PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES

I had to make a special post about these delectable delights! They are so yummy. I say this with such enthusiasm  because normally I am not a champagne person. The last 2 or 3 times I’ve had champagne, the outcome was …not good (for lack of better words). Was I hesitant to make them? Most definitely. The outcome was pure “yumminess”. I realize that is not a real word, however, just imagine what something with pure “yumminess” taste like. The consistency was perfect and the champagne taste was slight yet powerful enough to remind you of a glass of blush bubbly. Dare I say, this has become one of my all time favorite flavors…yup. I am saying it.

The recipe calls for pretty much an entire bottle of blush bubbly. Your fave brand will do just fine. The frosting was more runny as opposed to being fluffy or stiff which made the treats even more delightful.  What is your absolute favorite alcohol infused cupcake?

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Baking & Dating- What’s this all about?

Some may read the title of this blog and wonder what one concept really has to do with the other. I will be more than happy to explain. For me, baking and dating are two areas of life that I have a deep connection. I have been baking since I was a pre-teen. I absolutely LOVE the kitchen. I have very little artistic inclination when it comes to drawing etc…My creativity is usually developed and expanded in the kitchen. In addition to the kitchen, I LOVE the idea of LOVE. Dating to me is an art and a game. You have to be creative and strategic. This is where I believe the correlation between dating and baking comes in…for me at least. Baking is something that I love and I am building a company and brand that I have hopes of success and good fortune. As I meet different individuals on this path of dating, my hopes also are to build a meaningful relationship that will flourish with good fortune. Seems simple enough. Let’s see which one develops first.

-Stacey-Ann

When Do You Give Up??

I just got finished reading this book. Too LIttle, Too Late by Victoria Christopher Murphy.

Another one of those ( like 50 shades of grey- more to come on that one later) books that kept me up all night reading.. It’s a good thing I am not in school because I wouldn’t be getting any homework done.

It was a story of a couple who’s lives intertwined with 3 other people with lies and deceit.

One man was a sex addict, and actually had sex with his wife’s enemy and then fathered a child by same hated woman.

One woman as a perpetual liar.. Kept so many lies from her husband that if had the truth been told in the beginning would have no where near the paid that it caused down the line.

These two individuals where the main ones causing hurt and pain to others in the story. Both of their significant others had to make decisions? Am I going to forgive you for cheating on me because it was just a disease (sex addict)?  Do I forgive you again for yet another monumental lie that you have told to me  ( Perpetual liar)?

One after much prayer chose to forgive and try and rebuild the trust and love that they had and start their marriage anew. The other wasn’t able to overcome the lies and great deception that occurred.

Reading this story really got me thinking.. in a relationship, and specifically speaking to a marriage relationship, at what point do you stop trying? What sin is the ultimate sin to where you just can’t forgive any more.. It is cheating? Is it money issues? When do you stop and say I’m not trying any more…. I look at a marriage relationship as one where you have made commitments to go thru all types of thick and thin together.

As a Christian, I love how this book reiterated time and time again that you have to pray. I think that if you are a Christian, Christ should be in your relationship and you should be consulting him in prayer in your decisions especially in the difficult ones of deciding at what point to end a marriage.

The society that we live in today doesn’t place must value on marriage and the vows that one makes to each other in the ceremony.. oh you kissed another girl, we’re getting a divorce.. There is no working anything out to try and make it work.

I hope that should I ever be lucky enough to marry, that I don’t have to go thru some hard times, BUT IF I DO I hope that with prayer and perseverance I can make it through.

Just my thoughts for now.. 

– Liz

Late for work?? Take cupcakes … Thats what I did.

It always seems that I am habitually late to work whenever I should be on time… such as for training.

Of course that is what happened to me this week. I apologized to being late to my trainers, they said I could make it up by baking some cupcakes.. Something I could easily oblige them ( I love to bake.)

I came home and searched the internet to figure out what cupcakes to make.

I found this receipe for Salted Caramel Cupcakes with salted caramel filling.

I took them to work and everyone loved them, stating it was almost better than my red velvet ones. I can be late as long as I bring in cupcakes..  That works for me.

Here’s are some pictures of the process.

Mini and regular sized ready to go into the oven.

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The whole process – had to change my beater because the stand mixer I have totally sucks ( can’t wait to afford the kitchen aid mixer )

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Filled with salted caramel filling.. Yum yum!!

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Final Product – ready to take to work  ( although one was missing in the morning form this pile – gotta love family )

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– Liz

Love… Is it enough

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Went to the beach today and wrote this word in the sand.

What is love? When do you know when it is real? What about the couples who have been in love for years but say the love died at some point and separate? Can you overcome obstacles in relationships with love alone or are other things necessary to weather these storms?

It’s been several years since I’ve been in a relationship and I did love my last ex.. But the love wasn’t enough to overcome the obstacles that we had .. I don’t often think and regret my decision to leave. I feel that it was the best decision to make in our situation.. But what if I was wrong.. What if that love was enough.. Will I get another chance with someone else now?

These are just questions that I have.. Time will tell if I get that chance to love again and I’ll find out then..

–Liz

Dating: what it comes down to

Dating is a small word with so many different meanings. It’s certainly left up to interpretation. What is dating to you? While there are many interpretations to the concept of dating one thing I feel is key in any situation is identifying what both parties want out of the situation. There obviously won’t be growth if one person is content on mixing and mingling while the other seeks a more stable situation. It all comes down to communication. Being open and honest is the only way to be sure that neither party is settling or compromising. Once pertinent information has been exchanged both individuals should know where to proceed or withdraw from the situation. Just a few thoughts as i indulge in my oreo cheesecake from cheesecake factory.

-Stacey

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Roadtrip Edition : Miami.2

After much debating, Stacey and I made it back to Miami the next weekend. Some called us crazy for back to back trips. (That’s what happens when you have a groupon voucher for a hotel room that you are locked in to … I had to get my monies worth out of it. )

So right after work Friday, we hit the road to Miami…  Tropical Storm Debbie was in town that weekend so the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday in Miami was 70 – 80 % chance of rain.. That meant no beach this time.

We got to the hotel, (no rain!! ) checked in, got situated in the room and then decided to go check out Miami night life.. because of course its just beginning at 1 am….  Once we get to the hotel lobby and look out the door, what do we see… RAIN of course…. There was only a 80 % chance it would rain.……. What to do now???

-We people watched under the hotel awning outside.. That was fun!!

-Stacey bought an umbrella from a crack head for $2

-Walked with random guy from the hotel down to ocean drive and back.

– Saw this clock I wanted, (came back and found out it cost $600.. a girl can dream right)

-meet 3 young girls (21) from NY and people watched some more with them. (entertaining! )

– checked out the bar/club across the street. It had good music but a questionable crowd so we left.

Somehow still ended up going to sleep around 4 pm.  ( Miami Nights)

Woke up the next morning to some sunshine and only a 30 % chance on rain. That made it easy to just make it a relaxing day.. Brunch at one restaurant, drinks at another, back for a nap.

My lesson learned: the 2 for 1 drink specials on Ocean Ave are cheap liquor and will give you a hangover.. Topshelf liquor is the way to go.

For the evening we got dressed up,  went to dinner with a friend and tried hookah for the first time..  One must always remember, things happen for a reason. At the hookah spot we wanted a seat outside but the only available seating was inside.  After a while, we noticed the hostess hadn’t came to let us know that there were some spots now available outside.. We grumbled about this a little while continuing to hookah’d. Probably 5 minutes or so after Stacey mentioned this, all of a sudden you hear a down pour outside.. We were all smiles as we sat inside away from all the rain.. Sitting inside wasn’t a bad choice after all 🙂

The next morning, we said bye to our friends we met during our stay. A hotel guest from New York told us we needed to leave later in the afternoon to avoid traffic to which we responded, oh we do this all the time, there’s no traffic heading back home to Orlando. This guy must have known something we didn’t because sure enough, about 15 minutes into the drive home, we hit some traffic -___- Luckily it was from an accident so we were only in it for about 15 minutes and then we were back in the clear.

Thanks Miami for treating us well. We will see you again, because we have another living social deal to use.

-Liz