Pink Lemonade Cup Cakes-UPDATE

Update 4/15/16: It has come to my attention the Pillsbury Pink Lemonade cupcake/cookie/frosting mix is sold as a seasonal item (May-Aug) and may not be sold at your local grocery store. The only other place I have found this mix is on Amazon and Soap.com in packs of two. After last year (2015) my local Safeway stop carrying the mix all together due to low demand. In this post I have included a recipe to make the mix from scratch at the bottom of the post. 

Originally posted 6/11/12:

Recently there has been a popular trend of making Pink Lemonade cupcakes among the Pinterest crowed. I found the cake mix by Pillsbury at my local Safeway store, and frosting to go with it. For those who are more adventures or cannot get the mix, here is the recipe from scratch (will try later). For my 25th birthday I decided I wanted to try these cupcakes to see if they are any good. The theme for them, to look like lemonade in cups.

Ingredients:

Pillsbury Moist Supreme Pink Lemonade Cake Mix
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Pink Lemonade Frosting
1 1/4 cups of water
1/3 cups canola oil (cooking oil in general)
4 Egg whites (buy egg whites already done)
Lemon Drops
Pink sugar
24 Flexible straws
24 Pink cupcake wrappers

There are two versions to making the cake part of the cupcakes. The version I decided to make was the Whole Egg Recipe. Don’t worry there is one for  Egg Whites only.

The cup cakes turned out alright. I could have done better, but overall I believe they are average looking. Taste good thou!

Updated Recipe 4/15/16: Recipe comes from Sweet Cheeks In The Kitchen

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 egg whites
1/3 c. thawed frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
1/4 c. buttermilk
2 or more drops red food coloring

 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin pan with liners.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites and lemonade concentrate. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until just smooth. Add just enough food coloring to turn the batter a light shade of pink.

Scoop batter into liners (fill about three-fourths full). Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Top cooled cupcakes with frosting (see below).

Lemonade Buttercream:

3 c. + 3 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. pink lemonade concentrate
Pink food coloring

 

Add the butter, confectioner’s sugar, salt, lemon juice, and a few drops of food coloring to the stand mixer and mix on low using the paddle attachment until combined. Turn the speed to med-high until the buttercream is fluffy and uniformly pink. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.

Also you can try the cookie mix! I did.

Ingredients needed: 1 box of Pillsbury Pink Lemonade Cookie Mix, 1 stick of butter, and 1 egg. Combine them together and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Spread Lemonade frosting on the tops of the cookies when cooled.

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Goodbye 2012, Welcome 2013!

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Goodbye 2012 and welcome 2013! This year has been one big transformation for me in my life and others. Major event was breaking up with a guy who I thought I was going to marry. Turns out life had a better plan for me and a better person in mind. I am very thankful to finally see this in hindsight and know I am lucky to no longer be in a toxic relationship. I hope in 2013 love will find me again with a nice guy.

I finally landed a proper position at a real biotech company doing what I am passionate about. I have a sense of purpose and I am happy with the work I do for cancer research.  Finally I can get my career off the ground. The last job was not for me at a blood center. Never was meant to be a long-term place for growth for me. I’m glad for it. As of right now, I hope to grow with this company in the future. Expand my skills to other parts of research within the company.

Since joining the local church, I have gained a whole lovely wonderful group of ladies who are exceptional. Through theses lovely ladies, I have learned so much about myself and what being women are all about. I found a place of inner peace, and a place where I do not feel threaten by others opinions of me. For once there are women who will boost each other up instead of tearing each other down. Joining the local church body, I have found my way back to God. Been awhile since I have listen to Him. He finally made it clear he wanted more for me in life and had a special assignment for me to accomplish.

I’m at financial peace. I think I still want to earn more money for what I do, but I know now not to worry so much about where my next pay check will be. Being unemployed again at the beginning of the year taught me to hold on for better opportunities. Those day have come for me toward the middle of the year. I still want security in this part of my life. Having a stable income would keep the stress at bay, and give me the chance to grow in other parts of my life.

My goals for the new year.

  1. Be financially stable
  2. Move out from home again. This time be successfully living on my own.
  3. Explore more, gain new interests, and travel more.
  4. A permanent  position in biotech company
  5. Love, is it really so hard to find?
  6. Enjoy more of life has to offer.

Weekend of The Turkey

I wish I could say I am from a quintessential American family, but I am not. There are somethings our family does that is very American like BBQ and baseball, but still we have too much of European traditions to call us a typical American family. Take Thanksgiving, we do not do the whole cook a turkey in the oven, instead we have ham, turkey breast, roast beef or Cornish game hens. This year it was all about the turkey breast and small ham. I do not like meat from a bird all that much. I will eat chicken at times, but I am not a huge fan. Turkey breast is what was the main dish this year, along with mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, Brussels sprouts (yuck to me) and pumpkin cheese cake. I dress up the table in the American/English style (something Emily Post would be proud to see) with all the nice dishes Mom has hidden for theses special occasions. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the only occasions I can go all Martha Stewart meets the Queen of England’s china (OK maybe not her china).

Thanksgiving Table

Mom and Nana every year make their yearly pilgrimage for a free Costco cookbook on Black Friday. Instead of pushing people out-of-the-way on their way to the electronics section like most at midnight at other stores, they both go crazy for the cookbooks being handed out at the register. I’m safe to say it is now a family tradition to go to Costco after Thanksgiving for a cook book.I was surprised there was not a lot of people who were in Costco this year. Usually people are hauling out electronics by the cart load, but not this year. While there I picked up my Christmas present to myself. I have wanted a dSLR camera for a long time and I have been doing nothing but research on which is the best brand for a dSLR and which model I should buy. I decide to buy a Nikon 3200 dSLR from Costco. The reason is more bang for your buck. Instead of paying $700 for just the camera and the standard lenses, I can get more in a kit at Costco like an extra lens, camera carrying bag and a memory card. All that adds up to be more than thousand dollars in the end if bought separately.

Nikon, Costco Cookbook, and My Shoes.

The rest of “Black” Friday was spent at home instead of fighting the shopping mall crowds. I am glad I no longer work in retail! We did however try a recipe from the new Costco cookbook (Simply Delicious, Costco Way) called Turkey Casserole. We had all Thanksgiving left overs to make this dish and will make it again next year to have all the left overs eaten up faster. Also I made Lardy Cake for the first time for a get together this coming week (recipe will follow later).

Edmonds WA had their tree lighting ceremony on main street. Lots of people came out to ring in the start of Christmas season. The scene looked like it could be Who ville from the Grinch That Stole Christmas with everyone around the tree singing. The only thing missing…..the Grinch coming down the tree stealing the presents under the tree Just seeing that would be a sight to see. Earlier that day I visited the Historical Museum to learn more about the history of the city and a little bit of shopping on main street.

A little blurry, but there it is alight.

Monday to us is Black Friday is to normal people…. or not. Anyways, Mom, Nana and I do our major Christmas shopping on Monday after all the other Black Friday Shoppers are all back at work. We call it Black Monday or as the nation calls it Cyber Monday. Either way, we do a major dent on our bank accounts on this day. Lunch with Nana and Mom at Anthony’s Home Port at the Alderwood Mall for some damn good fish tacos. Then off for some Christmas shopping. We all ended up spending way too much time in Cost Plus World Market buying all the English candy and chocolate we could find. This is the only time of year we find this stuff, so when its there we go crazy. Too bad most of the Cadbarry and English Kit Kats are made outside the US or UK.

Now some serious Christmas decorating and getting those presents in order.

Thankful For……..

  1. For a family that continues to support me through the good, bad and the ugly times. No matter what I have done, I still have love from them.
  2. For friends old and new who show so much love as a family does. Those who never left when the times get rough.
  3. For starting a new job and starting again in my career in a company I wanted to work for since college. Feel great to finally be in the biotech industry again.
  4. And for coworkers who continue to teach me new things in my field.
  5. For Maddie kitty’s unconditional love. I just can be so darn crazy and strange without judgment.
  6. For small girls group from church. The support, the laughs, the tears are what we all share in common. I finally have people who care about me, and a place I can be who I am.
  7. Home, I have one to come to whenever I need to.
  8. For both Grandparents. Now I know I come from a long line of very strong and loving women.
  9. For my major break up. I have learned so much about myself. I have become wiser in the ways of how love is. I know what true pain, heart-break and betrayal is. Through it all I am still standing today. Stronger than I was going into it. I’m still fighting the demons that pop up, but I am moving forward. I have let go of that part of me and now have a newer better me. As Pink’s song says “you have to get up and try.”
  10. For God and Jesus who have saved me from myself a couple of times. Given me so much more, who still holds my hand when I need it, and there to cheer me up with something so amazing when I feel horrible.

Oh My! Halloween!

Halloween, the celebration of the harvest and begging for free candy from strangers. I normally do not go over board for this holiday, but this year I made an exception. I never had a Halloween quiet like this one this year.

This year I revived the M&M pumpkin creation again. I did this back in elementary school for a pumpkin contest. This time the pumpkin was a witch instead of a farmer and there were no loose M&Ms in the trick or treat bag (I had someone steal glued on M&Ms from the pumpkin before-yuck!). My pumpkin was the pride of place at work this year for all to enjoy on my desk.

Dressing up this time I was not a lab rat (thank goodness for some creativity this year) but the character Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Gray book series. I combined two scenes into this costume. The scene of the masquerade ball, and the little black dress she wears to a date with Christian Gray. This costume was tamed compare to how outrages and inappropriate you can make this (especially if you are dressing up at work and not the club) based on some risqué themes in the book series. The work party was not what  expected in the end since not many people dressed up this year at work (one coworker said it was lame how so many people decided not to dress up). I did tied for best original costume with another coworker who went as a chimera rat (laboratory testing rats) with tumor bulging out of the side of him. There was yummy food with lots of laughs about all the outrages things we all get up to.

Anastasia Steele/Gray from Fifty Shades of Gray Series
A gogo flapper hybrid

For the trick or treaters, there were hardly any. I don’t live in an area with many young families, so an occasional one showed up. I thought about just dumping the whole bowl into one and not answer the door for the rest of the night.

Even with this wet weather in Seattle, nothing could dampen the spirit.