Monday, April 14, 2014


Here comes Peter Cottontail.........It's Easter.  Let's all hope for warm weather and a Happy Easter with family and friends.   I got mail this weekend, a nice Easter card from Shelly, Kayla and Cassandra. Wish we lived closer so we could see each other more often, but guess that is what the postman is for.   Thank you so much for thinking of us.  And then Ms. Morgan and Mr. Sam sent us a package from Houston.  Mr. Dick got a new ball cap and I got some sprinkles.  When one gets sprinkles you gotta make a cake or cupcakes.  That is just what I did.  I made chocolate cupcakes and used my new pretty sprinkles. Mr. Dick will take these to work for the boys............I frosted them with a butter cream cream cheese frosting.

From Key Ingredients 

Chocolate Cupcakes makes 1 dozen

1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 TBSP of unsalted butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP of unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch Process)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

In medium saucepan, combine the butter and the oil and the water and cook over low heat til the butter is melted.  Remove from stove top 
In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt and whisk this together or sift.
Add the melted butter mixture and mix till smooth
Add the egg and mix
Add the buttermilk and the vanilla and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl often

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool and then frost

Nice recipe for making chocolate cupcakes, makes a small batch and uses my favorite "Buttermilk".  They are full of chocolate flavor and baked up nice and high.

Sprinkles are from pepper creek farms   This is a family run business located in Lawton, Oklahoma.  They offer a nice variety of products and also have "all-natural sprinkles".   If you are ever in the area give them a call and they would be glad to show folks around.  This is a long way from Maine but I could get to that neck of America some day.  

Oh so good...............................Thank you Linda B

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