Sample Saturday

Good Morning! I hope you are enjoying some nice spring weather and have a relaxing weekend planned. There were some great blog posts this week; here are my favorites.

Kisses and Kiddos

Beauty vs. Sexuality – This isn’t a blog post (it’s a Relevant Magazine article), but I thought it was so good that I had to include it here. It is nice to see the modesty/lust issue discussed with Biblical grace rather than the guilt and shame that is so commonly used.

The Kind of Advice a Mom Likes to Receive – A sweet post from Cherish the Call about one of “those days” as a mom and remembering to focus on the things that truly matter.

The Gift of Bragging- Tips on how to brag about your husband from The Generous Wife. Such a good way to create a positive and encouraging environment.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T – This post from The Daily Stumbler is definitely a challenging look on what the Bible says about respect.

Yumminess

Parmesan-Pesto Crusted Halibut – This fish dish from Pink Parsley looks fresh and light and perfect for Springtime!

Blueberry Bagels – Homemade bagels are on my baking “bucket list” and this recipe and the accompanying photos from Annie’s Eats have given me the inspiration to try my hand at bagel-making soon.

Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip- This homemade dip looks really yummy, even to a non-chips-and-dip person like me.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting – Even though I’m not really familiar with the peanut-in-coca-cola thing that is apparently part of Southern cuisine, these cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes look delicious. Sweet, salty, and chocolate? Sign me up.

Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread – Next time you need to make a completely delicious and over-the-top decadent breakfast treat (that would feed a small army), Cookies & Cups has got you covered with this recipe.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Stuff Christians Like – SCL gets a lot of attention this week because there were two posts that had both Big Man and me laughing out loud. Giggles galore about two common church events: worship leader “Simon Says” and babies crying.

Top 9 Ways to Get Ready for Your Kid’s Spring Sports Season – While Little Man and Little Lady aren’t old enough for sports yet, I can still relate to these. I know I dragged my parents to plenty of my sports events, and they didn’t even have the option of playing Words with Friends back then!

(No Angry Birds either!)

Enjoy your weekend!

Project Pastry Queen: Surprise Peanut Buttercups

This week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe was hosted by Jen over at Sweet Morris. You can get the full recipe over at her blog. To see how the other PPQ members made these cupcakes, click here.

So the original recipe from The Pastry Queen was for Peanut Buttercups with Peanut-Penuche Icing. I changed a few things and came up with some awesome peanut butter cupcakes (with a surprise inside) paired with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Here are the changes I made:

~I made only half the recipe, but since the cupcakes rise a lot (even more here at high altitude) I only filled each muffin cup half full and still ended up with 12 cupcakes.

~ I added 2 tbs. extra flour to account for the altitude

~ I had some mini Reese’s Cups left over from Easter so I put one inside each cupcake instead of the bittersweet chocolate.

~ I used light brown sugar instead of dark because that is what I had in the pantry

~ I made a dark chocolate cream cheese frosting instead of the peanut-penuche icing. I wanted a more balanced chocolate/peanut butter cupcake instead of so much peanut butter

The results were really yummy! The cupcake has a nice tender texture and good amount of peanut butter flavor. I think the mini Reese’s worked out as a fun surprise inside and I loved the dark chocolate cream cheese frosting. Since we are all big fans of the peanut butter/chocolate combo, I’ll definitely be making these again soon!

Project Pastry Queen: Guanabana Margaritas

So, I’m actually a week and a half late on this post because it’s been busy around here. But I finally had time to make this awesome drink and take a picture or two. This week’s PPQ recipe was hosted by the Foodie Bride, so you can find her take on the recipe here.

Guanabana is a fruit found in the Latin American countries. I was able to find the guanabana nectar in the ethnic foods aisle of my Safeway store, but only after I stuck out at Whole Foods, Target, and Kroger. The one I found was the Jumex brand, but I believe there is also a Goya brand. Either way, it’s totally worth the work to find the nectar to make this drink. I really like margaritas, but usually I’m too lazy to do anything more than mix a margarita base with tequila. Well, that changes now, because this was SO much better! These cocktails are fruity and sweet, but not so much that the tequila is drowned out. I’d highly recommend these for any summertime party, or even just a quiet Friday night on the couch with a good movie.

If you want to see how the other PPQ members made this drink, click here.

Here’s the original recipe from The Pastry Queen

Guanabana Nectar Margaritas

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup tequila

3 Tbs. Grand Marnier

1 Tbs. powdered sugar

1/4 cup guanabana nectar

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rims of your glasses and dip in sugar. Serve up the cocktail over crushed ice. Enjoy!