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Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

20 Apr

We are having a wonderful, busy Saturday.  We have been doing stuff around the house today and are just waiting on it to warm up a bit more so we can head outside.

Jason is outside already cleaning up from the awful storms we had last night.  I can hear the chainsaw running-we had several limbs down this morning.  We had to drive to Greensboro last night for a birthday party and had one of the scariest experiences of our lives.  It was storming terribly and we suddenly hit a wall of wind and rain.  Jason slowed down to about 5 miles per hour, but could barely keep the truck on the road.  There were tree limbs hitting the windshield and Jason said, “I think we’re in a tornado.  I don’t know what to do.” I told him to just keep going and maybe we would just drive out of it, so that’s what we did.  When we finally did drive out of the worst part of the storm, Jason pulled over on the side of the road.  I said, “Don’t stop now!  We need to get away from whatever it is!”  The whole time I was praying, “God, just be with us right now.”  I looked back at the kids and their eyes were so big! By the time we returned home we didn’t have power, but it turned back on around 2 this morning.  I am so thankful for those men who work on our power lines on rainy, dark nights!

We are having a baby shower at my church tomorrow afternoon and I decided to make a wreath for a decoration and gift for Chloe, the mommy-to-be.  I think it turned out quite nicely.  Make sure you check out our facebook page if you would like to order one!

This will be so cute on the door of our fellowship hall!

This will be so cute on the door of our fellowship hall!

I also made these tasty chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with white chocolate frosting.  The recipe is from my Cake Mix Doctor book and I changed it a little. They are not too sweet so you can eat at least a dozen at a time!

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes.  You are also getting a sneak peek of our new paint colors!

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes. You are also getting a sneak peek of our new paint colors!

Here’s the recipe in case you want to try these for yourself:

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

1 package chocolate cake mix

3 tbs. cocoa powder

1 1/3 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. vegetable oil (I used canola)

3 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 tbs. all-purpose flour

Mix all of these ingredients together until well blended.  Pour into the pan of your choice (I used mini cupcake liners in a mini cupcake pan).  Bake at 350 degrees until done (the mini cupcakes take 16 mins).

White Chocolate Frosting

6 oz white chocoate, melted and cooled slightly

8 oz cream cheese at room temp.

4 tbs. (1/2 stick) butter at room temp.

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 c. confectioners sugar

Mix the butter and cream cheese until combined.  Add the melted white chocolate and blend on low for 30 secs.  Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and blend until fluffy, about 1 min more.

These cupcakes are very rich and not too sweet, and would make really great muffins for breakfast if you added some chocolate chips and didn’t add the icing.  That’s my kind of breakfast!

Symphony Brownies

10 Mar

We are having a potluck lunch at my church tomorrow to celebrate a member of our church turning 94 (wow!) and to welcome our new interim pastor and his wife.  I always enjoy spending time with the wonderful members of my church family so I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

I spent a little time cooking today so I would have less to do in the morning.  It is always a mad rush for us all to get ready and dressed up and out the door in time for Sunday School, so the less I have to do in the morning, the better.  Especially considering the fact that time changes tonight, so we’ll all probably be a bit sluggish in the morning.

I made Symphony Brownies this morning (with the help of my little assistant, Maddie).

She is going to be a genius in the kitchen!

She is going to be a genius in the kitchen!

Symphony Brownies have been one of my go-to desserts for years now.  My mom originally found the recipe from Paula Dean, and we both use it quite often. I have made a few changes over time and think I have finally perfected the recipe!

Symphony Brownies

2 boxes Duncan  Hines Brownie Mix (I prefer the triple chocolate chunk)

3 eggs (2 if you like a more cake-like brownie)

2/3 cup canola oil

2/3 cup of brewed coffee

2 Symphony Bars with Toffee (in the blue and white packaging)

Mix the brownie mix, eggs, oil, and coffee just until blended.  Spread half of the mix into a 9×13 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Break up the candy bars into chunks and layer it on top of the brownie mix.  Top this with the other half of the mix.  Cook at 350 for about 45-50 mins.  This takes awhile to cook because it is so thick, so make sure that you check it by sticking a knife or toothpick into it to check for doneness.  I like mine rather gooey, so you may want to cook yours for longer if you would like your brownies more cake-like.

This is the real reason Maddie likes to help out in the kitchen so much!

This is the real reason Maddie likes to help out in the kitchen so much!

Charlie came in to get a little taste.

Charlie came in to get a little taste.

Mixing the Ingredients

Mixing the Ingredients

The 2nd layer-you may want to buy an extra candy bar to eat!

The 2nd layer-you may want to buy an extra candy bar to eat!

Yummy Goodness-so good when they're hot out of the oven

Yummy Goodness-so good when they’re hot out of the oven

I hope these make it to lunch tomorrow!

I hope these make it to lunch tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for V-Day!

13 Feb

Good afternoon, everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great day in spite of this nasty weather we are having.  I am having a wonderful day because I have just discovered that there is a Dunkin Donuts in Siler City!  YES.  You heard me correctly.  They make them there every morning at the Hess gas station, and it is so wonderful.  When you walk in the gas station, it is warm and light and clean and full of the wonderful smell of fresh dough and sugar and coffee.  I was a little upset at first that I am just now finding out about this.  I mean, why has no one told me?  Anyway, it is now my mission to let everyone know that there is a Dunkin Donuts in Siler City and you can go there and get some of the best, freshest doughnuts that you will ever have in your life.  I bought a dozen of the Valentine’s doughnuts, but just know that I will be going back for some of the doughnut holes and giant muffins that I saw.  And to everyone who did not tell me about this: you should be ashamed of yourself. Thank goodness that Mama had surgery, because one of her friends brought her some doughnuts and informed me of Dunkin Donuts’ presence in our itty-bitty town!

Pink Hearts filled with Boston Creme-we had these for dessert after lunch

Pink Hearts filled with Boston Creme-we had these for dessert after lunch

Chocolate filled with brownie-for later

Chocolate filled with brownie-for later

After we got home from our doughnut run, the Charlie and I finished up our Valentines for storytime tomorrow.  I found this excellent site through Pinterest where you can print out Valentines cards that have a great Bible verse on them.  Isn’t God’s love the greatest love of all?  What a great opportunity to share his love with our friends!  Here’s the site:

rachelwojo.com/goodies/

We just printed out the cards she offers, cut them out and glued them on some scrapbook paper, signed Charlie and Maddie’s names on the back, and tied them onto little bags of Sweethearts.  It turned out so cute and we hardly spend any money.

cute little bags of Sweethearts

cute little bags of Sweethearts

Gluing the cards

Gluing the cards

They turned out really cute

They turned out really cute

We also made some cards for Jason.  The kids did some painting.  I tried to get their handprints on the cards, but they just ended up as  abstract art!

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Have a great Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Chocolate Pretzel Sticks

12 Feb

As part of my secret conspiracy to turn Mama into a stay-at-home Gaga so I can have a convenient babysitter to watch the kids while I spend my days more leisurely, I gave into Mama’s whim to do a “project” with the kids and make chocolate covered pretzels for Valentine’s Day.  She has been asking me to buy the ingredients for a few days, so I finally picked everything up yesterday and took the children over to Mama’s this morning to spend the morning creating with Gaga.

We really did have fun making simple, yummy pretzel rods covered in sprinkles.  All we did was melt some vanilla quik candy in the microwave, dip some long pretzel rods in the candy, then cover them in candy sprinkles.  The kids had their own separate plates and all of the broken pretzel pieces, so anyone who does happen to receive one of these from us doesn’t have to worry about catching their colds!

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Charlie took his pretzel-making duties very seriously!

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

Maddie enjoying some of the salty sweet yumminess.

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Little hands hard at work.

Little hands hard at work.

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Finished product!  Chocolate covered pretzel rods.  They are so good!

Finished product! Chocolate covered pretzel rods. They are so good!

So we had a great morning with Gaga.  I don’t think I will be able to convince her to retire, though. It seems the world is working against me…