Friday, January 14, 2011

Margarita Cupcake recipe

I'm reposting the recipe link for the Margarita cupcakes AND below you will find the recipe I use to make my Never Fail Buttercream frosting.

Here is the link again for Recipe Girl's Margarita Cupcakes:

Just look at all the yummy ingrediants in these cupcakes!

Many years ago, and I mean MANY years ago!  I took a Wilton Cake decorating class down at what was Christown Mall.  It was a 6 or eight week class and each week we had to make a cake and then take it to the class to learn a decorating technique.  Mike and I used to just leave a fork by the cake and have a bite when we walked by. have the metabolism of a person in their 20's again!!!!

At the last class the instructor gave us this recipe for buttercream frosting.
I didn't even have a piece of paper to write it on!  I tore off a piece of cardboard from a box and wrote down this recipe:

Never Fail Buttercream frosting

1 lb powdered sugar   (that is one box or 4 cups)
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp butter extract  (omit this if you use butter shortning)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter or shortning  ( I ALWAYS use Crisco shortning)

Place all of the ingrediants in a bowl and mix until smooth
This will make a stiff icing suitable for piping.
Add milk a little at a time to desired consistancy.

I still have this recipe written on the cardboard!
Maybe I should write it on a proper recipe card!

So here are the changes I made for making the frosting for the
Margarita cupcakes:

Instead of using the 1/4 cup milk I added 2 T. fresh lime juice.
The icing was VERY stiff and since I didn't think Milk would go very
well with the lime juice and I really needed to thin this down abit AND
I still had some margarita mix......I added the margarita mix in small amounts
until I reached the desired consistancy!

I hope that you make these cupcakes and ENJOY them!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


With Margarita Cupcakes!
It's 5 O'Clock somewhere!

Last week a group of us met at, where else, Caramba's
to celebrate Jo's birthday.
Jo shares her birthday with Jesus
so normally she never gets to celebrate all her own
so we decided to celebrate last week!

Since Caramba's is a mexican restaurant and we all like
their margarita's I decided to find a recipe for margarita cupcakes.

I got the recipe I used from here:
I love the pictures of the cupcakes on this site,
especially the one with the shot glass on top of the cupcake.
(I couldn't do that at the restaurant!)
I will say that I changed up the icing recipe abit and used
my well-tested buttercream recipe. 
I just used fresh lime juice in place of the milk I usually do.
I was scared, but the icing turned out fantastic!!!!!

Here's the birthday girl knocking back a few margarita's.
Actually I think she might have been drinking water or soda,
everyone just put their glasses in front of her!!!  lol

I can't end a post without a picture of my sweet baby Mia.
She just loves to visit with people.
Doesn't say much, but LOVES to just
watch what everyone is doing!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Okay.....Is this JUST WRONG......

OR do babies just put EVERYTHING in their mouth??!!??!!

I couldn't resist snapping a picture of Mia reaching for the wine bottle.
Not a single drop passed into this babe's mouth!
But it really did make for a funny picture!

This past week I watched Guy Fieri make a tasty looking german meal
called Jagerschnitzel with bacon and mushroom gravy.
He also made a homemade german dumpling and roasted carrots to go with it.
I decided to try it for a late lunch/early dinner today.
Here is the link for the recipe:

It turned out pretty delicious.
Well, at my house you can't have a german meal without a german
wine.  So I opened up a bottle of Piesporter and put it on the table with
my very favorite centerpiece.....MIA!
Mia is at the stage where she puts EVERYTHING in her mouth.'s a little scary that she knows that the top of the
bottle is where she needs to put her mouth.
Wonder where she learned that?!?!?

On Saturday Mike and I and Jenny, Rafael and Mia celebrated our
last holiday party of the season at Glendale Glitter and Glow.
Historic downtown Glendale decorates the town square with millions of
lights for the Christmas season.
It is truly beautiful.
The weekend after new years they bring in lots of hot air balloons which
are tethered down, but they are lit up with fire.
This looks so Awesome!
It is fun to watch them blow up the balloons and then heat the air.
It is super crowded, but everywhere you look there are smiling faces on
old people and young people.
Kids are running around and dancing to the many bands that surround
the square.  It's just great family fun!

Mike and I with our sweet baby granddaughter at Glendale Glitters.

Another one of our favorite holiday traditions is when

Here is our neighbor Bert pouring the last layer of
Grand Marnier on the B52's

Rafael and Mike toast

Tammy and Jenny take the shot

Gail and Bert with the B52 tray.

So here is how this tradition started.....
Quite a few years ago on a Christmas day I was busy
preparing for my parents arrival later that day.
One of my "other" neighbors called and YELLED at ME
because Mike was cutting the grass on Christmas day!
It upset me SO MUCH!
I had to take something over to Gail and Berts after this call.
They were busy playing games and having B52 shots with lots
of family.  They offered me one and somehow I was not so upset after that!
A new tradition was born!