Sunday, June 3, 2012

15x15~Day Three + What's Cooking!

You know? This only having 15 items of clothing to pick from thing sure simplifies getting dressed in the morning. I normally spend at least 10 or 15 (sometimes maybe a wee bit longer.....) minutes staring into my closet trying to pick out what to wear, but today? I knew the two church-y type outfits I had to pick from so it was much quicker process then normal! =)

Wearing two of the 15 today!
Dress: Kohls
Boots: Naturalizer

Non 15 items: Belt, bracelet, earrings: ShopKo, 
Necklace: Erm....a jewelry party at a friends house! There were three strands, but they crunched oddly when I turned my neck, so I took it apart, added clasps to the other two strands and gave them as Christmas presents..... ;-)

I hate taking detail do those girls in the catalogs look natural while doing poses like this? 
*Who me? I always smile broadly while tucking my hair behind my ears, while looking off into the middle distance.....*

~I have to say, after the busy weekend I've had, Monday is looking pretty darn good right now! I made a double batch of whoopie pies (recipe to follow!) for church and in between switching pans in and out of the oven and reloading them with dough, I packed 6 boxes of books, all of the stuff under my bed (I store my off season clothes and costumes, sheets, blankets, snow boots ect ect ect) and two big boxes of linens and other things of that nature.

Then today, we had a full nursery at church and a few things we had to clean up from that happened after church. I came home and helped pack up and clean up the tins from the cupboard tops in the kitchen and then packed four more boxes of books and movies from my room. 

Then my Mom, a family friend and I packed all of these boxes into our car and drove them over to another friends house, who is letting us store all of our "clutter" (the real estate agent wants us to de-clutter and stage our house, while we are still living here. Basically make it look like there are only 3 people living in a house that has 7 living there.....easy peasy, right?) in her garage! *sigh* Needless to say, I'm pooped!

I am now in my jammies and I only have to feed the kids and do the dishes, after that I'm free to eat my very nutritious dinner of Marshmallow Mateys (No judging, it's the weekend, I can eat bad for one day of the week, can't I?) and zone out in front of something of a  light and fluffy nature on my computer!

Chocolate Whoopies with Espresso Butter-cream Filling

Whoopie Pies
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup canned pumpkin (not the pie filling kind, just plain!)
1/3 cup butter softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat butter and pumpkin together until smooth, add cake mix, eggs and milk. Beat on slow until just combined, then beat on medium for one minute. Drop batter by rounded tablespoon fulls onto lined baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until set and lightly browned around edges. Slide parchment paper off of the baking pan immediately, let cakes cool for a few minutes then loosen with a spatula.

Espresso Buttercream 

2 sticks of salted butter, room temp 
4 ounces full fat cream cheese, room temp 
2 ½ - 3 cups of confectioners sugar, sifted
1 packet of one Starbuck Via (any instant coffee will do)
2 TB all purpose flour (optional) 

Make the espresso buttercream: 
In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the butter cream cheese until creamy. Add flour, VIA and the sifted confectioners sugar, beat until well combined. 

I make the filling while the last pan of cakes is in the oven and fill them after they get out, starting with coolest ones. Drop a rounded tablespoon of filing onto one half of the pie and top with the other half! Enjoy!