Friday, December 26, 2008

Joy to my Cupcakes

Well if you know me you know I love cupcakes, and if I have an opportunity to make them I jump at it, so I'm going to a Christmas dinner party Sunday night and I wanted to make fun Christmas treats for the after party, now I have hundreds of cookies left -not kidding- haha---but I wanted to make maybe a taco dip, fruit dip, this new potato onion cheese dip I found absolutely divine ! (I'll give you that recipe later)

But I decided to make some cupcakes as well and wanted to make some snowmen :) I've made may snowmen cupcakes in the past but I wanted them to be extra cute this time:) I found this recipe because I love love love almond so I'll make these cupcakes....

Almond Cupcakes
1/2 c butter, room temp
2/3 to 1 c sugar( depends on how sweet you like it)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond
zest of one small lemon
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c milk
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts and lemon peel. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder, stir in and then beat in milk.
Pour into lined muffin cups and bake 18-20 minutes at 350. cool

Cream Cheese Almond Frosting

8 oz cream cheese room temp
4 tbs butter
3 c confectioners sugar
1 tsp almond
1/2 tsp vanilla

beat butter and cream cheese together until mixed. Add rest of ingredients and beat until fluffy. Add a little cream if needed to get the right consistency. Use to frost cupcakes

and decorate them like this I believe :)

to build/construct these cute little fellows you will need to:
*make your cupcakes two sizes, some in normal muffin/cupcake pans
and some in the smaller pans that make the mini muffins,
*put the smaller one on top of the large cupcake attaching it by frosting the bottom of the small one
*then frost your cupcakes as you wish- with the frosting above or your own
*cover both balls with coconut
*stick a big marshmellow on top for the head :)
* two pretzels or chocolate liccorice for arms-chocolate liccorice is gross to warn you so i use pretzel stix :) haha- some ppl use cinnamon stix but you can't eat those so i don't
* then an upside down reeses cup for a hat
*cinnamon drops for buttons or chocolate chips I like sometimes :)
* then decorate their little faces however you wish :)
These are an excellent crowd pleaser and BIG hits with the little ones :)
Have Fun :)
Happy Holidays
MissSweetTreats <3

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bring on the Bacon !

Sooo delicous---PERFECT for a party dish-- Excellent finger food-
and so fast and easy to make :)

All you need is lettuce, tomatos, sour cream, nice juicy bacon, and little bread bagettes

You need to chop/shread the lettuce
dice the tomatos
fry up that wonderful bacon and chop it into small pieces
find a nice big plate
plop lots of sour cream in the middle
surround it with lettuce all around the edge of the plate
top lots of tomatos on the sour cream
the bacon goes on top of that
then line the edge of the plate with your bagettes

Your Set :)


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Apron Giveaway

Maple Lane is hosting a giveaway
a beautiful red half apron
head on over and check it out :)
Hurry it ends Dec. 10th :)


Monday, December 1, 2008


Hi All,
Had a wonderful Turkey Day !! Hope you all did too :)
Started off with baking numerous delicious pies--- so good!
and of course the Macy's parade :) Tradition for sure !
Enjoyed the 3 F's (Family, Food, and Football) very much !!!
all the cooking and baking and then shopping on top of it made for one CRAZY WEEKEND---
so much happened in my few days away from BloggaLand !!!!

But, speaking of Thanksgiving Cooking we had fried turkey this year--
I was quite sceptacal at first spiting witty comments in my initial disgust about just eating at McDonalds-- America is fat enough and then we take a tradition of home cooked turkey through it out the window and FRY POOR OLD TOM ! UGH
I'm saddened to say I've been dragged to the dark side, because the fried turkey was AMAZING !
Literally melted in your mouth-- as with all my other family recipes I can't let you have this one either :( But if you can get enough info from this---give it a try for Christmas :)
the turkey was injected with a creole butter seasoning (which combined is like a cajun but not to spicy buttery flavor of deliciousness)
and then Tom was rubbed down heavily with a garlic and herb spread-- also fantastic :)
Well let me tell you after all these fabulous flavors were put together and then fried-- I just have to tell you-- one of the best turkeys I have EVER tasted :)

Happy Monday to all -- Don't forget about Cyber Monday -- so kick back with some left-overs in your easy chair and shop shop away :)
Get Shopping <3

MissSweetTreats <3