Posts made in February, 2012

Cupcake Recluse

Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Desserts | 0 comments

It took a whole day to dream up a cupcake and make it happen.

The idea was to create a light mocha cupcake, fill it with caramel

and top it with a marshmallow frosting.

The caramel sauce recipe had 110 reviews...

How hard could it be?















Sugar and water








combined over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.








Turn up the volume.  Ina loves to say that.








Don't stir the caramel. Swirl the pan occasionally.








Brush the sides of the pan with water to dissolve the sugar crystals.








When the hot sugar reaches a chestnut or amber color about 350 degrees,








stand back and pour in the heavy cream.








Stir until the caramel is smooth.  Remove from the heat.

Add vanilla and a touch of fresh lemon juice.








Caramel filled Mocha Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting



























What is your favorite cupcake?

I am going to make a new cupcake every week!

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Baker Bill

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in New | 1 comment

Meet Baker Bill.

1958 Baker Bill, Cake Baker, Cookie Baker, Children's Book by Jene Barr, Donuts, Loaf of Bread, Tarts, Jelly Rolls, Holiday Cakes

In 1958 Jene Barr taught children how to read by introducing them to this guy.

Bill baked donuts, tarts, jelly rolls, holiday cakes and loaves of bread.

Maybe Bill was related to Policeman Paul...

1952 Policeman Paul, Police, Police Man, Man in Uniform, Children's Book by Jene Barr, Illustrations by Chauncey Maltman

Maybe they were the same guy!

Meet my brother, Baker Bill.

See the resemblance to Paul?

Baker Bill taught me to make bread by texting pictures

and instructions from his kitchen in Montana.

You must try this for yourself!

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

The following demo video validates my method of preparing the Master Recipe.








6 cups of King Arthur Flour (I reduced this by 1/2 cup)

3 cups lukewarm water

1 1/2 Tablespoons dry yeast

1 Tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt (I reduced this by 1 teaspoon for my taste)








Using a stand mixer with a dough hook is less messy.

Place 1 cup of the warm water in the bowl with the yeast and salt.

I prefer to proof the yeast and watch it bloom like my daffodils.















Begin adding flour and remaining water alternately








while the machine mixes on low speed, but not kneading.

Now that  I have been baking bread, rolls and pizza for a couple of months,

I save about 6 ounces of dough to add to the new one.








The little bit becomes fragrant and sour.  Add it now.








Although it requires another step...








move the dough to a clean glass bowl.








It wears a shower cap while it rests on the counter for 2 hours.

Now you place your bread dough in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.








Chilled dough has structure.

Flour your hands before pulling out a chunk to shape

into a boule, baguette, rolls, or a pizza.

I use a scale.  I can't help myself.  I weigh everything!!!

12-16 ounces.








Cloaking the loaves with flour is an important step.

No kneading.  Gently shape with floured hands.








The cornmeal on a pizza peel helps the loaves slide

into the oven if you are using a pizza stone.

Placing the loaves on a prepared  baking sheet to rise and bake works too.

After about 20 minutes, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.








Slash the bread with a sharp knife.  Slash don't squash!

When the oven is ready~ bake the bread for 20-25 minutes.

Lucky you if there is a window on your oven...

Witness "Oven Spring".

Lucky you~~ if Brother Baker Bill sends you a cookbook and pizza stone.








John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.


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Babysitting Facebook…

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in New | 0 comments MP and I celebrated 41 years of marriage

our prayers were focused on the Twinkle House next door.








Adam and Nikki left for the hospital at 1am.









mis en plas for a baby girl.








My usual waiting for a baby drill... is to move furniture.








The morning began with butter,








brown sugar,








an extra large egg,








flour, cocoa, and cinnamon.















Chill the dough.

Check FB.

Make more cookie dough.

Check FB.

Shape Cookies.








Check FB.

Bake cookies, cool cookies and make more cookies...




































By 5:15 all the gifts were packaged.

The prize arrived weighing eight pounds, three ounces.


Welcome Ava Rosalyn!

Beautiful and healthy.







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They Wore Red Velvet

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Desserts | 0 comments







topped with Creamy Cheese and Cupid Curls.







...filled with White Chocolate Whipped Cream







Sunday Praise Music never sounded so sweet!

--adapted from

Better Homes & Gardens

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Vintage Puff Piece

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in New | 11 comments

MP and I were married 41 years ago next Monday; I had just turned twenty.

Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses Vintage Pattern Simplicity 9866

Puffed sleeves and ruffles seemed to be the style.

My wedding dress today.

It looks so small now!

I wore an antique Cameo.

The hem is still torn where Uncle Dude stepped on it~ a precious memory.

I even added a hoop skirt which I borrowed.

I paid $50 for my dress at a shop at South Coast Plaza.

Actually, I think it was a Prom Dress; it came in several colors.  I chose the white one.

Now you can purchase your own

Nadine Vintage Cupcake Dress in Lime Green.


There is only one photograph of our wedding, but that is another story~

Were you there?

February 13, 1971


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