Saturday, August 29, 2015

Harry Potter ButterBeer Inspired Cupcakes

I love to bake and I like to get creative with box cake mixes. There are so many ButterBeer inspired cupcake recipes on Pinterest but most are from scratch.  After reading a few, I created these. 

1 packaged cake mix (this time I used Betty Crocker Siper Moist Golden cake mix
1 package butterscotch pudding
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup of Jones Cream Soda (American cream soda that has a buttery sweet taste, not the pink Canadian cream soda)
3 eggs
tsp butter flavour (found it in the States)
tsp vanilla (you know, the good kind from Mexico)

Preheat oven to 350.  Put cupcake liners in two muffin tins (24).  Mix together cake mix, pudding mix, softened butter, cream soda,3 eggs, butter flavour and vanilla.  Beat on low to mix and then on medium for 2 minutes.  Fill each liner 2/3 full.  Bake 18 - 22 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely. 

For icing I used Duncan Hines Whipped White Fluffy White icing and Caramel flavour mix.    Use a piping bag and star tip to frost the cupcakes and then I drizzle some caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping on top. 


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Salted Turtle Cupcakes

I made these last night for a dear co-workers Birthday today.  I didn't actually have one...but they sure seemed to be a hit going by the many lovely compliments I received and the empty cupcake container.

I am happy to share the recipe. 

Salted Caramel Turtle Cupcakes

For cupcakes:
1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix (24 cupcake)
1 package of instant chocolate pudding (I used Hershey's-available at Walmart)
1 cup sour cream (regular...none of that lite stuff)
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten 
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla (You know...the good kind from Mexico)
1 packet of Via Italian Roast Starbucks Instant Coffee
pinch of salt (I used sea salt and gave it two good turns on the grinder)

For the filing:
Caramel ice cream topping

To top off:
Two containers of French Vanilla Frosting (Duncan Hines)
Two packages of the new Salted Caramel Mini Turtles 
More Caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350.  Line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.  I usually get 3 or so extra cupcakes from this batter.
Mix the dry ingredients together...then add in the wet.  Blend using a hand mixer till batter is smooth (2min or so).  Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.  Bake 18 - 22 minutes.  

Let cool completely.  I speed up the process by putting them in the fridge.  

Hull out a divot.  I found a cute little tool for the job at the dollar store but you could just use a knife and cut a wee circle...fill in with about a 1/2 teaspoon of caramel sauce and replace the divot.  Ice the cupcakes.  I use a large star tip on my icing bag.

Top with a yummy Salted Caramel Turtle and drizzle some additional caramel and your done.  :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Art of Home Fries

It's a long weekend here in Ontario so I am celebrating with a special breakfast.

As I was cooking up some home put me in mind of my Grandfather, I called him Papa.  I was young when he passed away...but we used to live next door to my Grandparents and I was always there.

I loved my Grandma's kitchen...everyone was always visiting, there was always coffee (the good perked kind) and tea, lemon and butter tarts.  Plus there was a magic there...everything always tasted GOOD.

Now my Papa was always up early and he would cook in the basement...he made the best peameal bacon and home fries.  The secret with the potatoes is not to turn them too much...let them get crispy.

I have tried to imitate those home fries but they're just not the same.  The ones I made this morning were pretty darn I'll share...the recipe (if you can call it that).


I used the little white potatoes...poke with a fork and microwave for 5 minutes.  If you're using larger potatoes...adjust the cooking time.

Then slice into about 1/2 inch pieces, chop up 1/2 of an onion (I like the larger chunky style) and place in a bowl...spice it up....I used onion salt, Cajun spice, Greek spice mixture and toss with olive oil.

Preheat your skillet (medium/high) and add olive oil and a good pat go butter...toss the home fry mixture in the pan and let them fry.  I flipped and tossed them about every 3 or 4 minute...till they were nicely browned and crispy on the outside.

After they were done and plated...I added some salt to my taste.  My Michael thought they were perfect just they way they are.

Hope you're having a lovely day!  Thanks for's been too long since I posted.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's been a while...

Oh my gosh. It's been a long time since I posted. My Bad.

I was inspired to add a link to a new movie I can't wait to see. The trailer made me laugh out loud and I really really REALLY need to do that more often.

So here it is...

Made my DH watch the clip...he likes it too!

And about PARIS...wanted to share some of my favourite blogs.

Always interesting posts. NYC & Paris too...oh my. Great pics.

Amazing photos - it's almost like being there.

More photos to drool over. Very artfully presented as well.

That's just a small sampling. There are many wonderful blogs I love to visit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's a winter wonderland again. Yesterday we got a surprise snow storm. It came down so fast, that we were not prepared for it. Mike was up the mountain and happening to be driving down into the city when it started and could see people spinning out. Not fun to drive in.

I ended up house bound for most of the day...missed my Saturday of browsing the Mall with my Mombo. Oh well...saved some money I am sure.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A chilly November day!

Today is blustery and cold outside. No we don't have all that snow yet...but it's coming. Above is a picture of our backyard last year. BRRRR!

Going to bundle up to go out with my Mom (my Bestest Friend). We're always on the lookout for the perfect Christmas gift...even if it's for ourselves - lol. We help each other spend for sure. I have a long list to buy for so I've got to start early.

Last night I tagged along with my Mom and Nephew to see Megamind. It was my first 3D experience... it really was awesome! My Nephew was so the end when they played Michael Jackson's "Bad", he got up and was dancing. We had a hoot!

There has been a lot of stuff going on at friend and co-worker is leaving -- she's taken a new job. I am going to miss her terribly...we've worked together for 10+ years and cried on one another shoulders many times. I've also learned a lot from her. She's a wonderful broker who cares about her clients as if they were her friends. I don't think it's really going to hit me till she's gone. :-(

I know that everything has to change. I am just not great at dealing with it.

Speaking of change...they're coming out with a new Weight Watcher's Program. I am super excited. I can't wait! They're not launching for two more weeks! I've done some snooping on the internet, the program is out in the UK. So I do have some idea of what's coming. I really never liked the current program...I lost on Selection plan (which is so long ago). Looking forward to embracing the new program and getting myself to a healthy goal. So I'll have to fire up the other blog.

I just looked out the window...and it's SNOWING! I kind of like it now...but know after December...I'll be longing for spring.

Happy weekend to all!