Feb 14

Heya, cupcake!

Posted by Nanc

There’s been a resurgence of cupcake love lately. (Or perhaps I’m slow on the times?) There are bakeries that specialize in cupcakes (none here – phooey), websites devoted to these wee lil’ cakes, and folks clamoring for a cake of their own. Even the NY Times. (It’s worth it to watch, listen, and salivate.) And I just went with the flow.

On this day of commercialism, I put a little bit of homemade sweetness back into the holiday. A recent discussion between gal-pals, and I decided to bake from-scratch, chocolate cupcakes. I found the recipe in The best of better baking cookbook and now have a great, new site to reference, ta’ boot.

I made mini ‘Cola Cupcakes’ with ‘Master Brownie Frosting’ from the book. But to add my own spin, I took the traditional Valentine box-of-chocolates idea and filled some with tasty morsels. Carmel, cherries, and cream – yum! I wanted to frost the mini-cakes in a similar manner, but that just didn’t work out. So they weren’t the purtiest, but they are tasty indeed.

I believe I like baking cupcakes. I believe that I will shower my friends with ‘cakes on many occasions. Watch out – I may have a cupcake for you!

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May 25

Peep Crispy Treats

Posted by Nanc

Lately, I’ve been on a Peeps® kick. I’m new to this snack item (nope, never had them before) and am amazed at the cult following these lil’ guys have. It’s not as straight forward as whether you like them or not; there’s a wide range of feelings about them.

Personally, I started simple (just ate one out of the package) and moved on to more complex methods of consumption and snackage. I plan to post a synopsis of my overall trial and tribulations with the Peeps, but for now let me tell you about the marshmallow and rice bars.

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May 5

Simple Pleasures

Posted by Nanc

… and Hershey® Caramel Kisses! oh, sweet heaven – life is good!

I finally made it to the Woolie Ewe and what glorious site that was! Yarn, yarn and more yarn – all fibers, colors and textures. Yum!

While I was there, I picked up Rowan® Big Wool and Lind 60&reg Tondo to make a felted purse. Some Crystal Palace® Cotton Chenille wanted to come home with me to become the Bloom Flower Washcloth from Weekend Knitting. And I couldn’t resist a ball each of Gedifra® Shakira and GGH® Boboli in similar fern colors. What they’ll become is a surprise.

Also in my basket was a Clover® Bamboo Circs US#15 and Chibi finishing needles. Plus later today, my Bonez got me the Spring/Summer issue of Vogue Knitting International. (Such a sweetie.)

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo AND my birthday month, Bonez and I went out to eat at El Fenix (we hit the geriatric “rush”) and saw ‘Mean Girls’. Yay – mean girls! Yay – the Tina Fey!