Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

About a month ago my husband brought home a page of the newspaper with recipes. He said him and the guys at work were talking about how good these cupcakes sounded and he volunteered me to make them. A few weeks went by and I decided to make them.  The recipe makes 36 cupcakes. My husband took the cupcakes to work yesterday and they were a hit ~ the guys loved them!

Dissolve the cocoa in the boiling water and stir until smooth. Cool .

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Beat butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed for 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture alternately with cooled chocolate mixture, beating after each addition until batter is smooth. Beat the filling ingredients together. Place the cupcake batter in cupcake tins, and add a spoonful of the peanut butter filling then cover with a little more batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Mine baked for 25 minutes.  Cool and frost with chocolate frosting.

Cupcake Batter

1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla


1/2 package of cream cheese
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
For Chocolate Frosting :  Melt butter in a large saucepan; stir in cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth.  Beat in powdered sugar and salt until smooth.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Another old book found tucked away. The name of the book is Standard English Classics -Carlyle's Essay On Burns, Boston, U.S.A. Ginn & Company, Publishers - The Athenaeum Press 1904. Copyright, 1897 By Charles L. Hanson. This is a book that was passed down to my mother and I had never seen it until a few months ago when my sister came across it while going through some old things. There is a name written in the book but it is not my mother's name nor her mothers. I can only guess that it must of came from my grandfathers side of the family (moms dad).

 Robert Burns (Jan 25, 1759 - Jul 21, 1796) - was a famous Scottish poet who died at the age of 37 and on the very day his wife gave birth to their last son.  As far back as I can remember my mother had one of his poems hanging in our dining area and now my three sisters and I have copies in our kitchens as a remembrance of our mother and our Scottish heritage. 
In Scotland every January 25th is Burns Day a national holiday to celebrate the birthday of their national poet. You can read more about him and this event if you google his name. Another book for me to sit down and look at and treasure.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Migraines ~ What a pain they are

Last week I was down and out with a migraine headache for over four days.  For those of you who have experienced one of these horrific headaches knows the pain.  For those of you who have never had one consider yourself lucky.  The light, sound, nausea, and even every breath you take hurts.  The throbbing so intense your are too sick to even get up and go to the doctor.  I have suffered from migraines and headaches since I was a teen.  I am curious how many of you out there suffer from headaches or migraines and what you do to ease the pain?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Strawberries and a bug video

I received an email the other day with this video about Strawberries attached.  I usually give my fruit a good washing when I bring it home but.......I have to wonder if I have ever ingested any of these little critters.  I have never actually seen these on a strawberry.......have you?  Something to think about this weekend.  Have a great one.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Birds Chirping and Camera Failure

This morning I was awaken by baby birdies chirping.  They have made a nest outside my bedroom window.  I went to take a photo and the camera would not work.  After a few days of shaking and day of rain the weather today is picture perfect 80 degrees.  I feel so much better when the sun is shining.  Its a wonderful day with the exception of my camera failing me.

A little shout out to my nephew who is celebrating his 23rd  birthday.  We will all be together tonight for a birthday celebration. Happy Birthday nephew of mine.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Eggs go Rolling

Easter afternoon we were hiding plastic eggs for the big easter egg hunt for the kids when all of a sudden the eggs placed on the patio started falling; then my husband yelled did you feel that?  Earthquake........yikes I stopped dead in my tracks and just froze standing there swaying back and forth waiting to see if it was going to stop or get worse.  I was standing in front of the patio at my sisters house watching the eggs fall to the ground, the patio swing not only swinging back and forth but moving from side to side.  The entire patio appeared to be moving from side to side.  My nephew and his dad were in the front yard and said the cars were swaying back and forth and the road appeared to be rippling.  Several after shocks were felt afterward.  I was feeling a little dizzy after the big one.  Nerves a little rattled we finished hiding the eggs and had the egg hunt.  This morning around 4:00am another - I slept through that one.  I have lived in California all my life and I can say this one was strong and gave me a scare.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Goodies for Easter

I have spent most of the day baking goodies for our Easter get together tomorrow.  A Philadelphia Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake. I found this recipe in  The Home Journal magazine and thought I would give it a try.
This is the photo from the magazine.  I hope it taste as good as it appears.
Then I made Lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting.  My niece and nephews will like these. 

Must go finish icing and decorating the cupcakes.  I still have strawberries to dip in chocolate.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sigh of Relief

Feeling so much better since our son returned home safely from his 6 day trip to Washington D.C.  He had a wonderful time.  He said he saw and did alot in the short time he was gone.  They went to three cities, went and saw many sights; took a dinner cruise and attended a play on Broadway in New York City (Mary Poppins).  Took lots of photos and managed to keep track of all his electronics and had no problems with his food allergies. When I asked him what was the most interesting thing they did he said it was the Holocost Museum.  No photos were allowed to be taken in this museum.  This was such a great opportunity for the 8th grade students and I am so happy we let him go.