>A very late MSC: Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes

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I was supposed to blog about these great mini-cupcakes on the 15th of August, but somehow life got in the way: I was worried about my dog, going from one vet-appointment to another, swamped at work and the last couple of days battling a cold an fatigue.

But, finally here they are: Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes for MS: Cupcake Club. As I had just started my diet I didn’t try the whole finished product, I sampled a tiny bit of the cake, the frosting and the salted caramel. Everything tasted great on its own and my coworkers assured me that the complete cupcake was amazing too!

I only made half the recipe, which resulted into 32 mini-cupcakes. It’s probably time to start saving up money for a candy thermometer, as I keep making recipes where I need one. This time I decided to wing it and try to make the caramel using a very simple tool: my eyes….

Check out here what everyone else thought of these cupcakes!

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>Taste & Create XXII: Penne in a Creamy Pesto Sauce with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes & Chicken

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For this months Taste & Create I was paired with the lovely Poornima of Tasty Treats.
With lots of yummy dishes to choose from I picked another great pastadish: Penne in a Creamy Pesto Sauce with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes and Chicken. I made this when I had a friend over for dinner and we absolutely loved it: this is easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious!!
Go check out what else was made for this months Taste & Create here!!

>CEiMB: Grilled Thai Beef Salad

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This weeks recipe for CEiMB was picked by Jen of Jen B’s Cooking Carveout, she picked the Grilled Thai Beef Salad.
Made it, loved it! Forgot to photograph it…So picture and more info will follow later tonight when I come back from the gym!
The recipe can be found at Jen’s blog and here at Foodnetwork. Check out what my fellow Elie-istas thought of this recipe here!
Update: here’s the pictures!!

>TWD: No Applesauce Spice Bars

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Sorry for those who came over here to look at some delicious Applesauce Spice Bars, they are not here nor will they be here by the end of the day. Last week I decided it was time for a change, you can read all about it here. Since I had already made two out of four recipes for August I won’t be making the other two.

But be sure to go here to check out the yummy-looking Applesauce Spice Bars my fellow TWD-ers made!
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>V.I.P. wanted: Winner of my Blogoversary Giveaway, a.k.a. My Favorite Things

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Finally the time has come to find out who wins my Blogoversary Giveaway and gets to recieve a parcel with some of my favorite things!
To make sure that the choosing was impartial I used the Random Integer Generator, so here’s the result…

The first random number that came up was 1. The first comment was made by Shelby (HoneyB):
Ok Marthe, I am not entering because I just won the cookbook and you also sent me some awesome chocolate too! I want to wish you a happy blogoversary though and I look forward to you guesting on my blog while I am on vacation! ­čÖé

Since Shelby didn’t enter the giveaway I made the generator pick another number….

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:21
Timestamp: 2009-08-16 22:03:14 UTC

This means my winner is…. Natalia, who said:
Ciao Marthe ! Happy blogiversary !!I totally forgot about mine !! What beautiful mix of presents ! For us it is very strange how you decorate the (san carlo) toast !

Congratulations Natalia!

>Missing Cupcakes and update on Scott

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Yes, I know it’s the 15th of August. I had joined another baking group before I came up with my resolution to lose weight: MS Cupcake Club (or MSC). Betty of Eat My Cupcake had bought the book Cupcakes by Martha Stewart and started up a monthly group to try all the recipes.

This is our first month and I already feel like a loser: Betty picked Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes as our challenge and I haven’t made them yet, here’s what happened:
Wednesday was my day off and I had planned on baking the cupcakes that day. However my cat decided differently: right after breakfast Senna came and sat on my lap, while I was petting here I discovered a crawly creeper on her…. a flea!!! Eeeeekkkkkk……

Further inspection revealed that Scott seemed to have the same problem, so the rest of my day was spent running to the shop to get anti-flea medicine for both Senna and Scoot, but also Joey (my parents dog that had spent the weekend at my house while my parent were out of town), changing all the bedding, putting all the pets sof toys in a plastic bag and vacuuming the entire house.

On Thursday I called the vet because they were supposed to have the results for Scotts liver biopsy. Things were not good: it seems like Scott produces too much corticosteroids which means that he probably has Cushings disease. To determine for sure if he has Cushings we now have to do a urine test. So for the next three days (today is day 1) I have to collect some urine at 8 am and on day 2 he has to take medicine: 4 tablets at 12, 4 at 18 and 4 at 24 o’clock…..

I’m sorry to dissapoint those of you who came here for the Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes, they’re not here… yet!!! I will definetly try to fit this in the next week and blog about them!!

>Mango Banana Daiquiris for Barefoot Blogger

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