Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baker's Review Wednesday 14: Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Buttercream

sweet strawberry & vanilla deliciousness . . .

"I think these are the best cupcakes I've ever had." {my dad}

"These are really good.  You should make them for my birthday." {my mom}

When I made these cupcakes, I made 24 regular size and 12 mini - 2 of those mini's got popped into my mouth without anything on or in them when they were fresh . . . they were THAT good!!!

Uhhh . . . does that convince you that these cupcakes are like really really delicious?!?!  I'm pretty sure it would convince me, except I already know that they're nummy-licious!!!

Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
{recipe slightly adapted from Baked Perfection}

Strawberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda,baking powder and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely and fill with strawberry filling. Top with Strawberry buttercream. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.  Store in refrigerator.

my tip: use a scoop to get even amounts of dough in each cupcake - more about that here

Strawberry Filling
1/2 quart bag of frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
splash or 2 of lemon
3 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of salt

Drain strawberries, reserving the liquid. Add enough water to liquid to equal 1 cup. In a large saucepan, combine the strawberry liquid, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt. Heat and stir until the mixture boils and thickens. Cool completely. Stir strawberries into the cooled mixture.  Blend up the mixture with a hand mixer.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  There will probably be leftovers . . .

Strawberry Buttercream

2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup strawberry jam
pinch of salt
5-6 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in strawberry filling and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

These things are just so delicious it's crazy-ness!!! 

I think these are best right out of the refrigerator, but my mom thinks they're best after sitting out a bit.

So are you like totally ready to go and make these nummies???  Because you should be . . .

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Make it by Monday: Red

Yayy - doing a challenge with Made it on Monday - the Make it by Monday Challenge.  I liked it (this is the first week I've done it) because I actually did some crafting!  Yes - HOORAY!!!

I started by going around the house with a basket and finding red supplies - I knew I wanted to make some sort of red belt.  I've been liking red lately, but I don't think I have anything red - clothes, shoes, or belts.  I needed to change that:)

So I came up with the Red Garden Belt - I just made random different flowers from tutorials/inspiration.


The flower part of the belt is a casing so it can be wherever I want it to be on the belt.  The belt just ties closed in a knot, and I just hide that part in the casing (yesterday, anyways).

I wore the belt Sunday as shown above.

So how do you think the stripes and floral look together - I like it!!

Sunday's Outfit
Tank Top: Walmart
Undershirt: Target?
Shrug: Kohls
Skirt: Ebay
Sandals: JCPenney
Headband: Made by Me
Belt: Made by Me

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Have a wonderful day!!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shop Your Closet: Something you rarely/never wear

I did a challenge this week that I was supposed to wear something I rarely or never wear.

This is what I came up with: 
The capris I'm wearing have never been worn before - I've had them for probably about a year or so.  I've just never known when or how to wear them . . .  I really like them though, and now I may actually start wearing them!!

Top: Kohls
Capris: free (thrift store type of thing - every spring/fall at my church)
Sandals: Old Navy

Are you wondering why my head is cut off??  It wasn't on purpose, but I was just using a self time & tripod to take the photos, and my head was accidently cut off - I decided it was fine since you could see my whole outfit:)

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I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Morgan Elaine Photoshoot

My beautiful baby sister Morgan ~

 I did this photoshoot one evening when most of the family was gone ~ August 16th.

 Such a cute smile ~

 Cutest little girl ever  :)

 Studying the flowers - {yes, she did try to eat them}  :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

p.s. Today, the 26th, is the last day to use the coupon code - go use it quick and also get and extra entry into the giveaway!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's my 100th Post . . . & it's time for a GIVEAWAY!!!

It is amazing to me . . . . my 100th post - already?!?!?  Even with all my times where I don't post in like forever . .. . and also the times where I'm posting pretty good every day. . . .

Anywho . . . I've not been posting in like forever, even when I've wanted to this week, because I wanted my 100th post to be a giveaway . . . .

I wanted to do the giveaway before, but first I had to decide what to giveaway; and then to make it . . .

Now, I've been blogging since January this year . . . it's crazy how quickly time can go by!!

There have been so many things I've posted about in this time: crafts & tutorials; food & recipes; partying; family and friends; photography; and other things, too!  Well, I was going to tell you what some of my favorite posts so far have been, but I decided that might be too hard!

I personally like giveaways myself, so I decided it would be fun to do one for all my awesome blog readers!

 If you win this fun little giveaway, this is what you will receive!

A bible verse photo tile,

two Yo-Yo Hair Clips ( Black & Purple on covered alligator clips),

and two Felt Flower Hair Clips (White & Cocoa Brown on french clips).

{no girls??? - these hair clips make great gifts!!}

So do you want to enter this giveaway?!?!?

Simply comment on this post telling me what you like about my blog or what your favorite thing in the giveaway is:)

If you would like to enter the giveaway by email, simply email me here with the requirments above.

For an extra entry to the giveaway, purchase anything from either AJcrazies Blog Sale or from AJcrazies on Etsy.

This giveaway is open until September 1.

(p.s. I'd love it if you'd spread the word about the giveaway!!!!)

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Confirmation Classes: August 4 - Part 3

Photo's of my cute little brother, Walker!!

He was sad for some reason, so I took a picture of him that made him happier so then he had a big grin on his face!!

On the ladder at the playground . . .what a cutie pie!!

Walker was being silly in the grass, so I quickly took some pictures of him . . .Love how they turned out:)

And another . . . the grass looks amazing in it, too!

Have a wonderful day:)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Confirmation Classes: August 4 ~ Part 2

Tara had wanted some pictures taken up at Grandpa & Grandma's beautiful place, so in the afternoon, I took a bunch of photos of Tara . . . here a few of them:)  Enjoy!
In front of a chest of some sort - love the look:)

In the dried out fields - was surprised how cool it looked!
In front of the chest again . . .

Some of Grandpa's old machinery things that line the driveway in the background . . .

In front of pallets on an old gate.

In the beautiful lawn . . . I think the grass is so beautiful!!!

LOVE this picture with all the pallets in the background!!  On the gate again.

Enjoy & have a wonderful day!

Remember the coupon code!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Confirmation Classes: August 4 ~ Part 1

There are several different posts I'm going to have to do for this day, since my family came up for my birthday, and I was taking tons of photos, even if some of them were self timer and tripod ones, I'm the one who got them organized:)

Tara and me

Apparently how I had the tripod, it was crooked . . .

Tara really liked this picture for some reason . . .

Morgan and me - Tara took this picture

Me, Morgan, Tara, Bronwyn, & Hunter

Grandpa just has a beautiful place . . . lush green grass . . . and a blue sky, which made for some pretty sunsets:)

Hope you had a wonderful day!!

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