Thursday, February 28, 2013

French Toast Cupcakes / Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Thursday was a half day for me (thank you SNO-MG!!) and I had a desire to bake.  I had no clue what I wanted to bake, all I knew was that I wanted to bake and that was what I was going to do.  :) 

Of course I asked the husband what he wanted, and he did tell me to bring my cookbook to him and he would pick something out.  However, my cookbooks weren't doing it for me.  So onto Pinterest I went.  I searched cupcakes and found a french toast cupcake.  I thought it sounded good and I had most of the ingredients on hand so off to the kitchen I went.  I had to substitute two of the ingredients, and I will say, they came out pretty dang good.

I wanted to frost them, but I didn't have the ingredients on hand for the whipped cream frosting below that they suggested (OK, I didn't have the whipping cream on hand), so I came up with my own.  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, at room temperature (I substituted THIS AND USED VANILLA ALMOND MILK)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the cupcakes: Combine the flours, baking powder, potato starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl with a whisk.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a mixer on low speed until combined, 6 to 8 minutes. Gradually mix in the vanilla and egg whites. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the maple syrup and half-and-half, mixing after each addition and ending with flour. Mix until the ingredients are just combined; do not overmix.
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (my own recipe)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • a splash of milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (SIFTED)
Using a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese and butter for 5 minutes until smooth.  Add milk, vanilla and maple extracts, mix thoroughly. Lower the speed to low as you slowly add the powered sugar. Continue to beat on medium for 5 minutes.  (You can add more milk for a thinner frosting.  For a thicker frosting, use less milk.)

Before the cupcakes go in the oven

After they are baked and iced

The photo I posted on instagram.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIAW #14

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Thanks as always to Jenn for such a great link up and congrats on the baby news!!!

Today's menu comes from Saturday evenings dinner:

Crockpot Chicken Ranch Tacos

Chicken breasts (I used 2 large)
One can of chicken stock (2 cups)
One packet of taco seasoning
One packet of ranch seasoning mix

Cook on low for about 6 hours until chicken is fall apart tender.  I took the chicken out of the crockpot and put in my Kitchen Aid mixer to shred the chicken evenly.  I decided to put the shredded chicken in the juice to give it more flavor.  Only problem came was that when putting the meat in the taco shells, they became a bit soggy.  I think I would skip on the putting the meat back into the juice.  

I put the shells on a baking sheets, filled with meat and cheese and placed in a 350 degree oven for a couple minute to warm the shells up and melt the cheese.

 In all, it came out great!  I used sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, a pico de gallo and some plain greek yogurt in mine.  

I give this recipe, 2 thumbs up!  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekend Recap

As always, I was ever thankful the weekend was here, but yet, the weekend just goes by WAYYYY to fast!

We spent the night hanging out on the couch.  I had every intention on starting laundry, starting to vacuum, sewing...yeah none of that happened.  In fact I can't even remember what we did exactly on Friday night, that's how thrilling it was.  I am pretty sure I was in bed by 9pm and asleep by 10pm at the latest.  I am such an old lady...

A view from my front door on Thursday afternoon

My car was covered in ice when I got home

We got so much snow!  This was Keeley on Monday morning when I took her out.

Morning time came around early for me, around 8am.  

For breakfast, I made us some Orange Rolls (soooooo delish, my favorite, thank you Pillsbury Dough Boy).  I also started a crockpot dinner, Chicken Ranch Tacos (so easy).  The dishes were done, the kitchen was cleaned and I even got some vacuuming done on the downstairs all before 10:30am!!  

For lunch I met up with my friend Ali and her son Sam at Chick-fil-A!  So yum!  We had a blast, Sam had the best time in the play place running around.  I got home that afternoon and begged Andy to finish painting the bathroom.  He started painting it about a month ago we just needed to do some touch up spots, paint where the light is and paint the toilet area.  Exciting, I know.  I even pitched in and helped, A LOT!  I think it came out great.  Reason being to get it finish, our permit for the basement to get finished it completed and ready to be picked up!!!  Which means the basement construction will begin soon!!!  YAY!!!  I am so excited to get this project going.  Which reminds me, I need to get before shots done.  I am never good at remembering to get the before shots, I always get after shots done.  :)   Dinner turned out so good!  I will be posting on Wednesday all about this, so stay tuned.  

Painted bathroom, ignore the painting supplies on the sink area

Target shopping was on the agenda for the evening and Andy even tagged along (he needed lunch food).  We perused a bit, hit up the Easter candy aisle (big mistake) and then I found mascara on clearance!  2 tubes of Maybelline on clearance for $4.98.  I had a Target coupon for a $1 off and a manufactures coupon for $1 off, SCORE!!  So in all, 2 tubes of mascara for $2.98 (a $1.49 each!!) It's not a bad mascara either, I like it.  So that's all that matters.  :) 

That morning Keeley decided she wanted to play early in the morning, she got in trouble by Andy for squeeking her toy while I slept.  Her punishment, not getting to lie in bed with me.  She was not a fan, but Andy gave in and let her in a while later.  I planned on my lunch date with my mom to El Maguey and our favorite, Target.  It was a MERRY TARGET WEEKEND!!  :)  Had a good time like always and I got to eat some very delicious Mexican food.  

Got home and got a comfy spot on the couch (so lazy, I know).  "Days of Thunder" was on CMT.  LOVE THAT MOVIE!!  It's an oldie and a goody!  We then headed over to Andy's parents house for dinner.  Pepper steak was on the menu, yum!  We brought Keeley over to play their dog Shadow.  Keeley totally got her exercise in, she passed out on the couch when we were over there.  

We left for home and gave her a bath first thing, so she is now a fresh and clean doggie.  :)  I got ready for bed at 8 (again, old lady) and watched the Oscar's.  Can I just say, BORING!!!  I think it is the most boring awards show there is.  I loved the Golden Globes, but the Oscars, SNOOZE FEST!  Smokey decided to join in on the Oscar snoozing cuddled up next to me.  My mom and I were texting each other during the show, it was fun and we both were having good laughs.  Most of the awards given, I had never heard of the movies!!  I will say that I did see "Argo" and I liked it.  It's about dang time a movie that wins the Oscar for Best Picture is an actual good movie.  I also saw "Silver Linings Play Book" which I thought was good but a little slow. I turned the TV off before the show was over, I was not about to stay up till 11pm to see who won, that's what the internet is for.  

Smokey gets comfy in my bed

Keeley decided she needed to share the chair with me, she is such a good "sharer"

Monday, February 25, 2013

5 for Five #9

Good Morning!

Let's get right to it, time to link up for my 5 for Five!
Thanks to Jenn and Jessica for this fabulous link up as always!!


Here's how I did last week at my goals:
{Green=goal reached, Red=goal not reached}

February 18-22

  1. Drink lots of water
  2. Don't overeat!!
  3. Keep working on my sewing project.  It's really starting to come together
  4. No stressing out (especially with this "bad" weather they are calling for on Thursday)
  5. Dinner at home every weeknight: (yes, veggies will be served with every meal)
    1. Monday - leftovers from Saturday night (I'll be posting about it this week)
    2. Tuesday - Shake n Bake Chicken
    3. Wednesday - Spaghetti
    4. Thursday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
    5. Friday - Chicken Patty's
2/5, UGH!!!
Ok, so I'm annoyed at my week of goals.  I didn't do so hot!  

~I had every desire to sew on Thursday after my half day of work (lots o snow and ice here), but got home and made a comfy spot on the couch.  
~No stressing out, HA!!  Yeah, that did happen especially on Thursday with all that snow and ice.  I wish I could have been better at keeping the stress at bay, but there were some people who were not helping me to not stress out, in fact they were making things worse for me.  ~Dinner at home every night, I would just like to quote the husband, "You should just make your goal be dinner at home 4/5 days a week, you totally would get the goal then......"  Thanks husband for that help.  

Ok, let's go to the new goals at hand, it's a new week and I can do this.  : )

February 25 - March 1

  1. Dinner at home 4 our of 5 nights this week.....(Ok husband, WE HAVE TO GET THIS GOAL!)
  2. Workout 2 times this week (major slacker over here on the working out...)
  3. Back to drinking lots o water, I may have drowned my sorrows in Diet Dr Pepper over the weekend...
  4. Clean the master bathroom (we painted over the weekend, need to clean up the paint spots we missed)
  5. Finish vacuuming the house (downstairs was completed on Saturday, upstairs still needs to be done)
Ok, I can do this!

Bring it on week, let me show you who is the boss around here.  

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fur-Babies Photos

Warning, photo overload coming your way!

I thought I would share in the photos I've taken of the animals the last 2 months.

Smokey all cuddled up on me

Smokey in the hammock on his tower, we have NEVER seen him in the hammock in the last year we've had this tower.

I love his blue eyes!

Mokes and me on the couch

Keeley likes to lay her head right next to mine on the couch

Keeley lying in bed with me

Mokes "helping" me sew, I say helping lightly...

Aww, Keeley cuddling with Andy

Both animals on the bed, but separated of course.  
Keeley can't look like she loves Mokes.  Haha!

These photos cracked me up, Smokey was patiently waiting for some vanilla bean ice cream.  

This is how Mokes loves to lay on me.

Smokey is covering his eyes, the TV was too bright for him.

Yes, I know.  These animals are so very loved and spoiled. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


The snowmageggon is coming, and its coming at a ferocious pace!!  

We're about ready to get hit with not only snow, but ICE!!  Ice is such a devil and the absolute WORST thing to drive over.  As of now, we're expected to get anywhere of 3-6" of snow and sleet, maybe more since I live more west.  I don't live close to work and drive a good 30+ miles to get here, so leaving early WILL be happening today.  To be honest, I'm not really sure why I even came in today, but oh well.  As of right now, we have nothing in the area.  I did get to see the sun rise, but the clouds are coming in and covering it up.

Saint Louis is notorious of the crazy weather situations.  A lot of the time, the weather is exaggerated and we hardly ever get what they say we will get.  Today, I think they are right.  So we shall see...

So here is my goal: stay at work until I see snow.  Once I see it falling, I'm outta here! 
I think I can hear my sewing machine calling my name....haha!
Dinner tonight: Grilled Cheese and Mater Soup (sounds so warm and delicious right now)

So for now, I will leave you in suspense to the fun storm that is about to hit us.  I should be back later today with an update of our winter wonderland.  :) 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday #3

Here's what I'm loving on this very cold and cloudy February 20, 2013!

I'm loving!!!  I heard on the radio the other morning that Toms will be on their site, and if you know me, you know that I LOVE ME SOME TOMS!!!  :) 

I'm loving the new Toms that I ordered for $23.99!  I purchased the Youth Natural Canvas Classics in size 5.5 (that's a 7.5 in women's).  I'm on the waiting list for the Ash and Black color.  Man oh man did they sell quickly!  I wasn't a fan on the color choices for women, but excited for the youth colors.

I'm loving that the house next to us is almost complete!  Found out the neighbors will be closing in two weeks!!  Yay for no more constructions workers all around us!  :) 

I'm loving that there is only 46 days left till the St Louis Cardinals home opener here at Busch Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds.

I'm loving my little family (of course) with Andy, Smokey and Keeley!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bad blogger

Hi to all!

First, I've got to say I'm sorry.  I know I've been a bad blogger lately, just nothing has come to mind to talk about.  I spend practically all day long at work on a computer, 5 days a week and when I get home, getting on the computer for some more time doesn't sound that thrilling.  Sorry.  :(  

I thought I would update you all with life:

The Weather 
BOO on you weather!  I am so ready for spring.  While I know I don't have much to complain about since it's been a pretty mild winter, I still miss the days of being able to walk Keeley around the neighborhood without freezing my hiney off!  I am hearing a winter storm is headed out way Thursday.  I believe it, because last Monday I took a sick day (was suffering from migraine's all night long and didn't get much sleep, so I stayed home).  So there fore, we will get a big storm that I will have to use another day off that I didn't really want to me.  I read that daylight savings time is March 10th!!  WOOHOOOO!!!  I cannot wait!  2 and a half more weeks. Bring on the spring weather.

The Fur-Babies
They are as awesome as ever!  I swear we hit the jackpot on the animals.  We really lucked out with how great they are (I know, I am totally biased) but still.  Saturday night it was around 10:30pm and I was on the couch just watching something random on TV, Keeley started whining wanting me to go to bed so she could lay with me.  Then Sunday morning it's around 11am (yes lazy) she whining again, wanting me to get up and go downstairs.  She loves it when we are home and loves her routines.  Smokey is too funny, once he finds his comfy spot, he will stay for hours on end.  Last night, it was cuddled next to me from 11pm to 5am.  LOVE THE CUDDLES!

The House
We submitted plans to the city to finish our basement, which I am so excited for!!  Of course it will be the man cave, but I am thrilled to have that basement finished!  We should hear back soon if our plans were accepted or not, I would assume they would.  Once we get approval, Andy and his dad will begin the task of making our basement a movie room/office for Andy.  I know he is really looking forward to it.  We also plan on getting a screen door for the garage to the kitchen so we can let more light and air in during those beautiful spring days.  I am so looking forward to windows open in the house again!!  We also need to paint the upstairs hallway, but I think that will be put on hold until next winter.  One project at a time.  :) Our bathroom is almost done being painted.  Andy has had to work for the past 2 weekends and painting is not on his fun list when he has to work.  I don't blame him!

The house next door to us should be done in the next month which I am so looking forward too.  I am tired of the construction trucks in front of our house and them leaving messes all over the place.  In fact I am so looking forward to our street being done.  I think there is 3 more lots left and they are gone for good!! Woohoo!!

I have started a new sewing project.  I am making a quilt for our living room.  I found the inspiration from pinterest.  I spent a good majority of the time working on it over the weekend.  When I get going on a project I dont want to stop it.  The problem is, I have bad motivation in cutting the fabric.  I am too much of a perfectionist when it comes to cutting and of course, I can't cut a straight line.  I will say, my cutting skills are getting much better and I am working on my patience.  :) 

I can't believe that February is almost over and March is right around the corner!  In no time it will be my birthday, Easter at the end of March, Andy and I will travel to Wisconsin in May, and we will celebrate our one year wedding anniversary!  It seems like just yesterday that we got married.