Brownies are posted here
Clara is a slacker and didn’t update the blogroll this week 😛
I’m late I’m late for a very important date … or am I. It’s called TWD and today is Thursday which does start with a T right? Maybe? Ya, no, I’m not on time. I would like to list my excuses now because they’re lame, but you know you want to know what I’ve been up to. You care don’t lie. I’m not really making excuses as much as laughing about the wackiness of this week
1. Cleaning the apt all weekend because the fire dept is coming soon (they check to make sure the landlord isn’t slacking every 7 years but, if the apt looks like a tornado swept through I’m in trouble too) and people are staying over this weekend for a wedding totally got in the way. Do you have any idea how much time I wasted cleaning. Cleaning is the biggest waste of time ever! That’s why I never do it. I hate cleaning. Cleaning sucks.
2. I forget #2
3. Sexy Time kept me up all night hehe
4. Going to bed at 7pm because of the previous nights sexy time doesn’t help at all. Especially when you wake up at midnight, have more sexy time then spend another night up until 4am
5. Ya sexy time again
Bahaha ok so ya G thanks you all profusely for baring with me because he has thoroughly enjoyed this week 😛
TMI I know I know
Anyway, something crazy happened in my oven and half my madelines burned after less than 10 minutes. My oven is clearly on drugs but damn these little babies are tasty!! Actually I know what my oven’s prob is. It heats way too fast in the back. Usually I leave things right up at the front but, for some stupid reason I didn’t pay attention and put them in the long way and look where it got me. Burned little Madelines 😦 Whatever they’re all gone already . You must make them NOW it’s an order!
Because I feel semi guilty that I never do the MeMe’s CB tags me for I guess I’ll do this one
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started my first blog years ago. A good friend has a very popular blog in Egypt and I wanted to be as cool as he was. Tragically, it never happened. I have my suspicions that it’s because in about a year I had about 10 blog updates. My next two blogs were started around the same time. One was a blog of the last 100 days before my wedding … I got from day 100 to day 96 before I lost interest and the other was my first cooking blog. Initially it was a locked blog and I pretty much used it as my own online recipe file, but things change and I started posting, then I moved over here and I have CDF and MasterBaker now
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
I’m horrible at coming up with names for things so I asked my hubs and this is what I got stuck with 😛 Master Baker was a little easier and I’m not commenting on why that is.
3. Do your friends and family know about your blog, and what do they think?
Most of my family and friends know, but I don’t think they come visit and if they do they sure as hell don’t comment. I almost pooped my pants the day I got a comment from my Mom. Now my Jknotties, they sit online all day too so of course they know and visit.
4. How do you write posts?
Um, I sit down at the computer and use my amazing typing skills to type whatever it is my little heard desires. I don’t really understand this question.
5. Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments?
Well if the DB gods can be considered trolls then yes I’ve had them. They didn’t like that they couldn’t control what I write on my blog so they got their big bad posse together and tried to scare me into submission. They’re neither cool enough or bad ass enough to scare me so I didn’t care. In the end I did leave all the comments they wrote up (if I want to speak my mind then people have a right to hear the other side), but after a few hours of going around in a circular motion I closed comments on the post, but all were left up.
6. Do you check your stats or care how many people read your blog? If you care, how do you increase traffic?
I used to check my stats more than I do now. I think that’s partially due to the fact that I’ve been so damn busy. Of course I want lots of people to read and enjoy my blog, but as long as CB still reads it then I’m happy.
My flan will be jiggling it’s booty in a little late (late posts two weeks in a row … not good), but I would like to direct anyone who has a problem with that to my husband. He’s the one who got behind on the dishes and left me with not pots or pans for my traditional Monday night TWD baking. The dishes are now done and flan will be made the minute I get home from work.
I have the Makeover song from Clone High stuck in my head today (if you never watched clone high you must take a trip to youtube and watch old episodes … best animated show EVER). Anyway, today my blog got it’s sexy new design thanks to Jess of Cuppycake Designs. What does everyone think?
Also, the Master Baker Round Up for February has been posted, everyone should run on over and take a peek, there are some amazing entries!
TWD has taken on a mind of it’s own lately and grown by leaps and bounds in the last few weeks, but Laurie’s little motivational group designed to force her to actually use her new cookbook is now semi famous. We made it in the news.
Dot.com cooking – Chicago Tribune
“Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has her own blog (http://www.doriegreenspan.com ) and contributes recipes regularly to Serious Eats (seriouseats.com). She also has a group of fans called “Tuesdays with Dorie” who are intent on making and posting on their blogs recipes from Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours.”
I’m a little behind with my posts, but last weekend I was craving vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. We were on our way over to my ILs. I had my vanilla cupcake recipe and all my supplies. I had even mixed up my dry ingredients because I knew there was no chance my MIL had cake flour even if she had restocked her regular flour supply after using every last drop during her Christmas Baking Extravaganza.
G and I were in the car and then it hit me. I wanted chocolate frosting, but what kind? Ut oh. Luckily, my trusty CB was at her computer and my Mom had just bought me my trusty iphone. I’m going to copy CB here and post our conversation.
Nikki: Do u have a fave chocolate frosting. I’m making cuppys tonight and forgot to find a frosting recipe.
Sent from my iPhone
CB: here’s 2 of them! don’t you wub me?? 🙂
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powder sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
Cream butter and vanilla with mixer on low/med speed. In separate bowl combine powder sugar and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Slowly add milk until you reach desired consistency (may not use all of milk). Beat until creamy.
1 cup white or dark chocolate
3/4 cup whipping cream
Place chocolate in bowl. In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until choco melted.
Nikki: You’re wonderful!!!!
Sent from my iPhone
CB: I know 😉
Now that I had my recipe I was ready to bake. Now this is the coolest part of my baking experience. My MIL has her mothers old Kitchenaid mixer. Based on the little bit of research I’ve done, I believe it’s a 3-C and was produced sometime in the 1950’s. Now that means the mixer is somewhere around 60 years old and it still works like a champ. I will say that it can’t mash up my almost room temperature butter quite as well as my current KA, but it’s so cute with it’s glass bowl and dainty whip. I love it and it was tons of fun to get to play with a piece of cooking history.
In the end my cuppys were yummy as can be, but frosting with a butter knife wasn’t the ideal too for beautiful frosting, but who cares, they tasted good and that’s all that matters.
Billy’s Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes (aka my current go to vanilla cuppy recipe)
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients.
Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients
Bake for 17-22 minutes at 325 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean
For the frosting I choose the standard Chocolate Frosting above. Thanks CB
I moved my blog to wordpress in November and I’ve had a whopping 5000 hits since then. For some that may not be much, but I’m damn proud of myself. I think tonight I’m going to have a little 5000 hit partaaaay with my bad self.
I’ve been tagged by my favoritest CB!
Now, first things first, why do they call it a meme? I know there’s some scientific thing with building information or something, but really, I just can’t deal with the name. It’s weird and it just doesn’t make sense. Well maybe it does but I prefer acronyms. For example, if it were me I would call them Tag You’re It Blog Questionnaires or something like that, which would be known by all as TYIBQ. <- Makes SO much more sense than meme. Right?
Ok now on to question answering..
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was in my freshman year of high school, were does time go, that seems like it was only a few years ago. And honestly, that makes me feel old. I really am an old married hag now.
What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was just starting to get into the super crazy stage of wedding planning. Thank god that’s over!
Five snacks you enjoy:
2. Cheese (I’ll leave that one CB)
3. Refried Beans
5. Tootsie Pops/Rolls
Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:
1. TLC – Waterfalls (except the rap … the rap is hard)
2. Gangstas Paradise – Coolio
3. Violent Femmes – Blister in the sun
4. Steve Miller Band – Joker
5. Tom Petty – Free Fallin
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Pay off Debit
2. Buy a House
3. Quit my job and …
4. Travel and …
5. Have cute little babies
Five bad habits:
1. Leaving my clothes all over the house
2. Leaving my stuff all over the house
3. Procrastinating ie slacker (me tooo CB)
4. Not taking things out of my car … That reminds me … CB I have your Xmas present waiting in my car to be mailed out oops
5. Wearing sandals in the snow
Five things you like doing:
1. Sleeping/snuggling with Greggers
3. TV … I love my shows
4. Playing with the poop monster aka my dog Puddles and Chester the Molester aka Bubba my Cat
5. Reading a good book
Five things you would never wear again:
1.I wish I could put Bra on this list
3. Scrunchy Socks
Five favorite toys:
1. Iphone (my newest fav toy)
3. KA Mixer
5. Wusthof Culinar Knives – G’s already ended up with stitches once from them. Could there be anything more fun?
Ready or not!?! You’ve been tagged!