Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{ Cherry Limeade }

We are just three weeks away from the unfathomable now.

Bean will start his senior year of high school. I can't even, folks. I. Can't. Even.

For years he's wanted to be a History teacher, high school or college level. Now that push comes to shove, he's decided IT is where it's at. I can't even complain about this. Someone to fix my computer issues for  free? Uh, yeah. I'm all in.

I'm not prepared for his 'lasts' though. I'm fully prepared to be THAT mom. The one that cries at all the events. I can't even help it. He's my widdo baby boy!

I know the world is wide open to him after this, and so many fantastic things are about to happen for him, but, gosh dern it, I'm sad. And if anyone doesn't like that, well, they can go suck a lemon.

Or, how 'bout some lime instead? (How cheesy was that segue?)

I've done several lemonade recipes, but, never a limeade. Of course, cherry limeade is the first that pops to mind!

I love the tart lemon limeyness of this paired with the cherry. I do add sugar. You can omit this if you wish. Your drink will be slightly tarter.

Today it is over 90 degrees and drippingly humid. Yes, I totally drank this WHILE I shot these photos.
I'm the only one here that likes it though, so there's still one up for grabs. Any takers?


Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Cherry Limeade for Two

For two glasses:

4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoon sugar*
4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup cherry juice (I used Juicy Juice)
2 cups lemon lime soda

In a liquid measuring cup add the lime juice, sugar, and cherry jucies. Stir together. 

Add crushed or shaved ice (I prefer shaved) to glasses and fill 1/2-2/3 way full. Add soda. Pour 1/2 of the juice mix into each glass and swirl with spoon or straw. Garnish with maraschino cherries and lime slices/wedges.

*omit or use less for tarter drink
** you can also use 

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Sunday, July 13, 2014

{ Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes }

In under two months I will be in Orlando.

This long planned, long saved for, long awaited trip is under two months away. I can't even believe it.

Soon, I will walk down Diagon Alley. I will stop at Florean Fortescue's and have a bit of ice cream. Peanut Butter & Strawberry? Um. Probably not. I'm liking the sound of Butterbeer or Clotted Cream though!

Minus two months until the Magic Kingdom and Mickey Mouse. -2 until Epcot. Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom. And Darla! Under two months until I meet my geek mate IRL!! Exciting times, my friends.

Until then... I give you, PB cupcakes. Because why the heck not?

These are the eassssssssssiest PB cupcakes ever. You need a box mix, ingredients listed on the back, and peanut butter. That's IT.

You're welcome.

These are great topped with peanut butter buttercream, with PB buttercream and a dab of jelly for PB&J cupcakes, with vanilla buttercream, or, as Bean likes them, with chocolate buttercream. Obviously.

Whip up a batch today!

I will eat one and dream of hot Orlando days and fireworks filled nights.

I. Can't. Wait.


Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes
by Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers

Preheat oven to 350 F
Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers

1 box white cake mix & ingredients listed on back
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Mix cake according to back of box, then beat in peanut butter.

Scoop into prepared liners & bake according to back of box

Top with Peanut Butter Buttercream, Vanilla Buttercream, or Chocolate Buttercream

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