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twenty eight birthday cupcakes

Today is my twenty eighth birthday and coincidentally this batch came up with 28 cupcakes. Must be fate. I made this in its cake version last week and it went so fast I decided to bake cupcakes to bring to my office for my birthday
lemon orange chiffon cupcakes
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easter bunny cookies

easter cookies

I absolutely love Easter! I have so many good memories from Easter as a kid that I try to make an effort to make it special as an adult…but its not as fun when you have to buy your own Easter dress and don’t wake up to a pre-made basket of goodies! 🙂

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buttermilk oven roasted drumsticks

I don’t know why I have always replaced drumsticks in recipes…this recipe reminded me how GOOD they are. These 6 drumsticks rang up at $2.80! Yummy and cheap?

buttermilk marinated drumsticks

These are great to make in a pinch. Just around 35 minutes to cook in the oven and a few more under the broiler. They marinate all night so the meat is tender is full of flavor.

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Perfect little meal here for a busy weeknight. The chicken is so juicy and a nice mix from the traditional chicken breast.

buttermilk marinated drumsticks

This recipe is from Julia’s Album. The directions are slightly different based on how I prepared them.

Ingredients:
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/6 bunch of fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon regular salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 chicken drumsticks

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients (except the chicken) in a medium mixing bowl.
Using tongs place drumsticks in the mixture, making sure to coat all sides.
Seal bowl with plastic wrap and leave in fridge overnight (I did 18 hours).
Heat over to 400 degrees and place drumsticks alternating directions so they fit in a casserole dish.
Cook for 30-40 minutes, chicken juice should run clear and be at 165 degrees.
Broil for a few minutes to your liking.

 


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emoji sugar cookies

emoji cookiesTo make these (or anything else that are a “common”/familiar thing) sketch them out first so your hand has the idea before you have icing in your hand. I used wilton gel colors in buttercup, red-red, teal, black and white. I prefer to use the disposable bags because icing is meeeeeessssaaaay.

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How can you not smile when you see this?!


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valentine cookies and some icing color tips!

I’m on a serious sugar cookie kick right now. Thanks to my new double oven I was able to bake 30 cookies in just 8 minutes!

These valentines cookies are pretty simple. I knew I wanted to find a lip cookie cutter, XO and make little valentines. I found the cutest pack of valentines cookie cutters, they were made to be a garland but I just used them as regular cutters. I also bought a pack of square cutters that I used for the valentines (I also have them in circles), I love that you can use them scalloped or with sharp edges.

valentine-cookies

I thought I would share the icing colors that I use because sometimes its really hard to tell looking at the little tubes or looking at someone else’s pictures. I love using the Wilton gel colors, they are so pretty and come in a lot of colors rather than just your traditional primary colors, don’t bother mixing those to try to get what you want.

Red, pink, purple (this does not look like the color on the top of the bottle, its actually burgundy!). But my best kept secret white it make the icing brighter and if you add vanilla or almond and it tints your icing throw a little white in and then add your color and it will come out brighter and truer.

But gel color is so strong and vibrant try to not get it on your hands because its beastly to get off. See my little smear on my lips down to the right? Booo. Some hot water and scrubbing it will come off.

stacks of valentine cookies

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I hope this helps you pick out the perfect shades for your next batch of cookies!


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brown butter bourbon apple pie

Our local farmer’s market hosts seasonal fruit pie contests, you can see the pies I entered here and here. Before I realized I’d be out of town for the apple pie contest I was thinking about how to capture the judges attention with something a little different. JPS had such a good idea of just swapping peaches for apples…I did a little research and found a similar pie here and I used their guidance on spices for the apples but kept my own method for using brown butter bourbon and brown butter streusel because it’s simply divine.

What makes this pie SO AMAZING is that it isn’t overly sweet. It has a lot of rich flavor but not too much cinnamon or sugar just a really satisfying piece of apple pie. JPS doesn’t claim to like sweets although he gobbles up any cookies I make…but he can’t stop raving about this pie! If a pie can win him over, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at your house!

brown butter bourbon apple pie
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pumpkin chocolate chip bread

pumpkin chocolate chip breadThis pumpkin chocolate chip bread easy so easy to devour in one sitting…not like I’m speaking from experience or anything. It’s so moist and flavorful. I hate pumpkin spice (I know the only white girl in the US who hates pumpkin spice) I just like pumpkin, hold the spice. This recipe from Sallys Baking Addiction isn’t just delicious its so easy, think dump cake easy. It’s also such a great gift to share because you can make three small loaves. Perfect with a cup of coffee for breakfast.
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