Random Slush


I baked up cupcakes yesterday for Liam and his friend. I used a mix. Yes, yes, I know, but mixes can be SO cheap! I churched them up with funfetti sprinkles in the cake and I made my own cream cheese frosting.

I finished a hat earlier in the week and it was just chilly enough to rock it a few days this week. I love the colorway. Its beautiful. I am so sad that the dyer has decided to call it quits.

It hailed in the middle of this week and Colby was fascinated. He stared out the front door until it stopped. Its very cool watching your child discover something new.

Lastly, after finishing my hat, I picked up a shawl I had started a year ago. The rows are getting so very long and I think I am only about half way done. I am determined to finish it though. Even if it takes me another year.

That’s all for my Sunday Random Slush. Maybe I will remember to come back next week with another update. ;) Happy April to you all!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Kids’ Thumbprints


In keeping with tradition of the past 4 years, I woke up early this morning, on Tuesday, to hurriedly make this week’s recipe. The LAST recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours. There are a lot of things I would like to say, many that I have said before. When I started this crazy trip, my children were ages 10 months, 3 and 5. As a stay-at-home Mom, baking is a way for me to stay sane. I go into the kitchen, sometimes when the house is at its most insane and start to bake. Following a recipe is a way for me to relax and at the end, I have something wonderful to share with my family. This still holds true. I continue to bake 3 or more times a week. My boys have become total bakery snobs. They do not hold back in any way from telling me what they think of what I have baked up. Liam, our oldest, grades on a A-F scale. And I have received quite a few F’s along the way. ;)

I considered myself an ‘okay’ home baker when I started my way through BFMHTY. Now, I am very comfortable tweaking recipes and swapping out ingredients. (Almost to a fault.) I have made some of the best online friends a girl could have through TWD. That is the very best thing that has come out of this 4 year journey for me. The friendships I have made, I have no doubt, will last my lifetime.

Thank you to Jules for helping me out when life got so tough for me 2 years ago, and for continuing to be a source of support and endless humor.  To the rest of my TWD family- Thanks for sticking it out with me. Love you all.

Dorie, sweet, sweet, Dorie– thank you, again for all of your support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I truly value your friendship. And I will forever be grateful to you for writing this book, that brought so many of us together. It was a life changer, not only for me, but for a good many of us in TWD.

Dorie hosted this week, you can check out the recipe on her blog.   Check out the rest of the TWD folks cookies from the TWD blog.

For those joining us for the next round of TWD. We will begin to tackle Baking with Julia starting in February of 2012. If you have not bought your book yet, go buy it now!

Bake on! :)

Tuesdays with Dorie: Midnight Crackles


Happy Anniversary Tuesdays with Dorie! TWD turns 3 this week. When I posted about TWD for the first time, I never ever imaged we would still be at it 3 years later. It seriously changed my life. I am a totally different baker. I have made some of the best online friends a girl could have. My tweetie ladies are the best, the BEST! And it pushed me to start French Fridays with Dorie as well. I am ever so thankful to the members of TWD for continuing to bake along week after week without fail. You have pushed me to become a better baker. Thank you! Lastly, thank you to Dorie for her continued support of both me and the group. It means the world to me.

To celebrate our 3rd Anniversary, Julie, my TWD sidekick and I decided on Midnight Crackles. We both wanted something on the easy side for right after Christmas. I have been wanting to make these cookies for a long time, so I was uber stoked.

I baked them up just today. I followed the original recipe exactly. They were easy to whip up. The texture seemed really sandy to me, even after chilling. I rolled a few in powdered sugar before baking, just for fun.The finished product came out kind of like the World Peace Cookies, but softer. We all liked them, but I think I will up the cinnamon next time and maybe nix the clove. Overall, good cookie.

You can find the recipe for Midnight Crackles on the Tuesdays with Dorie blog.

Happy Anniversary Tuesdays with Dorie’ers! Here is to another three years! xoxo

My Morning Coffee


Okay, first things first.. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it is 2010?!?! I cannot. Seems to me that a blink of an eye ago, the world was going to end when the clock turned to 2000. And now its TEN years later. It shocks me how quickly that went by.

Next, lets discuss my blog name. I was sooo over ‘quirky cupcake’. In fact, the sheer name of my blog made me avoid it. I haven’t been into the cupcake game in a very long time. And while I have been keeping up with my Tuesdays with Dorie baking, I never end up posting about them. I should be booted out of my own group. However, since I have not been following the rules, I have not booted anyone else either since February of last year. So, to start a new year, I am changing my blog name. I have chosen the name ‘slush’. Its been my online handle since I became addicted to the internet back in the late 90s. I think it fits my blog, since when I was active with it, it was basically a lot of slush. Fluff about recipes, the Pens, go Pens! and my boys. I’m going to make a conscience effort to bring my blog back to life. I have lots of ideas that got me excited about blogging again. And most of it is total slush.

I bring you, My Morning Coffee.

And with that, I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

xo~ laurie

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart



Its a miracle that I got this tart made on time. Ive been really struggling to keep up with TWD. Ive made the last 3, but then never took pictures. *le sigh BUT, I am going to make an effort. I mean it. Im going to really try hard to get them made AND posted!

This tart was easy. I made a new tart dough Ive been wanting to try, that I saw on David Lebovitz’s blog. Recipe found here. It was a very unorthodox way to make dough since you heat butter, water, oil, salt and sugar in the oven for 15 min, then stir in the flour. It was really easy to make. It did crack quite a bit, and I only saved a little amount of dough to patch cracks. I used it anyhow, hoping the caramel wouldnt seap through. Id try the dough again just saving more to patch with, because it came out really flaky. I loved it.


The caramel was easy to make. I followed the directions to a T only deciding not to cook it as long as it stated bc the color was already dark enough. I went with rice krispys instead of nuts so that the kids would try it. I thought they would add the crunch, but they sogged out adding a good chew instead. Jaos and I both liked the addition.


This tart is amazing and easy to throw together. I did the whole thing in less than an hour while Colb napped. YAY! For the rest of the TWD Army tarts, check out the blogroll. Thanks to Carla for picking this gem.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Creamy Florida Meringue Pie?



I plain flat screwed this week up. I could blame it on getting ready to get the boys ready to go back to school. I could blame it on trying to keep Colby’s medicine dosages straight on their ever changing schedule. I could blame it on the dog. However, the fact of the matter is, I am an idiot.


I forgot the graham crackers at the store. I subbed Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies, which worked out really, really well. But then in rushing to get this done, I accidentally made the Florida Pie filling. I topped it with meringue and called it a day. The pie tasted fantastic and I would make it again. Its just not the right pie for this week.


Check out the ladies and gents, who I am sure made the proper pie for the week, from the TWD blog roll. And thanks to Linda of Tender Crumb for picking this fab pie. I love the citrusy ones!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Classic Banana Bundt Cake



Back in the saddle… whew its been a long, long time.  Ive actually made a lot of the recipes for TWD over the past 3 months, but I never seem to find the time to post about them.  Its been a rough couple of months here. You may have read on the TWD board that we found out our youngest has epilepsy. Trying to find medications to control his seizures has been extremely trying. Its all trial and error and could be a very long road. Things have settled enough that I can get back to business with TWD. So, here we go.

On to banana cake.

I followed the recipe to the letter. I had the urge to add some chocolate, but resisted and am so glad I did. This cake is perfect, just as written. It doesnt need nuts, or chocolate. I did add the optional icing listed in playing around. Part of me wishes I had not done that so that I could toast the cake for breakfast. Lesson learned for next time. This is a moist cake, keeps well and is darn tasty. Its a winner.


Thanks to Mary for picking this super cake. And check out the rest of the TWD blogroll for hundreds of other versions. We just added new members, check them out!

Next week, Brownie Buttons…

Pictures taken with my cell phone. Digi came doesnt want to hold a charge right now and I dont feel like figuring out why. Call me lazy…