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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Days of March

March didn’t disappoint us in coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. Beginning of March started with a huge windstorm across Seattle area knocking out power for most part of a day and well into the night. Luck I know some people with a generator-my parents- and was able to have all the creature comforts without having to shiver in a cold apartment.

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How I feel after daylight savings!

Having the power out on the Sunday of daylights savings didn’t help either since majority of the week following was spend chugging down cups of coffee just to wake myself up to do anything, including training for my half marathon. So I felt like this tree most of the week.

This year for celebrating St. Paddy’s day I decided corn beef and cabbage was not going to be on the menu. Instead I made Irish Chicken with Cabbage and Potatoes with fresh baked Red Lobster Cheese Rolls (buy the mix a Fred Meyer or Target).

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This dish turned out to be better then expected and was not heavy of the stomach as corn beef feels after eating. The bacon really brought out the flavor in the cabbage, and left over chicken was used for other meal throughout the rest of the week. I put this recipe down as a keeper for future dinner parties.

Northwest University Choralons rocked the church house on Psalms Sunday. I have seen them many of times in chapel at Northwest U before, but nothing like them performing at the church you attend. I was so happy for some of my church family to experience these talented awesome group of students.

Easter a time for new growth and potential started off with Good Friday service. I was amazed at how short this year the service was. I guess with a huge track and field meet just down the road would be the reason why so few of us attended. Nothing less it turned out very well.

Easter day shenanigans started with my church Easter Outfit. I decided to go tropical with a dress I had bought when I was last in Hawaii. Even with the rain pouring down I still wore wedged sandals with them. I had a lot of compliments in church, and I believe this dress will be making an appearance this summer.

Easter service was all about rocking the house because He has risen! Every year since becoming apart of this church Easter service has become better and better. This year the beginning of the sermon had us in the dark as Pastor Stone talked about what it was like to be in the dark days after Jesus was crucified. Then Pastor Stone moved into how with Jesus we are no longer dead in the grave, and we have a passport into heaven through him.

I am currently nursing a food hangover right now. It all started with Easter breakfast of hot cross buns, eggs and bacon.

Then Easter dinner of classic rack of lamb with roasted squash, cheddar biscuits, and various cooked veggies.

After all this food eating, settled into watching Grandchester and When Calls The Heart for the rest of the evening eating Easter candy.

Here to all a Happy Easter and a new beginning with spring!

 

 

 

 

A Healthy Hungry And A Book: Start of Another New Year

Is it too late to say Happy New Year!…..Didn’t think so. Another year has come, gone and now moving onward into the unknown of 2015. Oh that sounded depressing already! What is depressing is the first weekend of the New Year I watched the whole Uncut Twilight Marathon on TV and realized why the heck did I do that? It was a cold damp rainy day in the Seattle area and I had nothing better than to watch Twilight with cravings for Cheetos. Last month it was nonstop watching of holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel. Either way the first week and half has been eventful with changes, starting challenges, and making it through the first week and half of the New Year. Here we go!

Over the past week and half I have finished two books from my book list for PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. First book finished Isla and the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins for a book set in high school and second one Solsbury Hill by Susan M Wyler for a book by a women author. Normally I do not do book reviews because everyone who reads a book will have a different experience then another. But Solsbury Hill by Susan M. Wyler is one of recent for which I recommend to those who have read Withering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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The story brings the legend of Catherine, Heathcliff and Emily Bronte into a contemporary love story about one woman who unlocks the devastating romantic history behind Withering Heights and how a legacy has an effect on her own life as well as destinies of all who live in its shadow. One part a mystery and one part love story mixed in with history of the Yorkshire moors. As I read the book on my way to and from work on the bus, I was held captive by the story, and was transported back to England that I had visited right after high school to the point no one really wanted to bother me by sitting next to me (must be scary looking when devouring a book). The ending to book was a real treat after a huge plot twist near the end turned out to be why the book is called Solsbury Hill. I have recommended the book to a few people who I thought may like reading it. My next book selection will be Withering Heights by Emily Bronte just to see the correlation from Solsbury Hill to the original Withering Heights for Classic Romance Novel. Here is a link to why the author wrote this fabulous book in the first place:http://blog.bookcountry.com/susan-m-wyler/

This past week been interesting and downright hungry at times. I decided somewhere in December to go on the Whole30/Paleo diet to reset and prime my body for eating healthy without going into shock. Looked simple enough with just eating fresh veggies , fruit, meat, and other sources of protein. Giving up dairy, sugar, chocolate (gasp!), grains, beans, processed foods and host of unhealthy fats for a whole month. What was I thinking? I started off not so well on New Year’s Day. I guess it was the fact that I had been up until 12:30 in the morning and just need toast with butter. Throughout this past week, there were moments where the lunch I was so proud to make turned into a sad depressing tasteless thing except the bacon.

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Sad Looking Salad

I think having bacon on the diet is what keeping me alive, and other tasty meat products. By Thursday I had to have just buffalo chicken salad with buffalo sauce smothering the salad fixings to really make it exciting to eat. Another disaster was making Paleo version of Cilantro Dressing. I follow all the directions, but for some reason I could not get the raw egg to emulsify enough to be called creamy. Just the thought of raw egg product all over salad greens was a salmonella and E. Coli epidemic ready to happen.  I just though screw it; I’m putting Kraft Ranch Dressing in it to thicken it up to make myself feel a little better about not coming down with food poisoning. At work I tried to be cheerful as much as possible (really don’t have to be cheerful to cancer cells. So I wasn’t!) When all I wanted was McVities Chocolate Digestive instead of carrots (oh carrots are another reason I am still alive)! In the past I had problems with cutting chocolate out of my diet. It always ended badly in the end. Fad diets are crap if they don’t allow you meat, chocolate and fruit. I will say I’m not as adventures in the veggie department, but I love to cook so this gave me a challenge to cook something new. I have found I prefer zucchini over cucumber any day. Just hopping to stop eating so many eggs! I’m feeling like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast!

Run Forrest Run! #colormerad
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Why am I running again? To run away from the fat ass that is why I run or even exercise. I decided to do a 30 day running and planking challenge to get started with my fitness goals this year. Color run in July is the end goal for a 5k run, and I want to continue to find races by the end of the year. So far it’s been a slow go on the treadmill, and I can plank for at least 45 seconds without wanting to touch the floor.

Two days into the New Year I completed two DIY projects for the apartment. I had wanted to do a few things from my Pinterest Craft Board, and though why not do them when I have the time.  First project was to frame all the foreign currency I had hanging around in a tin along with some old black and white postcards. In the process I discovered Command Picture Hanging Strips work well in keeping pictures on a texture wall (especially when an upstairs neighbor likes to cause the whole apartment to shake every time he walks!). The second project was making lamps out of some old beer/wine fermentation jugs my Granddad gave me long ago. I saw a pin on this and though why not make them? They were so simple to make, and were done in one day!

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Lamp Out of Bottles

Remember the post at the beginning of the year saying I was going offline on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram? Well so far I have kept my promise on Facebook and Instagram, but not so much has Pinterest. Why you ask? Well how in the world was I supposed to get instructions on creating my awesome lamps and cook all those Paleo approved recipes? Seriously I just went o there to look at the stuff I already pinned and nothing more. Since staying off Facebook for this long, I am less stressed out, feeling less like a complete failure in life, and accomplish more in the day. Instead I have found more time to read, blog, and just relax without feeling like I’m running a rat race of life for the first month of the year. I really don’t miss it at all. I will probably extend it through until the end of February or maybe March.  My new motto this year is “I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. It’s a waste of my time and yours.” Just hoping this year is better than last.

It’s All About That Feast Boss!

 Tonight starts the turkey gorging. Round one of four Thanksgivings starts right now. By the end of Thursday night I will be waddling like a turkey! Bring on the food!

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I’m stuffed! I cannot look at another turkey for a long time, and thanks to me having multiple eating feasts, I’m starting the holiday season off with a bang – oh I mean a full stomach. Four Thanksgivings all in a space of few days can make a girl think she does need those New Years resolutions at the beginning of next year. So feast your eyes on the text and pictures while I sit over here and digest all this food. 
Where It All Started!

Started out with a Thanksgiving theme Young Adults group potluck at a member’s house on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving. Each of us brought something for the potluck, and me being not so much into Thanksgiving,  brought the rolls. They were not even good ones (feel guilty). The turkey on the other hand was called the “miracle turkey” because the turkey was forgotten to  defrost overnight by a member. Prayers went up in church for the turkey to be thawed out and ready by 6:30pm that night. As you can tell, the turkey did thaw out and was cooked to perfection by 6:30pm.  After dinner there were games to be played to help digest for the dessert, pumpkin pie cake.

Tuesday was non Thanksgiving theme Thanksgiving. Is that a thing now? At work we all walked down to the “jungle” (what is known as the area where Amazon located, across Mercer street “the Amazon River.”) to get to Cactus a southwestern, Tex-Mex restaurant. I had one of their specials called the Brazed Tostada and it was good, but I recommend having a side salad since there is only three small tostada. Thank goodness the lunch was not overly filling since I had to walk a block to get back on the street car back to work.

12th Man Turkey Day!
Yep Feast Mode! Photo Credit Michael Carlin via Facebook

 Michael’s text to me about the turkey he was getting for our Thanksgiving feast:

Michael: “I have a 25.6 lbs. bird for delivery this afternoon/evening.

Me: OMGOODNESS!!!!! Did I read that right? That is one bada$$ bird!

Apparently I have never seen a 25.6 lbs turkey in my life and to me this is one turkey on steroids. Just getting into the fridge was an adventure in its self, with it being a big as our Maine Coon cat (Maddie is 10 pounds lighter than the bird!). This bird could feed the whole Seattle Seahawks team at the size it was! Somehow Mom and I had the turkey ready by 1pm without any problems. By the end of the lunch, the turkey still looked like we didn’t make a dent in it and will probably be eating turkey for the next three weeks!

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Card game Pit.
After dinner we all gathered around the table to play a few games of Pit. Michael for a newbie played pretty well and won three game compared to my two wins. The game originally gets competitive among family was not competitive when Michael was playing. Thank goodness.

Around 5pm Michael and I headed over for our second turkey dinner with his side of the family (my fourth Thanksgiving). The beginning of the get together started out with the TV turned to the Seahawks vs. 49ers game. Everyone in the whole family was watching it or listening to it as the preparations for the dinner were being made. Half way through the dinner we all got the news that the Seahawks had one the game and put a whole new level of excitement to the festivities.  After dinner we all just hung out digesting enough to have pies for dessert.

So what happened after fourth Thanksgiving?…..

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Passed out from all the L-Tryptophan surging through our bodies from the turkey. Now on to figuring out how to make the turkey leftovers taste better.

I hoped everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’m thankful for all who have been reading this blog over the past year or more.

 

Last Two Months of Summer

Wow! Where did the time go? It’s the end of August and I still haven’t posted all that has happened in the month of July. I better start…

 Decorating the new apartment

While decorating my new apartment, Mom and I went to the Goodwill in Shoreline looking for an old mirror to do up. We ended up with a mirror along with another find I never expected. There sitting in the middle of the store was a perfect conditioned microfiber love seat for only $45.00! I ended up snatching that couch up on the spot and called Dad to come with his pickup to haul it to my apartment. I guess it was a day the gods of couches was looking down on me, or I would still be looking for a couch.

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 Mini adventures during the week

One day I decided to take a little trip to Golden Gardens to take advantage of the sunshine. I have been so use to the beaches up in North Seattle area, and so I decide to need explore more of the parks around Seattle.

On the nice sunny days during the work week I would take a 30 minute lunch run around South Lake Union park. Mostly there are other runners, walkers, bicycles, and summer campers in the park. This makes a fantastic people watching moments and you could see all the tech workers hanging out on their lunch break.

Discovery Park adventure

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For a while I have been wanting to explore more of Discovery Park. Michael’s apartment is just walking distance to the park, so on the hottest day in Seattle we headed to the park for some lunch and to explore a new part of the park for me. I have seen the West Point Lighthouse before, so I wanted to see a part of the old Fort Lawson and see the old buildings that are left over from when the officially closed. Being the hottest day in Seattle, poor Michael started melt in the heat and sun. I feel sorry for dragging him out during the hottest part of the day with not much shade to be had. I ended up getting very good shots of the old falling apart buildings of the former base.

Lab Monkey Strikes!

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Funny thing to put “I love lab monkey” on my bio safety cabinet window, only to come in the next morning to someone drawing a picture of said monkey. Science is not all seriousness. When you have an awesome team of people we just are like family playing practical jokes on each other.

First Mariner’s game with Michael and his friends. See post: Play Ball Boys!

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 Adventures with Megan.

When Megan is in town things become more like a non stop fun fest. This girl is a kick in the pants to be around and you never have a dull moment with her. Case in point the Happy Meals On Crack. Why did Mc-D’s decide to put a very scary happy face on the side of a children’s food box? Was someone very-or should say a team of creatives/marketing high when they came up with the idea?

Megan:” is it my hangover making this box look creepy?”

Me: ” Nope, the box is creepy.”

Megan: “Looks like it is on crack.”

Me: (putting the psychedelic glasses it came with it on it)

Me: ” More like on acid!”

Just look at the pictures. One friend on Facebook wrote “Holy cow!”  Then you have to ask why two adults be buying Happy Meals? We were hung over and tired to care about what form our food came in.  Maybe creepy faces are our punishment for thinking we are kids when we are not.

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A few days we checked out my apartment’s pool and sauna. Conclusion, decent enough to swim in, and lay beside. After sunning ourselves, we decided to head to Roy’s in Edmonds for a Mac and Jacks and a burger before she left for Pullman for one last year of college.

BBQ Galore!

August was the month of BBQ! I guess with all the great hot weather Seattle has been getting lately it was time to get serious about BBQ-ing. At work we had a total of two BBQ done of the sun deck with everyone attending. A huge success since many of the social events fail terribly. Michael bought a Weber BBQ a year ago and never had used it until now! Our first BBQ adventure was making hamburgers and then moved on to hotdogs. Both times turned out well, and Michael’s BBQ-ing is up there with how my Dad does it, so Michael is a keeper.  At the end of August the church I attend puts on a community BBQ called Grill and Chill. This year there was BBQ hotdogs and a lot of entertainment. The bottle rocket station was one of Michael’s favorite things to watch, and I am guessing if he could, he would have been up there with the kids letting them off.  After the Grill and Chill BBQ, I have eaten my last BBQ hotdog for a while.

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Summer Movie Nights

Saw a few new and old movies this summer. The church puts on a free movie night in the back parking lot of the church for a family movie night. This summer it was the movie Frozen, and all snacks had the Frozen theme. I’m a sucker for Disney movies (grew up on them) and was in heaven to just to be a kid again laughing at all childish jokes. Two weekends later I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy at the Majestic Bay Theater in Ballard with Michael and Michael’s friend Al. The movie was good and would say more of a guys movie then a girls one. I love to watch the Marvel Comic movies, and at that point I feel like I’m a bro-girl when I go see them with Michael. I would recommend seeing the movie if you like misfit superheros, but it is not really for kids since there are adult jokes that will go over any kids heads.

Oh, and the Seahawks are back to defend the Super Bowl title.

On a group lunch date I had the 12th Man sushi roll at I Love Sushi in South Lake Union. Go Seahawks!

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