Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spring Kitchen Craze

I know they say cold weather brings out the chef in all of us, but we have been having gorgeous weather in Central Florida lately and all I want to do is hang out in the kitchen. When I say gorgeous weather, I mean seriously PERFECT: beautiful blue skies, temps in the 60s and 70s, a slight breeze. Sorry Midwest... just keeping it real. :)

It's a good thing I have a hungry husband to feed because sometimes inspiration just strikes and it isn't always a masterpiece. Fortunately, I was pretty proud of this grilled chicken melt sandwich with caramelized onions and mushrooms. Jonathon didn't seem to mind it either.

Om Nom!

Besides my scrumptious sandwiches, I have lately been doing what I do best... baking! My work recently had a Relay for Life Charity "Cake Challenge" if that makes any sense and I decided (since I'm really just not a cake person) to make my all time favorite cake ~ carrot! Unfortunately, the coordinators of the contest used my cupcakes as table centerpieces (ok, really?) instead of entering them in the contest. I guess they thought they were too pretty to eat? It was ok in the end because it just meant more leftover cupcakes for me and Jonathon.

These babies were freaking DELISH. Here they are cooling in all of their glory getting ready to be cream cheese frosted. YUM.

I used the recipe from Ming Make's Cupcakes but by substituting in brown sugar and using much less sugar than called for in general. If you are looking to make some carrot cupcakes... seriously, use that recipe, and thank me later.

Has Spring brought out any interesting habits in you?


Mr. Ford said...

Holy moly that sandwitch was so Yumm baby. Better than the good Liverwurst witch I had in Mt. Dora even. :D A LOT better.

Victoria said...

It's definitely spring here in southern california also- everything is greening up!! The mountains are so beautiful.
It makes me get out and ride my bike every day and wake up earlier too.
Only a month till daylight savings time.

MrsFord said...

you guys are cuties