I have really been having fun doing this blog 🙂 I was getting into a bit of an at-home mom rut, and needed something to do that was just for me. Since recreational shopping is out since converting into a one income family, this is a fantastic substitute!
I haven’t used blogger for years and like fiddling with all the gadgets and getting things set up just so. When I get time, so like in a few years, I need to work on a personalized title banner and all those little (big) things to make this place feel like home. It feels like my new little office, I wish my last desk had a La-Z-Boy 😉
It seems like I’m really baking-centered, but I swear I do cook too! It seems like baking lends itself better to pretty pictures and also just that the fact that at least some of it can stick around for a day or two until I can get the camera out. I really am totally a newbie with photography too, so if you ever want to leave any tips or constructive criticism that can help me out, it is more than welcome. I got my dSLR (Canon) when Boo was 11 months old, so I haven’t had much time to practice. I took one of the 6 week classes at Carsand Mosher right after I bought it, and it was really helpful, but practice is really the most important part of photography. Most of the BFTP (Blast from the past) photos are taken with my old P&S in a dark apartment.
As promised, here is my recipe for super rich Chocolate Buttercream, which as you can see is excellent for piping on everyone’s favorite these days…cupcakes!
My Chocolate Buttercream
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 2/3 cups sifted icing sugar
1/3 cup cream (coffee, blend or whipping, or if you have to, just milk)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sifted cocoa powder
Cream butter well (the KitchenAid is great for making icings like this, but if you don’t have one, use electric hand mixer). Mix in cocoa, salt and vanilla until cocoa is mixed in thoroughly. Beat in icing sugar alternately with cream and continue beating until it comes together how you like it. I normally let it go for 3 or 4 minutes.
Makes about 2 cups.