Posted in Out Of My Head

5 year Anniversary!

Rango & Mum.I somehow missed my 5 year anniversary of blogging. So here I am, saying Happy Anniversary, dear blog. Some of you have been reading from the beginning. Some of you have just started following. Either way! Happy 5th Anniversary, you guys!

So, I tell The Pastor the news. Notes From The Parsonage is five years old. He says, “You have to do something.” I asked, “Like what?” I mean, I guess I could throw a party and post pictures of my partying in my living room alone. But that just sounds sad. He suggested a top 10 post. So, that is what I’m doing. The top 10 Notes From The Parsonage posts to date.

1. Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

P10101502. Crayon Wallet Tutorial

CW Finished Interior3. Boston Creme Cupcakes

Aidan and the cupcake** Oh my goodness! Look how tiny Aidan was. He’s 5 now. And reading. And not so squishy looking. Although he still eats cupcakes much the same.

4. Double Ruffle Pants Tutorial

double ruffle pants5. Superhero Cape Tutorial

P10100856. Tweedle Bugs Diaper Review

tweedle bugs7. Carpet Cleaning

middle8. Graham Bear Wear Diaper Review

graham bear wear diapersI’m still using these. Just got them back from a friend and will be using them again soon!

9. Double Twirly Skirt Tutorial

Imo in SkirtIf you have a little girl, take the time to make this skirt! It has been over 2 years since I made this skirt and she is still wearing it! (It is knee length now.)

10. Corn Puns Abound!

P1010076This has been the most baffling thing to me. Why are you people so very concerned with corny jokes? Seriously. Corn puns? I’m perplexed.

So, I see a pattern. You people like sewing. I like sewing. We’re a good match. There will be many more sewing tutorials coming. I’ve got a few planned. Some baby stuff is coming. Some girly stuff is coming. Some boy stuff is coming. It’ll be fun!

Here are the top 10 search engine terms that get you to me:

1. corn puns

Really?

2. Crayon Wallet Tutorial

That I get. No one wants to pay for a rectangle. That is how this post came to be in the first place.

3. Superhero Cape Tutorial

There are several of these floating around. You can easily find one to fit your fancy and your skill level.

4. Tweedle Bugs Diaper Review

I understand. It is cheap. Is it good?

5. Plastic Bag Holder Tutorial

Everybody needs something to do with those plastic grocery bags. Even in the age of the canvas tote, we all find ourselves with the plastic devils.

6. Crayon Wallet Pattern

See #2.

7. How to Make a Crayon Wallet

See #2 and #6. People really don’t want to pay for rectangles.

8. Ruffle Pants Tutorial

They look so easy. You don’t need a pattern. And you know it.

9. Vanilla Pudding Filled Cupcakes

Because they are amazing. No matter what fancy baked goods come out of my kitchen, the filled cupcakes are always a hit. Simple. But a hit.

10. How to Make Cupcake

Not sure about the grammar of this search. But cupcakes are yummy, and I assume the hundreds of you who entered this search were just fiending for a cupcake so badly, you just typed so quickly the s fell off.

Thanks for a great, and surprisingly successful, 5 years! Here’s to five more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in In The Kitchen

Pecan Spice Cupcakes with Rum Icing

I decided to make these cupcakes for the Faith Methodist Church Christmas party. Let me tell you, they are yummy! I think these are my new favorite cupcakes.

For the cupcakes:

2 and 3/4 cups AP flour

1 and 1/2 t baking soda

1 and 1/2 t baking powder

1 T ground cinnamon

2 t ground nutmeg

1 t ground ginger

1 t salt

1 and 1/2 sticks butter

1 and 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (I used light)

3 large eggs

1 T vanilla

1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk (buttermilk for cupcakes makes them so light and fluffy!)

1 cup roughly chopped pecans

In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I use a whisk to make sure they are well mixed. Set this bowl aside.

Beat butter until it is light and fluffy. Add brown sugar to the butter and mix until smooth. Once butter and brown sugar are well mixed, add one egg at a time. Once eggs are well mixed, add about half the flour mixture. Mix until well combined.  Add vanilla and buttermilk- mix until well combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until well combined. Add in the pecans and mix them in.

Spoon your batter into cupcake cups. (Will make between 2 and 3 dozen cupcakes, depending on how full you make your cups.) Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, rotating halfway through.

Now the rum icing! Yep, I said rum! Yum! So, I was sitting there thinking, “What kind of icing will go with pecan spice cupcakes?” My usual cream cheese icing has a bit of a citrus taste, which I didn’t want. I come up with the idea to make cream cheese rum icing. It turned out so yummy! Here’s what you need:

3 blocks of cream cheese

3 sticks of butter

powdered sugar (amount is up to you- probably between half a cup and 2 cups)

rum (use what you’ve got. Don’t have any? This Tattoo rum by Captain Morgan is on the sweet side- perfect for desserts.)

You can scale this recipe down. I find that 2 blocks/2 sticks is not quite enough for 2 dozen generously iced cupcakes, so I use 3/3 and have a bit of icing left over. (Which The Pastor eats with graham crackers for a midnight snack.) If you don’t like a lot of icing on your cupcakes, 2 blocks/2sticks will be enough.

Set out the cream cheese and the butter while you’re working on your cupcakes. They’ll be room temperature by the time you get around to making the icing.

Mix the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Add a few T of rum. Blend well. Taste. (I keep plenty of spoons on hand when making icing because I taste quite often.) Add more powdered sugar as you see fit. (Some folks like super sweet icing. Others like not overly sweet icing. I fall in between. I use about a cup of powdered sugar.) Add more rum to taste. I used about 1/4 cup of rum. I didn’t want it too rummy. But you may want it more rum tasting, so add more if you like!

Once your icing is mixed to your liking, spoon the icing into a gallon size freezer bag and place in the fridge. When your cupcakes have completely cooled and you’re ready to ice, knead the bag of icing a bit, cut off one corner of the bag, squirt icing onto cupcakes. Top the icing with a pecan. Eat and enjoy!

(You can also drizzle a little rum over each cupcake before serving. Adds a little extra zip to it!)

Posted in In The Kitchen

Boston Cream Cupcakes (Filled Cupcakes)

I promised that I would post how to make my yummy Boston Cream Cupcakes. Well, here I am making good on my promise! Here is what you’ll need:

– one package of butter yellow cake mix

– one regular size package of instant vanilla pudding

– one container of chocolate icing

– cupcake cups (paper or foil- whatever you want)

– zipper top bag

Make cupcakes using the instructions on the box of butter yellow cake mix. Let them cool.

Using a chopstick or skewer, poke a hole in each cupcake. I wiggle my chopstick just a little to make a little room inside my cupcake. Be careful not to poke through your cupcake cup! (I’ve done that before and the filling comes out the bottom!)

Mix your instant vanilla pudding according to the package directions. Pour into a zipper top bag. (I usually do this while my cupcakes are cooling. ) Once your pudding sets (just wait a couple minutes), you can continue. Cut the corner of the zipper top bag. Don’t make your hole too big.

Now fill your cupcakes with pudding! Put the cut corner of your bag into the hole you’ve made in your cupcake and squeeze the bag! Be careful not to over-fill your cupcakes. You’ll notice if you’re putting in too much- your cupcake will start splitting apart.

Now put the chocolate icing on and you’re done! Eat and enjoy! I do not take the time to ice my cupcakes all pretty. I just blob some icing on. I’ve been let down by pretty cupcakes in the past. They look so nice and pretty- you bite into it and find that you were deceived by a pretty exterior. So, I make yummy cupcakes, not pretty ones! You can use any combination of cake mix, pudding, and icing you like. I have made chocolate with vanilla pudding. I’ve made butter yellow with chocolate pudding. You can make whatever your little heart desires!