I will admit, I have never been a baseball fan. Seriously, it was the most boring sport to watch. And I watch GOLF!!! I did enjoy going to the games, but that was way more about the people watching and the hot dogs than it was about the game. Well 2 things changed this year. The first is a rules change that put a clock on the plays! WOW what a difference. No more waiting what felt like hours for them to throw each and every pitch! It really is a game changer as far as being able to watch a game on TV! The 2nd thing that changed this year is the Texas Rangers are playing in the WORLD SERIES!!!
This is huge. I couldn’t be prouder of the team that has come from seemingly nowhere to be on this stage! You are making us all proud……and dare I say it, gaining fans for the whole sport!
LET’S GO RANGERS!!!
Howdy Folks! It is State Fair of Texas time again. Otherwise known as Corny Dog season! I can’t wait to get an opportunity to go. It is also finally turning nice outside, or as one might say it is fair!
Hope you get a wonderful chance to enjoy all fall has to offer!
The site, myfryingpan.com recently published an article by Aileen D featuring AI images of cupcakes for each state. They were quite creative and appeared delicious! Of course we were attracted to this chocolatey delight that was designed for Texas!
As usual I can’t believe it is already AUGUST! But there is so much more to it than that. My family and I just celebrated the FIRST birthday of my Great Nephew. He has grown and changed so much, but still, it’s been a YEAR!?! Not Possible!
Later this month I will be having a reunion with my college roomates. It’s been…….DECADES! Honestly it seems like only maybe 5 years ago……
It’s all so bittersweet.
HOO Boy is this summer heat already doing a number on all of us. I like it cooler than most I know, but seriously heat is quite dangerous. It really makes you appreciate any and all air movement! Bless you and thank you to whomever invented and keeps improving on the fan! From beautiful and artistic ceiling fans, the classic table top fan, the workhorse box fan, the modern tech battery operated neck fans, to the good old hand fan…….whatever gets the air flowing, I’m all for it!
Stay cool and hydrated out there. And, always keep a fan handy! I love this one from Etsy’s FestivalMerch.
May is the month of Mother’s Day, and you want to be sure and give Mom the royal treatment! Get some good ideas by watching the Coronation of King Charles. In honor of both, here is a recipe shared by Good Housekeeping in 2020 for the Queen’s Chocolate Cupcakes from the Royal Pastry Chef’s:
The Royal Pastry Chefs’ Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Ingredients for the cake sponges – (serves approximately 15)
– 15g vinegar
– 300ml milk
– 50ml vegetable oil
– 60g butter (melted and cool)
– 2 eggs
– 5ml of vanilla essence
– 250g of self-raising flour
– 75 of cocoa powder
– 300g caster sugar
– 10g bicarbonate of soda
– 100g white chocolate chips
– cupcake cases
Ingredients for the buttercream topping:
– 90g of high percentage dark chocolate
– 100g butter
– 125g icing sugar
Option to also use Royal icing, instead of buttercream:
– Royal icing available pre-made in shops
– Add food colouring to create different colours
Cake sponge method:
1.Preheat the oven to 150 C
2.Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl
3.Whisk the eggs in a separate jug, with the vanilla essence, melted butter, oil, milk and vinegar
4.Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little
5.Ensure the batter is smooth with no lumps
6.Finally add the chocolate chips (alternatives could be nuts, dried fruit)
7.Lay the cupcake cases onto a tray
8.Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases
9.Bake for around 15-18 minutes, take out of the oven when golden and springy on touch
10.Leave to cool
Buttercream icing method:
1.Cream the sugar and butter together, until light and creamy
2.Add in the warm melted chocolate
3.If you have a piping bag to hand, pipe the icing on the top of cakes for decoration (otherwise gently use a teaspoon or small spatula to ice)
Royal icing method:
1.If decorating with royal icing, roll the icing out and cut into circular disks
2.Lay the disc over the cupcake and mould to required shape
image by Clares Cupcakes London
Hope you have a fantastic April. Spring is fully in swing. Easter is here. And we get to spend more time outside! Get out and enjoy April!
Well March has arrived and it brings with it thoughts on luck.
I have decided to embrace my luck even when it doesn’t always appear to be good luck. The recent death of a tablet is a great example. A completely inoperable tablet is bad luck. But when researching the reason for the crash a dangerously hot battery was discovered. So while the tablet may no longer be usable, at least it didn’t start a fire! GOOD LUCK!
I won’t bore you with more examples, of which I have many. You get the point. Just remember sometimes bad luck is actually good luck. You just have to look for it. I encourage you to do just that.
We are ringing in February here in North Texas with an ICE STORM! I am so thankful that we don’t have to be on the roads and can hunker down at home with a cozy fire and our favorite cold weather meals. Closed offices all over town mean caterings will be rescheduled. Next week may be a bit hectic, but today I am just going to revel in the peace and calm.
Praying all of you are somewhere safe and warm!
Whew, we made it! Welcome 2023!!!! I am trying not to put too much pressure on this new beginning, but I do have very high hopes for the upcoming year!!!
To Health, Happiness, Fulfillment, Appreciation, Positive Changes, and All Things Beautiful.