Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happiness Post:: Post 24

Sometimes... being both silly and sassy... makes me uproariously happy.

Cups and Ice

You know the FRIENDS episode where Rachel smokes? In that episode Monica throws a party and puts Phoebe in charge of only cups and ice, because Monica is ... well, Monica. So Phoebe, knowing she's being slighted and side-lined, does what Phoebe would do - goes overboard with the cups and ice. There was shaved ice, pebbled ice, crushed ice, dry ice... then cup hats, cup garlands, sculptures, you name it.

snowmen cupcakes... 

In our first grade class it seems that the mom with the adorable kid, who is allergic to peanuts - is the only one allowed to make cupcakes for the class. I don't know why, or how it was decided, but there it is. However, these aren't from scratch cupcakes - these are the from a packaged, processed frosting kind of cupcakes. 

carrot cake... one of my all-time favorites minus the nuts - I like mine nut free

(side note - I also found it weird that at the beginning of the year we got a list of approved food - all of which were pre-packaged, chemically messed with "food" er...garbage. Even the apple slices were requested to be the chemically preserved apples to keep them from browning... FYI you can use a quick salt water soak to do that - wouldn't it be better to serve a kid with allergies whole, fresh food?)

applesauce spice cupcakes with roasted apple pear sauce topped with brown sugar cream cheese frosting

If you know me... I love, love, love making cupcakes - have been playing with them for several years now. Simply because, they're easy, peasy from scratch, taste better and... oh, yes I love to eat them, so does my family. I love sharing with good friends as well ... if you love it, share!

dark chocolate cupcake with dark/milk filling and ganache frosting sitting next to the applesauce spice one from above.

So it actually pains my soul when I'm not allowed to bring them to class.

kiwi cupcake with whipped cream frosting

My 6YO center - is an Egret... a beautiful, animated, happy egret.

For my 6YO's recent class play they asked for packaged rice krispie treats and oreo cookies. I first offered to bring cupcakes - but was immediately shot down. So then I said I would bring rice krispie treats - but I'd make them - I had to alert the mom with the kid with the allergy... who swallowed a fly - that sentence just had to go there... rhythm and all.

 M&M rice krispies... with a few skittles sprinkled in for a surprise.

So since I got clearance to make rice krispie treats, let's just say I was giddy as I decided to add a touch of Phoebe to my rice krispie endeavor.

cinnamon rice krispie treats...extra cinnamon...mmm

 pink rice krispie treats...because my girls got a kick out of the pink marshmallows

 this is only half what I made... I saved some for friends, classes, family... I had rice krispies coming out the seams.

It makes me happy when I find myself hilarious, with a touch of smart a$$ dolloped in... it must be the 12 year old boy in my head who is giggling his head off.




Sue said...

Can't believe they won't allow your homemade cupcakes. I'd sure be happy to take some of those bad boys on!


PS. Your RK treats are beautiful to behold...

Mrs. Organic said...

I guess due to the risk of Hepatitis (however slight), no homemade goods are allowed here either. I hate that.

I love that you went all Monica on your Rice Krispies.

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Mmmmmmm your cupcakes look so yummy!! And so do you ricecrispy treats :) You crack me up!!! :) Have a great Tuesday!!

leigh said...

You are awesome.

Queen Scarlett said...

thanks ladies... thank you for validating my madness. ;-)

~j. said...

The apple/pear/awesome...???? recipe? So that I'll stop drooling? Por favor?

~j. said...

...and I mean prettiest of pleases. Oh man, YUM.

Queen Scarlett said...

~j - it's my fav - and yes you may have it! ;-)

Martha Stewart’s Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Makes 18 cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. On a low speed, add applesauce and then the flour mixture, beating until just combined.

Fill each cup 3/4 full with batter. Bake 20 minutes. Frost with Brown Sugar, Cream Cheese Frosting (see below).


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup packed light-brown sugar

In the clean bowl of electric mixer, mix cream cheese with 1 stick butter and 1 cup light brown sugar on medium speed until smooth. Spread cream-cheese frosting on cupcakes. Cupcakes can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 2 days.

The Ina Garten Apple & Pear Sauce is from her How Easy Is That? cookbook - but I found someone who posted it online here