Monday, September 21, 2009

Cupcake Heaven

This weekend, I found myself craving a little creating. I love to write, but as every writer knows, sometimes you get stuck in the folds and just need a little breathing room. Maybe I'm taking too much of a breather, but nonetheless, my breathers usually involve some sort of tastiness.

These little cupcake cuties are not an original. I used a gluten-free mix that I had been wanting to try. It's Gluten-Free Pantry's Old-Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix and quite tasty. I like it because it doesn't have any tapioca flour in it, which most gf lovers will tell you is fine, but my body heartily disagrees. I have to be more choosy and GF Pantry stands up to the test. These little morsels were soft, sweet, and comforting with just the right crumb. They even stood up to the Day 2 test: will they become dry and brittle or taste like dirt? Nope. They stayed relatively soft and the crumb stayed mostly intact. I have made my own cupcake and cake versions which last longer and are a little more moist, however, for a package mix, these are great!

The icing on the top is Martha Stewart's Seven-Minute Frosting piped on and Let's Do...Sprinkelz Chocolatey sprinkles which I purchased at Whole Foods. I am a natural girl - as much and as often as I can be.

By the by, I used honey instead of corn syrup in Martha's recipe and it worked great. Love honey! Here's a little secret: you can use honey instead of corn syrup in a variety of things like caramels (I'll have to make some soon), frosting, homemade candies, and of course, drinks and sweet tea. I am blessed because my mother and step-father have a few honeybee hives all of their own, so they keep me well-stocked.

So, if you're in the mood for a little sweetness or something sassy with a kick, these little cupcake cuties are sure to tempt you in a delicious way.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

An Exciting New Adventure

In this world of blogging, there comes a time when one must enter and become a part of the whole. I have done just that.

On my site, I decided to combine the best of all of my world and create a journalized version of myself that includes my love of travel, eating (primarily gluten-free goodness), playing (in any way that I can and that includes the exploration of the self via the Universe) and of course, my desperate love of writing. Books, articles, reviews, poetry - you name it, I'll try it. I love variety and it shows in pretty much everything I do.

So here we are on a new journalistic adventure together and you never know what'll show up first.

Please be patient with my newness to blogging. I am just getting my feet wet and luckily, the water's not too cold. Probably because there are a million more people already peeing in the pool.

Happy journaling!

P.S. I would like to give credit to my sweet stepsister, Celeste, for letting me borrow this picture off of her Facebook page and using it here. Thank you, Mrs. B!