Wednesday, January 25, 2012

National Peanut Butter Day

Yesterday was National Peanut Butter day.. How about a Reese's Cupcake to celebrate?

Thursday, February 10, 2011


So sometimes I feel like I have made big mistakes and other times I just think... "huh, maybe I could have done that better" I have been on a hiatus for the last year and looking back I realize I made a mistake. I am working more than full time in a rural ER and I am loving it but it also breaks my heart because many of the things I was passionate about fell through my cracks. I have seen less of my home, kids, and husband and have been baking even less than that!! For that I am sad.
Chris was injured more than two years ago in Iraq and this injury did more damage to our family than I ever thought possible. We have been through the ringer.. again. But we also have come out stronger than before. Our children are the strongest most resilient children around and they have spirit beyond measure. I am blessed to have them at my side and in my heart. I am also more than blessed to have a husband that would do anything to take care of me.
For all the mistakes I have made I am sorry (Chris, Bailey, and Lexi this is for you) and although my stubbornness can be a strong quality it can also make it difficult for everyone around me. I will be a better girl, mama, nurse, and for this place.... baker and blogger.
I am back. ;0)

xoxo Torture~ess

Monday, February 8, 2010

Barbie Boudoir

I am taking a new photography class and this was my subject study. I loved this shoot... What do you think?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Elvis Cupcakes

My triad of Joy
(don't you love the way the wrapper ended up in a heart shape, it's a sign that I should eat more)

I love bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. Who doesn't. I feel so very sad for people who are allergic to peanuts; not because of the peanuts but they can't have peanut butter. What a sad thing to not be allowed to have! My biggest treat is a grilled peanut butter banana sandwich. I have on a REAL occasion added chocolate but I have to be a super good girl for that one. I had some bananas that were too ugly to be eaten independently so this is what I came up with.

Elvis' Cupcake (if I had the chance to feed him, this would be it)

2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
3 small ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract

13 Hershey's Kisses

Peanut Butter Frosting (WARNING: this is super sweet!)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 Tbsp milk

Mix sour cream, bananas, and vanilla until combined. Combine all dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients mixing until just combined.

Spoon 1 Tbsp of batter into lined muffin tins or about 1/2 full.

Add the Kisses upside down into each cupcake

Top the kiss with additional batter until just covered.

Bake at 350 for 20-22 min.

Cool 10 min in pan before removing.

For the frosting mix all ingredients until spreading consistency. Add more milk if you need it to be thinner.

Frost the cupcakes and add chocolate chips if you want to take it up a notch.

The last kiss is for the cook of course!

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