Mini Strawberry Short – Cake

I’ve been on a cake baking spree lately! In the past few weeks I’ve baked an Orange Cardamon Cake (disaster), a Peanut Butter Cup Cake (rich deliciousness), a Lemon Blueberry Cake (bright and flavorful), and a Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial Cake (we devoured it before I could get pictures so a blog post will have to wait until I can make it again!).

But, you guys…I think I totally out did myself with this one.

I’m totally serious. The best cake I ever made. Ever.

Savor that picture, Cherubs...

Savor that picture, Cherubs…

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Blueberry Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Rico Suave and I got into a fight yesterday, it was all my on me, and it really bummed me out.

You know where you just get mad and words fly. Sometimes they are hurtful, sometimes they aren’t, but usually they are always inappropriate. All couples get into fights, especially when you are trying to get each other’s kinks to work in unison.

You know, like sprockets.

No, no, not those sprockets…

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Maryland Style Hot Buttered Crab Rolls

BUTTER!

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Yes, this post is all about butter…and crab.

Snow crab legs steamed by the butcher...

Snow crab legs steamed by the butcher…

I came across a recipe for Connecticut Style Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls and my mouth instantly started watering. It was butter, lobster, and bread. That’s it. It looked divine and I thought to myself, “Self, we live in Maryland what if I substituted crab?” THEN that week our local Shoppers had a sale on MD crab and snow crab legs and I was sold. It was a sign from God and who am I to deny that?!

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Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Two weeks ago I had the yearning to bake a cake. I had a fantastic orange cake in mind so I gathered all the ingredients (I had them all on hand!) and pulled out my Kitchenaid stand mixer. I rinsed the bowl, attached the bowl, and went to attach the beater. I couldn’t find it. I looked in the pocket of the cover, in all the cabinets, and the dishwasher. It was nowhere to be found. I was containing my FREAK OUT with all the intestinal fortitude that I could muster.

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It’s been years since I’ve baked a cake using a hand mixer…

Rico Suave walked into the kitchen to ask what all the clanking was about. I told him I couldn’t find the beater. He proceeded to help me look for the damn beater. For an hour, we looked everywhere. In the basement, in the boxes with all my cookie cutters and baking items, relooked in all the cabinets, looked in the office. I EVEN CALLED MY MOM!

IT WAS GONE! I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Peanut Butter Cups were my muse...

Peanut Butter Cups were my muse…

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Bar Top: Spiked Watermelon Agua Fresca

Agua fresca is Spanish for “fresh waters” and is a juice that is a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds that are blended with water to make a refreshing beverage. They are most popular in Mexico and Central America. They are a flavorful substitution for water and especially inviting on a very hot day.  In the southwest, one can find Agua Frescas everywhere; in Maryland, not so much.

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Watermelon Sherbet

Even though the watermelon leathers were a complete disaster, all was not lost. When I drained the juice from the pulp I set the juice aside to make watermelon sherbet.

beautiful fresh seedless watermelon

beautiful fresh seedless watermelon

Let me tell you, that was a win.  A total win.

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