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Luck, not a lady!

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I'd been hearing the buzz about Earl Grey cupcakes, and where I'm not a fan of Earl..I am a fan of Lady Grey. So I thought it would be an easy enough swap. So while lurking on Bake and Destroy (http://nataliecakes.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/earl-grey-cupcakes-and-filled-cupcakes/ -one of these days I'll figure out how to link, I swear) and found this, I thought I'd go for it. I can't really pinpoint where I messed up...but I'll tell you what I did, and maybe you can figure it out for me. It might just be the curse of trying to jack with a recipe! 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used self-rising) 3/4 tsp baking powder (omitted-due to sr flour) 1/2 tsp baking soda (omitted-due to sr flour) 1/4 tsp salt (omitted-due to sr flour) 2 Earl Grey tea bags or 1 Tbs loose tea (used 2 Lady Grey-decaf) 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 6 Tbs unsalted butter, room temp 3 egg whites 1 tsp rated orange zest (omitted, didn't have it) 1/4 tsp orange oil (omitted, didn't have it)…

Carrot-cake-cheesecake-cupcakes!

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Try saying that 5 times fast!!! One of my all time favorite 'testers' celebrated her dark hour (aka 30th birthday) on July 2nd. At the party the following weekend, I decided that the best present would be an edible one. Knowing that one of her favorites was carrot cake, and that her husband (another favorite tester) loved cheesecake..I was lucky to come upon a great recipe that is a Cheesecake Factory knockoff... They were a knock out! Husby and I both enjoyed them (I made giant muffin sized ones for the house). And Birthday taster and her husby enjoyed them too! They are a keeper recipe and one I'll make over and over! The completed cups, ready to go party! A shot of the inside: The line up-cheesecake on the left, carrot mid and cups to the right. (recipe from CDkitchen.com) Ingredients: ***Cheesecake:*** 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon flour 3 eggs ***Carrot Cake:*** 3/4 cup veg…

Date nite...(sans photos)

I wanted to stop and get the camera, but we were running just on time to get to the place b/c you had to have your food ordered (and preferably eaten before the show). So I'll have to describe my food to you and you'll have to use your imagination on what it looked like ok? We live about an hour (give or take) north of KC, MO, and Monday evening the Husband and I ventured down to Jardine's (jardines4jazz.com) we went for a concert of Marilyn Maye. I had looked at the menu online to get an idea of what I wanted, but once we were there we both opted for the special. For $12 you get salad, entree, and dessert...and..it was a good deal. Jardine's is a jazz bar..and since we were far(-ish) away from home I didn't want a mixed drink that might make me too tipsy, so we both opted for wine. I had a glass of Riesling, and the husband had Merlot. I'm normally a big Riesling fan, but I think of just one winery..sadly. (if you are interested..it's crownvalleywinery.c…