Posted by Nicole
I’ve somehow come out of my sugar coma and am finally able to type a post. Hallelujah.
Today started with a trip to the chiropractor and then the AT&T store. For Christmas, Lauren and I are so blessed and got to upgrade to new iPhones! 3GS –> 4GS wahooooo! THANKS MOMMA :)
The clarity of the screen and the improved camera make it totally worth it. We are in love!
Other highlights of the day included a Christmas-colored lunch and some solo cupcake baking.
Because I tend to stick to similar foods everyday, I decided to mix it up and have pasta for lunch. 1.5 cups of garlic fettucine + 3 cups of spinach + a cup of TJ’s organic mushroom marinara
Complete with the other half of my kabocha squash for some extra veg. Quick, easy, tasty.
Lauren is having a ginger-themed holiday get-together tonight; she said some gingerbread cupcakes would be a nice addition to the food spread. Post-lunch, with a full tummy, I started to bake. Here was my logic– “Bake the gingerbread cupcakes after eating so you won’t snack on the batter/frosting/everything else sweet in the kitchen”– YEAH, THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.
I made the Martha Stewart recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes (makes 22) from her book and it ended up being enough batter for 24 minis and 10 regular-sized. Did I mention that the batter was delicious? The combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves is unbeatable.
While they baked, I made Martha Stewart’s recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting. After mixing, I added the four standard gingerbread spices (above). Taste-test; approved!!!
Once baked, I frosted them.
Side note 1: These cupcakes did not require baking powder or baking soda!
Side Note 2: Lauren is always the one who applies the frosting. We make a great team because I like measuring, mixing, and pouring into the cupcake liners. I’ve never tried using a piping bag, so my attempt at frosting them was less-than-stellar.
Side Note 3: I watched two Christmas-themed episodes of Cupcake Wars while making the cupcakes. I played along and tried to finish each step before “time” was up.
Side Note 4: The only way Lauren will compete on Cupcake Wars is if I memorize every single recipe for her 77 cupcake flavors and be her sous-chef.
Frosted and dusted with cocoa powder for some extra flair. Told ya, less-than-stellar.
Another not-so-stellar thing was the immediate sugar hangover; all the taste-testing left me with a giant stomach ache. The rest of tonight I’ll be chugging water. Cheers!
Q4U: Favorite seasonal flavor- gingerbread, apple cider, or peppermint?
Gingerbread all the way! And if you agree, you’ll love Lauren’s recap of her Ginger Party.