Local Brew Loving & a Giveaway

 I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Joey C, the local blogger of Good Morning Gloucester to chat about my vegan cupcakes.[Thanks for having me!] Very exciting stuff, exciting indeed! I mean how often do you get to change someones preconceived notions? Not to say Joey was against my vegan cupcakes, but I find most people will opt for the non-vegan counterpart if given the chance. Even before we met when Joey and I were just emailing, he was all for the cupcakes but was a bit apprehensive about the whole vegan side of the deal.  I find most people are.  But most of the time, with baking at least, I find if you don't tell them, they don't know. And I really don't think there's any harm … [Read more...]

Lavender Fresh

DSC_0018

Sounds like a snarky laundry detergent advertisement. I hate that, all those fake fragrances added to laundry detergents. I don't need my laundry to smell like a fresh mountain spring, I just don't want it to smell like B's baseball socks that it was stuffed next to in the basket for a week. I'm always off topic. With Easter tomorrow I'm feeling a bit left out being a vegan and all. No cadbury eggs, no peeps, no ham dinner, no milk chocolate, I am so deprived, so I decided to get in the spring spirit with a spring style Vanilla Cupcake. Now, vanilla cupcakes come around all year so what makes this one special? Lemons. And Lavender. Both refreshing and crisp, the lemon and lavender balance … [Read more...]

10 Minute “Mousse”

DSC_0030-1

Did you know that April 3 is National Chocolate Mousse Day? I had no freaking idea. I mean really, no idea, National Chocolate Mousse Day!? While I may think it's a little silly to have a day dedicated to a specific food I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to whip up something delicious. I love simple desserts. I love all desserts it's just that by the time I've worked out the kinks to a recipe, I've taste tested so many times that I don't want to have anything to do with it by the time I've reached the finished product. I usually hit my cravings for something sweet after 'B' has gobbled up the last cupcake. Yesterday, April 3rd, 2012, I made a vegan Chocoloate Raspberry "Mousse". Why … [Read more...]

Who makes a pigs ear cupcake?

pumpkin cupcakes 011

You may want to ask yourself that question, the answer is NOT me, however it is a response I got when I recently asked my Facebook friends what type of cupcake they would want to try.  I got quite a few responses, close to 50 actually. I told them if theirs was picked they would get a dozen hand delivered, boy did that expedite the process. I got plenty of responses from every day cupcakes [red velvet, chocolate, vanilla] to some weird ones [espresso, pig ear, Laphroaig (should probably look that one up)]. Using a randomizing program [to be fair] I ended up with Pumpkin Cupcakes with a Maple Rum Frosting. THANK GOODNESS. Can you imagine if I ended up having to make a pigs ear cupcake? [Maybe … [Read more...]

Rise to the Occasion

garlic- birch 004

 I have been on a garlic kick [as opposed to every other day of my life ::extreme sarcasm::]. Luckily I told B before we started dating that I absolutely love garlic and if that was a problem he should probably just walk away in that very moment [he didn't] so I'm free to consume as much as I'd like, and boy do I take advantage of that. The other night I seriously wanted some garlic bread. Not because I had a delicious meal it would compliment, no that would be too logical, just to eat garlic. There was absolutely NO bread in the house so I had to go scratch. I had some roasted garlic, from a few days before when I had originally intended to smear in on some toast [that we didn't have], that … [Read more...]