Cupcake Heaven

Two Girls and A Cupcake, Inc..

 

If you are ever in Utica, Illinois or there about you have to check out this little cupcake shop near Starved Rock.

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Easy low carb ice cream recipe

I’m once again I’m on the low carb warpath and I’ve been craving ice cream. I have seen several recipes for homemade low-carb ice cream without using an ice cream maker. I took what I liked from each recipe and here’s how I did it:

Pour one cup of half-and-half into a quart size freezer bag.

Add 1 tablespoon of Splenda or your favorite non-sugar sweetener.

Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or whatever other kind of flavoring you would like. I added a little dash of almond extract.

Place the quart size bag into a gallon size freezer bag which you have filled with 3 cups of ice and 6 tablespoons of salt. Shake vigorously for four minutes or until desired texture is achieved. Wear gloves because it gets really really cold!

I think it’s best if you eat it right away. You can freeze it but I have heard that it becomes kind of hard and in order to eat it later you might want to microwave it for 10 or 20 seconds.

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Stuffed Strawberries

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1lb. Large Strawberries
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
4 TBS Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 – Rinse strawberries. Remove top of strawberries and clean out center with a paring knife. Prep and set aside.

2 – In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add mixture to piping bag or Ziploc with corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with mixture then dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until you serve.

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Two Girls and a Cupcake, Inc.

We ran across this little shop on our way home from the Starved Rock Lodge.
Jill and Tim own this little sweet shop in Utica, Illinois

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There were many tasty cupcakes to choose from. I had strawberry cheesecake, yummy creme cheese frosting on a white cake cupcake.
Cookies and creme,Turtles,coconut dream,cotton candy and Andes mint were some of the choices.

If you ever pass through Utica, Illinois don’t pass up Two Girls and a Cupcake.

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Cookie day 2012

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cookie decorating crew.

Cookie Day 2012 was great fun! Family from Southern and Northern California and Kerrie from the Chicago area. The sisters from California brought their families so the kids could once again join in the fun of decorating cookies,pressing cookies and enjoying their cousins company. Kerrie’s son could not make it up this year from Monterey,CA., as he had military obligations and we have a newbie, Richie, who has not attended this festive event.

The first cookie of the day was Colorful Spiral Cookies.

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Another cookie we tried we have dubbed “Butterscotch Bacon Cookies”. The recipe . I decided butterscotch chips would taste better than chocolate chips with the bacon, so that’s what I did. They turned out pretty good ; salty and sweet.

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bacon butterscotch chip cookies

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Get all that foil off. We do not want a surprise later….

The list goes on:

Butterfinger Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Fudge

Lemon Coconut Bars ( like these)

Rocky Road Bars (like these)

Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Blossoms

Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies (like these)

Toffee

Toll House Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Sugar Cookies  

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Decorating crew did a great job

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups flour

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix first four ingredients
  2. Add baking powder and flour
  3. Roll our dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thick and cut out shapes. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes.
  4. Cool cookies on rack. When cool frost with butter cream frosting. The recipe from the C&H powdered sugar box works well.

Note: Do not chill the dough.

Lots of fun and plenty of  COOKIES.   Wound down the night with pizza.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!

Here is a link to a movie made of event….  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ybvpmp6v5s71815/cookie_day_2012.mp4

Sugar Free Flour free Almond cookies

I am trying really hard to do the low carb thing but darn it I have been craving cookies. So I looked online and found this recipe for almond cookies. They are extremely low carb…. like 30 carbs for the whole batch. So divided by however many cookies you make. I made 18….. so thats less than two carbs per cookie. And they are really delicious and chewy and soft…. Every one in my family is eating them (darn it) I only have two left….. I did make a couple changes to the recipe. I added one half cup extra almond flour , one egg, and one quarter teaspoon cinnamon…. because I had seen these ingredients in other similar recipes. I know I will be making these every week…..

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Cafeteria Time

Last weekend I had the opportunity to do some cooking in the kitchen of Sky Lodge Camp. I was reminded of my childhood when my grandmother was a cook for the elementary school went to. I remember sitting there early before school started , fascinated by watching the huge mixers do battle with the homemade cinnamon roll dough. Yes we had all home cooked food at my school!
This weekend I learned a super easy recipe for lemonade pie. Here are the ingredients:
One can frozen lemonade
One 8 oz container cool whip
One graham cracker crust

It’s so easy – all you do is thaw cool whip and lemonade, mix them really well together, pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust , and refrigerate for a few hours. I found it actually works better if I put the pie in the freezer because it became more firm that way. Tasted very tangy and
delicious!  Take our poll below:

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love a good cupcake, right? I spent part of my Memorial Day baking up some goodies for my first graders who have summer birthdays. It’s one of the ways I choose to fill up my last two minimum days of school before summer vacation! Woo hoo!

These cupcakes are cookies and cream. They are made with a standard white cake mix (Duncan Hines) and my scrumptious buttercream frosting. I threw in Oreo cookie crumbs to give the frosting a little flavor , as well as the look of cookies and cream. I used a plastic frosting bag with a hole cut in the bottom (you can do the same thing with a ziplock bag) to frost them in a swirly pattern. This method is much easier and quicker than frosting with a knife, in my opinion. I topped them off with half an Oreo cookie. Yum!

Happy birthday to my summer birthday kiddos!

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