Today was my day off…. of work that is. Since my days off were split this week (one Monday, one Friday), I felt like I needed to get everything done today, because tomorrow I will be back at work for the next 5 days.
It started off well. It was so nice out at 6am this morning, that I added an extra mile to my run. And nothing hurt! Woohoo!
Then I got the kids off to school, grabbed some coffee and breakfast, read a few chapters, then caught up with my blog friends.
Next on the list was the dreaded trip to the store. The store that always has me wondering why I keep going back. Actually the one closest to my house is a smaller version of the big superstore. It doesn’t have near the variety, but it also doesn’t have all the people, the long lines, or the unmotivated cashiers. In this store I can actually go in, get what I want and get out in a decent amount of time.
That would be an impossibility at the superstore – unless I had a Poofer.
Even the customers are nicer at the smaller version. Today I had parked my cart along the side of the aisle, studying the baking chips – looking for the perfect combination for the cupcakes I planned to bake. I’d been there for about a minute, when I heard the lady next to me, who had been studying the different bread crumbs, say in a sweet voice…. “Excuse me, but am I in your way?” and she proceeded to move her cart. She was absolutely NOT in my way, but she obviously knows the shopping aisle etiquette. Then, as I was moving to the next aisle, another shopper pulled out in front of me. WAY in front of me. We weren’t even close to a collision, nor was I going to be slowed down, but she she smiled sheepishly and apologized. I offered a big smile back. I was almost enjoying myself.
When my cart was full, I rushed to the front of the store, and right up to the cashier. NO LINE! I was a little skeptical when I saw her tattooed arms and kind of scraggily hair, but she smiled at me and began to check me out. QUICKLY. And she bagged everything just like I like it. (Another example of my OCD)
After this heavenly shopping trip, I may never go back to the superstore again. And in that case, you might just be able to cancel my Poofer order, Terri.
Because this trip went so well, I had plenty of time to bake some Thin Mint cupcakes that I’ve been researching the past couple of weeks. I thought they would be nice for St. Patrick’s Day – you know, ’cause mint is green. And because I absolutely adore Thin Mint cookies!!
I baked my first batch using the recipe for a death by chocolate cake that I’d found. The recipe did not call for cocoa. Instead it called for tons of melted chocolate. It sounded good, but the cupcakes turned out very spongy and almost like a dry brownie texture. They tasted okay, but I wasn’t happy with them, so I went to my back-up cake recipe. Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes. I only changed two things in the recipe. I added vinegar to the milk before mixing it with the sugar, and oil, and instead of vanilla extract, I used pure mint extract, for the Thin Mint flavor. I also put a Thin Mint cookie at the bottom of each cupcake liner before putting in the batter.
These baked up much, much better! They totally lived up to the recipe name!
I debated for a long time about what kind of icing I should make. I considered a minty chocolate ganache. I considered a minty butter cream icing and a minty cream cheese icing. Then it hit me to use white chocolate with the pure mint extract. I found a recipe for white chocolate icing, and used the mint extract instead of the vanilla, added a little green food coloring to make it look minty, then topped it all off with some crushed Thin Mint cookies. Holy Cow are they yummy!
If I make these again, which is likely, I will top the cake with the mint ganache first, then ice them with the white chocolate mint icing.
So I guess the day was a success even though I wasn’t able to squeeze in everything I had wanted to accomplish. The fridge is stocked. The cupcakes are baked. I washed my car. Took the kids to make-up the bowling they are going to miss this weekend. And three loads of laundry were at least washed and dried, although not put away yet. Oh well. I’ll have another day off in a week. And this time I’ll have two off in a row! My house cleaning can wait til then.