Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Finally getting around to...

October always seems to be an extremely busy and exhausting month. School gets crazy with midterms, rehearsals for fall shows get longer and more intense, the sun no longer greets you when you wake up for work at 6:30am (actually, some days its still dark when you get to work at 7:30) and it becomes harder and harder to find a little time for yourself to do fun things like bake (or even make dinner!)
Finally this past week I found a couple free hours and decided to try out some recipes I found on a some of my favorite blogs. It's a well known fact that all I do at work is read blogs and dream of the day I will have enough time and money to do all the cute things people write about.

This first recipe I saw featured on CupcakesTaketheCake and thought they were too adorable to pass up. Savory broccoli cupcakes!I'm not even going to talk about how much butter is in this batter, but there is broccoli so it must be healthy right? I cut the recipe in half because I knew I would have no self control in this situation, and who needs 12 buttery cheesy adorable broccoli cupcakes lying around when you have to be in a leo and tights for ballet the next day? Just spoon in a tablespoon of the batter, then stick a broccoli floret in and top with the remainder of the batter. This recipe makes just enough batter to BARELY cover the broccoli, but it worked out fine.Look at that brown butter bubbling up around the edges...And when you cut them in half, there is a little tree in the middle! Definitely worth trying for a treat!

This next amazing recipe I found awhile back on Lovin' From the Oven and couldn't wait to try out the salty sweet treat. Pretzel chocolate chip cookies! This recipe I actually doubled instead of halving this time so I could take them to our homecoming tailgate. Tons of chocolate chips and broken pretzel pieces! They baked up pretty soft and almost cake like, I would have liked them a bit chewier, but that's just personal preference. They were gone within 15 minutes at the tailgate I brought them to, so I guess they were a hit!

Glad I finally had time to get some baking done. Hopefully things will slow down a bit soon and I will have more time to try out new recipes!

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