Is anybody out there? I have been MIA for almost the whole summer and let me say, I am not proud of it! Time has just flown by and while my precious blog was always in the back of mind and on my to-do list, nothing ever seemed to come to fruition.
To give you the whirlwind quick recap of my summer so far, we moved from our cozy downtown apartment to a house in the suburbs at the end of June. We had 2 family moves (in addition to our own) to help out with in June, which left us frantically throwing our belongings into boxes and setting everything up for the new house before time ran out.
After our move, we took two weeks off to receive furniture and appliance deliveries, have everything installed, and to unpack and settle in. I don’t even know where the time went between then and now, it all feels like an insanely exciting and unbelievable blur. Finally the dust is starting to settle, (well, not really since we literally live in the middle of a dusty construction site) and we are beginning to get back to our normal routine. There is one minor difference though my friends, I now have a BEAUTIFUL kitchen to play with.
I have made a few things in my new kitchen, mostly for birthdays or celebrations, but in the rush of everything, most of it has gone un-photographed.
We hosted our housewarming party this past weekend and it was really our first test of preparing food for a large group of people. We had a lot of fun and are very lucky to be surrounded by great friends and family. One thing that stood out at the party for me was these Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes. The peanut butter-chocolate flavour combo is always a winner, and let’s just say, I wasn’t complaining when there were a few of these babies leftover after the party! I used my favourite chocolate cake recipe adapted for mini cupcakes and I whipped up a peanut butter frosting which was TO DIE FOR. It is very rich and creamy, but light and fluffy at the same time. I will not look any further, this is my peanut butter frosting recipe forever. I have already hinted that a cake slathered in this frosting would be my birthday dream….mmm. I promise I will be back with a REAL recipe soon! I am working on delicious things 🙂
Peanut Butter Frosting
From Ina Garten
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
Combine first five ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium low speed until creamy. Add the heavy cream and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Makes enough to frost about 24 mini cupcakes