I received this Big Book of Cupcakes for my birthday and tried out my first recipe this past weekend – Orange Rosemary cupcakes. It sounds a little odd, but I love cooking with rosemary so I just had to try it out. I chopped it very fine and it bakes in so the taste is pretty subtle (and is complimented nicely by the grated orange peel). They were fun to make, look delicious, and taste pretty darn good! I have a great microplane, but didn’t have a way to make the peel twists – guess I’ll have to add this zester to my wish list (wink, wink).
The Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center holds an annual silent auction to raise funds for equipment and program needs, so I offered up some “custom cupcakes” for people to bid on. I wanted to provide samples since the actual auction item would be baked/delivered at a future date, so I made mini gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I used this excellent recipe I found online for the cake batter, but stuck with my own (somewhat improvised) cream cheese frosting recipe. I used red candy-coated chocolate balls for the berries and tinted some frosting green to pipe the holly leaves with Wilton Decorating Tip #352.
Last night’s Seattle Movember Gala event over in Fremont was a blast! I enjoyed seeing all of the creative costume ideas, especially since I missed out on Halloween this year – even more entertaining being in a room packed with mustaches: some epic and some just downright scary. Here’s my costume, which I fully intent to re-use for Halloween next year:
Congrats to everyone that participated in Movember this year – we had an outstanding season… but a huge pat on the back to all of Microsoft who collectively raised over $100k (USD) across the globe BEFORE any applicable gift matching. Everyone did a phenomenal job this year, and I can’t wait for Movember 2012!
I made mustache gingerbread cookies in honor of the last day of Movember. I’m taking them in to work, but figured they needed some ninjabread men to be better prepared for the fight against cancer!
Here I am getting fitted for the tux used in last week’s “Liverace” benefit concert – check out the handsome ‘stache for Movember!
Remember, just like last year you can donate to me to help Microsoft beat Google in raising funds and awareness for men’s health!