Monday, February 26

Cupcaking with Worms

It is important to realize that are many different species of worm, each suited to a different habitat. These worms are suited perfectly for a little cupcake garden.  I copied these cupcakes from my newest cookbook, A Baker's Field Guide to Cupcakes.  I'm really enjoying the layout of the book, it's easy to follow. For example, for each recipe, there's a write up that explains either the variations you can take with each one and then the recipe follows with a picture of the end product. It's a paint by numbers cupcake book which is perfect for me. I tend to not be too snazzy in that part of baking.

I'm getting better results with the 'basic' cake recipes in this book. The recipes I've used from Martha tend to explode out of the little cupcake holders and so far, I've had really good luck with these.

As always, I take the treats up to the office and share them with my team, but I wanted to participate in AfricanKelli's Calculated Acts of Kindness challenge, so today I took them into the break room and shared.  Everyone who happened to be  in the break room at 2:15PM today, got to attend a Cupcake Party! It was really fun. I got a chance to visit with some people I usually only get to say 'hello' in passing to in the hallway and meet some people I hardly knew. There was even one guy, who didn't say one thing to me, walked straight over to the cupcakes and grabbed one and walked away. Hope you enjoyed it random cupcake grabber! :P




Sunday, February 25

This meal was brought to by the by the letters E, the number 9 and no fossil fuels.

"Self." That's how I start all my personal internal conversations. "Self, you really should try to do something half way active. You've had desserts for most of your meals this week. Haven't we been talking about the approaching swim suit season. Do you really want that new 'curve' around your tummy slushing around for everyone to see?"

That's the conversation that precipitated my purchase of a bicycle. Now before you think I've gone and lost my mind and forgot about that unfortunate front break, flying over the handle bars incident I had when I was 16; I haven't. I wanted a bicycle that would let me get from point A to point B, involve a little movement and look stylish. Look at this pretty little thing: And it's all mine.

I was so excited this morning when I thought about all the things my bicycle and I could do.  Yesterday we went to La Grande Orange and got a sparkling water, this morning we would go to Sprouts.

Grocery list in hand, I headed out and it was a lot of fun.  I even rang my little bell at a few kids on the way. When I pulled up at the grocery store, I even had an audience.  The cashier and the manager both came out to talk to me about my bike. We talked about biking things. It was all very fancy. She even loaded my front basket so nothing would fall out. I felt really good on my way home. I was actually out and moving, I had to be thoughtful about what I purchased, I didn't use any grocery bags and I didn't have to use my car to get there.