Monday, August 30, 2010

my new way to eat a cupcake


I made these Cookies n Cream Cupcakes thanks to Sarah for sharing the recipe on her blog! If you check hers out, they definitely look a lot prettier and more moist. I did not try hers, but I will say that mine were yummy! (very rich)
This is how it starts, by putting half an oreo in the bottom of the cupcake liner. Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees too.

Then you mix up all the other cupcake ingredients, ending with oreos pieces in the cupcake batter! 

Tired baby girl! 

Wants momma to pick her up and not just smile down at her and take pictures.  

Okay, now that baby chick is in bed for her nap, back to the cupcakes. Stir up the batter with the oreo pieces. 

Put the batter in the cupcake liners. 

Cook the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan and then cool them completely on a wire rack. Yes, this recipe makes 24 cupcakes.. but it can easily be halved for a smaller group. 

Now for the icing! mmm! More oreo cookie crumbs! and LOTS of Powdered sugar! For some reason I cannot add enough powdered sugar to get it to the right consistency. I must let my butter and cream cheese get too soft before mixing it up. 

So I had to put these cupcakes in the refrigerator.

And a thanks to Mike and Tina for sharing the yummy idea you learned from Cake Boss with me! :) 

Here is the recipe from Sarah's blog. I actually used coconut oil instead of butter.

Cupcake Ingredients:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
1/2  cup  butter, softened
4-oz cream cheese, softened
2  cups  sugar
4  large eggs
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
3  cups  all-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1  (8-oz.) container sour cream
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Oreo cookies

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2  cup  butter, softened
1  (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
1  (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
3  to 4 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. Oreo cookie crumbs
Oreo Cookies cut in half for garnish, if desired

Preheat Oven to 350.
Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
Place an Oreo half in each liner, cream side up.
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beating until blended. Fold in chopped Oreos. Spoon batter into cupcake pans. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.  Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
While the cupcakes are cooling, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla  at medium speed in an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 3 Tbsp. milk, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. If needed, beat in remaining 1 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency. Add cookie crumbs and beat on low until evenly dispersed. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, spread or pipe on the frosting. Garnish with oreo half if desired.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


So I went to a different Publix today than normal. I had to mail birthday presents for my nephews. I needed to get a couple bags to send for wrapping and there is a dollar store and pack and ship place next to this Publix.
So here is the real story.. As I was walking out with my groceries there was a news reporter walking towards me with a camera. He wanted to ask me a couple questions. I was actually terrified by this request but was too embarrassed to say no. I had not showered and looked pretty raunchy, but I was actually worried he would play one of my clips and I would look stupid. (As if I know anyone who watches local news.) He tells me what the story is all about. So he goes ahead with a couple questions, and I "answered" them. The story was some guys had been arrested at the Publix yesterday for using fraudulent gift cards. I guess my answers were not concerned enough because he didn't use my answers. :) It would have been funnier for this if he had used my answers, I could have posted a clip. We watched the news and turns out the reporter did not tell me the whole story. I might have been more of a concerned citizen if he had, but oh well. Still wasn't much concern for me with all the other things in the world that do!
Another funny part of the story is that right as the reporter was finished with me, Ryan walked up. It was totally unexpected. He saw me being interviewed across the parking lot. I did not know he was working in town today and I did not know he even had a store right by there. Quite a world wind of events. Adley just chilled in the grocery cart, so excited about seeing her daddy!
Okay, now time for cookies and ice cream!