Thursday, August 25, 2011

This N That Thursday - Game Day!

** Update ** 
I had several requests to post the recipe for the Bacon Tomato Cups.  So, here you go!

8 slices bacon            1 Tomato, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped    3 oz. shredded swiss cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise    1 tsp. dried basil
1 (16oz) can regrigerated buttermilk Grands biscuits

Preheat your oven to 375.
Lightly grease a mini muffin pan.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until evenly brown.  Drain on paper towels.
Crumble bacon into a medium mixing bowl and mix with tomato, onion, swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and basil.
Seperate biscuits into halves horizontally.  Place each half into cups of the prepared mini muffin pan.
Fill each biscuit half full with the bacon mixture.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Now, go and enjoy!  These things are awesome!!!


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Can you believe it is Thursday already? Didn't the week just start???

So, it is time for This N That Thursday!
I have really enjoyed getting to read all of your responses to this! Your ideas and recommendations are priceless.

So, with it being this close to the weekend my kids are already fired up.  Plus, it is leaning closer to fall, which means one thing for the boys.
Football season!


This includes my husband! I don't know about anyone else, but the boys of my house go into serious withdrawals after the Super Bowl. 
So, by the time school starts, they can hardly control their excitement.  We are very fortunate to live next door to our kids' school, so Friday night High School football games are a regular for us.  No worries about traffic or parking, we just walk on over. (Go Wildcats!)

What is one thing that goes hand in hand with watching football?
Yep! Food!
I love all the snacks and creative hors d'oeuvres that people come up with.

Last year a good friend of mine made something called "Bacon, Tomato Cups."  Let me tell you, they were amazingly, addictively good!  Probably very fattening, but worth every bite! 
She had put Grands biscuit dough into a mini muffin pan, then loaded it with a combination of cheese, bacon, sour cream, etc. and baked it.  It was almost like a little mini-quiche (without the eggs.)  Yum!  Love ya Pam!

So, tell me your famous (or favorite) Game Day food! Do you load up on fried food, or sweets, or both?

Oh yeah, and if you want the recipe I mentioned above just let me know and I will post it!



Key Lime

This is by far my most popular flavor.  

It is also my absolute favorite!

All my life I have been a fan of key lime pie.  Not just any key lime, but the really tart and tangy key lime.

I remember many years ago, in my days as a flight attendant, I would over-night in a variety of cities and therefore have the opportunity to try a variety of foods all over the country.

There are two things I would look for when I had the chance while eating in the various cities I visited.
  1. A great Steak
  2. A great Key Lime Pie

It was no great surprise that I found one of the greatest steaks in El Paso, Texas.  However, I was utterly shocked to find the BEST Key Lime pie I had ever tasted in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
That's right.  
Tulsa.  Who knew.
Not Florida. Theirs was too sweet.


So, long story short, this cupcake reminds me of that awesome Key Lime Pie.  I never imagined I could get a cupcake to have that same flavor, but Wow.... it does!

This is a light and fluffy key lime cupcake.  It has a tangy key lime frosting, topped with graham cracker crumbs and fresh lime zest.
It just doesn't get any better than this!!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lemon Blossom

Alright, I have to admit that this ranks up there with the Key Lime in my book!

Obviously, I love the tangy, citrus flavor of these cupcakes. 

As a friend of mine described it recently "It's 'slap your mama' Good"!


This is a fluffy and moist lemon cupcake, with a tangy lemon buttercream frosting.  It is topped with graham cracker crumbs and fresh lemon zest.

It is perfectly tart and tangy, yet has just enough sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The trouble with this one..... you can't eat just one!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Carrot!

Today's featured flavor is, by far, my husband's favorite.  

It is one of those classic cakes that you don't have all that often, but when you do you want it done right.

I never imagined that a cake made out of, and named after, a vegetable would be so delicious.  
I guess it is right up there with pumpkin.  As a child, if you had told me I would be devouring a pumpkin cupcake 30 years later, and scraping up every last crumb, I would have laughed in your face.  Well, the same is true for carrot.

Who knew!?  It's pretty dog-gone good. 

So, back to my point: everyone loves a good carrot cake.  This is not a dessert that you can walk into the grocery store and buy (unless you prefer your desserts to taste like cardboard.)



This cupcake is loaded with goodness.  Freshly chopped carrots, pecans, pineapple, and more.  Then, it is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with chopped pecans.

It doesn't get any more "down home" than this.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

This N That Thursday!

It's that time again!

With yesterday's talk about fall and the holidays hurdling toward us, it got me thinking.
For today's "This N That" post I want to know your favorite holiday sweets!

Better than that, are there any you would like to see transformed into a cupcake....

Interesting, huh?  Let's not go down the road of the fruit cake though, that would be shameful.

Seriously, is it a German chocolate and coconut, or possibly some sort of spice cake?

For me, I am thinking maybe a chocolate with a peppermint frosting or a rich spice cake with a cream cheese frosting.  Maybe even a pumpkin cupcake......

Ok, i'm drooling already!  Send me yours!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

S'mores!

Fall is probably one of my favorite times of the year.
After the heat of the summer finally gives way to cooler temperatures, we move into the official "Holiday Season", which lasts from now until the New Year.

It is such a fun and exciting time of year! Every year there are camping trips, cookouts, Halloween, hay rides, High School Football games, and more.

It is so much fun to sit with the kids, and good friends around a camp fire. They always want to hear spooky stories.
And they ALWAYS want S'mores!

So, this was my inspiration for this cupcake.  I love S'mores, probably as much as my kids do!  They are fun to eat, and just plain yummy! In my opinion, they are a necessity for every event we have in the fall.  However, it's hard to have a campfire everywhere you go.  Some places just are not conducive to fire.....  Hence, having a S'mores cupcake instead!


This cupcake is one of those wonders, in that it is amazing how much it really does taste the way it should according to its name.  When you bite into this, it is surprising how much it tastes like you are eating S'mores!

It is a moist chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust.  It has a marshmallow frosting, topped with graham cracker crumbs and a piece of Hershey's chocolate.

It is truly a treat for the kid in all of us!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mountain Top!

This one is probably fairly easy to figure out. It is one of those flavors that people have requested of me.  

My mom was one of them.
So, how could I not fill that request?


This is a moist chocolate cupcake with a dark chocolate ganache frosting topped with a "Mountain Top" of shredded coconut.

Pretty isn't it?

It's delicious too!