Turtles Cupcakes!

Today I made some Nestle turtle chocolate cupcakes. Basically, you bake chocolate cupcakes half way then place a turtle chocolate on them, with more cupcake mixture, and put it back in for another 10 minutes. The recipe is below. If you look at the photo  you can see that I left them in a little too long (we have a brand spankin’ new oven and all appliances.. thanks daddsy! ~and even though i put it on 15 degrees less than the recipe said- it cooked very quickly). So the photo at bottom is the halfway point. They were naughty and decent, not incredible. Husband review? “they would have been better heated up so they’d be gooey. (recipe actually says to do that) But they were cupcakes with turtles in them.. c’mooon!” IMG_3998

 

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click here for the Nestle Turtles Cupcakes recipe!

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Chocolate covered strawberries

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Last night I made chocolate covered strawberries for my love. Just cause I could! I used an ikea dark chocolate bar that I had in the freezer, strawberries & skim milk – tho I think you’re supposed to used canned milk. Gentle, constant stirring & dip! Delicious summer’s eve snack for my sweety, who has been very good to me lately. Xo chicken.
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what’s better than chocolate and bacon and coffee? Having them all together.

Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

“Dark Chocolate. Bacon. What’s not to love? Take yourself on a taste adventure and give these a go. They were a challenge by friends that turned into a great success. “

Prep Time: 15 Min Cook Time: 25 Mins. Ready In: 40 Min

Original Recipe Yield 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the eggs, coffee, buttermilk and oil. Stir just until blended. Mix in 3/4 of the bacon, reserving the rest for garnish. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and sprinkle reserved bacon crumbles on top. Dust with additional cocoa powder.
THE REVIEWS: We made these beauties ( thanks Kate for the recipe!) last week. We used maple bacon and espresso instead of coffee ~as per advice from allrecipes.ca. Jen took some to work and we took some up the lake with the Milsoms. One review was a spontaneous hug from a twelve year old boy. Husband: “it’s everything I like, all together. I love it”. These were super fantastic and I’d make them again for sure.

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you big taRt

 

That’s “TaRt” with a Canadian east coast hard R, that I love so much. Tonight my gorgeous new husband was a huge help with my thing-a-day. Thanxs to him for making the tart crusts, poring my wine & keeping me motivated. We made two kinds of tarts from my new tart recipe book. First was a Thai smoked salmon and dill tart and the second was a left-over chocolate fondue / toblerone ganache tart with a cocoa shell. The salmon tarts we devoured in seconds *yum* and the chocolate fondue one is cooling in the fridge. They will be a late night snack… or breakfast. We both promise to start working out tomorrow. I’m really getting into the hang of this making a  thing a day (holding tummy).

 

 

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2 kinds of FONDUE to welcome my new husband home

Last night my brand new husband of 2 weeks (when will I stop counting?) returned home from camp. He left almost immediately after our Wedding trip to Mexico & Alberta ~so I was pretty pleased to see him! We had some trouble deciding between a cheese and french bread fondue or a chocolate and fruit fondue, so obviously we got both. We drank new wine and loved it all up! I also worked on our Wedding Guest Book the other night but was so frustrated with posterous blog posting that it didn’t get posted, so here it is.

(i’m pressing PUBLISH with fingers crossed this makes it to my BLOG http://www.foundobjectbeachart.wordpress.comand over to the thing-a-day BLOG!?)
p.s. it didn’t work – you have to have a blog with them, add to their blog then you can autpost to here. boo.  It’s a learning curve for me.
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chocolate covered bacon.

Since returning to the coast.. love you Jackie and Aren and husbands…I have taken some razing recently from old friends, regarding my new found love of MEAT!

Today’s Dress A Day post hit it out of the park with not only an awesome dress upcycle but she attended a party with a chocolate fountain and posted photos of chocolate covered bacon. c’moooon! fantastic idea.

check out her site if you haven’t, it’s very inspirational for lovers of thrift dresses. http://newdressaday.wordpress.com

then I found this: