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"I keep my friends as misers do their treasures, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
One of the things I did while I was away from my blog was go out to lunch and see 'Julie & Julia' with my dear friend Cori. We make it a point to meet once a month to go out to lunch, shop, see movies, and discuss books. We always have a wonderful time together ♥ If you would like to see a great movie that's fun and entertaining I would suggest you call up a girl friend and go see this movie. It's definitely a chick flick that will leave you smiling and feeling good all over. Cori and I both loved 'Julie & Julia! Meryl Streep was outstanding and as far as I'm concerned she was Julia Child. The movie was about cooking of course but it was also about the wonderful and loving relationship Julia Child had with her husband...... Sigh..... I liked it so much that I will see it again some time in the future......
One of my favorite things to do when I am alone here is to get my house sparkling clean, put on some music, lately I have been listening to my play list here on my blog, and bake something special for my family or friends. I don't do it very often but when I do I make it a real production. On those days you will usually find Charli and me dancing around the kitchen listening to the oldies while something delicious is baking in the oven. Since I was in charge of making cupcakes and potato salad for the air show that's exactly what we did......
Seeing 'Julie & Julia' inspired me to get out my pearls. As many of you know Julia Child always wore pearls when she cooked. I very rarely if ever wear my pearls any more and the movie made me wonder why. I wish we could go back to that time period and dress the way women did back then.
Charli, on the other hand, wears her pearls a lot. Aren't they pretty? She received them as a gift from Anne when she was just a tiny little scruff of a puppy. Charli, of course, doesn't help me bake, or cook, but she will lay on the kitchen floor right beside me in the hopes of catching a little piece of food or a crumb if one should happen to fall her way......
In addition to the potato salad, I decided to make Paula Deens red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for the air show. The recipe is as follows.....
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup butter milk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cream cheese frosting.....
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
chopped pecans and fresh strawberries or raspberries for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake tins with cupcake papers.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a tooth pick to see if they are done.. Remove from oven and cool.
For the frosting......
In large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add sugar, and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
Here are some pictures of the finished cupcakes. They were a real hit at the party! Everyone seemed to love them. Although you are unable to see here, I used silver cupcake liners because of the color of planes. I also used American flags to decorate the cupcakes instead of the fruit garnish suggested. I picked up some toy planes at the party store to decorate the tables with and give to the little ones at the party. I will post more on the air show later this week.
I have decided to wear my pearls more often. What about you?
I hope all of you have a beautiful and blessed day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol