Distinctive Characteristics

The other night I was watching Dancing with the Stars. Yes, I know, it ended a few weeks ago, but I was on vacation so I DVR’ed it. I finally got caught up and I”m soooooo happy with the final results. I might have been a bit shocked as the order of 2, 3, and 4, but 1 was who I wanted to win.

Anyway, I wanted to see Emma Slater and Rashad Jennings win it, mainly because I wanted to see Emma win a season. I always tend to root for someone who hasn’t won in the past, that is when it comes to the Pro Dancers. Obviously, unless it’s a come back show, the stars haven’t won the mirror ball :).

Again… moving back to the topic I started with… I keep getting side tracked…. For some reason the evening that I was watching I started paying attention to Emma’s face. Something about her facial expressions reminded me of Kate Winslet. Then I started thinking about other English actresses and Kiera Knightly popped into my head, that’s the reason for the three photos up above. The more I contemplated and debated, the more I realized that these 3 women had similar features.

Now I know, I know, there are a lot of women out there who are English, these are just the three that popped in to my head. But it made me start thinking… different nationalities have similarities in their looks, right? Does it make it easier to distinguish if someone is this nationality or that nationality without ever hearing them speak.

I’m not sure I’m being very eloquent with my words right now…. But I guess what I wondered is, do American’s have similarities in their looks? Something that distinguishes them from other nationalities, or is it just the pompousness that I hear we have about us. I prefer to think I’m not arrogant, but I sometimes wonder if I don’t have that pretentiousness about me too.

Just random thoughts for this Tuesday. Now back to regularly scheduled programming. ha!

Rainbow Cupcakes

It’s time for the next installment of this cupcake thing I’ve been up to. Remember, these come out of the January/February 2017 Food Network Magazine.

When I woke up the morning I made these, I was worried about having 2 ingredients. Lemons, which I was fairly certain I had and Cake Flour, which I was pretty sure I didn’t have. I did go to the pantry to see if I had cake flour and surprisingly I did. WHAT?!?! I guess I bought it for something else one day and had some left over. So… if you don’t have cake flour, not to fear! Make your own! Wait, what? Make your own cake flour. Yup! You read that right!

Cake flour:
1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tbsp (that is subtract 2tbsp of the ap flour). Then add in 2 tbsp corn starch. Use your handy dandy sifter and sift 5-6 times to incorporate the corn starch. Bam, your own homemade cake flour.

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Chocolate-Strawberry Cupcakes

If there is one thing they tell you to do, it’s try something new. While baking cupcakes isn’t a new concept for me, I’m not so good at it. It’s really always been a bit of a challenge for me, and I’m not really sure why. So when the January/February 2017 Food Network Magazine came out and they had a whole section devoted to cupcakes for each month, I just knew I had to partake… and at least try.

As we know, I messed up the January cupcakes just a bit… but it was more icing related issues than it was cupcake related issues. And the cupcakes themselves were excellent.

When I saw the cupcakes for this month, I was quite excited. While they don’t want them to be for a special occasion but say a random Tuesday, these cupcakes scream Valentine’s Day to me. No, I didn’t make them on Valentine’s Day or even for Valentine’s Day because I was busy getting ready to attend a wedding, but I knew I was going to make them no matter what.

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Champagne-Vanilla Cupcakes

There is one magazine I love to get and that’s Food Network. I really credit Food Network for my love of cooking. Truthfully it was my grandma’s (both of them), but when I went to college I kind of lost that until I stumbled across Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals show… I then somehow became hooked again. So the re-found my love my grandmothers instilled in me.
I used to get the magazine, long ago before I went to grad school. Then grad school came and I didn’t have time to read anything other than school books, but now I’m back to reading Food Network Magazine. My first issue was the January/February 2017 issue. I read the editor’s note and she mentioned that they came up with a cupcake for any reason for every month of the year. I decided right then I needed to partake and try them all. Some sound better than others, but still… I need to try them, right? Something to do anyway.

January’s cupcake is the Champagne-Vanilla Cupcake. Yes please.
The first thing I was supposed to do was pour the Champagne (or in this case sparking white wine) into a bowl and whisk until the bubbles dissipate. ✓

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10 Things to Smile About February

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve remembered to link up with EmmyMom’s 10 Things to Smile about mem… but guess what… I did it today! I tried hard to remember! And truthfully I could have linked up last Tuesday, but… there was still a week left of the month and I just had to hold off.

So in no particular order………… (drum roll please)……………..

9. National FFA week! FFA was a huge part of my growing up so it’s only awesome that there is a whole week devoted to FFA! I mean come on, it shapes a lot of young minds!

5. Because of National FFA week, I got a new pair of boots. Wait, what do those two have in common? Well, they were FFA boots and a special and I think the special was because of FFA week and yeah…

2. The iPhone got my dad. It was great. My dad is a real joker, so it’s always fun to pull one over on him from time to time and we didn’t actually have any part in it, which makes it even better!

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