Waking up knowing there’s a Fiesta Friday blogging party awaiting me, makes for a fun day. Today is one of those days. We’re just coming off the two week celebration of the one year anniversary. I hope everyone enjoyed the celebration as much as I did. Angie, of The Novice Gardener sure knows how to throw a bash! Apparently, she’s not tired of us yet…there’s another party today. :)) Angie has called on two fabulous bloggers to join in the co-hosting fun today, Sonal@Simply Vegetarian 777 and Josette@The Brook Cook. Joining in the fun at The Novice Gardener’s is a perfect way to spend your day…join us!
If you stopped by for a visit this week (and read my last post) you’re aware we had a snowstorm early in the week. Monday was a snow day at our house, as no one made it to work or school that day. A good chunk of the city was on shut-down.
Early Monday afternoon, while I was waiting for my bagel dough to rise, I was doing exactly what I’m doing right this minute… sitting at the computer click-clacking away on the keyboard, typing a post.
From the computer desk, I can see out a front window of the house. Things had been pretty quiet in our neighborhood all morning. I’d hear the occasional snow-blower. A neighbor walked their dog. Even a jogger (brave soul) went by. But then something extraordinary happened…
In my peripheral vision, something caught my eye in the street. A neighbors pet? Dog? Cat? Nope… remember, I said something “extraordinary”!
I quickly called out to the men in my house…”Guys…Guys!…OMG, come in here! NOW!! There’s a fox in the street!” Within seconds, my excitement alerted the dogs that if there was any time to bark frantically…this was the time.
Mr. Fox heard their barking immediately. He paused. He stared right in the window. Then he ran. First to the west…then did a 180 and ran east. Paused, ears raised, and stared at us again. Quickly he went north…saw the jogger (who was even a braver soul by this time) and high-tailed it back to our house. He ran through the side yard…we ran through the house. By the time he reached the backyard, we were watching from that window…Even the dogs were clambering for a good view!
I didn’t get one. :(( All of this took place in about a minute…there was no time. I think I know where the expression “quick as a fox” comes from now!
As least we have that fox sighting etched in our brains. It was a beautiful sight… the red fox, walking along the snow covered street. Beautiful.
There was a downside to this story… for days I’ve had that ridiculous song “What Does the Fox Say?” stuck in my head. Guess what? Just with my little mention of it, you will too now! You’re welcome… correction… I’m truly sorry!
Can I make it up to you with a cupcake? A delicious peanut butter cupcake? It’s topped with a classic vanilla buttercream frosting and a sprinkling of crushed peanut brittle. It happens to be very good… a mighty tasty little treat… Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12 compartment cupcake tin with paper liners and set aside. (Tip: I double up the pan and the cupcake liners to avoid over baked, dark bottomed cupcakes.)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and baking soda together. Add the milk, egg and vanilla extract; beat on low speed until the ingredients come together and the mixture is smooth.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, butter and peanut butter. Heat just until everything is melted, combined and smooth. Remove from heat and stir into the flour mixture on low speed. Mix just until it comes together.
Pour or spoon the batter into the paper lined cupcake tin. Bake in the preheated oven 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes are lightly browned and pass the toothpick test.
Cool completely on wire racks before proceeding with the frosting.
Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1½ Tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream (or slightly less if using milk)
Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 3 minutes, or until light and creamy. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and mix on the lowest speed until the sugar is incorporated into the butter, then increase speed to medium. Mix for about 2 minutes; it will be thick. Add the vanilla, salt and about 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream; beat for 3 minutes. If the mixture is too thin, add more powdered sugar a 1/4 cup at time until it reaches spreading consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add more heavy cream 1/2 tablespoon at a time until the consistency is right.
Optional: Sprinkle tops of frosted cupcakes with crushed peanut brittle (I used about 1/4 cup total) or decoration of choice.
Refrigerate any unused frosting for another use.