Wordless Wednesday…

I can’t talk too much today…because I’m too busy eating these…

 

These are the cupcakes we bought for my boss’s birthday.  This gesture was about 87% selfish…because if it wasn’t we probably would have taken him out to lunch or something.  Instead, we are eating the most delicious cupcakes ever.  This was a much better decision.

Now, please excuse me…I have to get back to my salty caramel cupcake.  It’s much to hard to eat and type at the same time.

**If you are near a Sprinkles…you must go out and get some.  This might be the best cupcake I’ve ever eaten.

I’m almost ready for Cupcake Wars…

I love to bake, but I don’t do it very often.  I usually only bake for an occassion or a holiday.  However, I’ve been watching a lot of baking shows and eating a lot of overpriced cupcakes lately and I got an urge to start baking. 

I also picked up this snazzy little tool on sale over the weekend. 

Of course, I had to use it the second I got it home.  So I decided to whip up some peanut butter and jelly cupcakes…

I used a vanilla cake recipe that I’d never tried before and I thought they were a little dry.  I filled them with raspberry preserves and topped them with a chocolate peanut butter frosting.  Aside from the dry cake, they were pretty good.  I brought them to work and the disappeared quickly.  Everyone said they tasted like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…which is what I was trying to do.  Now I just have to work on my frosting technique…

I also made J some mini cupcakes with a simple chocolate frosting. 

These came out really dry.  I think I might have overcooked them.  Ooops.  J’s been eating them anyway, but he has reminded me each time that they are too dry. 

Last night I decided to try something a little more difficult.  I made macarons. 

If you’ve never had them…they are sort of like meringue cookies, except they have almond flour in them, so they are a little more dense.  They are so good…crispy and chewy and really light.  The white one are filled with Nutella and the pink ones with raspberry.  They were work and they take a long time to make because you have to let them set between mixing and baking.  But they are worth the work.  Especially since they are supposedly really expensive to buy.  UPDATE: Here is a link to the recipe I followed.  It’s got pictures of every step and it’s really easy to follow.

I’ve been bringing everything in to work because I can’t have all these sweets in my house while I’m trying to diet.  I’ve been getting pretty positive reactions from everyone.  One of my co-workers just ate a cookie and called me and said “Mmmmmm” and then hung up.  That is my favorite part of baking…watching everyone enjoy the goodness.

J’s going out tonight so I’m going to be home alone and I’m trying to decide what to whip up next.  I think I might try Salt’s chocolate chip cookies.  Any other suggestions?

Seriously???

Sometimes J is a really thoughtful and considerate guy.  You know, when he wants to be. 

When we first started dating we took a trip to Disney.  I mentioned, while we were walking around, that I thought this Minnie Mouse statue was really cute.  Later that night he pretended to go to the bathroom, ran back to the store, bought the statue, took it to the car to hide it, packed it in his suitcase and gave it to me for my birthday when we got home.  Very sweet.

A few weeks ago, he drove half an hour out of his way, past 10 different restaurants, to take me to Friendly’s because he knew I really wanted an ice cream sundae. 

He does little things like that all the time because he is a nice guy and he loves me.  However, sometimes he can be a total pain in the ass!

Earlier tonight, J had to go out.  On his way out I asked him to do two things: drop the Netflix movies in the mail and pick up Hostess cupcakes on his way home, as I was having a craving and he was going to be passing a Hostess store.  He agreed to both, kissed me and left.

As I walked into the kitchen to get a drink, I noticed the movies still laying on the table.  Then he came home…no cupcakes.  His excuse for the cupcakes…”I didn’t know what kind you liked.”  Seriously???  We’ve been together for 9 years and you don’t know that I like plain old Hostess cupcakes?  Bull.  He just didn’t want to get out of the car. 

To top the night off perfectly, J took a shower and jumped into bed while I was cleaning up his dinner and taking the dogs out.  By the time I got upstairs he was sprawled across the bed and the dogs were laying on my side.  Now all three of them are sound asleep with the tv blaring and he is snoring so loud that the headboard is vibrating.  I am squished onto a tiny sliver of matress with two 60 pound dogs laying across my legs!

I swear, I love him, but at times like this I want to smother him with a pillow.  I mean, is it so hard to just bring home the damn cupcakes?  Because, cupcakes make a lot of things easier to take.  If I was laying here, enjoying the fudgy goodness, I might be able to tune out the snoring.  Instead, I’m going to have to poke him in the shoulder every few minutes!

Wow – I guess I’m a little cranky tonight!  I hope everyone else is having a good night.