Banana Nut Milk Shake

Very, very simple drink I made myself for breakfast just now. It only made half a glass, though, so maybe I should go back and make another…

Mix one very ripe banana (mine actually had black spots on the peel, but inside the banana looked fine and not mushy), about 1 1/2 cups almond milk, and a sprinkling of cinnamon in your blender until the banana gets whipped and foamy. Pour into a glass and dust with more cinnamon. Yummy.

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Cupcakes for Amie

I was asked to make cupcakes with a hat theme for our Pastor’s wife’s birthday. I delighted in the challenge! Here are the tops of the hats, which I made by pressing sugar cookie dough into teaspoons. For the hat brim part I used a biscuit cutter.

Then I was up to my elbows in melted chocolate experimenting with drizzling techniques… and sampling it to make sure I’d melted it correctly, of course. 😉

And here’s what the hats looked like–

Then I made cupcakes using Ina Garten’s recipe. Instead of the peanut butter icing, I wanted something a little classier to go with the black-and-white theme I’d started, so I made a traditional cream cheese icing.

As I was experimenting with the chocolate, I wrote Amie’s name on wax paper and froze it to see if it would solidify into a little emblem for the cupcakes. It did! And despite my accidentally snapping it I was stuck it in place, it still gave the appearance of being perfectly intact once it was wedged into the icing. And voila, my masterpiece was finished.

They were so much fun to make! My desire to start a catering business has been renewed.