Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recent Projects

Life has been flying by lately! I am ready for it to slow down! There are so many things going on all at once...but first let me break them down into a few different posts. Here's what's new:
Newest Projects...Scroll down I will post some pictures.
The race this past sunday in NYC.
CupcakeCamp New Haven has taken off..come on & join the fun.


This week past week was a whirlwind of projects. First, I helped out a friend with a pink-a-licious birthday party. Over 30 cupcakes bubble gum pink & hot pink, topped with the same colored crystal sprinkles (those buggers are hard to find!) I also made a GIANT cupcake with bubble gum pink buttercream frosting...not as easy as it sounds!!





Next projects:

SNOOPY!
and

Woodstock




Oh yeah...and a batch of these scrumptious cookies:
all wrapped up:




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Sunday, April 25, 2010

race day

Today is the day! My first half marathon! We are packing up and heading off to nyc. It is a bit of a trip for the kids, my husband and I. They are tired and a little crabby! It's raining...but here we go.
WISH ME LUCK!!!
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Monday, April 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY!!!

THE WINNER IS:
SAMMABELLA

Please contact me via email by tomorrow morning (5/1/2010)
They put orders in today...so if you contact me today it will get to you faster!



HELLO FREE STUFF!!!



CSN contacted me and gave me the option to do a review or to do a giveaway with some of there amazing products.
What is CSN you may be wondering...
"CSN Stores has everything you could possibly need to furnish your kitchen - from home bars and counter stools to cookware, flatware, drinkware and small kitchen appliances."

If you aren't familiar with CSN here is a little blurb from their website:

Based in Boston, CSN Stores LLC began in 2002 and has grown rapidly into a Top 3 online U.S. retailer of home and office goods with 400+ employees.
Beyond providing unparalleled customer service, selection, and savings to our U.S. customers, CSN Stores has opened its doors to online shoppers from Canada, the U.K., and Germany. Recently named to the Hot 100 List of online retailers for 2009, CSN Stores continues to grow.


NOW BACK TO THE GIVEAWAY!!! 
As much as I love free stuff & would love to try out and review an item - I would rather give YOU something free. And because I LOVE baking
I chose a few items that I would personally LOVE to have...
Here's what you can choose from
 (you only get to choose one--but they are both great!)
This Le Creuset Stoneware 10.5" x 7" baking dish in Cobalt & it comes with a free 7" x 5" bonus dish!!!
OR
This lovely kitrics scale

Here's what ya need to do:
 Required Entry: Leave me a comment about which one of these items
you would like and why!

Each of these below will get you one extra entry into the drawing.
**Leave separate comments for each one that you do.**
*Follow me on Twitter & Tweet about this giveaway-- then send me the link with your tweet
*Mention my giveaway in a blog entry and leave me the link in a comment
*Follow my blog using google friend connect
*Become a fan on facebook 

On April 30 a winner will be chosen randomly and CSN will send your prize directly to you!
GOOD LUCK!!!


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Some pictures of my work!

Cakes, cookies, cupcakes and sweet treats have been my artisitic outlet for a while now.
Here are a few examples of my work...click the link and check them out! I'd love to hear what you think about them!

http://picasaweb.google.com/kmarie1122/MyWork#

ps!! I have a giveaway coming up next post thanks to csn stores!!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cupcake Camp Official Site!

Well....it's official.
Cupcake Camp will be held at BAR, in New Haven,CT. On September 18th!
I hope you all sign up because this is going to be an amazing event!!! Get your tickets ahead of time, before they run out! And don't forget to let us know if you will be baking or not! We are looking for bakers and sponsors! There will be a contest for best tasting and looking cupcake!
GET READY!
Hope to see you there!
Here is the link to the blog with all the information that you will need!

http://cupcakecampnh.blogspot.com/


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CUPCAKE CAMP IN CT~

Yes, you heard me right! We had so much fun at the Cupcake Camp in NYC--- that my friend and I decided to put together a Cupcake Camp here in CT. It will be the first Cupcake Camp to take place in Connecticut!
SO get your calendars out...and Save the Date for Cupcake Camp in New Haven, CT on Septmeber 18th!
MORE information to follow!!
IT's going to be GREAT!



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Sunday, April 11, 2010

brown sugar cupcakes



After trying out two different recipes... and coming out with 3 batches that were not good enough to present to anyone- I decided to combine the two & finally...FINALLY, the brown sugar cupcake cake out perfect!!!

BROWN SUGAR CUPCAKES:
Here's what ya need:
Cupcake pan: this makes a little more than 24 cupcake
If you have a dark pan set your heat to 325 if it's not dark..just a regular pan then set it to 350.

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
t teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temp.
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
4 large eggs at room temp.
1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (well shaken)

Mix the butter and the sugar.
Scrape down the side and mix until it is combined completely.
Add the eggs one at a time. Until each is mixed in.
Beat in vanilla.

In a seperate bowl combine: flour, baking powder and salt.

Mix, begining & ending with the flour mixture- mix 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/3 of the milk, repeat until mixed.

Bake in the oven for about 20-24 minutes. Rotate the pan at 10 minutes.

DELICIOUS!!!
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Baking, Running, & possibly a new blog!

Yesterday in the early evening I tried out a brown sugar cupcake recipe! I am not sure if they came out how they were suppose to..but I will post the recipe because they taste FABULOUS! The recipe is part of one that chockylit uses for her samoa cupcakes.
After baking those...I decided to get outside and enjoy the warm weather...and headed out for a 4.5 mile run including some killer hills! I really needed that run to get all my stress out and leave it on the pavement...
however...if you can imagine me running with a cloud bubble over my head with all the thoughts from the day in it and ideas just overflowing and bumping into each other...like a mesh of tv shows side by side... and the channels flipping constantly..I think that is what it would look like..pretty scary! One thought was to start a new blog...hmm.. what do you think? Have you ever seen the show "the office"? Where crazy, inappropriate events occur, rules are broken and made up along the way, and the employees have no sense of team work? The show is hysterical, very very funny! But did you ever stop to think? Does that really happen?? Could people in a business setting get away with rude comments, inappropriate behavior, and blatent harrassment? Well, could it?
Well..this idea popped into my head...why not start a "fictional" blog. The blog would contain fictional stories that could possibly be based on actual events but, would still be "fictional". You know that quote that they use in the beginning of law and order? Something about a fictional interpretation of real events...
I guess it was just a thought! It could be called "the diary of a receptionist".
ha!

Brown sugar cupcakes


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Sunday, April 4, 2010

CUPCAKE CAMP AND RACE

I can't believe APRIL is here!! How did that happen so fast?
I have a couple events coming up...first the cupcake camp in NYC! YEAH! I will be traveling to a part of the city that I have never travelled before-- to a place called "the happy ending cafe". Yes, I know. I was a bit suprised by this..and I admit..didn't understand the name at first! (I am a little oblivious at times!)But, it's a cupcake camp! And I can't wait to see all the cupcakes that everyone will bring...I can't wait to taste them either...which brings me to the next event...I probably shouldn't be tasting to many-I don't want to mess up my system...(and I have a VERY sensitive stomach! Poor me!) because... there's that little race on the 25th, too. OH MY!!! The 25th is only 3 weeks away!

SO there it is! A cupcake camp & and a half marathon..not sure if the two go together. But they will be firsts for me for both! Did that make sense?
I am getting extremely nervous about the race. Driving to central park early in the morning with my husband and kids...to run a half marathon...just makes me wonder! I hope the next few weeks prove to be good for training!

I will let you know how the cupcake camp goes soon! As for now...I am preparing to make
Chocolate Peanut butter crumble cupcakes and Samoa cupcakes (from Chockylit). I can't wait to share those recipes with you! You are going to love them! They are definetely only for a special treat/occasion....the calories are HIGH!
And the training... well, I need a long race this week of 9 or 10 miles! OH MY!! Let's hope that works.

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