Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Happy birthday & ENGAGEMENT to ME!!!

mississippi mud cupcakes
I'M ENGAAAAAGED!!!! After 3 long years of patient & silent waiting...ok maybe I wasn't always so patient or silent...but Will finally popped the question! It was the sweetest thing, and I was so surprised. Will got up with Claire and told me I could sleep in, and then a few minutes later Claire was standing by the side of my bed shoving the ring in my face saying, "mommy, will you marry daddy?" I was in shock (Will swears I looked scared) and I turned around to Will who was sitting on the bed next to me. He very sweetly took my hand & asked me to marry him, and then I very sweetly demanded that he get down on his knee and ask me again...and then I said yes!!!

He proposed 2 days before my birthday, so I've had an awesome couple of days celebrating my birthday and engagement. Yesterday my girlfriends and I got pedicures, went wedding dress shopping, and had a delicious dinner at Scotty Browns followed by some scrumptious cupcakes made my yours truly. I went with another Confessions of a Cookbook Queen recipe. I found this recipe a few weeks ago when a friend recommended I make Mississippi Mud cupcakes. I had never heard of Mississippi Mud cake, but apparently it's a pretty big deal on the East coast. I found a few different recipes, but this one was the best. I made half or them with pecans on top, and half w/ an oreo cookie at the bottom of each cupcake & oreo crumbles on top. Both variations were delish! I don't have any leftover to share, but I will definitely be making these again.

mississippi mud cupcakes w/ pecans
mississippi mud w/ oreos

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card

Click on this link for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card and a Nestle Drumstick prize pack. After you enter, stay awhile and check out her blog. Caution: do not read if you are at work, or the library, or a quiet coffee shop...or anywhere else where it might be embarrassing to LOL :)

Cap'n Crunch Cupcakes w/ Peanut Butter Marshmallow Frosting

I know I've been kind of a slacking with my blog posts lately, but I promise I've been busy baking cupcakes. Last week I baked a batch of chocolate mini cupcakes w/ pink cream cheese frosting for a baby shower. I made a few of them look like baby rattles by inserting a lollipop stick w/ a gumdrop attached to the bottom and adding a pink bow around the middle. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but you can only imagine how adorable they were!

I also baked a batch of chocolate raspberry cupcakes w/ raspberry buttercream frosting for one of my co-workers who needed them for a potluck. Again, no pictures, but I recently made chocolate raspberry cupcakes w/ a swiss meringue buttercream frosting and they looked very similar.

chocolate raspberry cupcakes
w/ swiss meringue buttercream frosting

My last post was about a new blog I stumbled upon called Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Yesterday I decided to try out one of her cupcake recipes. I made Cap'n Crunch cupcakes w/ peanut butter marshmallow frosting. Words cannot express how delicious they were. The frosting is very similar to the frosting I use when I make peanut butter high hats, but those are dipped in melted chocolate. The peanut butter marshmallow frosting on its own is so light and fluffy it melts in your mouth. I surprisingly have a few left over and if I don't eat them all while I'm home today I will donate them to trivia night tonight at Boston's. If you don't have plans this evening get yourself over to Boston's at 8pm for happy hour, trivia, and a chance to win some of these yummy cap'n crunch cupcakes!

cap'n crunch cupcakes
w/ peanut butter marshmallow frosting

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

I was browsing the web today for some fun Mother's Day cupcake ideas and I stumbled upon this blog called Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. Not only do the recipes look mouthwatering, her stories are hilarious! I spent just as much time LOLing as I did drooling on my keyboard. I can't wait to try out some of her cupcake recipes. I especially can't wait to make these! I don't care if Will thinks they taste like chocolate covered toothpaste, peppermint patties are the best!