Knock, knock, knock... is anyone still here? Anybody? Good news... I'm alive and I have a kitchen again. Oh wait, I didn't tell you about the fact that we didn't have kitchen for a while because we sold our house! Oh yeah that was a couple of months ago, we sold our house at the end of May and started what may have been some of the busiest weeks ever.
We went to Maryland (twice actually) for my friend Michelle's bridal shower and wedding. I did make some cute personalized sugar cookies (see the recipe here), a bunch of cupcakes (Triple Lemon and Lemon Meringue - lemon's her favorite) and a devil's food chocolate cake with coconut cream filling and frosting - of course I don't have any good pictures.
Finally mid-June rolled around and we closed on our new house. Of course the work didn't stop there as we've since been busy remodeling and modernizing our 40ish year old house that was a little bit stuck in the 70's.
|Painting paneling and beams, built-ins and trim, adding French doors, new sectional... it was so much work but worth it and I'm really glad we kept the panelling.|
|New beadboard and chair rail and soft yellow walls with the pink curtains from her nursery at our first house to make a cozy little girl's room. We still need some pictures for those frames and to paint and move the chandelier from the dining room.|
So the good news is that things are starting to calm down ever so slightly so I'm not making any promises at this point but hopefully I'll get back to blogging with a little bit more regularity. I do have several recipes that I want to share that have been piling up even though it seems like I'm only cooking when we have guests these days.
For now, I'm going to share one of my favorites from the past couple of months.
Yields 18 jumbo muffins
4 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1/3 cup canola oil
3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 - 3 cups diced, peeled mango (about two mangoes)
2 T dark rum