Trying something new.

Happy Sunday Funday readers,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend celebrating our wonderful countries birthday.  I know that I did.

Today, I was inspired to do something new and creative.  I was inspired by not only my awesome boyfriend but I was also lounging around this morning (coffee in tow) watching Julia and Julia.  I loved the fact that she decided to blog about her one year of trying out Julia Childs recipe book.
So…I have come to the conclusion that I am going to blog once a week, every Sunday, about either a new recipe that we have tried, new projects that we have decided to make for our new home, new decor (where and how much the item was) for our home, and all sorts of other things.  I will post pictures, links and step by step instructions for anything we do.

I will also be posting some other cool new recipes and ideas that I found on pinterest.

To start it off, I will be posting about a new art project that my boyfriend is working on for his man cave.  I hope that you guys will love it as much as I do.

xoxo H

Shirley Temple Cocktail Cupcakes

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The non-alcoholic Shirley Temple cocktail has a reputation for being super sweet, so it’s no surprise that it translates well into cupcake form. I also really like the grown-up Shirley Temple Black cocktail, which has all the ingredients of the original version, but with a shot of Kahlua (or Campari. Or dark rum, some would argue). So, I decided to make these cupcakes both ways.

The cute little bows on top of the cupcakes are plastic ring birthday party favors. I think they make adorable toppers for Shirley Temple cupcakes. To differentiate the two cupcake flavors, I gave the non-alcoholic cupcakes a pink bow and the Kahlua-flavored cupcakes a black bow.

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Yield: 15 cupcakes
Prep: 40 minutes, total time about 1 hour 30 minutes

This recipe is written assuming that you want to make both Shirley Temple and Shirley Temple Black cupcakes. If you want to make an entire batch of original cocktail Shirley Temple cupcakes, just replace the Kahlua with grenadine, and for an entire batch of Shirley Temple Black cupcakes, vice-versa. I like to give my cupcakes a stately crown of frosting but not everybody is into that much on one cupcake. Feel free to half the Grenadine Buttercream recipe.

Cake:
1/2 cup/113g butter softened
1 cup/200g granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups/ 223g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup/122g sour cream
1/2 cup/ 4 oz. Sprite soft drink or ginger-ale
1/4 cup grenadine
1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Line one cupcake pan with 12 paper liners and another cupcake pan with three liners. I used 8 pink liners for the regular Shirley Temple cupcakes and 7 black liners for the Shirley Temple Black cupcakes. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup Sprite soda and 1/2 cup sour cream (mixture will fizz and bubble a little).  Add flour and Sprite mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  3. Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup level measures of batter.  Bake for 17-22 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely. When cupcakes are cool, fill a flavor injecting syringe with roughly 1 teaspoon of grenadine. Place the needle in the center of a cupcake and push the plunger as you gently pull the needle up and out of the cupcake.  Repeat with 7 more cupcakes. Wash the syringe and repeat process with Kahlua and remaining cupcakes. Set cupcakes aside while you make the frosting.

Grenadine butter-cream:
 1 lb/452g of unsalted butter, softened
2 lbs (one 32 oz. bags/ 453g) confectioners’ sugar
3-4 tablespoons grenadine, or more to taste
Milk or heavy cream, if needed
15 maraschino cherries
White nonpareils for sprinkling

  1. Mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Begin mixing on low speed until crumbly and then increase to high and beat for 5 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the grenadine 1 tablespoon at a time; add more grenadine to taste if desired. Beat frosting again for another 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and mix again on the highest setting for 3 minutes.
  2. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is piping consistency.  Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake in two large swirls and top each with a maraschino cherry. Sprinkle over the white nonpareils.
  3. Store cupcakes loosely covered in plastic wrap or in a plastic cupcake-keeper.

Shirley Temple cocktail recipe with variation
Yield: 1 serving

6 oz. lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite (can use ginger-ale)
1 1/2 tablespoons grenadine
Maraschino cherry for garnish

  1. Pour the lemon-lime soda into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Add grenadine. Garnish with a cherry and a fancy straw.  Stir drink just before sipping.

Shirley Temple Black variation: Add  1 to 2 oz. Kahlua and an additional cherry.

Caramel Cappuccino with Pumpkin Whipped Cream

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It is now that time of year when you are able to switch out your iced coffees for the decadent hot coffee to help keep you warm.  Most of my fellow bloggers have probably already made their way over to the steaming hot coffee, but here in Florida it is just now time to start making our way on over.

It is still fall here in Florida (although it feels like a blizzard is passing through), so being the basic white girls that we are we of course have to have pumpkin in our daily diet (I mean it only happens once a year).  This delicious Caramel Cappuccino with Pumpkin Whipped Cream is to die for and is a fall must for my fellow bloggers.

Overview:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving, plus extra topping

Tools:
Cappuccino maker (Keurig Rivo Mixer is a top of the market maker)
Glass Mug

Ingredients:
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)

Caramel Cappuccino
2 teaspoons caramel ice cream topping
1 shot freshly-brewed espresso (1.4 ounces)
1/2 cup whole milk, frothed
3 tablespoons pumpkin whipped cream
Cinnamon to garnish (if desired)

Instructions:
1. Pour cream into bowl of stand mixer; add sugar. Beat on medium-high until soft peaks form, about 1-2 minutes.
2. Add pumpkin puree, beat for 1 minute more
3. Spoon caramel sauce into the bottom of a large glass mug. Brew espresso directly into mug according to machine directions. Stir immediately until caramel is melted and blended into the espresso.
4. Froth milk according to machine directions, and pour over espresso-caramel mix.
5. Gently spoon Pumpkin Whipped Cream on top of foam. Sprinkle with cinnamon (if desired).

Hope this delicious drink is able to keep you warm and your taste buds satisfied! I would love to hear feedback and how you’re staying warm this cold and chilly fall/winter.

Happy Sipping,
H!

20 Reasons your BFF is better than your BF!

  1. You get to share clothes.
  2. She’ll help you when you have a bad hair day, your bf probably won’t even notice.
  3. She’ll help you come up with the perfect text when you don’t know how to reply to his.
  4. She knows make-up, he won’t know the difference between your smokey eye or your all natural look (well hopefully, and if he knows the difference or the names then you should rethink this).
  5. He won’t dance around with you to bat shit crazy music while getting ready to go out like your best friend will.
  6. You don’t always have to look your best when you’re with your BFF.
  7. You don’t have to use manners while with your best friend.
  8. You don’t have to filter your mouth when you’re with your BFF.
  9. He won’t have lipgloss when you need it the most.
  10. You can’t try out new Pinterest make-up and hair ideas on him.
  11. You can’t tell your BF when you think your waiter is cute.
  12. He won’t tell you when you look like crap, but your best friend will.
  13. He probably won’t make a pic collage of your best and worst photos for your birthday and post it on Insta for everyone to see.
  14. He will never understand the power of the monogram.
  15. He will never want to go get his nails done with you.
  16. He will never understand how addicting Target really is for women, especially the dollar section.
  17. He won’t understand the obsession with Victoria Secret’s bathing suits.
  18. He won’t know which designer is which.
  19. Your BFF will never think twice about having a sappy love story movie date with you filled with ice cream, brownie trains, and coffee.
  20. Your BFF will always be there for you, even when your BF is not.