Okay folks, I have breaking news here at the Joy of Caking!
After years of procrastinating. I have finally purchased the web domain www.thejoyofcaking.com. Yay – happy dance! And soon (if all goes as planned) I will be moving my site from Wordpress.com to WordPress.org.
I hope (more like pray) that in the process I don’t lose all of you great people. I have a philosophy about this transition which I’ll share with you, along with this great recipe for these delicious Mini Blueberry Cupcakes as soon as I get settled.
Wish me luck!
Yesterday was a fairly dreary day here in the Finger Lakes. Clouds and rain filled the sky. However, plans had been made. My daughter and her husband were going apple picking (rain or shine) and they promised to bring us a taste of their harvest. In return, I offered to make Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese for dinner. A fair trade in both our opinions. We always like to fill our family’s bellies when we have them for dinner, and considering that most of our family doesn’t like to cook, it’s a fairly easy task for us to accomplish.
When my daughter walked in the door her hands were full with a bright and colorful bouquet of flowers. Apples were not the only thing she had been picking. What a perfect way to brighten an otherwise cloudy day.
I couldn’t resist taking pictures of these flowers to share here on my blog. As for the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, the recipe will be forthcoming one of these days. And the apples? I’m going to make a batch of homemade applesauce.
Hope these help color your day bright!
Ready or not – glamping here I come!
Just so you know, I’m writing this post from the Pink Paradise!
With today being the last day of July, I was slightly discouraged because the camper remodel isn’t completely done. Of course there are a number of legitimate reasons for this. The extreme heat this summer has slowed us down, family emergencies, illness, broken down vehicles, and lack of money are just a few of the things that have kept us from finishing her up. Hey, it happens.
And then I had an epiphany… Why does she have to be completely finished to enjoy her?
With that thought bouncing around in my head I quickly tracked down some bedding that would fit the camper bed. I then asked hubby for a few minutes of his time so we could convert the dining table into the bed; he graciously obliged. As he disappeared to work on another project that was calling his name, I lit my new Yankee Camping Out candle, poured a glass of wine, cranked the tunes, and hopped up on the bed with my computer to write. Yep, it’s just me and PInky.
Between the smell of the fresh linens and fresh air I am in heaven. The temperature inside is perfect, the dimmed lights in the camper project a warm and cozy feeling, and looking outside all I see is darkness.
I remind myself that one of these days soon we will finish this project.
In the meantime, I will sit back, relax, and enjoy using her just the way she is.
I only wish that all of you could be here glamping with me. What fun we’d have!
What is it that you find in your mailbox these days? Junk mail? Bills? Local advertising publications? And more junk mail?
When is the last time you actually received an honest to goodness letter from a close friend or relative?
It’s sad to say, but letter writing is nearly extinct these days. I suppose it’s understandable with text messages, instant messaging, and email at nearly everyone’s fingertips.
The reason that we resort to our tablets, computers, and phones to communicate? Time and convenience.
But honestly, I miss getting notes or letters in the mail (the old-fashioned way). I miss the personal touch a handwritten letter conveys, and I miss buying pretty stationery and notecards to send my letters and notes on.
Can you think of someone you’ve lost touch with, or someone that you know would really appreciate a heartfelt note or letter from you? If so, consider this post an opportunity to get in on my write a letter campaign. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming; just a quick note on a pretty notecard will suffice.
I happened to have these plain cards and pretty little paper flower kits (that I bought on clearance at Michaels last fall) sitting around my craft room. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them until I decided that I was going to write my favorite aunt a letter. I want my letter to be as pretty as it will be personal.
Do you still write letters and notes and send them by mail? If you decide to join my write a letter campaign, who will you send yours to?
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Today marks my 3 years in the blogosphere. I hadn’t even given it a thought until WordPress sent me a congratulatory message this morning.
To celebrate my blog turning 3 years old, I decided a virtual party was in order, so here are a few of my favorite desserts for you to indulge in.
These HOMEMADE LEMON CUPCAKES are one of my favorite cupcake recipes. Moist and lemony – these are perfect recipe for any Spring or Easter celebration.
This OLD-FASHIONED CUSTARD PIE WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE is one of my favorite pie recipes. The smooth sweet taste of custard is countered with the tangy strawberry sauce. This pie will delight your flavor buds – guaranteed.
And these CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE BARS are one of my favorite bar recipes. These cheesecake bars will take care of any craving you might have for chocolate and cheesecake at the same time. The caramel is just a huge added bonus.
Thank you all, for reading my blog and helping it grow. Without you, the readers, it wouldn’t be what it is today. Your interest is what inspires me to continue baking, writing, photographing, and sharing glimpses of my country life.
It’s all said and done!
Finally, after countless hours in my kitchen baking, photographing, writing, editing, pulling my hair out, biting my nails, and cussing just a little, my cookbook is finally finished.
A while back I told you that I self-published my own cookbook and there would be more on it later. Well, it’s later.
With that said, let me get the important stuff out-of-the-way. First off, let me start by saying that I am not, nor have I ever, professed to be an Ivy League English major. I am not a copyright editor in any sense of the word, I am a self-taught photographer who probably values my work far more than any professional ever will, I am a modest home baker, and I am a sticker.
By sticker, I mean persistent, determined, and who doesn’t give up easily. Perhaps that is the best quality to have if you ever decide (like I did) to write your own cookbook.
While writing and self-publishing your book may sound easy enough, I eventually concluded that I must have been bordering on the brink of insanity when I made that initial decision.
My cookbook features a combination of my favorite sweets recipes, along with a full-page color photo for each recipe – 90 pages in all.
Mission accomplished! One more thing to cross off my bucket list…
In the midst of re-organizing my blog I decided to dedicate a page to one of the most amazing regions of New York State - the Finger Lakes (FLX). Over my last two years of blogging I have portrayed this region in many of my blog posts, and it only seemed right to give those posts a place all of their own. While strolling through the FLX files you’ll likely find photos, mentions, and stories about a specific foods, wines, places, and events here. I welcome you to the place I call home.
Red-White-and Finger Lakes Wine
Are you a wine-ie
Weekend finds, but no food post
Homemade pizza from the Finger Lakes
Willkommen to Germany
Wine, and more wine…1st stop, Eleven Lakes Winery
Finger Lakes Cork & Fork, an Event to Remember
A Day of Adventure
A Day at Willard Asylum for the Insane
Black & Blues
Picking blueberries and my mood
Calling All Foodies from the Finger Lakes and Beyond
Apple Filled Oatmeal Cookies
2nd Annual Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Partners & Pairings
Another Great Finger Lakes Cork & Fork
Making Homemade Wine
Writing (and) Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Holiday Gift Ideas with Pumpkin Cheese Bread
Willard Asylum for the Insane – Updates
Sunday Morning and Doughnut Holes
A historic event, a statue, and photos
Shiitake, Almond, Wild Rice Salad with Balsamic Dressing
In The Finger Lakes – Bully Hill Vineyard
A Surprising Walk
Cream Puffs, You, and The Finger Lakes
Get Out Your Soup Making Pot