Saturday, June 22, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons

This is my last week at home before I head off to camp for the majority of the summer! Woohoo! Any of you who have been to or worked at Winkler Bible Camp know what a party it is, so needless to say I'm a little excited! I'm pumped to see God work in the lives of all the children and staff alike!

But before I head off I would like to get a few more posts in! So here's a recent one for ya!

One of the teachers at my high school has become a loyal customer of mine (thank you, Mr. Toews!). This time around his wife ordered some lemon cupcakes for a 30th birthday celebration. The icing, more like whipped cream, for these cupcakes is to die for! I couldn't stop licking it off the spoon!

For your baking pleasure, here's the recipe!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
*Pre-heat the oven to 375*
*Mix the flour and salt in a bowl
*In another bowl, beat the butter (and say that ten times fast) and sugar until light and fluffy
*Beat the eggs one at a time into the butter mixture, mix in the vanilla and lemon zest
*Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add the milk and lemon juice. Beat until just incorporated.
*Fill cupcake tin and bake for 17 minutes
  • 2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
*Beat the cream until it begins to thicken
*Add the icing sugar and lemon juice and beat until soft peaks form (about 5 minutes)
*Spread over cooled cupcakes and lick the rest out of the bowl.


For the toppers for these cupcakes, I used some colored chocolate wafers and just piped them into "30's" and "k's."

When I had enough to decorate all 24 cupcakes, plus a few extra in case of breakage (which did happen) I piped some dots to use on a later project....or just eat....because let's face it chocolate wafers are too good to not eat.

And when all was said and done I couldn't have been happier about making a few extra cupcakes...


Enjoy the sunshine,

Friday, June 14, 2013

Some Sugar for you, Sugar.

Ahh it's been far too long since I've been here chatting with you lovely folks. So here's the deal: cookie Friday.Yes.
People make cookies on Thursday and hand them out to other people on Friday. It's fantastic. I had the best intentions of making a huge cookie Friday post with all the cookies I've made for this event...and then my camera decided that was a bad idea and deleted all my cookie pictures. Darn.
But here's an old adventure I didn't get around to posting until now!

First of all, if you don't like sushi...get out. Now.

Just jokes, please stay. But really, once you've had good sushi you'll be hooked, I promise. And if not (there's probably something wrong with you, first off), maybe you'll like this version of sushi.

Candy Sushi.

My mother found this recipe in the Readers Digest a while ago, and I made sure to save it so I could experiment with it. And that's just what my sister and I did.

The actual recipe can be found here, or you can just kinda do your own thing.

Basically you wanna get some fruit leather, or fruit roll ups. With the fruit roll ups you'll need to line up several stripes to get one roll, but it worked for me.

We used a Ziploc bag for a rolling matt to make the process easier.

You'll also need to whip up a batch of rice krispies and some candy (stuff like gummy worms and licorice).

Alright, so once you've got the fruit rolls laid out, put a scoop of rice krispies on top of it, you'll figure out portions and stuff as you do it.

And than you want to put some candies on top of the rice krispies.
And than start rolling it up!
Taa daa! It's just that simple.

Proceed to chop it into bite sized pieces and shove the left over candy in your mouth.

I'm gonna give you all a warning before you run off and make this...the sugar will hit you eventually! You can practically taste the pure sugar when you eat this....but you only live once, right?
Go out and do something fantastic today! Enjoy,