if you watch this you will understand the post below

the pizza girl

Ever since Loopy made pizza in Home Economics, we've been eating pizza... not quite every day, but since the Jo Bros made their new video (above)... we dig our homemade pizza.  Loopy set about making her home ec recipe for Buddy's birthday party:

Loopy's Home Economics Pizza Recipe 
(Courtesy Home Ec teacher)

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
  • Dissolve 1 tbsp sugar in one cup hot tap water
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp active dry yeast into the sugar water, set aside
  • In a separate bowl, mix 3 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup butter until fine crumbs form
  • Lightly beat one egg
  • When the yeast mixture has doubled in size, dump it, along with the egg, into the flour mixture
  • Stir this mixture together until you have to put your hands into the bowl to bring it together
  • Flour a clean counter surface with 1/4 cup flour, plop the dough mixture onto the counter
  • Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic
  • Place the dough in a clean bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil, rubbing some of the excess olive oil on the dough
  • Cover the bowl of dough with a clean tea towel and place it on the top of the stove to rise
  • Let your dough rise for about 30 minutes
  • Cut the dough in half and using your fingers (not a rolling pin) work it into a 12" circle and place it onto a lightly greased pizza pan or a cookie sheet... this recipe makes two 12" pizzas
Finishing your pizza
  • Start by covering your shaped dough with pizza sauce
  • Add a few handfuls of grated mozzarella cheese
  • Add the toppings you like: meat, veggies, shredded cheese, tiny Jonas Brothers
  • Finish with good handfuls of mozzarella cheese
  • Cover your creation with a tea towel and let it rise on the top of the stove for another 15 minutes
  • Place your pizza in the oven and bake it for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let your pizza cool for about five minutes before slicing and serving

cupcake business to take care of

Earring contest is now closed.  The earrings are on the way to the winners... keep checking for more cool giveaways all during May!

Starting today, I will give away a pair of cute cupcake earrings to six people who post a link on their blog to this blog about the Jonas Brothers ticket giveaway! Leave a comment below and link to your blog and shoot me an email (my address is in the right sidebar) with your mailing address and your blog address, and I will send them off.

We saw Nick Jonas eating a cupcake at Much Music last July! I wonder if he enjoyed that cupcake as much as James Taylor enjoyed the cupcake I baked for him?  I will have to ask him that, if he spots us in the crowd on July 2nd and stops the music and says, "hey, aren't you the crazy lady who gave away tickets to this concert on her blog?"  Of course, I will merely nod my head as I push Loopy headfirst onto the stage to meet her onetruelove, Joe.  Perhaps she will hand him a cupcake, like I did for JT, and it will be instant lurrve, as it was for us.

And don't forget to visit the Iron Cupcake website to vote for my Vanilly Blue Velvet "Jonas" Soda Blue Bubblegum Cupcake! Wow, that is a mouthful. A mighty tasty one.

I was in the lead for a short time earlier today but now I have been smacked down by the root beer entry.  Life is hard.


Buddy Budderson was born at 5:03 p.m.  Every year, no matter what, we are together as the clock strikes three minutes past five.  We give each other a hug and a kiss and I tell him how lucky I am to have him... we've found ourselves in some pretty funny places over the years. We've been in swimming pools, movie theatres, restaurants, I've even been in the hospital.  Sometimes, we're watching the clock, waiting for it.  Other times, it sneaks up on us in the midst of our celebrating and  we look at each other and say "it's our anniversary!"   

I know that someday, Buddy will be at work, out of the country, or just on his general adult business of his own, and we might not be together at 5:03 on his birthday.  But for now, I'm just happy we had one more celebration at three minutes past five o'clock in the afternoon.  I captured our nineteenth celebration with my camera.

If you ever find an old sofa in an alleyway, they make excellent spots for photos, if you dare sit on them.

Buddy requested carrot cake.  I made cupcakes too, but he had to have his carrot cake.  I make a killer carrot cake.  It has carrots, raisins, coconut and crushed pineapple in it.

Everyone around here has a favourite cake request for their birthday: red velvet for Loopy, carrot for Buddy, lemon or Oreo for Veto.   It's just not a birthday until you get your favourite cake, is it?

Amended May 19, 2009  Here is the much asked for recipe that I got from The Fan who got it from her friend Donna years ago and I'm not even sure if it is the same original recipe, but it is fan.tas.tic:

1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 cups dry flaked coconut
2 cups shredded carrot
1 - 8 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
2 and 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Mix oil, eggs and sugar well.  Add in coconut, carrot and pineapple.  Blend well.  Sift together dry ingredients and stir in by hand.  Pour into two greased 9"round pans and bake @ 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

I made Buddy's cake three tiers high by doubling the recipe and baking it over three pans instead of two.

Also, when in a rush, I have been known to cheat this carrot cake.  I simply bake a spice cake mix or a carrot cake mix but add two cups of shredded carrots, the tin of crushed pineapple and the coconut to the prepared cake mix... and always add extra cinnamon. 

Cream Cheese Frosting
(enough to decorate three-tier carrot cake)

1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup vegetable shortening, softened to room temperature
1 cup cream cheese, softened to room temperature
6 cups icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (I like Wilton's decorator white vanilla)
2 - 4 tbsp whipping cream (heavy cream)

Beat butter, shortening and cream cheese together in stand mixter until well blended.  Add salt. Gradually add icing sugar, one cup at a time, until well blended.  Add vanilla.  On highest speed, blend in whipping cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting is a fluffy, spreadable consistency.  

underdog donuts

Oh, Duke!  You're so silly.  Of course they were meant for you, and you alone.  All these little cakes around here have made you crazy and we didn't give you a single one... and you didn't even try to steal one!

So here is a nice plate of doggie donuts, just for you:

2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup beef broth
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal, ground up 
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400°F

Mix flour, egg and broth well in a large bowl. Add oatmeal and garlic powder. Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed. Roll dough to 1/2" thick on a lightly floured surface.

Cut the dough with a donut shaped cookie cutter or use one large and one small circular cookie cutters to create the donut shapes. Carefully place each donut on a lightly greased or non-stick cookie sheet.  Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake 10-15 minutes. Watch to avoid burning. Remove donuts from oven to harden, or turn off oven and leave donuts in oven to harden. If you choose,  allow the donuts to harden in the oven.

For doggie donut icing, melt white chocolate, yogurt chips or carob chips over a double boiler with a tiny splash of vegetable oil.  When your cookies are completely cool, spread them with the "icing" and add sprinkles.  Honestly, a few sprinkles won't hurt your furry friend.  He eats garbage when you're not looking.

Keep commenting to win our Jonas Brothers concert trip!  Just make sure each comment has your contact info and a way of reaching you!  

Do you and your mom or daughter ever make treats for your pets?  We'd lurrve to know.

live to {cupcake} party

Oh, it was one of those days... too many things packed into too few hours. You must have days like that, too. Aside from it being the day of our big Cupcake Party in conjunction with the community family dance, Loopy had a field trip in the morning... and at lunch hour I found out that she had to dress up in the afternoon as "what I want to be when I grow up". It was too short notice to rustle up the uniform of a publicist or political correspondent... whatever that might look like, so we came up with something in less than ten minutes for her and her pal Alexandra:

Of course they were Mrs. Joe Jonas and Mrs. Nick Jonas, respectively. I just didn't have time to think about independence, feminism, and not defining yourself by the man you marry... not in less than twenty minutes. I just wanted out of the assignment in a quick and dirty way. I snatched the tulips from my front planters, threw some tulle pieces onto hair pins and dug out faux pearls and diamond rings. I'm sure that classroom teacher found it to be less than inspiring... but it was sure cute.

I dashed past my local Starbucks and rewarded that nice barista who slipped me the secret ingredient for my salted-caramel cupcakes. In my rush, I still managed to rustle up a takeout container and a Starbucks sticker *phew*.

I offered a door prize for the dance committee, and it was late last night as I put the finishing touches on "Sweet Cupcake the Bear" who resides in one of Veto's Pyrat rum gift boxes... shhh... but the bear fit in there perfectly with a cupcake gift box filled with some of our polymer clay cupcake earrings tucked inside. I also slipped in the last two homemade cupcake bath fizzies that Sassy made... I do hope she has some more to share for me (hint)! It was the perfect cupcake-themed door prize for the much anticipated... cupcake party!

After decorating cupcakes all day long, I just barely got the table set up before the dance guests started to arrive. I gathered up all of the display trays and towers I could possibly beg, borrow or steal. I asked some mothers to bring "naked" cupcakes to me and some mothers to mix frosting and send it to school. Then, working assembly-line fashion, four mothers and I decorated them: it was awesome teamwork. I piped the icing, the ladies sprinkled, sorted, packed, prepped and stored the little cakes. Doesn't the display look smashing?

Of course, Oreo cupcakes are hot sellers. What will I ever do if they stop making those bite-sized Oreos? I use them on my cupcakes and my cheesecakes.

Ah, the classic chocolate/chocolate confetti combo. These were so festive on our display.

Lemon drop cupcakes: lemon cake with lemon yellow frosting, a jelly lemon slice and yellow granulated sugar. These ones went faster than I thought they would.

My quirky offering for the evening: rainbow chip cakes with vanilla buttercream, golden sugar, marshmallow Lucky Charms cereal bits, and a chocolate coin. They were magically delicious!

For a bit of class, we called these ones "the full minty"... chocolate cake with peppermint frosting and a peppermint wafer and sprinkled with chocolate shavings.

The chocolate shavings along with a chocolate covered coffee bean embellished the mochamotion cupcakes.

Carrot cake. 'nuf said. You just have to offer it for those searching for a more healty alternative.

Mmmmm! Blue bubblegum cupcakes! From the Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge.

These should have been chocolate strawberry cupcakes but I dropped the ball (it was getting too late in the afternoon to think straight) and it is just pink vanilla buttercream on dark chocolate cake. We sprinkled them with crystal pink sanding sugar and topped them with a candy heart... but I had the strawberry extract in my kit and forgot to stir it in... feh.

One other minor glitch, the red velvet cupcakes everyone was so keen for were just chocolate because the mom who made them was a little unsure about her red food dye on hand... so we made due with plain chocolate again but I still frosted them with the allotted cream cheese frosting and red sprinkles. Honestly, nobody even noticed.

How cute! We frosted our vanilla/vanilla combos and embellished them with Nerds candy. They were a hit with the little kids of course. Nerd cupcakes, who knew?

Nerd cupcakes on display with the double-double death by chocolate cupcakes: a tower of dark chocolate frosting on a dark chocolate chip cake topped with three squares of Hershey's chocolate bar.

The table generated an awful lot of buzz throughout the evening Mad props to Loopy for manning the table almost all night long, only taking a break to... work in the concession.

Now, I have to make a mommy confession here and mention that I dragged Loopy out of the house about forty minutes earlier than usual this morning and she operated on the steam of a bowl of Cheerios for most of the day. We both did. I grabbed her a Booster Juice in the afternoon... we missed lunch because of that costume debacle... and her teacher wouldn't let her drink it in class. We worked right through to the end of the dance and missed supper too. She worked so hard and was so helpful and cheerful in spite of the neglect shown her by her mother pretty much all day.

Without complaining, she worked until the very last spatula was loaded back into the Jeep and we made our way home. She stumbled upstairs and went straight to bed, with nothing in her tummy other than a soda, a bag of chips and a cupcake that had sustained her for twelve hours. Note to readers: any potential nomination for "mother of the year" awards need be revoked or just generally mocked at this point. This neglect would surely have sent any teenage girl over the edge, but Loopy, with her Asperger's and all, took it in stride and didn't complain once. She was a trooper. Tomorrow, I promise: I will feed her.

But not cupcakes! There weren't any left... save just those few carrots. But we knew that would happen, didn't we?

Oh, and if any of you would like to post about our Jonas Brothers contest on your blogs, we would be grateful. We just want everyone to have a chance to get in on the fun!