February 16, 2011

You're invited to Chi-O Cookies 2011!

Here are the finished invites that we sent off to the Sacramento alumnae chapter.  This year's theme: Candyland!  I've started bookmarking decor pages, and already have a million ideas in mind.

February 14, 2011

An Ode to Joy: Vanilla and Chocolate Cornbready Cupcakes

Cupcakes are many things.

They are pretty.
And they are fluffy.
Definitely not allowed in my new eat-healthy-get-fit plan.

But one thing that they should not be: Cornbready.

Yeah, these little cuties definitely tasted like cornbread.  Quite possibly because, in an effort to be "healthier," I halved the sugar that the recipe called for.  This probably breaks every single rule in the cookbook.  Didn't think it would matter, but nope, they definitely tasted like cornbread.

This normally wouldn't be such a big deal, but this was the first recipe that I tried from Joy the Baker.  Joy is an inspiration to professional and amateur bakers, cooks, and people who just plain love to read witty things.  Her blog is so fantastic and expansive, the photographs she takes are positively mouth-watering, and I have gotten lost for hours and hours on end just sifting through her posts.  OH and she also hosts super awesome, trendy, and delicious events in Los Angeles (hometown shoutout)! So, in between writing papers, studying for midterms, and trying to figure out a general plan for my future, my pastime as of late has been bookmarking her recipes, and trying to not drool on my laptop.

Back to my predicament.  Cornbread cupcakes?? Who would eat that? This was super embarrassing...I mean, it was just 12 cupcakes.  One stick of butter. You can't mess that up!  I needed a solution, stat.  I turned to what I knew and took a page from the last batch of cupcakes that I made.  I cut out the top of the cupcake and infused them with chocolate ganache. Problem solved. Sort of.  If you could get over the mealy texture.

In any case, the frosting turned out pretty.  And I highly doubt any of the 18-21 year olds buying them at our sorority's table on the quad even noticed.

February 12, 2011

coho + crafts

No Friday class = relaaaaax and craft.  Finishing up invites for our alumnae chapter for Chi-O Cookies, our annual winter philanthropy event.  I definitely won't stop hearing about the fact that I busted out a paper cutter and adhesive at our booth at the Coho, the on-campus coffeehouse.  Pics of the finished invites will be up soon!

February 9, 2011

Superbowl? Try Super-Bowl-Them-Over-With-Cupcakes!

My sports-loving neighbors: Elysa, do you even know who is playing on Sunday?
Me: ...uhm...[platter appears] Cupcake??
My cupcake-loving neighbors: OMG YOU'RE AWESOME!

Figured that if I fed them, I wouldn't have to hear about my lack of sports knowledge for three straight hours.  Introducing my rendition of GuinnessGasm cupcakes (recipe from SF Food Wars found here).  They were chocolate Guinness cupcakes with a chocolate ganache center, topped with Baileys frosting.  This is why they keep me around.
Let's take a moment to appreciate the fact that while I was making these FROM SCRATCH, Tier's contribution was nacho ingredients, then chilling in front of the tv. Yep, that's how we work.

Attempted artsy shot.  Note to self: learn how to do neat things with camera.
GOOO...FOOTBALL!!! ...Yeahhh...If the neighbors hadn't made delicious nachos, I would have peaced.

February 2, 2011

spiked banana milkshakes and other tuesday ramblings

It's 1:18am. Studying for two back-to-back midterms on Thursday. I really need to sleep. But right now I just really want this.
What is this, you ask? I like to call it a Frothy Coffee Banana Milkshake with a Hint (Cough) of Vodka Because We're All Out of Baileys and It's a Thursday Night and I Just Took Two Midterms In a Row So It's Justifiable.

I will be making this in approximately 40 hours.


2 over-ripe bananas that you were going to make banana bread with but you're in this mindset that bread equals carbs and you wouldn't want that would you so it's about time you did something with them.

1 of those canned Starbucks Mocha drinks that call themselves frappucchinos but really taste like water unless you mix it with something like bananas.

2 scoops vanilla ice cream ONLY because it was left over from some neighbor shindig and I highly encourage substituting chocolate, coffee, or virtually ANY other flavor.

1 cup milk or however much calcium you still need for the day.

1 cup crushed ice to make it frothy because frothy is fantastic.

X number of shots depending on the kind of week you had of whatever alcoholic beverage happens to be in your kitchen. Ask your roommate for permission first even though she will give you a look and mumble something about choosing milkshakes over cowboys. Vegas joke, sorry, slight tangent...

Directions: Blend everything together in that Magic Bullet that your awesome mom surprised you with after lusting over it for years on those infomercials.

Cheers! Have a lovely Wednesday!