with “Creamy Nutella Frosting” from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sally loves her Nutella and she has done right by her readers with this one. This frosting is one of the smoothest frostings I have ever had!
This weekend, I made these:
A friend of mine asked me to make some layered cupcake jars for her friend that just had a baby boy. I wish that cupcakes shipped better, but I do love making these cakes in a jar. I LOVE desserts in jars. This project was so fun because it also gave me an excuse to use my Silhouette Cameo and some bakers twine. Halfway through I ran out of rainbow sprinkles, but it turns out that I have so many colors of non-pariels that I could make my own rainbow sprinkles!
While I was shopping for the above jars, I spotted this 3 tier dessert stand from World Market. I all but danced in the store when I saw it. I have been looking high and low for an antique white wire cupcake stand. This was only $20 and I bought two. I wanted all six though. It will be perfect for my friend’s wedding this summer!
My boyfriend dad recently found these Cookie Chips at Vons. They are sweet like cookies but crunchy like chips. I was intrigued. Now I am addicted. I literally had to contain myself from shoveling them in my mouth. The Salted Peanut Butter flavor was my favorite.
One of things I love about spending the weekend at home (besides staying in bed past 7am) is spending the time to make good food. The past two Sunday nights have been mini burgers and baked potatoes. I am finally warming up to this time change, grilling at 6pm in the sun is fantastic. I like to coat the outsides of my potatoes in olive oil and sea salt, just because.
Last week, perhaps one of the most exciting happens since launching my blog. The above White Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes were accepted and posted on Foodgawker. After dozens and dozens of rejects, I opened my email, expecting another, and I reread the email three times before running to find my boyfriend to make him verify that I was reading it correctly. I have had several photos accepted on Tastespotting and each time is equally exciting. However, getting something accepted on Foodgawker was a pretty awesome feeling for a little blogger like myself. I am currently shooting everything with a Canon point and shoot camera, nothing fancy. As soon as my tax return is here, I am buying a Canon Rebel T3i and I am currently checking my mailbox everyday.
A few more tidbits to leave you with:
There is less than one week till Easter, which translates into about 7 or 8 more days to eat as many Cadbury Mini Eggs as I can.
This week my boyfriend and his dad installed a new flat screen in the living room, while I baked cupcakes. I was a huge help (not). I love it though because I can swivel the TV to the kitchen and watch it while I bake!
And finally, I just learned that the brand new Whole Foods which is opening about a 1/4 mile from my house is opening in June. Although it isn’t the “spring 2013” opening they were advertising, at least I have a time frame and I couldn’t be more excited. Also, there’s a Menchie’s across the street from it. Booyah!