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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Faking It & When Being Easy is a GOOD Thing

Sometimes even I fake it.

Exhibit A - the lovely chocolate/peanut butter buttercream cupcake above. 

Don't let it's "Calina slaved in the kitchen for 2 hrs" appearance fool you.  The deliciously moist devil's food cake came from a box and it took me approx 5 minutes of mixing and 20 minutes of lounging on the couch watching tv to make.  The peanut butter buttercream is homemade - but the recipe is wonderfully easy.  All you need is:

1 stick butter (softened)
1 c powder sugar (sifted)
2/3 c peanut butter

Just throw the butter and peanut butter in a bowl and mix/cream...then gradually add in the powdered sugar.  Voila!

The cupcakes taste like peanut butter cups and are totally in-haleable.

If you feel like you need a little dinner with your cupcakes, a salad is always a good option (at least for me, since I'm not keen on buying a new wardrobe one size up).

If you're one of those people who can just toss a little oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper on a salad and make it taste like manna from heaven (like my amusing husband) - I hate you.  If you're like me and are a little salad dressing challanged, check out the super easy vinaigrette recipe below:

Juice of 2 limes
1/3 c olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tsp sugar

Whisk together and toss with some colorful veggies...and you're done!

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