A Salvaged Project & A Winner!

So, remember the caramel I made the other day? Remember how I said it was ruined? Well...let's just say that term is relative. My mom and I have been sampling the "ruined" caramel all morning and have deemed it salvageable, so I made it into a delicacy today. I'm thinking a delicacy of the smoked variety. I'm now calling them "Smoky Sea Salt Caramels". Ha! I actually really like them and I'm going to sell them in my etsy shop, but if you buy them and think they're inedible, I'll give you all your money back. Pinky swear.

 

 

I spent a lazy chatty Saturday afternoon at the kitchen table in my parents' home, talking to my mom and dad, hand-sewing little wax paper packages for the chocolates. A nice way to busy my hands during conversation and certainly an adorable packaging option. For sale here!

 

We have a giveaway winner, too!

 

Mary Dougherty, thanks for reading and commenting. Enjoy your cocoa! :)

 

Salted Caramel Sauce, Ruined

My night tonight is a little bit like the salted caramel sauce I made for today's project. Half-empty, and just a tad burnt.

I said I would make something everyday, but hey--I never promised it'd all be good. I may try to make a new batch that will fill up the whole jar and not ruin your ice cream or coffee or whatever you decide to put caramel on. You may see that shiny new perfect sauce for sale on etsy sometime soon. Perhaps by then I will be feeling shiny, new, and filled up myself.

 

 

Cupcakes for your Weekend

Today my goal is to be productive. For me, that generally means cleaning, working on design projects, trying to plan ahead for the week and blogging. So far today Luke and I have made a great french toast breakfast, started planning what to pack for our friend Becca's wedding (we leave Wednesday), cleaned the bathrooms, put away clothes, and continued the ongoing process of sorting through things to get rid of before our move.

I have to head in to work later, too, so today I thought I'd share what's been going on in the bakery these days. I've been trying to get more creative with the cupcake recipes I attempt along with developing my own. Many times I gather ideas from Cupcake Project, Cupcake BakeshopPinterest, even the bakery's farm fresh deliveries and go from there. In the past week I've made a few I thought were worth sharing.

 

Lemongrass Cupcake with Homemade Raspberry Filling (original recipe, inspired by fresh lemongrass from Fresh from the Farms)

 

Snickerdoodle Cupcake with Cinnamon Penuche Frosting (recipe found here)

 

Blueberry Cobbler Cupcakes with Homemade Compote (original recipe, inspired by fresh blueberries from Fresh from the Farms)

 

Millionaire's Shortbread Cupcake with Homemade Salted Caramel and Ganache (original recipe, inspired by this photo on Pinterest)

 

Sorry about the last image, it was taken on a cell phone. The Millionaire's Shortbread cupcake was definitely the favorite in the shop. They must have looked enticing because they were all sold before 3pm! I think my personal favorite was the Lemongrass--it was so light, refreshing, and completely different. You all know my obsession with lemongrass!

Well, I don't want to lose steam, so I'm going to continue attacking my to-do list. Let's be honest, though, I don't really have a to-do lists...but if I did, I'd be checking off "attack big piles of laundry" in just a little while here. Have a great weekend! 

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