December 6, 2013

Crocheting and Baking

Two of my favorite things!


I started this afghan when my husband and I went to New York in September for his birthday.  I love the colors in it.  I used an acrylic/wool blend that I bought as a close-out from WEBS.


It was fun to make all the squares and watch the colors come together.  I was inspired by the Picnic Blanket from Nicki Trench's book, Homemade Gifts.  I love the denim blue.


Here's my little Molly enjoying it when I set it aside while weaving in the mega number of ends!


I swear sometimes I think she sleep with her eyes open.



And yellow cupcakes with chocolate buttercream filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.   I made these for my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson for our get-together the night before Thanksgiving.  If you want to make them, here goes:

Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Filling and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting 

1 box yellow cake mix - any brand will do

For frosting:

16-ounces of powdered sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 to 6 tablespoons of cocoa 

Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.  Using an ice cream scoop, fill liners about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 18 minutes.

Completely cool.  

Frosting:

Cream two sticks of softened butter in stand mixer.  Add powdered sugar 1/3 at a time,  cocoa, milk and vanilla.  Mix on high until creamy.

Using a large decorator's tip, pipe frosting in center of cooled cupcake.  Frost with frosting, as desired.

Serve to family and friends!












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