Sunday, March 25, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 12

March 18, 2012
...for daylight savings and sunny evenings.

March 19, 2012
...for having to be forced to get Chipotle for dinner due to kitchen construction - oh shucks.

March 20, 2012
...for kids! I miss working with them.

March 21, 2012
...for the show Happy Endings - quite possibly one of my all-time favorites.

March 22, 2012
...for big hats, dahhhling.

March 23, 2012
....for getting to see my first opera - and an Ocala Symphony one at that!

March 24, 2012
...for books that take the world by storm - and understandably so!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 11

March 11, 2012
...for an afternoon of bongoliciousness.

March 12, 2012
...for my in-car entertainment to & from work!

March 13, 2012
...for fiery sunsets.

March 14, 2012
...for the excitement of hailing thunderstorms!

March 15, 2012
...for funny sisters!

March 16, 2012
...for 1920's themed partays.

March 17, 2012
...for days dedicated to all things Irish!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fotobooth Fun

SPDubs and I
(RIP awesome purple sunglasses)

365 Grateful - Week 10

March 4, 2012
...for hilarious spot-on SNL skits.
watch here!

March 5, 2012
...for spontaneous happy hour with some of my favorites!

March 6, 2012
...for sarah, sangria & straws. 

March 7, 2012
-no comment-

March 8, 2012
...for coffee coups.

March 9, 2012
...St. Patrick's Day gear!

March 10, 2012
...for PB&J - they always pull through when the fridge/pantry let me down.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

White Chocolate Truffle Cupcake Heaven

I am not exaggerating when I use the word "heaven" to describe these cupcakes. Flannery, my not-so-little sister, is pretty much obsessed with cupcakes (as am I) and whenever I come home, I am pretty much guaranteed a new tasty recipe. This time around, it was White Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes. Now, of course, we found this recipe on Pinterest via The Pampered Chef (where else do you find recipes these days?), but Flan put her own spin on the recipe and it was seriously amazing and death by white chocolate. 

Now, I must admit, although I'd love to take credit for baking these cupcakes, I just can't. I really was just standing there taking photos of Flan while she did all the work (and also yakking (sp?) away and talking about weird things and annoying her - it's what I do best!). That said, check out this heavenly (but also so sinful - ha!) recipe.

The Recipe?
White Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes


1 box of white cake mix
3 eggs (egg whites only!)
1 1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup butter
Round white chocolate truffles unwrapped

6 oz. white chocolate chips
1 8oz. package regular cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup), softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups powered sugar

1. Gather your ingredients & preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Mix cake mix, eggs (no yolks!), butter, & water.

3. Bake cupcakes 17-20 minutes at 325 degrees. 

4. While cupcakes are baking, unwrap the white chocolate truffles (and pop a few in your mouth while you're at it).

5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven. Immediately snip or scoop out a 1/2 inch deep "x" into the top of each cupcake. Place & press one truffle into each cupcake. Then remove cupcakes from pan and let cool for 30 minutes. 

6. During this 30 minute cool down, you can snap photos of pretty things and just watch while your sister does all the work - OR, you can help her make the frosting. I chose the former, duh.

7. Microwave the white chocolate chips on high for 1- 1 1/2 minutes or until the chocolate is mostly melted (stir every 30 seconds). In large bowl, combine melted chocolate, cream cheese, butter & vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat well. Oh yeah, don't forget to give your lazy sister a beater to lick.

8. Using the handy "cut a hole in the corner of a freezer bag" method, frost your cupcakes. 

Voila! And there ya have it. Heaven in a cupcake. Enjoy! 

365 Grateful - Week 9

February 26, 2012
...for the opportunity to be the designated photographer for the day.

February 27, 2012
...for spring flowers after a rain shower.

February 28, 2012
...for free baking goodies! nom nom.

February 29, 2012
...for being able to make it to Sarah's last game of her 11-year career. 

March 1, 2012
...for the epitome of a perfect first day of March.

March 2, 2012
...for meetings under chandeliers + vino! 

March 3, 2012
...two words: RED. PANTS.