Things I Made a Year Ago

Things I Made A Year Ago June 2014 Featured Oh no, I did it again: I forgot to post my ‘Things I Made a Year Ago’ post in the month when I actually made those things exactly a year ago…

What can I say, I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. Not just the never-ending story that is my thesis (which I was already complaining about in last year’s posts!) but also some other stuff. Good things. Getting organized, mostly, because I’ve got some big stuff coming up which I’m very excited about but I’m not ready to share it with the world yet…

Tum-tum-TUM! (<– suspense)

First, I need to focus on my thesis. Just so you know: I plan to submit it before the 18th, because that’s when the Rocking Rebel has his summer break. I still got a lot of work to do before then, so wish me luck!

Anyway, last year’s recipes… There weren’t a lot, I clearly didn’t bake a lot in June 2014, but the recipes I did post about were great!

1. Strawberry Balsamic Popsicles

I loooove these popsicles. They’re not only really refreshing, but they’re also super fruity and sweet in a mellow, unintrusive sort of way. You can still taste the yogurt and strawberries! If you don’t like balsamic vinegar, or the mere idea of putting vinegar into your popsicles, don’t fret: they won’t taste like vinegar at all. The balsamic vinegar actually complements the flavor of the strawberries, accentuating every fruity bite.

So give these a go. You can whip them up in minutes and have them sitting in your freezer in no time at all!

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and a Cookie Swirl

Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and Cookies Rhubarb and Cookie Swirl Ice Cream Guys, I need ice cream. And not just any kind of ice cream. Oh no, I need super special, super summery fruity-to-the-max ice cream. In other words, I need another scoop of this amazing vanilla ice cream with rhubarb compote and a cookie swirl. Yes!

Wait, what? How was the Taylor Swift concert, you say? Well… awesome! Thanks for asking. My niece and I had the best time ever: the show was rocking (even though Tay is the queen of pop these days), every second person we met complimented us with our bright pink tutu’s (they even admired my, um, “incredible sewing skills”), and the look on my niece’s face when Taylor appeared on stage was priceless!

Oh, and I had a delicious ham and mustard sandwich, so yeah, kind of the perfect night out…

But enough about the concert, let’s talk ice cream!

To be honest, the weather around here hasn’t been summery at all! I don’t know about you, but torrential rain and near-freezing temperatures (oh all right, “moderate” temperatures) aren’t exactly my idea of summer. Which is why I’m in need of ice cream right now!

Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and Cookies Rhubarb and Cookie Swirl Ice Cream Ice cream always makes me think of summer, whether I’m chilling out on a sunny beach wearing nothing but a pink bikini and half a bottle of sunscreen, or snuggling up under a blanket next to a cozy fire: to me, ice cream takes me back to those days when me and my peeps (aka: my family) would go out on warm summer evenings for ice cream and a stroll in the park.

And this particular ice cream is super summery. I think I mentioned that, didn’t I? Well, it’s true. Because, like ice cream, rhubarb to me equals summer!

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Vanilla Cake Filled with Juicy Strawberries and Super Dark Chocolate Frosting – AKA: The Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Cake

Vanilla Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate - Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Cake Here comes the good stuff!

A light and spongy vanilla cake filled with juicy strawberries, strawberry syrup and an insane super dark chocolate frosting! And see those pretty fondant cut-out numbers up there? Hand-painted with edible watercolor? 1 – 9 – 8 – 9?

Wait, what? 1989? Yes! I made this cake for a Taylor Swift 1989 Tour pre-concert party! Because I’m a total Swiftie like that, just like my 10-year-old niece. You remember my Swiftie niece, right? In this post, you can see her then eight-year-old hand picking redcurrants of the stem. I infected her with the Taylor Swift virus years ago, back in the ‘Speak Now’ era, and she’s recently had her first guitar lesson from the Rocking Rebel, who taught her how to play ‘Shake it off’.

Anyway, last November, when Taylor had just announced her world tour on Twitter (Instagram? Tumblr? I can’t remember…) I immediately bought two tickets, one for me, and one for her, which I gift-wrapped in a pretty envelop with a pink bow. On my niece’s birthday, two days later, I first helped her make a cupcake candy village, and then, when it was time for presents, I gave her the ticket. You should have seen her face! I’m glad my brother caught it on camera…

Anyway, the concert is tomorrow, so I threw a (very small but very fun) Taylor Swift themed party last Wednesday. It was super fun. And we had cake!

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Peanut Butter ‘n Cookie Buttercream – American Style

Peanut Butter 'n Cookie Buttercream Frosting Yup, that’s right: Peanut Butter ‘n Cookie Buttercream – American Style.

I know, I know… I told you that I was going to make a variation on the vanilla flour buttercream I posted about last Sunday. But guess what? After I’d mixed up that gorgeous bowl full of peanut butter ‘n cookie flour buttercream, I placed it in the fridge so I could use it the next day, and when I pulled it out of the fridge the next morning the buttercream had totally separated…

Apparently making a peanut butter version of flour buttercream really isn’t an option, so I’ll have to come up with another flour buttercream variation. One that will actually still look good after a day or two in the fridge.

Still, I didn’t want you to miss out on the flavor of said separated buttercream! It was sooooo good!

Seriously guys, if you like peanut butter, or snickers, or peanut brittle, or sugared peanuts, or anything else with peanuts in it, you’ll love this buttercream! It tastes like fluffy snickers bars.

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