Archive | December, 2010

Christmas Cupcakes Galore!

23 Dec

On Sunday I decided to bake my day away.  I baked four different types of cupcakes, then decorated, packaged, and delivered them to my friends for a little holiday treat.  The cupcakes were as follows:  red velvet with cream cheese frosting, old fashioned vanilla with vanilla frosting, chocolate with coffee cream filling and coffee frosting, and pumpkin with cream cheese frosting.

96 cupcakes later…

Happy National Cupcake Day!

16 Dec

Sunday Morning Means Miss Shirley’s

12 Dec

This morning my roommates Megan and Bridget, and I began our day with breakfast at Miss Shirley’s.  In the heat of writing papers and studying for finals this is just what we needed.  A trip to Miss Shirley’s is always amazing and the unique lengthy menu can drive you crazy, but you won’t be disappointed with whatever you chose.

Even though we didn’t have to wait to be seated (which is a rare occasion), we debated for a while on what to order.  Blueberry pancakes, an omlette, french toast, or waffles.  This went on for about ten minutes, until we finally made up our minds.  I took a break from my usual choice–blueberry pancakes (which I love) and opted for the french toast.  Megan decided on the mini Belgian waffles, and Bridget ordered eggs over easy accompanied with hash browns, bacon, and toast.

Our breakfast came out shortly after we ordered and I was more than satisfied with my choice.  Their french toast is made on challah bread, so it is extra fluffy and delicious.  I will definitely be getting this again in the future.

After we were all done indulging, being in the Christmas spirit, especially since Miss Shirley’s was decorated with Christmas wreaths, garland, ornaments, and bows, Megan ordered a spiked egg nog.  Personally I am not a huge fan of egg nog, but it looked great.  It was served with a cinnamon stick and the glass was rimmed with cinnamon sugar.  The drink may have not won me over, but the presentation certainly did.

Unfortunately it was finally time to leave and now I have no choice but to continue writing papers on this grey, rainy day.  On the upside, thanks to Miss Shirley’s, at least my day started off fun and relaxing.

French Toast on Challah Bread

Spiked Egg Nog

Cookie Cutter Chaos

11 Dec


My roommate Jessie and I decided that we wanted to make cookies using a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  Sounds simple.  So after I found this great recipe for cinnamon sugar cookies (because I don’t actually like gingerbread ones), I got started.  Knowing that I haven’t always had success with cookie cutters I tested two of the gingerbread men.  (For some reason and I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone has this problem, but whenever I use a cookie cutter the cookies always lose the shape and end up looking sad.)

Everything was going smooth, until I took them out of the oven and of course the gingerbread men were twice their size.  I was disappointed, but I kinda figured that would happen, so I made the rest of the cinnamon sugar cookies normally and they came out looking and tasting great.  I definitely recommend the recipe I used and I plan on making these again closer to Christmas.

Recipe – Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed (I used light brown sugar)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups cake flour (I used whole wheat flour and they still taste delicious)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter (I used a little less than 1 full cup)
2 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions-

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees                                                                                                   2.Sift together the flour, cinnamon (use any amount you want), baking soda, and salt and sift together.                                                                                                             3.Place the softened butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and add 1/2 cup of white sugar.  Blend them together with an electric mixer until creamy and add the eggs and vanilla extract.  Stir in the dry ingredients and mix well.    4.Wrap the dough in plastic (or just put it in a ziploc bag) and let it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.                                                                                          5.Then roll the dough into small balls and sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and regular sugar.                                                                                                                      6.Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms are brown.                                                                     7.Remove the cookies, let cool, and enjoy.

Tis’ The Season

10 Dec

With the last day of classes behind us it is now definitely crunch time.   Unfortunately for us college students we are forced to share the best time of the year with the worst time of the semester–finals.  Last night was the first time all week I actually got to sit and relax with my roommates.  My roommates and I are stressing and it is hard to keep focused with Christmas just a few weeks away.  My motivation is knowing that the sooner I cross something off my list, the sooner I get to go back home and RELAX!  However, getting there is the hard part.

As a senior this school year has been filled with many lasts.  For once this is one I won’t miss—the last set of finals before Christmas break.  My roommates and I have found that by having some sort of motivation to look forward to helps us get our work done and stay somewhat sane.  Example–making sure at some point this weekend we eat brunch at Miss Shirleys, one of our favorite little restaurants close to campus.  This may be a small pleasure, but little trips away from our books give us a sense of hope and are brief moments where we don’t have to think about tests and papers.

I cannot wait to put this busy semester behind me and go back home in a few days for the holidays.  Finals will be in the past and I will actually be able to enjoy the Christmas season, spend time with my family and friends, and of course bake plenty of Christmas cupcakes!

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