Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and fun day!

We sure did. Got to celebrate the day with almost my entire family. Just 1 sister missing. :(

God has truly blessed us this year! So my list is kinda long, but here it is....

1. My sweet, healthy baby boy. At his 2 month checkup he was 11lbs 14oz and 22 1/4 in! They grow so fast!

2. Brittany and Jeremy coming up for Thanksgiving. It's been a long time since Britt has been home for this holiday.

3. My sweet little NIECE! Yup, they're having a girl. I'm so excited! What to knit her...

4. Eli's new job. He is really enjoying it (which is a plus!) and hopefully in a few years he'll be making enough money and I'll get to stay home!

5. All this lovely snow! It's beautiful outside right now. Sun peaking through the clouds and bouncing off the crystalized snow on trees and buildings, gorgeous!

6. God and His unfailing love for us.

7. Life. Some friends of ours lost their brother in an accident a few weeks ago and it just reminds me how precious life is and to be thankful for for it.

8. Friends who love and support us. Our community group is awesome at this! Praying over our grieving friends this past week was another reminder of how important it is to have supportive, loving friends.

9. Our ever growing families! How could I forget them?

Our little turkey!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nutella Cupcakes

Saw this recipe on Pinterest (cool sight!) and couldn't resist making them. And I just happened to have Nutella on hand. :)

Don't they look yummy?!?!

Self Frosting Nutella Cupcakes

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup canola or mild vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 cup Nutella, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the butter mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. The batter will be thick. It needs to be in order to swirl in the Nutella!

Divide the batter between 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Drop a spoonful of Nutella on top of each, and swirl through the batter with the tip of a bamboo skewer, knife or other pointy object. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until springy to the touch. Tilt them in the pan to help them cool. Makes a dozen cupcakes.

I was making these to take to a party, so I used my mini muffin pan. It made at least 24 mini cupcakes (I still have a little bit of dough in my fridge).

If you've never tried out Pinterest, I definitely recommend it! So many cool ideas, recipes, pictures and you can keep track of everything you like. So handy! You do need an invite from a member to join, let me know if you want in!