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walking in a winter wonderland.

23 December 2009

Greetings from New Jersey, dahlings!

I figured I would bore you lovely non-pareils with with random snaps taken over the course of a day; of yes, a single day. I had originally intended on taking a picture of the eighteen inches of snow we got over this past weekend as cold  – no pun intended – evidence of our first snow-storm-borderline-blizzard since 2003 that put all other measly two inch snow falls deeply to shame. And yes, if you must know, I did do a little dance of excitement upon the first “I spy a snowflake!!” cry, and I unabashedly admit to prancing around in the snow the next morning like a wee baby experiencing her first snow. Until my cheeks and nose were an unhealthy shade of red and dearest mother dragged me to defrost in the comfort of my toasty house.

But I digress; I meant to take picture of the height of the snow, but was rather distracted by this sight. The last icicles I spotted were years ago, but now a tree bush-ful of them? Quite breathtaking. If only there were bits of glitter scattered throughout – then it would have been a tree-bush worthy to become a part of the Snow Queen‘s icy castle or of Narnia at the lamppost deep within the wardrobe. Or, even, backdrop for the Sugarplum fairy’s dance. Now, if I were in my younger years and unaware of the environmental concerns, I would physically sprinkle the bush-tree with silver glitter. I’m quite tempted.

Onto my far more interesting baking extravaganza.

{pastel colored cupcake liners; completely inappropriate for Christmas, I’m well aware}

{the finished product on their tray/carrier; decorated with a sprinkling of more crushed peppermint and peppermint candies}

{cupcake decorations from batch no. 1}

{cupcake decorations from batch no. 2}

Batch no. 1 consisted of dark chocolate fudge cupcakes, iced with vanilla (store-bought, I admit) frosting, and sprinkled with a dusting of finely ground peppermint candies and a few more coarsely hammered pieces of leftover candies for decoration. I find that anything involving hammering/grinding of sorts is quite amusing. Batch no. 2 consisted of yellow butter cake cupcakes with the same store-bought vanilla frosting, but this time decorated with find peppermint candy dust (ooh, like fairy dust!) and whole peppermints for added festivity.

I do love the unexpected tingle of minty flavor – strong but not overbearing – with a cupcake; it makes the cupcake much more Christmas-appropriate! Not to mention, the sprinkling of color is a lovely but sophisticated touch. I must also add that finely ground/hammered peppermint candies produces this glittering dust that has the reflective quality of sanding sugars, but finer in texture. And I’ll be pleased to add that my cupcakes did sell out almost immediately!


La C.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 December 2009 11:45 pm

    Mmm looks delish! I love peppermint flavoured things, it cuts through the excess sugar and leaves a nice, fresh flavour.

    Start 2010 right with a locally crafted calendar in Part 4 of Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy’s Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

  2. 24 December 2009 12:22 am

    Looks yummy!!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. 24 December 2009 6:10 am

    wow, those cupcakes look so yummy!
    happy Holidays!

  4. Alize Morand permalink
    24 December 2009 1:48 pm

    Great piccies Darling!
    Have a beautiful Christmas Eve & gorgeous celebration! Lots of kisses from the Alps to you! I hope Santa braved the cold to spoil you. xxxx

  5. 24 December 2009 2:36 pm

    Wishing you a truly magical christmas xxx

  6. 24 December 2009 2:43 pm

    Pretty cupcakes!

  7. 24 December 2009 2:52 pm

    I’m intrigued by these mint cupcakes!

    Love Grace.

  8. 24 December 2009 6:35 pm

    Wonderful Xmas, darling LaC!


  9. 26 December 2009 5:00 am

    These cupcakes look SOOO good ! I haven’t been here in a while, but I wanted to stop by and wish you an amazing Christmas!

    Happy holidays !
    I hope santa brought you everything you wished for ; )

    xx lue

  10. 26 December 2009 9:29 am

    Merry Christmas to you too
    I have a little question for you, which html code makes your blog archive like this
    Cuz mine is taking way to much place

  11. 26 December 2009 5:15 pm

    Happy Holidays!!

  12. 26 December 2009 9:07 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too!!!

    Vi from Cali

  13. 19 January 2010 7:33 am

    OOh. You are so talented. Looks so delicious!


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