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Fiesta!

Happy Cinco de Mayo all! Who doesn’t love a holiday that encourages margaritas and tequila? Usually, a bunch of my friends and I get together and have a little fiesta together, which also allows for us to avoid the crazy bars which are jam packed. Its hard to have fun when you’re bumping elbows. Last year however, I got the excitement of celebrating this wonderful holiday down at my school, pre graduation, post finals, and had a great cookout with my fellow classmates (miss all of you girls by the way!). This year, I continue to grow up, and last weekend was my friends bachelorette party. The theme was wonderful, “fiesta”, in honor of her mexican heritage and the pre cinco de mayo festivities we had to participate in together. It was a pot luck style celebration, pre bar, and I had the honor of providing the desserts, of course. So what better dessert to bring to a bachelorette party, and a cinco de mayo party, than alcoholic cupcakes! And what better alcohol to use other than tequila. So to the kitchen I went to create the perfect margarita cupcake to start off an amazing night. Now I have never been a fan of the classic margarita mix, but I have such a weakness for any fruit flavored drink, so I knew I needed to incorporate that into the cupcake as well. So here it is, the wonderfully delicious strawberry lime cupcake with a lime tequila frosting, just in time for your own fiesta tonight! Cheers all!

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Strawberry Lime Cupcake
(Makes 24 cupcakes)

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
5 egg whites
4 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 c. coconut milk, or regular milk
1 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, diced.

Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Whip butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg whites and mix for 2 minutes. Beat in lime juice and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture, alternating with coconut milk, and scraping down the sides as needed, until well blended. Fold in fresh strawberries. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 of the way full, and then cook at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely then frost!

Lime Tequila Frosting

1 c. butter, softened
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp tequila (if you want non alcoholic, just replace this with more lime juice, or milk)

Beat butter, lime juice, and tequila until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until a thicker, spreadable consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with some fresh lime zest or a fresh strawberry.

Enjoy!
And congrats to my friend Christine on her next chapter in her life. I am so happy to be sharing this exciting event with you 🙂

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The Best Part of Waking Up

Happy weekend readers! I don’t know how the weather has been for all of you, but here in Maryland, Sunday consisted of rain, rain, and then a lot more rain. Most people get a little down in the dumps when its cold and wet outside, but I always look at it as an opportunity to slow me down. For those who know me, I have a serious problem sitting still. It’s something that drives me boyfriend, and me from time to time, crazy. He tells me that I vibrate. No matter what we’re doing, I am always thinking of what to do next, where to go, how to occupy myself, and when all of those questions are exhausted, I’m tapping my foot, bouncing my leg (thanks grandma for that restless leg syndrome I so wonderfully inherited), or some sort of fidgeting. In the past, gloomy days like today have given me the worst type of cabin fever, but over the years I have learned to take advantage of them. I am so busy moving and doing, that when I have to be inside, I have learned to stop and breathe. This morning I woke up and immediately thought, what is something that I have wanted to do, but haven’t been able to sit still for and do… and doughnut holes popped into my head. A few weeks ago I happened upon the most delicious looking image of doughnut holes on Pinterest and immediately book marked the recipe. It was a picture of chocolate doughnut holes from Smitten Kitchen and they made me instantly drool. The only problem, I am not a huge chocolate fan, especially not for breakfast. So I did some experimenting this morning standing in front of a pan full of hot oil, and made these delicious apple doughnut holes. Some i rolled in cinnamon sugar, and some I covered in an apple glaze, and both were just delicious, and the perfect start to a rainy day. Although making your own doughnuts is not as easy as running to the nearest donut shop, who wants to get hold and wet over a dozen doughnut holes!

Apple Doughnut Holes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temp
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 apple, medium, peeled, cored, and grated/shredded
vegetable oil for frying

In a mixer, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt). All in eggs, milk, and butter and mix until a dough forms. Fold in apple shreds. Heat about 2 inches deep of oil in a pan to 350 degrees (Use a candy thermometer to monitor and maintain this temp during the entire cooking process). Drop dough into the oil, about a tablespoon at a time, and let cook on one side for 2 minutes, then flip over and cook for another two minutes, until the balls are an even golden brown. It is best to cook about 3-6 at a time. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with paper towels and let drain for a few minutes and cool. When cooled and drained, roll in cinnamon sugar (1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon), or glaze with the apple glaze.

Apple Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp milk
1 tbsp apple juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Sift powdered sugar into a bowl. Add in milk and apple juice and mix using a fork until all powdered sugar is dissolved. Stir in cinnamon. Roll doughnut holes in glaze and coat as desired. If you think the mixture is too think for your liking, add more apple juice 1/4 tsp at a time until desired consistency, but remember, a little bit goes a long way and you don’t want to get it too runny!

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