Monday, September 12, 2011


I have been wanting a Blondie for some time. In an effort to save some cash, I have decided NOT to go to Applebees and get one already perfectly made, sizzling on a hot dish, with a scoop of ice cream.. *drool*

So I made it myself!

Sorta. :-\

I'm almost too ashamed to show you.

Should I be brave? Woman-up, you say?


I think eyeballing my measurements did not work. It appears I was just a wee bit short on flour. And yes, I did taste it. Meh. The flavor was okay.. but maybe a second cup full of flour would have absorbed some of this butter! Lol I tried, yall. I certainly did try.

I'm off to the dollar store to get me a measuring set. Whose up for a trip to Applebees?!

xoxo Von

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cupcakes: Philosophy & Fundamentals

So in the first post I made reference to a few cupcakes I had in the oven. Here are those precious little gems!

Mini cupcakes!

These were pineapple cupcakes, and they took me two rounds to get right. I neglected a fundemental rule of adding fresh fruit to a batter.. use. less. liquid! Fruit has liquid in it already and it will jack your batter up if you dont start out with less liquid. If I didn't already know that I would have learned it the other night. Thank God for the second box of cake mix and some good ol' ingenuity. Second batch was beautiful!

I made these cupcakes for my church's BBQ. So tasty, so pretty. So fragile. I could have added a dash of patience to the mix, because I was just a little bummed about how my cupcakes were handled on their way from my carrier to the serving tray. All my pretty flowers looked more like spikey fireworks - I couldn't watch as she (unintentionally!) mangled the second set of cupcakes. Sigh.

My lesson: lighten up, they are just cupcakes! They ended up being a lot of work but they were delicious and they put smiles on lots of faces. And that's the point, right?

xoxo Von

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fridge Pizza

I am running out of groceries. If you saw my fridge, you might be sad for me.

Somehow... I have eaten all the food I want to eat... and am left with veggies. Veggies I bought a week ago. Veggies just about on their last leg. What to do??

Make Pizza!!

I already had the pizza crust (the 98 cent mix from Walmart), but my inspiration was an article in a food magazine. The fresh corn is what did it for me.

So easy. Follow the directions to bake the crust, add sauce, cheese, toppings (more cheese, more toppings, more cheese!), bake, eat. I think that 78th layer of cheese is what held that corn on there :-).

You likey? What kind of interesting toppings do you like on your pizza?

xoxo Von

Sunday, September 4, 2011


I've got something to share with you... it's the inspiration that finally got me to START this little blog... these cupcakes!!

I am super proud of them. This is the first time I've done a real icing design on my cupcakes, used icing tools and everything. I think I have been bitten by the cupcake bug. In fact, I just pulled another batch out of the oven for an event.. ahh, cupcake love. Have another look.

Some are vanilla Funfetti with confetti-inspired sugar crystal sprinkles. The others are Oreo cupcakes! Yes - with real Oreos. Yum! I made these cupcakes for my acting class and as a thank you to our dear teacher. She's given us soo much these past 10 months, I had to give a little something back. One more look!

Tell me what you think!

xoxo Von