Tuesday, December 18, 2012

S'mores Cupcakes

 Ok, you'll have to excuse the excess of cupcake pictures.  This may be one of the best cupcake recipes I've tried!  It is a S'mores cupcake; graham cracker crust, chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, all topped off with a meringue.  Umm hello, how awesome does that sound?!
 Just look at that fluffy cupcake and lovely graham crust!
 The recipe calls for torching the meringue but I don't have a kitchen torch so I tossed some graham crumbs on top
 I think it looks lovely


Is that not a beautiful cupcake?  I can assure you it tastes just as good as it looks!

In case you're wondering, this is the recipe I used

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Back splash project

You may remember from a few posts back, my back splash project
A few pictures to refresh your memory

Here is our bright, new, modern back splash!
We just finished grouting it tonight
Next up is some caulking, the under-cabinet lighting (woohoo!) and paint touch ups.  So far I'm really happy with the tile!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The holidays are upon us!

And that only means one thing:  I will go crazy with the baking!  So be prepared for a whole slew of updates in the coming weeks as I have many holiday parties to attend and will obviously be baking some ridiculously awesome stuff!  In the meantime, I've been terrible about updating so here's some stuff:

 We smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving and it was pretty awesome!
 We also helped my parents remove their old hot tub in preparation for the new one.  We are serious about relaxing on holidays ;-)
 The chef and our turkey!
 I made a pumpkin pecan praline pie that was pretty awesome
Moving on...
 When we got our counter tops replaced, the installers accidentally broke our backsplash.  We weren't too heartbroken as we planned on replacing it at some point anyway.  Well, I finally decided to tackle the grimy backsplash
 I removed the massive spice-rack and found even grimier tile...gross
 And the underside of the cabinet had a thick layer of goo on it...
 Most of the tile came off relatively easily except for the spot where the drywall is currently missing.  The tile took the drywall with it so I had to patch the wall.
I have the wall all patched, mudded, and primed.  It's ready for tile!  Alex has swapped out all the old, grimy, discolored outlets for me.  We hope to tile this weekend!
and a cute picture of Strauss for good measure ;-)

So check back soon for baking updates...the baking will begin in a few days