Smores Cupcakes- Attempt 1 and 2

August 31, 2010

I have been wanting to experiment with making Smores cupcakes for a while but I just did not have an occasion worth trying them for, until two weeks ago for my book club meeting. I decided to make a graham cracker cupcake with a dark chocolate ganache and then a toasted marshmallow on top. After some over filling with spillage, and a breakdown involving me crying in the kitchen floor, they turned out being fine but just did not say Smores to me. Well, my meeting got postponed and so I ended up taking them to a friends birthday cookout, I had a chance to try another method.

I ended up making a different graham cracker cupcake batter and filling the bottom of the liners and then making a chocolate batter for the top. I made milk chocolate ganache this time, a graham cracker crumble topping and toasted marshmallow to top it off again. I loved the way the cupcake itself turned out, but it still did not say Smores to me. This sounds like an ongoing experiment to me.

Cake Decorating: Take 3

August 21, 2010

Here is my final cake for my cake decorating cake. It is a lemon cake with a lemon buttercream frosting. I think it turned out really pretty and I love the fact that I know how to make the roses. Growing up my sisters and I always fought about who got to get the roses on our birthday cakes and so now, the fact that I can make them on my own just tickles me. Do you think I improved? Feel free to go back and take a look at Take 1 and Take 2.

Date Night Dinner- Moroccan Salmon

August 15, 2010

This week for our date night dinner we made moroccan salmon, grilled asparagus, and grilled mexican corn. The salmon was the only new thing we made this week and it was really good and really easy. In fact, there was extra sauce and Ben is excited to try it on chicken tomorrow.

I decided to make a drink to go with our meal and I figured I would try something super summery since in a few weeks, summer is technically over. I found this recipe for sweet tea mojitos. The only difference is that we used tequila rather than rum since we had it in the house. It was really good and refreshing.....exactly what I was looking for!

For dessert we had toasted pound cake with citrus cream.

Everything was really easy (I do not do complicated) and really yummy. Perfect summery date night!

Eating in for Date Night

August 13, 2010

Over the past couple of years we have had to watch our money with this darn economy. One of the first luxuries we had to cut were eating out. I hated this because I looked forward every week to enjoying a night out with my husband. Over the past couple of months we started to re-institute date night in a different way, by cooking something really good here at home. During the week we tend to eat something super quick because by the time we get home from work, go to the gym and get back, it is too late to actually cook anything. Therefore, cooking something special on the weekends make its really special. Below are some of the meals we have made recently.

Salmon with savory blueberry sauce, red potatoes and roasted asparagus.
Caprese Steak with steamed green beans and baked potato
Thai turkey burgers, yellow rice and mexican grilled corn
Salmon with Guacamole Salad and mexican grilled corn (we loved this) and peach cobbler
We actually made this last meal with steak the next day. We marinated the steak in garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice and worcestershire sauce and it was so good with the guacamole salad and corn.

This weekend just brings a new meal. I will let you know how that turns out.

Cake Decorating: Take 2

August 6, 2010

It has been a while since I posted my first cake from my cake decorating class (Cake Decorating: Take 1 ). This was week 2, a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. This week in class we experimented with a few new decorating tips and by the time we got to decorating our cakes class was almost over. So this was done at the end of the class quite quickly trying to use all the things we had just learned in class. It is still pretty but not my favorite.

Just wait until you see the cake from week 3. I think it more than makes up for this one being a little plain.