My Weekly Adventures: It’s Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day, my fellow Canadians!

These weeks pass by so fast! The second half of June was super busy! I guess you can tell since my posts are all over the place. I literally watched two movies in three weeks. I’m not lying that it felt a little empty at times but then real life does take priority here. That is probably why there’s a good bit of stuff to get through this time around! Less rambling and more fun stuff, right?

Let’s see what happened since the last time!

Pointe Claire Marathon

Of course, it goes without saying. Just support, not actual running. This was in the Pointe Claire village area. My friends went for the half marathon and did a decent time. The weather was beautiful and maybe even nearing a little hot by the end of their course. By far, the most relaxing place that any marathon has been set that even I could sit in the park nearby next to some water and catch up on some reading.

Pointe Claire Marathon

Pointe Claire Marathon

After that, they got freshened up and brunch time! ūüôā

Father’s Day

Suffice to say, that first weekend was crazy busy. I came home on Saturday and had to start preparing for Father’s Day baking. Thing was, I had no idea what to make. The initial idea was to make Chocolate Mousse for my father in law but then I lost track of time and ended up making these cupcakes that kind of failed. They tasted really good apparently since it was Vanilla Cupcakes with Marshmallow and chocolate. The concept was like a S’mores cupcakes but with a marshmallow centre but that didn’t work out. Its why I didn’t post about it. Here’s how they turned out.

cupcakes

Project Ravin’ Rabbits

Talk about an efficient Father’s Day! My friends came over along with their little girl to help me out with the garden reinforcements and also have dinner together. ¬†The afternoon before, my husband and I had attempted to put up a quick fix but it turned out to not be too helpful since apparently bunnies can hop pretty high.

First reinforcement which failed

First reinforcement which failed

It was hopeful thinking that they wouldn’t put in the extra effort to get delicious organic lettuce/kale/broccoli leaves/okra leaves.

garden

Final reinforcement!

Its been two weeks and I think its working! So far, there hasn’t been any issues. My lettuce and kale are growing. Even my okra plants are doing better well, the two that survived this rabbit invasion.

Grand Opening of Restaurant

I don’t know how my friends get news of all these cool things but they invited me to go with them to this grand opening of a restaurant called Jerry ¬†Ferrer. On their first day that we went, it had a time frame where it was opened and would serve free food until their kitchen was empty. We didn’t end up getting there early enough to try everything but we did manage to get a few things to share. It wasn’t enough to fix the hunger and we had to go grab something else to eat but it gave us a good vibe of the restaurant and the decor and the food.

Jerry Ferrer

Jerry Ferrer

A great concept here for those of you who don’t read French, for children under 12 years old, they pay their age. Their meal will include one dish plus an ice cream plus a surprise. I like surprises and it makes me wonder what it is. Unfortunately I’m not under 12 so that doesn’t help.

Jerry Ferrer

Jerry Ferrer

We tried their hot dog and the pulled pork sandwich. My friends also had the ice cream which I didn’t get so I forgot about taking a picture. I have to say that they have a cool twist to the food and I like the flavors quite a bit. I’m interested in dropping by for an actual meal.

Bistro Le Mechant Loup

Bistro le Mechant Loup

Part two was at a little restaurant near Le Fagotin that I did a piece on before. I probably should have done one for this one but I didn’t see the need for it probably because it was a rather quick meal and since I was starving, it really didn’t make a difference. The night we went (Wednesday’s) was also the evening they have selected main meals at $15 each. I expect that maybe I’ll head back here eventually. Here’s what we had!

Bistro le Mechant Loup

Fish and Chips

Bistro le Mechant Loup

Smoked Meat Poutine

I’m not exactly sure of the verdict of my friend’s Smoked Meat Poutine but I liked the Fish and Chips a lot! The service was decent but I think it was slower just because it was a busy night. However, the dishes did seem to have a flair and I’m interested in trying out other items on the menu if I get a chance. Not to mention the decor is really rustic and matches with its small and cozy environment quite a bit.

Game Warp Review Episode: Life is Strange

Seems tireless and probably won’t appeal to a bunch of you but Life is Strange was a huge hit last year and if you’ve played it, maybe you’ll be interested in hearing us talk about it. Its pretty much an interactive movie so maybe it’ll be your cup of tea! ūüôā

Cute Kitty Pic

Cat

Upcoming:

  • Workout Roundup
  • Book Reviews
  • Netflix A-Z
  • Baking Through Disney
  • Montreal Comiccon & Fantasia Festival Schedule coming up!

Happy Friday everyone! What have you been up to?

The next Weekly Adventures might land in the middle of Fantasia Festival craze so I can’t guarantee it’ll be on time or lengthy!
I’ll be sure to try my absolute best!

Baking: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes!

Mother’s Day just passed this weekend and now I officially of two moms to cater to so I had to make sure to get out of the slumps that I’ve been sitting in and do something I love. ¬†After some thought and consideration on time and available ingredients, I decided to do Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes. For the record, my mom’s quick lunch fix when she heads out to hang out friends is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and on a fruity and sweet level, that also works for my mother in law. ¬†At least I think so. ūüėČ

However, for time purpose, my version of Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes deviate a little from the recipe I used mostly because I didn’t have cream to make the frosting so I skipped that and buried the jam inside the cupcake, which I realize is the first time I’ve done something like this and took quite a bit of time. I did end up figuring out a way that sped up the process a little so it was a new experience.

The recipe is from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykins!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

First batch

Ingredients

2 cups pastry flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup raspberry jam

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Onto a large piece of parchment paper, sift together both flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar on medium to high speed until light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk and vanilla to combine.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the liquid ingredients in two parts (begin and end with the dry). Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times to make sure everything is fully combined.
  7. Use the ice cream scoop to fill each paper liner about three-quarters full with batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the side comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Second batch

As usual, there are a few modifications aside from the no frosting bit.  Here are some of the substitutes:

  • No pastry flour so I used all-purpose flour
  • A little less than 3/4 butter
  • Almond milk instead of whole milk
  • I’m not sure how much raspberry jam I used but that amount sounds about right
  • I rarely sift anything onto parchment paper mostly because I think bowls do equally the same job and less messy
  • Between steps 8 and 9 is when you ¬†make the frosting and that involves smooth peanut butter, butter, icing sugar, heavy cream and chopped honey roasted peanuts. ¬†If you want the portions, just ask and I’ll pass it to you.
  • If you choose to follow the recipe with the frosting, you cut out the center a little and fill with raspberry jam and pipe the cream over it.
  • Which brings me to talk about that I had made a little space to put the filling before covering it with a little more batter to make it seem like it would have a little surprise bite of jam in the center.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly cupcakes worked out great. ¬†My mother in law liked it quite a bit except she didn’t taste the peanut butter. My mom liked it because it wasn’t too sweet but she did taste the peanut butter. ¬†So, I guess it depends on your sensitivity to taste because it is a rather subtle taste if without the frosting. ¬†I have to say that it was pretty good for me also. ¬†The cupcakes were fluffy and the jam created a sour, tart-like balance to counter the peanut butter sweetness. ¬†I guess in reality, that’s the essence of what makes a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. ¬†I personally like peanut butter or jam equally and separately in my sandwiches but I enjoyed these ones, especially because they required such patience and they smelled delicious.

What type of cupcakes do you like?

Baking Through Disney: Pinocchio and Wishing Star Cupcakes!

I finally got my act together and took care of the next Baking Through Disney.  This time, its for Pinocchio! If you  missed the movie review, you can check it out HERE!

I’m going to be honest and say that I went through a few concept ideas for Pinocchio and many of them proved to be more time-consuming and much higher than my rusty baking skills. ¬†Its been busy so time efficiency is a huge consideration in what I had to make. ¬†It might sound a little crazy but the idea dawned upon me when I was aimlessly exploring the baking aisle at the grocery store. ¬†Its not as perfect as I’d like it to be and I’ll talk about what changes would’ve been more along the lines of my ultimate design later on but I ended up making these for a potluck I had over the weekend.

For lack of a better name, they are just Wishing Stars Cupcakes.  You know, from the song in Pinocchio called When You Wish Upon a Star.

Let me present them to you!

Pinocchio Cupcakes

Pinocchio Cupcakes

Before we get to the recipes, the first batch was for the potluck.  Then the day after, I used up the remaining batch for 6 more cupcakes where I decided that my original concept was to use white and yellow stars to imitate the sky a little more.  Obviously, if the icing was not sky blue but midnight blue, it would have been more suitable but I was a little taking the easy way out while I master making good cupcake icing so I used a store-bought can of it.

Here is the recipe.  The Chocolate Cupcakes are from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin.

Butter’s Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 18 cupcakes

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups dark cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup coffee, room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla

Butter's Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Onto a large piece of parchment paper, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium to high speed until light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the milk, sour cream, coffee and vanilla to combine.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the liquid ingredients in two parts (begin and end with the dry).  Scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.
  7. Use the ice cream scoop to fill each paper liner about three-quarters full with batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden skew inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer the wire racks to cool completely.

Additional ingredients for icing and decoration:

  • Ingredients: Cupcake icing (Sky blue color) & Stars Decor –> both of mine are from Cake Mate brand

Pinocchio Cupcakes

Changes to the recipe:

  • Cocoa instead of dark cocoa
  • Almond milk in place of whole milk
  • Omit sour cream and coffee

The taste of the cupcake as a whole turned out really well. ¬†Everyone at the potluck wanted seconds and my worry was that it would be too sweet and it wasn’t. ¬†The chocolate cupcakes were moist and a really nice texture. ¬†It wasn’t sweet so paired up with the icing and the sugar star decors, it gave it a little fluff and crunch to the bite and that was a good choice to use.

chocolate cupcake

Overall, this was a success! Pinocchio was hard to concept and the icing could have been mixed into a darker hue to match the night sky but they still looked pretty cute and the effort was definitely in icing them nicely, which I thought I did a decent job. The chocolate cupcakes recipe is definitely a ¬†winner and one I’m sure to use in the future. I had thought about adding in a center, either blue icing or marshmallow or something to give it the trapped in the whale belly idea added in but I ran out of marshmallows so I had to change that a little. Still, I’m happy with how this turned out.

What do you think about these Wishing Stars Cupcakes? Would you have done it differently? I would love to hear your ideas.

Next up is the review for Fantasia! Expect that soon! ūüôā

My Weekly Adventures: Kickstarter Rewards, Wedding and Halloween Marathon Kickoff!!

We’re back with another weekly adventures!

I’m sorry that its taken me a little longer than usual to get back. ¬†To be fair, I did say that this would take 3 weeks instead of the normal 2, at the very least. ¬†I really wanted to be back, you know. Like, there are things happening and I’m not just forcing up some updates for nothing. ¬†Although, last time I really did want to get the updates and announcements out. ¬†I’m starting to think weekly adventures are a good way to get it through. So, when it does say updates and/or announcements, this will be where I’ll do it! ūüôā

Back to business, what has been going on, you ask? Well, lets see what little adventures I’ve been in the last few weeks. Let’s go!

1) Kickstarter Rewards coming in!

Kosmos -TV series was funded on December 2014.  I had signed up for the exclusive of the Episode 1 and a limited edition personalized frame from the show signed by one of the cast or crew.  Finally, after a few months, I got it in the mail.

Plus, the show is for free viewing on Youtube up to Episode 4 now. You can check it out below:

Kiss Me, Kill Me¬†was funded on November 2014. ¬†A part of the reward came to me in the form of a Virtual Premiere. ¬†I almost didn’t make it but I managed to give the movie one viewing before the link expired. ¬†No regrets at all! Here’s the trailer:

While it has a strong LGBT focus, the story of this thriller is great and the acting is rather good as well. ¬†Consider me rather impressed. ¬†I’ll be posting up an actual review when I get the actual movie with the final reward which I had backed for a DVD copy.

$5 Drawings by Dada¬†was successfully funded in September 2015. ¬†I used to go to college with Dada and she’s always been an extremely creative person. ¬†While I didn’t have money to back a higher tier, I still loved the random work of art I received on 7 x 10 inch paper using color pencils (I chose the medium). ¬†It was beautiful. I just need to figure out a way to frame it up or somethin and decorate my walls. ¬†You can check out her work on Instagram @dada16808

2) I’m Married!!!

On October 11th, 2015 (the past Sunday), I got married! I know I’ve been ranting about the crazy wedding plans but trying to kind of not be too overbearing about it but things worked out fine. ¬†There was some hiccups but with the help of some amazing friends, everyone played out really well! Everyone had a great time and I saw so many wonderful friends and family that I haven’t seen in ages and connected with others that I never knew really well but did more afterwards. I did debate doing a huge post on it but we’ll see. ¬†For now, here are few wedding pics of decors and dresses and all that fun stuff ūüôā

wpid-20151011_101750.jpg

wpid-20151011_101821.jpg

IMG_6562

IMG_6567

IMG_6612

IMG_6624

Coral Evening Gown

IMG_7030

IMG_7032

IMG_7027

IMG_6930

IMG_6986

Cake and Cupcakes were done by Montreal Cake Guy. ¬†Despite being hurt the day before he had to deliver the order, he still managed to get it all done and we found a way to accommodate and got one of my best friends’ boyfriend to go pick it up for me the morning of.

On a side note, I had to doll up for the wedding.  Thanks goes out to the lovely  Groupon deal for the mani-pedi from Beauty Box in Brossard.  And hair goes out to Coiffure Spa Portobello

3) Announcement: Halloween Marathon Starts TODAY!!!

I know I’ve been hinting at Halloween with Netflix A-Z having two movies and a book review of Ranger Martin. ¬†It was an effort to keep with the theme but now that the wedding is done and I’ve had a few days to recuperate from that one very crazy but memorable day, I’m ready to get back on track here! We’re kicking off ¬†the Halloween Marathon officially!! Later today, you’ll be getting the first review for our highlight series, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Have fun and enjoy! My line-up for filler horror movies have been changing and its probably just going to be absolutely spontaneous save for one recommendation but its happening! Have lots of fun! Enjoy this half of October full of horror reviews! ūüôā

On a side note, you all know things don’t quite return to normal until the New Year with NaNoWriMo in November and Christmas related posts in Christmas. ¬†Netflix A-Z will return in November however but everything else will be just a mixed bag of backlogged posts that I’m accumulating right now.

—> No upcoming posts this time around! You all know whats up for the next two weeks! Halloween and all that jazz!

To wrap it all up, here’s a little music to get us all relaxed and feeling all warm, happy and bubbly in a 360 video!

Happy Wednesday, my lovelies!
Have an awesome day!! ūüôā¬†

Pinterest Therapy: Full Day’s Meal Inspirations!

Wow! Its been A LONG TIME since I’ve done a Pinterest Therapy. ¬†Its been kind of a traffic jam over here getting everything out since Fantasia Festival happened and then wedding planning and its been just sleep little, eat moderately and try to stay healthy. ¬†Which is just impossible and sounds ridiculous. ¬†BUT, things are starting to slow down now and for the most part, I’ve caught up. ¬†So far, I’ve gotten ahead by a little with scheduled posts going up instead of scrambling to get the next day’s posts up. Its only taken, what, four years to learn to be more organized here. ¬†Haha! Pathetic, yes.

Anyways, enough of this rambling. ¬†Point is: I’m stressed. ¬†Things are slowing down but I’m still stressed and worried and anxious. ¬†This wedding coming up in like a month is murdering me. ¬†This center of attention thing is scaring me to death! I really don’t like attention and making decisions and I’m doing both of these things right now simultaneously. I was going to do a wedding edition of this Pinterest business but I decided to not do that because that is not therapy. ¬†That’s more stress. ¬†AND, I’d kind of like the details of my wedding to be a little bit of a surprise so I can do some nice posts on it when it comes around. ¬†Sure, I shared some little snippets but the important parts are still secret ūüôā Hell, don’t feel bad. ¬†One of my girls are holding my wedding gown for me so my fiance doesn’t even know what it looks like ūüėČ

Ok, you are here for some Pinterest therapy. ¬†Long weekend is here so let’s get this show on the road!¬†If I had a day of nothing, I’d do this whole day of food just like this! I think I’m excited just thinking about it ūüėČ

1) Breakfast: Classic French Toast

French Toast

Believe it or not, I’ve never made French Toast. ¬†I’ve always wanted to because I can’t have any outside of my house so its been years since I’ve even tasted it. I always think about pancakes but never french toast. ¬†Weird, eh? Well, that’s on my list! ūüôā

2) Lunch: Sloppy Joes

sloppy joes

Its kind of funny. I always look at Sloppy Joes but I never make them. I remember having them once when I was really young at summer camp and it was so good. ¬†I can’t exactly remember the taste but I just remember it being the best burger in the world. ¬†Messy food is usually really good so I kind of think it’ll still be delish. ¬†One day though, I will make it soon.

3) Afternoon Refreshments: Sparkling Raspberry Lemonde

raspberry lemonade

I know that summer is tapering off now. ¬†We’re stepping into autumn. ¬†Especially when I’m planning an autumn wedding. ¬†My life is pretty gone from summer. But the heat and the rain that just won’t pour is still around so it makes me thirsty all the time because I dehydrate just that much faster. ¬†I haven’t made lemonade this year (or anything else except infused water once) so you know, its never too late for lemonade and I’ve been having a huge love for raspberry flavored desserts so looks awesome! ūüôā

4) Dinner: Coq Au Vin

coq au vin

Chicken is a huge part of our diet. ¬†We just love it at home. I’ve seen this around but I’ve never made Coq au Vin. ¬†I think I’ll give it a go one night.

5) Dinner Drinks: Honeycrisp Sangria

sangria

I absolutely love sangria any time of the year. ¬†I might change this to a white sangria since I’ve gained a weird intolerance to red wine. It makes me sweat profusely at night and makes me really bloated which white or rose wine doesn’t do. ¬†I don’t understand why but some have said maybe its a part of the fermentation process that does something that I don’t take well. ¬†Either way, no red wine so I’ll swap it to a white wine which is even more matched up to an autumn sangria which goes well with the apple thing. ¬†I think its good.

6) Dessert: Apple Pie Cupcakes

apple pie cupcakes

I’m WAY behind on baking. So so so behind. ¬†I bought a ton of ingredients in hope to bake and I just haven’t found time to do it. ¬†Between getting myself, the house and the planning for the wedding, I barely have time to eat normal so its a challenge to get that. ¬†Baking just hasn’t gone anywhere. ¬†But I did find an easier recipe for the Baking Through Disney project for Snow White so I might give that a go before I attempt to make these ūüėČ How does that sound?

This is Labor Day weekend so I’m going to wrap up that Snow White and officially kick off the next one. ¬†which I think is Pinocchio. But on the timeline of Baking with Disney. ¬†I might give the next item a solid thought. ¬†So let’s check the last thing on this therapy session ūüėČ

7) More Drinks: Disney Cocktails

Disney Cocktails

If you click the image, it links to the page with a lot of other Disney movies and drinks they put together. I chose Snow White because I’m trying to keep reminding myself that I have one more part to do to move on to the next thing. But this is so cute. ¬†I don’t know how to mix alcohol but I’d give these ones a try like I’d only be able to do Fair Maiden. ¬†Although I might have just drank all the pineapple juice. ¬†Something fun to try for the weekend.

That’s it for this Pinterest Therapy. ¬†maybe I’ll start doing it in this format. ¬†Although these things are all pretty random. After some relaxation here, I’m off to another crazy day of running around and testing the limits of how efficient I can be ūüėČ

Happy Saturday, my lovelies! ūüôā¬†
Have a great weekend and I’ll be back on Monday!

Marshmallow Moments Cupcakes!

Happy Thursday, my friends!

This week I’m finally picking up on a few things I need to do despite all the work crazy going on. ¬†Plus, today is supposedly the last day of the work week. ¬†“Supposed” because I might have to go in to work and I believe, everyone at the office will be there also. ¬†Either way, yesterday night, I needed to relax and after postponing actual baking for at least a few weeks, at somewhere near midnight, I decided I was not going to do it anymore and decided to improvise some cupcakes.

These Marshmallow Delight cupcakes didn’t turn out quite as pretty as I had envisioned in my head, but I think I have a way to remedy it if ever I make a second batch. Look at them, they aren’t too ugly, right?

Marshmallow Moments Cupcakes

Right out of the oven!

In case you wondered how I got the name, Marshmallow Moments is for the name of cereal I used from Sally’s Cereals. ¬†They sell it at Walmart here in Canada (not sure about elsewhere). You could probably use Lucky Charms and it would have the same effect ūüôā

How did I do these, you ask? Its actually extremely simple.

I used the recipe for Yellow Cupcakes in Betty Crocker’s The Big Book of Cupcakes and then before putting the batter in the oven, I sprinkled and nested the cereal as I liked on the top so that it would be combined together when it baked a look like little marshmallow (cereal) treasure on the top.

Here’s the recipe for Yellow Cupcakes:

Yellow Cupcakes

makes 24 cupcakes (I halved everything to make 12 instead)

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup milk

Marshmallow Moments Cupcakes

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350F.  Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.  Grease and flour muffin cups or spray with baking spray with flour

2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside

3. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds.  Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occassionally.  Beat 2 minutes longer.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about 1/3 of mixture at  a time, and milk, about 1/2 mixture at  a time, beating just until blended.

4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.

5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 5 minutes.  Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks to cool.

Marshmallow Moments Cupcakes

As usual, there are a few changes to this recipe. ¬†While halving everything to get 12, I used 2 eggs (since 1.5 is a bit hard to achieve) and the normal amount of vanilla since it wouldn’t make a huge difference. ¬†I also replaced the milk with almond milk (due to my lactose intolerance). ¬†Thats all for the modifications on this one.

These cupcakes may have turned out to be a bit deformed looking.  Its only because I believe if I kept them in for 20 instead of the full 25, the marshmallows might not have melted quite so much and it would look better. As I was monitoring it, it was looking so pretty, except that if I were to make it again, I would stuff the cereal in the batter even more abundantly so it would look like a mountain of treasure hiding in the cupcake.

Marshmallow Moments cupcakes

Aside its flawed appearance, this cupcake is really good. ¬†The taste was well balanced and if you want less sweet, just decrease the sugar a tad because the cereal is already sugary. ¬†I didn’t really mind because the taste was like biting into a crunchy layer on the top and then into the fluffiness of the cupcakes and I love the contrast of that feeling as I chew ūüôā

“Long” weekend is coming up so be prepared, I have more baking adventures planned with a bit of an Easter theme hopefully!

What do think of this Marshmallow Moments cupcake?

Valentine’s Baking: “Pink” Cupcakes with Marshmallow Hearts

Yesterday I posted a selfie with these darling cupcakes that I made. ¬†They were supposed to be pink but it didn’t really exactly look pink even though I used red fool coloring. ¬†So now it just looks like plain cupcakes with marshmallow hearts on top.

Valentine's Cupcakes Marshamallow heart

Don’t you love the world of pinterest? I found the recipe there.

Here’s the link:¬†http://blahnikbaker.com/2014/02/pink-velvet-cupcakes/

Valentine's cupcakes marshmallow hearts

Fresh out of the oven

You see the color difference in that? Its because the batch on the left has not milk so it retained a more “pink” look. While the one on the right has black sesame soy milk so it looks more dark and neutral. ¬†That replaces the buttermilk. I am lactose intolerant so that was the best alternative I could think so. ¬†Either removing it completely or using milk and I’m in the phase of black sesame soy milk. ¬†Plus, I’m still learning about how to get the right shades with food coloring and since I don’t use it all too often, its been hard.

Valentines cupcakes marshmallow heart

Still, garnishing it with a little marshmallow heart that I formed with my hands after cutting a marshmallow in half was a nice little touch, no? I think it looks cute even if the cupcake doesn’t look too great. But, I can guarantee you that it tastes good ūüôā Of course, the ones without milk were a tad more dry but the ones with were nice and fluffy. It wasn’t too sweet and the marshmallow adds to the flavor. Everything worked out good in the end.

I’m going to try to do another Valentine’s baking session if I get inspired. ¬†If you are looking for something else, I really like my last year’s bake, Valentine’s Shortbread Hearts ūüôā You can check it out HERE! Those were mega adorable and tasted so awesome because I love shortbread.

What do you like as sweets for Valentine’s? Do you know any alternative for buttermilk?¬†