Bacon makes everything better

I’ve been absent for a while…oh I’m still here, but am I taking pictures?  Nope.  Mother Nature has been toying with me, all of a sudden it’s cold out again, the heater has come on, jackets are being taken out of the closet so I bury myself in video games and books because that’s the perfect way to hibernate.  Today, it’s a beautiful 64 degrees outside; I’m not hibernating, I’m making bacon cupcakes. Yes, folks, I have jumped on the Bacon Cupcake Bandwagon and I am so glad I did!  Perfect delicious heaven in your mouth!

I’m going to give you the recipe for the frosting for these cupcakes, I wasn’t too impressed with the cake recipe I saw online so I stuck with my own chocolate cake recipe because I know it works.  These cupcakes were super easy to make and even kid approved! *cheers*

Maple frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter; room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup; plus more for drizzling – please make sure you do actual pure maple syrup for this one, your mouth will thank you
1 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:
Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the vanilla extract, salt and pure maple syrup and combine well.

Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, give it a taste and decide if you want to add in more maple syrup. For thicker frosting you can gradually add in a little more sugar.

Garnish with chopped bacon and a drizzle of pure maple syrup (optional).

I tried to drizzle some maple syrup on top and it almost seemed like overkill on maple, so I just left them as is.

Let me know if you try them and what you think, if you need me I’ll be in the corner quietly finishing off this batch.

Bacon Cupcakes

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Who is this blogger?

I figured since my About Me page (work in progress) is kind of bare I’d give all of you a little introduction as to who I am. Hiiii my name is Amanda <waves> I am a wanna-be photographer and a wanna-be writer and a wanna-be world traveler. I find that posting photography comes easy to me (ok I lied, I do have a very hard time figuring out which pictures to share; more about that later), writing about my photography (or anything in general) is a little bit bigger challenge for me. I’d love to have the words stream from my fingers into these magical sentences that helps people see what I see, or maybe they’ll think “huh, I am so glad I’m not the only one that does that” or even “wow that recipe looks good and I am so glad she posted it” or maybe it’ll just make them smile…I’m ok with that, too. <grin>

For years I kept a personal journal about what I was thinking and feeling and I found over the years that became harder to do, I have somehow bottled up all of this creativity inside me and just let it evaporate over time. I’m not sure why, I know I am my own worst enemy and that I can self sabotage better and faster than anyone I’ve ever met. (there’s where that having a hard time finding pictures to share bit comes in) The goal now is to change all of that.  Now in present day 2014 I am working on my personal journal again. It’s not as easy as it used to be, but the whole point is I’m trying.

In this blog I’d like to write about my photography, my travels and my experiences. I’d also like to share any recipes I find that are good and maybe do a little creative writing along the way.

If you are an aspiring photographer, writer, painter, <insert anything here> I’d love to hear from you…let me know you are there so I can follow you, too. I love to be inspired by others.

My hope is that with this blog I will break out of my shell I have put myself in. I want to stop standing in my own way and I want to share what I can create with the world. I love taking pictures and I love to paint, but I feel like both are wasted if they just sit in my little world without getting out into the big world; after all a lot of people on the Internets have inspired me, my hope is that one day I’ll inspire one of you.

Now, please don’t consider this a bribe instead consider this a “welcome to my blog’ treat.  Thank you for stopping by.

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