Tuesday, February 21, 2012


It's been awhile since I've had time to blog about cupcakes but here goes. I made peanut butter cupcakes awhile ago and I wasn't happy with them. I got the recipe off food network where I get most of my recipes. As I was making the peanut butter recipe from the website I found that at first taste the peanut butter was good but as thirty seconds after it had the worst after taste. JUST HORRIBLE! So I gave up and worked on perfecting my vanilla icing (which I have) The other day I was staring at my Reese peanut butter chips that I bought for reason that I don't remember but not the point, I decided that I would try and make them the same way I make my chocolate frosting. Turned out to be the best way to do it! Using peanut butter is some peoples preference but I can't stand it, everyone else enjoyed them, but I said no way Jose. So what I do is take two separate recipes and mix them together. At first I thought it would be too sweet, but if you cut the ingredient in half it turns out to be perfect. Probably not the healthiest but I'm not making Tofu here! :)

Okay so here is the recipe I used: (secret ingredient left out and no it's not love...although love is added)
Use whatever vanilla icing recipe the you prefer, but cut the ingredient in half except the salt.
-3c confectionery sugar
-1/4c crisco or non salted butter
-2tsb salt
-1/4c milk
-2tsb vanilla
-I always sift in the confectionery sugar because sometimes you don't need a full three cups. Also add the milk then sugar then milk than sugar. You might not even need 1/4 cups of milk.
-I also freeze my bowl before I use it and then put whatever icing I make in the fridge for five minutes

For the peanut butter icing
-1/2 bag of Reese's chips
-1/4 cream cheese
-2 oz (secret ingredient)
Endless cups of love (See I told you it was in there)
-add more peanut butter chips for more of a stronger peanut butter taste

I recommend using a double boiler for the chocolate chips and the cream cheese when you melt it down. I put a picture below of how I make my own double boiler since I don't have one.

Who want em?

These are the first peanut butter cupcakes
I made. See how far I've come?
(actual peanut butter)

Had to slap my dad's hand away he kept taking them and adding chocolate frosting I had left over from a cake I baked.

My double boiler :)
Happy baking!!!
Had to use a zip lock bag to do the icing because I didn't have piping bags


Next cupcake I'm trying are going to Orange flavored. We'll see how they turn out ;) Till next time! Happy baking!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My ebook is finally here!!!

After months of trying to figure out the best way to publish my book my ebook is now available! It's a day late due to techincial difficulties, but IT'S HERE!!

I've been working on this for the past two years and I am hope y'all will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!  So cheesy right? Everyone always says that, but it's so true! I had a great time writing about Melissa, Brett, Shawn, and the rest of the gang and I can't wait to get started in the editing process of the second book in the series (no title yet). I am looking for Beta readers though! Let me know if your interested.

It's very true that once you start writing your characters, they become a part of you. A big part of you! Surprisingly, enough I also found out things about myself that I didn't notice until reading through the book. Apparently, I'm not very girly when it comes to relationships. My first editor told me I think like a man. That was something I found to be rather interesting to learn. I also found out the type of man I go for. (Brett *wink wink*) Ladies you'll him. Advisory warning, he is not real and if he would be taken...by me!

And although I've already thanked them. I would once again like to thank my editors: Cara, Glenna, and Sarah. I would also like to thank everyone in my writer's group! Sitting through unedited versions of my work must have been rough. From My Shelf for answering the million questions I had. Vicki and Michele for putting up with my constant fear about EVERYTHING and to the rest of my friends and family that have supported me throughout the entire process! If I missed anyone specifically I apologize, I'm going on a week of barely any sleep!

Again, thank you guys for all your support and If you would like to purchase a copy of my first book, Such is Life, click on Such is Life tab for directions. Don't forget to click on Follow this blog for updates on the upcoming release of the print edition of Such is Life, Contest and Giveaways, book signings, and much more. It'll take ya two minutes just to click Follow this blog and sign up :)