September 24, 2011

Just a collection of some of my fave funnies from around the internet.....enjoy! :)



September 21, 2011

This is what I came home to in our closet today.

And then someone showed up and tried to give me his best pitiful "I'm Sorry" face.

Looks like I'll be buying some new slippers this weekend. :)

Brown Sugar Cupcakes w/ Brown Butter Frosting

September 19, 2011

Last night I tried out a new recipe for brown sugar cupcakes. I think the big difference in these vs. other cupcakes is the buttermilk. It adds a little something special! The frosting gets a nice flavor from the browned butter too. 

Here's the cast of characters for the cupcakes: Eggs, Baking Powder, AP Flour, Salt, Brown Sugar, and Buttermilk (Not pictured: Stick O' Butter)

Here's what your cupcake batter looks like after mixing it all together. Fill your cupcakes about 3/4 full then bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. ( I did 25.)

Fresh out of the oven! Let these cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the frosting.

This is the color your butter should be after cooking it over medium heat for about 10 minutes, kind of an amber color.

Mix in the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Frost your cooled cupcakes and you're done! The original recipe called for a dip and swirl method of frosting but that did NOT work out well for me. I just went ahead and frosted them the old-fashioned way with a butter knife. :)

Brown Butter Cupcakes w/ Brown Butter Frosting adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error

For the cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened

1 cup + 2 tbsp light brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

6 tbsp buttermilk

For the frosting:

1/2 stick butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 325F and line the muffin tins with paper liners.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

Mix in baking powder and salt, alternate adding flour and buttermilk until everything is incorporated.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes and then remove. Cool completely before frosting.

While waiting for the cupcakes to cool, make the frosting. Start by melting the butter over medium heat in a pan that is NOT nonstick. Cook until the butter turns a nutty amber color, 6-10 minutes. Pour off the browned butter (avoid getting the burnt black sediment in the bowl) into a glass or heat proof bowl. Add the sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes once they are completely cooled.

Catching Up

September 17, 2011

It has been a CRAZY busy couple of weeks. I've been busy with florist meetings, pre-marriage classes, baby showers, and ISU being awesome at football. :) Time to play catch up! I went to Fort Dodge last weekend for the lovely Nicole's baby shower. She is a good friend and a bridesmaid in our wedding and is having a baby girl in October. So much excitement!

 Baby Girl's gift

I love the little baby toys! Harry thought it was his to play with, sorry buddy!

The gorgeous mommy-to-be! Her shower was at an adorable tea room, so fun!

This is a GREAT book, can't put it down. It's loosely based on the life of Laura Bush.

Pre-marriage class binder! We meet every Tuesday for the next 5 weeks, pretty fun so far!

My mom and I also went to the Little Big Town concert at Hoyt Sherman Thursday night. They were amazing, lots of pics and some video to come!

Love List: Week of 9/4

September 4, 2011

Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Pink Blossom. I got this for my b'day from my bestie Liz and it is awesome. It does the work of being a moisturizing chapstick AND gives you a pretty pink color. 

In love with this dress by Oscar de la Renta. Clearly can't afford it though, maybe I can find a cute knock-off?

Glitter manicure, how cute is this?

These Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp bars are a perfect snack when you have a chocolate craving in the afternoon, without being TOO bad for you. Really yummy too!

Found this online, makes me laugh EVERY time.

Last but not least, love starting football season with a win for ISU! Go State!

Just some housekeeping....

September 1, 2011

My blog officially has its own domain name, so now you can visit to find me!

Update your bookmarks and favorites! :)
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