Oreos + cupcakes = delicious

Hello, friends! I have been crazy busy (a post coming on that later) but I wanted to tell you about the delicious cupcakes I made for our Super Bowl party.

Oreo Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing

Oreo Cupcake with Cream Cheese Icing

I found the recipe on Pinterest and kind of had to change it up a bit because the Oreos did not go as far as they should have. Hmmm…

Also, I got to use my mother-in-law’s cool Pampered Chef icing thing to decorate. That was cool and made the process so much fun!

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Cornish hens with rice stuffing – Christmas Eve with the Spencers

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Like I said earlier this week, TK and I had a great first Christmas together. We had dinner on Christmas day with my parents, so I cooked a fancy meal for the two of us on Christmas Eve. I got the recipe for my hens with rice stuffing from this website, but I changed it quite a bit for my taste. We also had roasted okra which was a big hit. Yay veggies! Continue reading

Red velvet goodness

Last week TK and I went to a Christmas party hosted by our Sunday School class. We had a ton of fun! We usually get together once a week and each bring a side item to go with the meal our host makes, but for the party we each brought steaks and a side dish. The guys grilled the steaks and we had a fantastic meal.

Someone requested I handle dessert, so I felt just a little pressure to make it exceptional. Luckily, I found this recipe for red velvet cookies and they were a hit!

Red velvet cookies

Red velvet cookies

I’ve never made red velvet anything from scratch – it always intimidated me for some reason- but these turned out pretty good if I say so myself. The original recipe called for white chocolate chunks but I used white chocolate chips because of cost and ease. And I like chips better 🙂

I also made peppermint cupcakes so I’ll do another post on those in a few days. They were pretty delicious too! Continue reading

Foliage and feasting

The leaves they were crisped and sere –
The leaves they were withering and sere;

-“Ulalume,” Edgar Allan Poe

We’re officially past October and I have decided to embrace the fact that I will be waking up to cool mornings and chilly weather for a few months. It is officially time for boots, sweaters, soups and festivities.

Our apartment complex has become a beautiful spattering of fall colors as the leaves turn from green to yellow to bright oranges and reds. I’ve enjoyed walking to my car while crunching the leaves, reminding myself of my 10th grade literature class where the Venerable Mr. Friedman littered the floor with leaves as we trounced around reciting Poe’s “Ulalume.” Continue reading

A little sweet, a little tangy

Sometimes you need to cook something fun for absolutely no reason at all. TK and I have had a crazy week and so last night I decided we needed a little treat.

Growing up in my house included inviting a lot of people over for dinner. Mom and Dad love having company and they never slacked on catering to our guests! One of my favorite meals Dad would make was a roundup of Italian deliciousness: chicken/veal Marsala, stuffed portobello mushrooms, Caprese salad and fresh homemade bread. Mmm!

Last night I decided to revisit one of these dishes and change it up a bit. I found a recipe for Chicken Marsala Pasta on 100 Days of Real Food and decided to try it out. Um, it was really good. Definitely something special.

Chicken Marsala Pasta with roasted asparagus

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Happy [pumpkin-spice-cupcake] birthday to you!

As a 4th grader, I was not very high up on the list of popular kids at our local elementary school. I’m not sure why – my permed hair, braces and wire-rimmed glasses should have won the rest of the 4th graders over – but alas, I would have been left to sit alone with my Furby had it not been for this wonderful girl named Lauren.

Lauren and I met that year and we have been best friends ever since. Our one fight did stem from a discrepancy over a Furby dictionary (now those horrid little animatronic creatures are back, but we won’t let them get between us!), but we resolved the problem quickly and have maintained our friendship through thick and thin. She took my phone calls when we were miles apart and I went through my first heartbreak, I helped her talk through life decisions about school, work and family and most recently she stood beside me as my maid of honor as I married my other best friend, TK.

So what is one to do when one’s best friend  – who is now the Starbucks goddess of north Georgia – has a birthday? Well, one bakes pumpkin spice cupcakes, of course!

Pumpkin Spice cupcakes with cream cheese cinnamon icing. Appropriately decorated for my BFF Lauren.

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Thai food meets the Italian in me

One popular dish I see fusing two different cuisines is the delicious Thai chicken pizza. As is evident on this blog I love Thai food, my husband loves pizza and I love trying new things.

Thai chicken pizza. Definitely a winner.

First of all, let me dote upon Trader Joe’s pizza dough. So amazing! It comes in a dough-y ball that you let rise for a few minutes, roll out and then bake with your toppings. TK’s first remark when he took a bite of the pizza was, “This pizza is good, but the crust is great!” Continue reading