Thursday, December 23, 2010

All I want for Christmas is Yooooooooou!

So, things in our lives are still completely insane. Every day we say good-bye to someone we love, we have barely started our packing, and we are both feeling completely overwhelmed by the amount of work we have to do and the tiny amount of time that we have to do it in.

Some people do yoga to feel centered, but to be honest, in times like these, exercise doesn't do the trick. Me, I bake cupcakes. And who better to make me feel at peace than the lovely and wonderful, Martha Stewart.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting (by Martha Stewart)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-6 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Honey-Cinnamon Frosting
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, for garnish (optional)

Honey Cinnamon Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix).



Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.


Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. 

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes


Spread tops with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting. 


Top with chopped walnuts and sliced banana, if desired.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mrs. Tighe goes to Washington


These three weeks have been quite the whirlwind! I am so sorry for being completely absent from the blog. Hopefully, I still have a few readers left, and I promise the hiatus will be coming to an end soon!

Alex and I have some very big news. At the end of the month, we are moving to Washington, DC! We've been thinking for a long time about checking out a new city. When we got back from the honeymoon, we decided to start making it happen. So, we are off to a new adventure in a new city. We will be staying with friends in DC until we find an apartment and get settled. Once we do, there will be lots nesting!

We really appreciate all of the support and love of our friends and family while we get ready for the move. We are so sad to leave Boston, but excited about getting to explore a new city!