Way back in the day - November four years ago to be exact - I wrote this blog post about my love for photography and how I just couldn't get into photography at that time. Thanks to inspiration from my baby cuz and brother-in-law, I found a steal of a deal on a DSLR camera and have found a new hobby! I've vowed to take 100 pictures a day (when I have spare time) to learn the camera and how to take great pictures. If you know me in real life, prepare to stare at a lens!
Biscoff Cupcakes with Biscoff Buttercream Frosting... say that three times fast.
Now take a bite of this cupcake and try saying it. I made these cupcakes last weekend for my sister-in-law Lizzy's birthday. I had considered making cake balls but then remembered two things: 1) I had a jar of Biscoff spread in the pantry and 2) Lizzy used to have her dad bring back Biscoff cookies from his Delta flights (way back before you could buy them at the grocery store). The internet provided me with a recipe for which I had all of the ingredients on hand, so it was decided - cupcakes!
The result - AMAZING. These might be the best cupcakes I've ever made. Hubby could not stop raving about them (and he usually only raves about something he's made... hah!). Lizzy and family loved them. I can't wait to find an opportunity to make them again!
Biscoff Cupcakes with Biscoff Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients: for the cupcakes: - 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened - 1/2 cup Biscoff spread - 4 eggs - 1 box Golden Butter cake mix - 2/3 cup water
For those of you who don't know - this is what Biscoff spread looks like. You can find it in the peanut butter aisle near the Nutella, or order it online at the Biscoff store. for the frosting: - 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened - 2/3 cup Biscoff spread (should finish off the jar) - 4-6 cups of powdered sugar, sifted - up to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Directions: for the cupcakes: - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. - Line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners, spray with nonstick spray. - In a large bowl, with a hand-mixer, beat on medium speed 1 stick unsalted butter with 1/2 cup Biscoff spread until light and fluffy. - Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. - Add cake mix and water and beat on medium-high for two minutes. - Fill cupcake liners with batter about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes (until toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes emerges clean). Cool for ten minutes before removing from pan onto racks, then cool completely. for the frosting: - Using your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together 2 sticks unsalted butter with 2/3 cup Biscoff spread. - With mixer on low speed, begin adding powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating completely until well-mixed. After third cup of sugar, add 1/4 cup of whipping cream. Continue adding sugar and whipping cream as needed until you reach desired consistency. The recipe called for 6 cups of powdered sugar; however, I only needed 4. - Pipe frosting onto cooked cupcakes. If desired, top with crumbled Biscoff cookies.
My random acts of kindness today revolved around a trip to Sam's Club. The first was offering to take an empty shopping cart from a gentleman who had just finished unloading his groceries in the deluge of rain. Such a simple act that benefits everyone - including the store! The second was that I sent an e-mail to Sam's Club commending the service of an employee there. I hope that Juanita, the lovely lady at the jewelry counter who checked me out in spite of not buying jewelry, is commended by her employer for providing excellent service!
I plan to post a blog entry for each random act of kindness I perform each day. As I've just decided to do so, I want to catch you up on what I've done so far:
1) Sent a $100 Discover gift card to a friend from college who will be undergoing hip replacement surgery in the next few months and humbly asked for help with her living expenses, here: http://www.giveforward.com/ericashipfund. I was impressed by how incredibly brave she was to admit her coming financial struggles to the world via the Internet and trust in God to provide. I have full confidence that He will provide and that Erica will continue to be blessed in her life.
2) Gave $5 to a gentleman in Tupelo holding a sign which read that he was willing to work but that he needed a bus ticket.
3) Called 911 on a disabled vehicle in a median. I hesitated to do this as I was running late and didn't see anyone around the vehicle, but knew that if the circumstances were reversed and I had spun out in a median and were left unconscious, I would want someone to call for help for me.
4) Saved the life of a calf. This is probably the most dangerous thing I've done so far. Tuesday evening, after dinner with friends, I was driving home and passed the Evans Holliday Plantation that I pass twice daily. I noticed the cows and calves around the fence close to the road and thought it interesting because I had never seen cows near the fence. On second glance, I saw a calf on the outside of the fence. I drove a few miles, hesitating about doing anything, and ended up turning around to see if the calf was indeed loose. Two more passed confirmed that he was loose. I drove Cap'n Planet (my car, a Prius) through the open gate, spooking the cows hanging around, and drove about a half mile to the second gate which was closed. The cattle guard was rough and I didn't think Cap'n Planet would make it across, so I ended up walking the next quarter mile to the house. In the dark (lesson learned - store a flashlight in your car). Met Mr. Evans who was extremely appreciative of my letting him know about the loose calf. I was equally appreciative that he didn't shoot me for trespassing on his property (lesson learned - call someone before you go somewhere unexpected).
5) Brought a bag of soap, toothpaste, and coupons to a colleague of mine who was running out and fell behind on her couponing.