Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sweets and Treats In New York City

A family wedding this past weekend, lots of walking, being a tourist and having crazy fun. Of course I had to check out so many sweets and treats!  From Gorgeous French Macaroons to all of the delicious little Cupcake Shops-you could just sample all day long.  We arrived at the hotel and were met by my brother in law, with this tiny, fancy little bag which was holding these beautiful French Macaroons.  Delicious! Pink and green, filled with raspberry and chocolate - they were delicious! It also renewed my quest for making my own.  I have the recipes, just need to keep trying! Here is a cookbook I have which I will use when I get home!
The first event was a family dinner - not small as my husband is one of 9.  So just imagine husbands, wives and children.  My beautiful niece's father is from France so the dessert was a magnificent chocolate soufflé.
 All at the same time, each table received this delicious dessert dusted with Powdered sugar.  I have not attempted this treat but was very impressed at the 10 perfect soufflés that emerged from this tiny kitchen!

We had the day to explore on Saturday as the wedding was in the evening.  Our first stop - breakfast. I sampled each of my relatives choices but my favorite was a spelt cranberry scone.


We didn't stop at each treat store but I did take pictures - trust me- I'm going back! Love these little minis from Baked by Melissa.  They are delicious and check out all of her flavors on her website.www.bakedbymelissa.com                                                                                                                                             

Didn't get to stop but these doughnut flavors....yum                                                                             
Had to try this pretzel while we visited Christmas Village in Bryant Park.  I did share this.  I opted for the salted but oh so many kinds

Our final event - the wedding.  Another first for me - croquembouche which is alternative French wedding cake, a tower of profiteroles. 
  This was just amazing to see and delicious.  Next trays of French Pastries were passed on trays and I tried many of them!  All good!
A wonderful weekend, with family, a beautiful new marriage and good desserts!
I'll let you know how the macaroons turn out.
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gifts and Goodies for Bakers

I get it - no one has started baking yet.  But how about some stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts, or presents for your favorite baker?  Well Dressed Cupcakes has some adorable Baking Gifts which will come gift wrapped with a tag.  Here's just a few of them.
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 Printable Holiday Cupcake Flags - Make your own - just print and glue as many as you want!

Love these little Mini Cupcake Wrappers! a variety of vintage patterns

Red and Green Cupcake Wrappers - Standard and Mini Sizes

 Gold and Ivory Baking Cups - Just too Pretty!

 Ivory Cupcake Wrapper handstamped in gold holly décor 

Holly Berry Cupcake Flags in Ivory and Gold with tiny red berries

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Pie - Let's Add Some Spice

Let's go back to the 1600's!  Pumpkin Pie did not look like the pies we see today on our Thanksgiving tables. Some recipes called for filling the pumpkin in milk and straining it before putting it into a crust. Another recipe called for layering pumpkins and apples along with thyme and rosemary and some had no crust but instead filled a hollowed out pumpkin with spiced and sweetened milk before putting it into a fire to cook. A big thank you to Libbys for introducing canned pumpkin in 1929 as I'm not so sure I'd be eating it today!  I make around 6 pies every Thanksgiving and apple probably wins out as a favorite but mine is pumpkin!  This is the best of all the recipes I have tried.  It's not too sweet and has a warm, spicy flavor that will make you want a 2nd piece! and maybe even a piece for breakfast!
INGREDIENTS
1 single pie crust (please make your own - its not the hard  - recipe & post to follow.  But if this is your first pie & you're nervous - you can buy a crust! or make a graham cracker crust!  Trust me it's delicious!
1 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree ( don't use the pumpkin pie filling) I like the organic version
1/2 cup plus 3 tbs of dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves                                                           
 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs molasses
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
3 large eggs

1.  Make the pie crust and cool the BAKED shell
2.  preheat oven to 375 degrees
3.  Place the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl & blend with a whisk
4.  Add molasses, milk and eggs.  Stir with a whisk till smooth
5.  Pour the filling into the pie shell and cover edges of the crust with foil so they wont burn.
6.  Bake in the center of the oven about 1 hour until the top is shiny and set.  Test by inserting a knife into the center and it will come out clean.
7.  Serve warm or at room temp with a dollop of whipped cream

More Pictures to follow after the baking marathon!
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

I'm Moving!  I need a big favor from all of you.  I have finally opened my new online shop and am so excited!  It's been a long time coming.  I will move my blog over to and would love for you to visit
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

In Honor of Nick On Memorial Day

In honor of Nick 

2016  Repost In Memory of Nick on Memorial Day
Nick:
You and your family are in my thoughts


I wrote this post on my blog in memory of a young man I knew. I'm reposting it again and will do so every year on this day.  It has now been 4 years and I pray for his family.


This post today will have absolutely nothing to do with cupcakes or recipes. It is not about political views. It's about a life. A wonderful life of a 23 year that ended way too soon. I first met Nick as a 6th grader & as his counselor followed him through 8th grade. He was one of those kids that years later stands out in your mind. Not a mean bone in his body, just a typical, likeable, middle school kid who could sometimes drive his teachers crazy. A smile, a personality - he had it all.  Moving on to the high school, he became an athlete and he often came back to the middle school around junior year to work at the school & to see his coach each week. I can still see him talking to that coach each day in the hallway outside my office when they had duty. Still a great kid with all those same qualities but so much more grown up.   He would always come in to talk and say hi, or wave through the window... the same old Nick. I just loved that kid.
I retired from school & didn't know he had enlisted. On a Saturday I picked up the paper and read about this young man who I have known since he was 11 years old.  He was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Coming from a helping profession, where I was always trying to "fix" things is frustrating as there is no fixing this. But I feel I need to do something so if you're reading this, say a prayer or think a thankful thought for this young man who gave his life for his country. Thank you Nick.<