Easy Cheesy Fries

cheesy fries Easy Cheesy Fries

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last one to the party.

Evidence one: Biscoff. I got to grace my taste buds with it’s addicting powers a whole year after the blogland exploded with recipes that included this evil spread.

Evidence two: I just learned how to pronounce quinoa the proper way. I also notice it now in my local grocery store.

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Blue Ribbon Challenge { September }: Curd

Blue Ribbon Challenge is a monthly link up with a theme. Every month, participants make the same dish but with their own spin on it. We share our posts on the same day. If you are interested in joining the group, you can do so on Facebook or simply link up next month here on CCS! I am looking forward to have you join the delicious fun.

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It’s the last Wednesday of September which means two things.

1. It’s almost October!! Eeek!

2. It’s time for our monthly Blue Ribbon Challenge!

This month just flew by! It feels like we just shared our granitas post! Now Halloween is just around the corner, pumpkins greet you by the door of every store and farmers markets. The trees are changing and mornings are somewhat chilly.

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Tuesday Things and Links

1. I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. Argan Oil seems to be the new miracle ingredient in cosmetics. Have you tried it? What’s your thoughts? Should I give it a try?

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2. As a mom of three little ones, I find this blog hilarious and so relatable! Warning: reading it at night may lead to awakenings of the little ones caused by your inability to stop laughing. ( found via Annie’s Eats )

3. Christmas is still months away but if you are already looking for gift ideas, check this out: personalized recipe gift set with embosser fromWilliams-Sonoma. Is this cool or what?

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4. I spotted this adorable hot chocolate gift set at Baked. How fun would it be to enjoy your favorite winter drink in this cup?

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5. Vegan Whiskey Walnut Cookies. Should I say more?

6. I love this cherry cupcakes apron for little girls from Ruche! Swoon!

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6. The Blue Ribbon Challenge is tomorrow! I can’t wait to see all of the entries!

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

xoxo,

Anna

BB Mondays: Cocoa Brownies

cocoa brownies BB Mondays: Cocoa Brownies

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the first days of fall? We certainly did. Beautiful weather and such chilly mornings, I had to beg the kiddos to get out of their comfy beds! Usually, they are up and ready to start the day without any nagging. Not this weekend.

My Hubby and I, on the other hand, enjoyed our morning coffee on the patio trying to catch the warmth of the rising sun. I love those moments.

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Weekend Wrap-Up

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Previously, on CCS:

Monday – The beginning of new series! Robert’s Absolute Best Brownies on BB Mondays.

Tuesday – from sexy jalapenos to Halloween costumes. Tuesday Things and Links.

Wednesday – Make your home smell like a bakery with this Easy French Bread.

Friday – CCS is celebrating it’s 1st Blogoversary with Pink Velvet Cupcakes!! Thank you so much for all the wishes and support throughout this year!

I am sure you are aware of the problems bloggers have with Feedburner. It has been brought to my attention that some of my readers are not receiving updates via e-mails. I will share more on the subject next week. Just wanted to let you all know that I have the subscription list saved and I am trying to solve the issue. Thank you so much!

Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

Anna

1st Blogoversary! Pink Velvet Cupcakes

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I made cupcakes! For you and you and you! And you too!

Cupcakes for everyone!!!

And I even lit up a candle.

For this little blog of mine. icon smile 1st Blogoversary! Pink Velvet Cupcakes It turned ONE just a couple of weeks ago and it deserved a special sweet treat. It’s been a fun and exciting ride, thanks to all of you who stop by Crunchy Creamy Sweet, leave comments or try the recipes I share. The food bloggers community I have a chance to be a part of is truly amazing. I said it before, and I will say it again: it’s the most generous and welcoming community in blogland. And today I would like to take a moment and say: THANK YOU!

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes from my new cookbook seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. They are so fluffy!!! ( name that movie icon smile 1st Blogoversary! Pink Velvet Cupcakes ). The color made me and my girls giggle from happiness! Pink through and through.

I topped them with super fluffy buttercream. If you are looking for a light and super whipped buttercream frosting, I highly recommend Jaclyn’s recipe. She also shares important notes on troubleshooting. I stuck to the recipe so I won’t be reposting it here but I know I will be making it many times in the future. My Hubby loved it and said it tastes like ice cream. Gasp!

If you are looking for a cupcake recipe for birthday, anniversary, bridal or baby shower – give these a try! You will love them!

Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pink Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration! Great base for your favorite frosting or ganache.

Ingredients

  1. 1 c butter, room temperature
  2. 1 c granulated sugar
  3. 1 drop pink gel food coloring
  4. 3 eggs, room temperature ( see note )
  5. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  7. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1 c buttermilk or sour milk ( see note )

Instructions

  1. Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter ans sugar.
  4. Add food coloring, halfway through creaming.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time. Whip well after each addition.
  6. Add vanilla and beat again.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, soda and salt ).
  8. If using sour milk: mix together 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and enough milk to make 1 cup of sour milk. Let sit for 5 - 8 minutes. When milk should curdle slightly.
  9. Starting with dry ingredients and alternating with buttermilk/sour milk, add to butter mixture.
  10. Beat well after each addition.
  11. Fill cupcake wrapper-lined tins 2/3 full.
  12. Bake for 23 - 27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cupcake comes out clean.
  13. Cool 7 - 10 minutes in tins, then remove to wire racks.
  14. Cool completely before frosting.
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The original cupcake recipe comes from “Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes” cookbook. I actually halved the ingredients ( including eggs – just beat 3 eggs in a measuring cup and divide; use leftovers for scrambled eggs next day ) and it worked perfectly!

Cheers to a whole year of delicious blogging! Cheers to all the friendships I was lucky enough to make during this time! Cheers to all of those pounds of chocolate I finally had an excuse to consume! And to many many more!

Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

Anna

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