Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"Cake makes everything better!"
- Duff, owner of Charm City Cakes and star of Ace of Cakes
Isn't it so true?! I've had a lot of questions about The Cupcake Company's presence (or lack there of) at the Farmer's Market in Moscow. It's nice to know that we are missed, Thanks! Well, our weekend cupcakin' census has been up with graduation parties, birthdays, receptions, etc . . . so in order to deliver high grade homebaked cupcake goodness to our customers The Cupcake Company has been devoting its time to filling party orders. So . . . I guess you have to throw a party and order some cupcakes!
Don't worry party-poopers you'll have your cupcakes and eat them too. The Cupcake Co. will be at Moscow's Farmer's Market this summer, keep watching for us and we'll try to announce it as well!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I can't get enough of dipping my desserts into chocolate lately, seriously a good idea! If you want to add that "WOW," factor to your homebaked cookin - dip it in chocolate. If your children are misbehaving and your hair looks ratty . . . that's right - dip it in chocolate. Really, ask yourself - can I go wrong? And I'm telling you - No, you can't go wrong.
I was talkin to my good friend the other and she says to me "Geeze, my hair's a little ratty today...," and I says to her - yeah, that's right, that's what I said - dip it in chocolate.
Really, can you go wrong? No.
For Mother's Day we decided to focus on the Grandma's this year. So EARLY one morning a couple of weeks ago me and the boys were up and going with Dad - before he went to Law school - so the whole family could personalize these tote bags with our hand prints. I decided the only way the hands prints would end up looking like hands prints was with BOTH parents involved and it's more fun that way. Jack did end up with his older brother's hand print on his back, but it was all good fun. We also included some chocolates from Cow Girl Chocolates, can't leave our favorite local chocolates out. We had to make sure our pckgs arrived before I blogged about it and I was a little behind getting them in the mail, so here's a peak!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I recently accepted a Nursing position at Pullman Regional Hospital as a Medical Surgical nurse and next week is National Nursing week and our dept. is suppose to come up with a poster to display for the celebration. Wellll . . . I volunteered and since cupcakes are a medium of expression (and consumption :) that I enjoy this is what I've been brainstorming. The cupcake are psudo-representations of the nursing staff - no one really has blue hair only cupcake personalities with blue hair ;)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Are you brainstorming a sweet treat, T-shirt, or personalized mug for your mother? I can't give away any surprises about what our family is doing for the special matrons in our lives, but if both of them didn't live in Alaska (where we are originally from) I'd love to take over some homemade goodness like these homemade Chocolate Granola Dip bars. It's a homemade granola bar dipped in chocolate, LUV 'um! They are healthy, chewy, and chocolaty - can't beat that! Super easy too!
Chocolate Granola Dip Bars
1 cup pitted dates
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, finely ground
1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely ground
1/2 cup macadamia nuts - 1/4 cup finely ground and the other 1/4 cup coarsely chopped
1/3 cup papaya, chopped
1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/3 cup dried blueberries
2 tablespoons oat bran
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 350. Place dates in sml sauce pan with just enough water to cover the dates and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, drain out water and puree in a food processor until smooth. This is the "glue," that holds our granola bars together. Set your "glue," aside. Now measure, chop and finely grind each ingredient that calls for it - when you are doing this think of what kind of chunks you or your mom like to see in granola bars ;) Now that each ingredient is ready mix them up in a deep bowl. Then add the pureed dates and honey and mix it up. Spray your pan with vegetable oil and press granola mixture into the pan. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, bars will be light golden brown. Cut your bars while they are still warm in the pan then let it cool till you can touch the pan without a hot pad. Now remove your bars and let them cool the rest of the way on a wire rack.
Once your bars are cooled completely, this is important otherwise your bars will break off in the chocolate while you are trying to dip them . . .Yikes! Choose whatever kind of chocolate makes your mom happy and start dippin! Lay them out on a piece of wax paper to set up, then drizzle with your choice of accent chocolate, sprinkles, coconut, or nuts.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I had a great time at the Young People's Arts Festival last Saturday! The kids were creative, well behaved, and energetic! There were all sorts of classes; crazy hats, paper bead making, a drawing class, wooden airplane-making, etc . . . My son, Gunner was was able to come to the second half and he decorated cupcakes, with me, then he went to wooden airplane-making class. I wish I could have followed him around and took some pictures, but I'm glad he got to come participate in all the fun! Kathleen and Keely from Moscow's Arts Dept. did an AMAZING JOB getting it organized! I only wish I could have gone when I was a kid ;)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
It is so nice out today! It feels so Spring! It makes me happy! Another thing that makes me happy is Moscow's Young People's Arts Festival that the city's department of Arts puts on for the kiddos! It's this Saturday amd here's a peak at one of the cupcake creations I'll be teaching in "Cupcake decorating with The Cupcake Co." You can still sign up just contact Keely Garrity at 208-883-7036 or stop by Moscow Jr. High Saturday morning at 8:30am. Hope to see you there!