cupcakes sold.

remember when i told you i was making cupcakes for a student group on campus for a fundraiser? well, i did it!

my students were excited when m and i delivered the cupcakes to the event. they said they were really cute, which was what i was going for.

four cupcakes were already sold before the start of the event, and there i was with my big goofy smile so happy that people would buy something i made.

i baked my standby cupcake recipes: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. i tried a new recipe this time: strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

the strawberry cupcakes weren’t as strawberry-flavored as i was hoping, so i’m going to try that recipe again before i share it with you all.

the proceeds of the cupcakes went to hope2o international. i was thrilled to have this opportunity to help raise money for such a great cause. if you haven’t checked out this organization, make sure you do!

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gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

i know, it has been a while… like, three months a while. the baking has been inconsistent and rare since running.

by the way, notable accomplishment since my last post: i ran my first race! 4 miles right under my goal time. i had a blast. nothing beats running a race through an apple orchard during a vermont fall. i got to pick apples for free after the race. i also ate hella apple cider donuts.

now, we’re well-past apple season and into peppermint/gingerbread season. and root vegetable season. and maybe cranberry season? someone correct me on that one.

i’ve been reinspired by the holiday season. i’ve made chocolate chocolate chip peppermint chip cookies, brownies topped with cream cheese frosting and peppermint chips, apple jack crispy treats (inspired by marshmallowy rice krispie treats), and so much more. needless to say, i’ve got some recipes i want to share with you.

i think the baking bug has bit me again.

read on…

chocolate cupcakes with mint buttercream.

it’s the first full day back from spring break. campus is pretty quiet. i anticipate that most students will come back tomorrow, and we’ll be back to the hustle and bustle.

read on…

happy valentine’s day.

i used to hate valentine’s day.

rather than being bitter, i decided in high school that i would just give love to everyone i love. i didn’t need a significant other to like valentine’s day. i had a lot of loved ones that deserved to be given love.

here i am, years later, still doing the same thing. i may be boo’d up now, but i still try my best to give love to those around me. this year’s gift to my student staff: olive oil chocolate chip cookies. i didn’t get to take photos, so i’ll have to make them again to share with you.

if you’re still looking for a dessert to make tonight special, i’ve got four recommendations for you. i’m a big fan of everything i’ve made so far on nomsandnotes, but i thought it would be most helpful to give you my selections.

from the top left clockwise:
cranberry and chocolate chip blondies
brown sugar cookies
chocolate mayo cupcakes with blackberry buttercream
red velvet chocolate chip cookies

sending some love from my boston kitchen to yours today and everyday!

red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.

it is february. i can’t believe it.
it was a busy end of january and the to-do list will continue to grow as i head into february.

i needed some serious kitchen time. time to relax.
whenever i’m in the kitchen, the movements just come naturally. i don’t need to think too much. the recipe guides my way into baking bliss.

read on…