Thursday, March 5, 2015

Week 60 Thursday (3/5/15)

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Dr Pepper Cupcakes
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages:  45 - 47     Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 338 calories per serving, if 24 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         These are very interesting and have ingredients that surprised me. Ree says that they are more like a spice cupcake, which makes sense since it has a lot of spices. I was surprised that it used 5 cups of Dr. Pepper. I could not seem to locate anise seed, which may have significantly changed the flavor.  Two grocery stores did not have it so I made the cupcakes without this spice. This first paragraph is written as I wait for them to cool so I have no idea of the flavor.
         I tasted them!  They are so unique. The cake does taste like a mild spice cake, but the frosting in a butter cream with a slight Dr. Pepper and citrus flavor.  I really liked them. Jenny Anderson said it best, "These are adult cupcakes."  I agree because the flavors are so different but I liked trying something new.  I would make them again.

 Two of the ingredients that make these moist 
cupcakes are the dried cherries and prunes

Here I added cocoa to the milk

I added these four spices but I couldn't 
find the anise seed that I needed

 I added the spices to the dry ingredients

The eggs go into the batter

 Ree suggests using a large 
scoop to fill the muffins papers

 Here they are loaded and ready to bake

They have a lot of texture and are so moist

 I was happy how they turned out

Random Reflections

         I love the show 19 Kids and Counting.  During this season they are featuring the wedding of Jessa and Ben. This really is a random thought because I surprised myself. I fell in love with the dress that Jessa selected as her wedding dress.  I have never really thought about what I would like in a wedding dress, but her dress took my breath. They called the color blush, but to me it was light pink.  Is that what blush is?  I thought blush was beiger.  What am I talking about? 
         The top of her dress had short cap sleeves and was beaded. It had a wide sash that looked shiny. The skirt was full and flowy or is it flowey or flowee.  OMG – this is more random than I expected. Oh well, let’s just say that I would have said yes to the dress.

Irksome Ideas and Images

         Sometimes I am a real space, and forget to change the clocks forward or backward. I absolutely love daylight savings time, because I can get a lot more accomplished when we have additional hours of daylight. I hear people say that they hate it, but I must admit that it just makes me happy.  However, I get irritated with myself when I forget when to change the clocks. One time I arrived somewhere an hour early because I didn’t remember to switch those clocks.  What a major space case!  Please tell me that I am not the only one to do that.

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