If you haven't checked out Pinterest yet, break yourself away from this post and go have fun! This website has become a great outlet for me to gather up ideas and put my mind to work on getting crafty! It's a place to put all your "favorites" into one place, that you can visually keep organized. I just love it!
Want to be inspired by a quote? See it on Pinterest. Want to know how to make a wreath for the season? Find it on Pinterest. Need inspiration in the kitchen or taking a meal to a friend? Check out Pinterest. Need vacation to a beautiful place, but not able to hop on a plane? You'll be able to get away on Pinterest. Over the past month of discovering this website, I've been spending lots more time in the Mom Cave :) VERY best thing about it is that I am finding ways to use what we have around the house and/or finding things that are free on Craigslist
Here's my how-to from yesterday's Pinterest :
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
inspired from this picture:
That's homemade Salted Caramel Frosting...
So then I got to thinking, "I really like that. It sounds like a drink at Starbucks. Starbucks is an expensive habit. Wonder how I could make something like that at home?" So I got on Google and wah-lah, look what came up:
Without hesitation I began looking through our pantry, and luckily we had all but 2 of the ingredients. Score! All credit goes to the talented baker Kate over at Grin and Bake It--she has got some delicious ideas! Here's how my cooking went :)...
|Gathering up and taking inventory.|
|Used Chatfield Coco Powder from Mustard Seed Market|
|French pressed Godiva coffee...that just so happened to be on sale last week, so I got it for my man....and then the recipe called for it. Sweet :)|
|mixing things up.|
|use a wooden spoon|
|my secret must have---makes measuring for cookies, cupcakes, muffins, etc a breeze|
|the batter was already a little thin, adding the coffee got me doubting...|
|Happy to have nonstick.|
|"wow, they set up just right!"|
|lets cool off.|
|meanwhile, make the homemade caramel. don't worry, you totally have this girlfriend! briefly stir the sugar and water together...and then let.it.be.|
|it starts to bubble....and then after about 5 minutes on medium-high heat it starts to loose the bright white color|
|ooh here comes some caramel color!|
|look--it totally turned out :) remember: do not stir while it's on the flames.|
I put the cream and the vanilla together in a measuring cup and then spoon-by-spoon slowly added it to the hot caramel while stirring frequently.
|pouring the cooled off caramel into the butter cream frosting|
|this smell really good!|
|used a piping bag, snipped off the tip, inserted #5, and with the help from Kristin at Decorate This I was able to create...|
|topped off with gold colored sugar crystals from JoAnn's.|