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“This Little Piggy Went to the Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home…”


And this little piggy became lunch!

So surprise!

Did I ever have a blast today! Not only did it (finally) snow here.

Not only did I get a GREAT TurboJam workout in.

Not only did someone tell me that they can see I’ve lost weight!

Not only did the Toronto Maple Leafs break their recent losing streak and win 4-1 tonight!

But I made these BEAUTIFUL cupcakes, that even my mom said were really good…. and she’s my worst critic. Tells it as it is.

The recipe was relatively easy too… All from scratch… and made with fresh strawberries… none of that geletin stuff.

So just for all you amazing people… Strawberry Piggy Cupcakes (which you can of course, just make strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting, and not decorate it… you know… if you’re boring and have no inner child)

Strawberry Cupcake Recipe:

3 cups Self-Rising Flour (Or make your own by adding baking soda and baking powder to all purpose flour, like this)
2 cups Sugar
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 cups Pureed Strawberries Strained (That’s about 3 cups chopped strawberries before you puree them)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
4 Large Eggs, Beaten
Red F00d Colouring

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and eggs (beat first).

3. Puree strawberries in blender, strain them, then add to the mix. Add 2-4 drops of red food colouring (if you’d like) to darken the red tone.

4. Divide evenly into cupcake papers and bake for 15-24 minutes (I’ll admit… I suck at timing things) or until a toothpick can be inserted into the tallest cupcake and come out clean.

5. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them at all.

Butter Cream Frosting

1/2 cup Solid Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, Softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups Powdered Sugar (Confectioners sugar, icing sugar)
2 tablespoons of milk
Food Colouring

Directions:

1. In a large bowl,  cream shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add vanilla.

2. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed. The icing will appear dry at this point.

3. Add milk and continue beating on medium speed. If more milk is needed, continue to add it… I put in about 5 tablespoons I think.

4. Add food colouring and mix until well blended.

5. Spread icing on cupcakes

Again, if you have managed to suffocate your inner child, feel free to stop here… OR you can be creative and go on.

Piggy Faces

1. Cut a large marshmallow in half and place on frosted cupcake

2. Add two mini chocolate chips as eyes.

3. Cut a pink wafer cookie (you know, the ones with icing layered in them) into a triangle… you’ll get about 8 or 10 triangles out of each cookie, depending on how big you make them. (This is supposed to be the hardest part, but I found if you use a sharp knife, and leave the cookies at room temperature, it works really well) stick them in the icing as ears.

4. Put a tablespoon of icing in a piping bag (or in a sandwich baggie – put scotch tape on the corner to make it stronger, then snip off the end) and make two nostril dots on the marshmallow.

5. Enjoy!

 

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“If You’re Happy and You Know it Shout Hooray!”

Hooray!

Guess what!?

I said ‘no!’ to potato chips today! I get it’s not a huge deal, but to me it is. Potato Chips… Mrs. Vickies salt and vinegar mainly, are my downfall. I have major issues with chips. Buuuuut I. Said. No. 😀 Proud moment for me ok.

Instead today I made myself a lovely haddock fillet with brown rice for dinner. And an incredible strawberry smoothie for a late breakfast (since I overslept a bit more than I should have). It was a really good supper though, and like I said I’d do in my resolutions, I turned the tv off while I was eating my dinner, and focused only on it. Little by little I’m going to get myself back on track to a healthy eating habit. Baby steps.

I also didn’t buy any Tim Horton’s today… put $1.60 in my Jar instead and made a tea. 🙂

The highlight of my day however, TurboJam. Today was the first time I’ve gotten all of the moves completely right the first time, and didn’t have to slow down a lot because I was tired. Not saying I wasn’t tired or sweating like a pig, but I pushed myself through it and didn’t give up. I just hope I can keep it up. I know I can.

Other than that today wasn’t too interesting. I went back to classes today at McMaster. I only made 1 of 4 of them…. but it was the most important one. *blushes* In all honesty, my mom was sick most of the night and in the morning, and I can only get my grandma to stay with her for so long, so I chose my afternoon class instead of the morning, because I get participation marks for the afternoon class. It was fun going back though! I got to see some of my cool people, not everyone, and not for long, but I did get to see some cool people.

Also, here’s a treat for you, my friend just got this necklace for her birthday, I think it’s incredible. It’s not this exact necklace, but very similar. Enjoy. 

“I Wanna be a Billionaire, So Freakin’ Bad…”

I think my post was magic yesterday… I said “let it snow” and it snowed today! So I’m going to try a magic post again…  fingers crossed this one comes true too! 😛

But completely unrelated to my title, today’s post includes a special treat…. another recipe! Yay!!! Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would write about today, all I really did was work…. There weren’t even a bunch of crazy customers in today that made a funny story… nothing! But while stocking the canola oil on the shelf, an idea hit me! It’s been AGES since I made my own funnel cakes! Then of course, once I get an idea in my head… well… guess what I made? Hahaha

So for those of you who might not be familiar with funnel cakes,they’re mainly a carnival/fair type treat, also known as Elephant Ears or (mainly here in Canada) Beaver Tails! The Wikipedia definition states that ” Funnel cakes are made by pouring batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern and deep frying the overlapping mass until golden-brown.” They’re delicious! Most typcially, they are topped with icing sugar, strawberries, and whipped cream or ice cream…. or just icing sugar. But they can be topped with any fruit really. Or anything I guess… the ones I always see are topped with strawberries though…. and not just because strawberries are my favourite…. really. I think strawberry topping is the most common… 🙂

Anywho, I’ve made them before, but I couldn’t find the recipe… but guess what!? I found an even BETTER recipe! They’re fluffier and yummy… it’s so good!

When I make them homemade however, they don’t look exactly like that… and I’m too lazy to get extra toppings for them…. maybe next time.

Without further ado though,

Funnel Cakes:

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

1. In a deep skillet, heat about two cups of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, it’s perfect.

2. Beat egg and milk together.

3. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture, beating until smooth.

4. Using a funnel (or my personal favourite, a ziploc baggie with the corner cut off – which also allows you to decide how thick you want the dough to be) drop into hot oil working from center outwards in a web pattern. (Or just make a crazy pattern…)

4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, (About a minute per side) remove from the oil when golden brown and crispy.

5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve

Just for the record as well, those are two different funnel cakes…. hence why the pattern is different. I made some, ran them to work for a friend, and then made more. I’m also sorry for the picture quality… I was using my phone.

Honestly, this is one of the easiest recipes I’ve tried, and they were so good and fluffy! Give it a shot! Trust me, they’re awesome!

“Giddy On Up and Giddy On Out…”

So guess who gets to cross something off her bucket list!? This girl right here, that’s who!

I had an incredible time last night, and, I got to ride a mechanical bull! One of my best friends, Emily, took me out to a bar in town that has a mechanical bull, Dirty Dogs. It was a total blast! The stairs at work today, which happen to be quite steep already, were so painful to climb though! But other than that no harm done. It really was just a lot of awesomeness, and I can’t wait to go back. I need to out-do my personal record of… drum roll please…………12.7 seconds! Hahaha

Riding the Bull

Anywho, I had an awesome time, with great friends, and got home late and got up early for work and it was all just so great. McMaster University’s football team also won the Vanier Cup last night, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won the hockey game…. it was just an overall great night. In case you haven’t gotten that yet.

Today was less exciting (I honestly had butterflies in my stomach all day yesterday), but it will be a more exciting day then tomorrow, as all I have to work on tomorrow is homework, essays, and readings. One more week of school….one more week of school…. anywho, I’ll appreciate work today as I won’t like all the stuff I need to work on tomorrow. I should probably organize my room better too…

Anywho, I wanted to update you all on my bucket list accomplishment, and I honestly recommend you get out there and try a mechanical bull (just do a google search for mechanical bull bars in your city). It’s just the right amount of adrenaline rush you need to get those bucket list accomplishments started!