Thursday, December 9, 2010

What I'm doing today...

 wrapping presents, mailing some at the post office, drinking starbucks, making cookies, finishing Christmas cards, making one awesome coupon book and spending time with mom making these lovlies
It is an awesome day!

{all via we heart it}

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pecan Pie Cupcakes and catching up...

My mother in law ripped a page out of her Taste of the South Magazine and sent it to me.... 
she said it made her think of me. (how sweet is that?!) 
I made these delicious cupcakes this weekend for our Reagan Family Christmas party.

You can get the "from scratch" recipe here at the Taste of the South website, however, I made mine using a pecan box mix and they turned out great. I did (as always) make the frosting from scratch. It was a brown sugar buttercream and it was an amazing compliment to the cupcakes (and really good with a  spoon!) The garnish are little pie crust bites and pecans and a melted chocolate drizzle.

Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk

In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, approximately 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons butter. Let cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat cooled brown-sugar mixture and remaining 1/2 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to achieve a spreadable consistency.


A few things I am excited about...

I am busy, busy working on Christmas cards... i absolutely love how they turned out and I cant wait to share them with you!

I have become obsessed with yarn projects and have several of them going on right now at the house....
see a few of my favorites here, here, and here.

I am almost equally obsessed with silhouette projects, but I'm only tackling one...
see my favorites here, here, and here.

I bought the hubs an early Christmas gift (really its more like a late wedding present since I used giftcards still left over from our wedding! haha) He has been wanting a Keurig coffee maker ever since his mom got one. He will NEVER buy stuff for himself. He is such a saver (I lovingly call him Dave Ramsey) but he was so excited when I brought it home! :) This is the one we got here.

My house is decorated for Christmas and I love the warm and cozy vibe it provides, I'll be doing my Christmas home tour the first part of next week!

Have an awesome day!