Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Be A Beautiful Cupcake In A World Of Muffins

Happy Valentine's Day,
lovely friends!
Today I have a sweet treat just for you.


Cupcake, (n.):
a smile with frosting on it.




All you need is LOVE. . .
and cupcakes.


These Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes 
are oh-so-tasty and refreshing!
Here is what you will need to make a batch. . .

For the cupcakes:
4 lemons freshly zested (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large egg whites

For the blackberry butter cream:
1 cup blackberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups Confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or cream




Let's get to baking, sweet friends!

In a large mixing bowl, add lemon zest and sugar. 
Combine them by rubbing it together between your fingers. 
The sugar will look slightly fluffy when you're done, 
and you shouldn't see any large chunks of lemon zest.

Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture. 
Cream mixture until fluffy and combined.
Sift together flour and baking powder, 
and add to the sugar mixture, beating until combined.

In a separate bowl, add milk, sour cream, vanilla, and egg whites. 
Whisk together.
Add the milk mixture to the flour and sugar mixture, 
and beat at medium speed, just until combined. 
Mixing too much will cause the cupcakes to be too firm.

Line a greased muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
Divide the cupcake batter evenly between 12 molds. 
Bake in a 350° oven for 15-19 minutes, 
or until a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean. 
Allow to cool completely before frosting.

And don't forget the blackberry butter cream frosting!

For the frosting, add blackberries and lemon juice to a small saucepan. 
Over medium heat, bring mixture to a simmer, stirring often. 
Your blackberries will become soft enough 
that they will basically mash themselves while you're mixing. 
Simmer for about 20 minutes, 
or until you have about 1/3 cup of blackberry puree mixture.

If you don't want seeds or skins in your butter cream, 
strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer at this point. 
Allow to cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, add butter and blackberry puree. 
Beat together with a mixer until mixture is smooth.

Add in the Confectioners' sugar, 
and beat on medium-high until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Add your milk or cream and vanilla and beat again to combine. 
Test your butter cream now. If it's still too thick, continue adding milk or cream, 
1 tablespoon at a time until butter cream reaches desired consistency.

You can frost your cupcakes with the blackberry butter cream 
as soon as they are completely cooled. 
ENJOY!
You can find the original recipe HERE.




Cupcakes don't ask silly questions.
Cupcakes understand.


You're the icing 
on my cupcake,
sweet friends!



A balanced diet
is having a cupcake in each hand.




Life is short, my friends,
so make it sweet!

I hope you have a most beautiful day!
Much love to you!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Wondrous Love Is This

Not father or mother has loved you
as God has,
for it was that you might be happy
He gave His only Son.
When He bowed His head in the death hour,
love solemnized its triumph;
the sacrifice there was complete.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -




Dear friends, enjoy the music 
while you read the words of this beautiful hymn.




What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this, O my soul! 
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, 
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down, sinking down, 
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, 
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing; 
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I AM'; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing; 
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on.
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on; 
And through eternity, I'll sing on.
- Unknown -




This beloved hymn, with its plaintive modal sound,
is one of the best known of our authentic American folk hymns.
Like all true folk music,
the origins of this text and music remain unknown.
It is simply the product of devout people who,
when reflecting seriously on the sacrificial gift of God's Son,
respond spontaneously with amazed adoration
for this "wondrous love."

This hymn first appeared in 1835 
in a collection titled Southern Harmony by William Walker.
These simply stated words with their appealing music
have since ministered to people everywhere,
extolling the profound truth of Christ's love for each of us.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -




The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, 
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: 
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
- Jeremiah 31:3 -


That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life. 
For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved. 
- John 3:15-17 -


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God: 
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
- 1 John 3:1 -




Love saw a guilt of sin, 
and sought a basis of pardon.
Love saw the defilement of sin, 
and sought a way of cleansing.
Love saw the depravity of sin, 
and sought a means of restoration.
Love saw the condemnation of sin, 
and sought a method of justification.
Love saw the death of sin, 
and sought a way of life.
Love sought,
Love found!
- Unknown -




Have a blessed and beautiful Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Love For A Friend

It's the friends we meet along the way
that help us appreciate the journey.
- Unknown -




Happy day to you, lovely friends and followers!
I hope today is filled with lots of joy and beauty.
{{smiles}}
I'm very glad to have you here
and today I have a fun little sewing project
that you can whip up in no time.




Supplies needed for the fabric tags:

scrap fabric
fusible fleece
lace trim
satin seam binding
stamps and ink
buttons

You will need to cut out two
3 x 4 1/2-inch pieces of fabric.
Trim the corners off so that the fabric looks like a tag.
You will also need to cut out one piece of fusible fleece
that is 2 1/2 x 4-inches in size.

Iron on the fusible fleece to the back side 
of the front piece of the tag.
Does that make sense!?
{I apologize for the low lighting in a few of my pictures}




Using a cute stamp and some ink
stamp something onto a piece of fabric
and then stitch it onto the front side of the tag.




Tuck some lace trim and satin seam binding
between the two layers and pin into place.
Sew along the edges of the tag and voila!
You're done.




Sew along the edges of the tag and voila!
You're done.




If you want you can add some buttons
or other kind of embellishment to your fabric tags.




It's not what we have in life,
but who we have in our life that matters.
- Unknown -

You may have noticed in the first picture that I shared
that there is an envelope that matches the tags.
I made the fabric envelope specifically for the tags
so that I could tuck them in something.




If you would like to make a similar envelope 
you can find the tutorial HERE.
Simply adjust the size according to your preference.




You can also sew on a piece of white fabric
and use it to write a message for someone special.





And finally,
here is another envelope and tag set
that I created.
You can find it in my Etsy shop.




Happy sewing and creating!

Hugs and love to you.

Sweet friends,
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February 14th.
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