If you are reading this, I have an exercise that I’d like you to do right now please. Take out a piece of paper (or a post it, starbucks receipt, chisel and stone, whatever is handy), and write down five things (or more, you could go to a thousand if you want to make me super happy!) that are making your life rock right now at this very moment. I’ll go first.
1. It’s fall. Need I say more?
2. There is apple pie in my fridge from Briermere Farms. If you’ve never been, drop everything in your life and go right now. Don’t forget a jug of apple cider!
3. I got to see the magic behind Anthropologie yesterday as I OFFICIALLY WORK THERE NOW!
4. Christmas is 68 days away, which means it’s totally fair game to play christmas music.
5. There are like 10 babies that I get to see on a regular basis lately. And one of them looks like the lil mermaid.
Now if you would please put your list of things that make your life awesome somewhere that you will see it approximately 5984327489213 times a day, that would be great. Holla atcha positive vibes! Feel free to leave your list of awesomeness in the comment section, I’d love to hear lovely stuff you have going on!
On a kind of unrelated note, these cupcakes are diet braking life changers.
Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Salted Peanut Butter Honey Buttercream
what a mouthful!
Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes (Adapted from Food Network)
1 3/4 cups sugar (feel free to mix it up with a little brown sugar! Get creative yo)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted (and fairly cool, we don’t want the sugar to melt)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 apples, peeled and chopped into teeny tiny bits (You can also grate them)
Preheat the oven to 350.
Combine the sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla and applesauce, mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just before they’re totally combined, and then add the apples.
Scoop batter into 2 cupcake pans lined with liners, it should make exactly 24.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cupcakes spring back when touched. (They maybe will spill over the tops of the cupcake cups but this is okay. The tops get crispy and crunchy and delightful)
Salted Peanut Butter Honey Buttercream
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups confectioners sugar (1 lb box)
In an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter until combined. Add in the honey, vanilla and salt and mix well. (At this point it will look runny and very un frosting like but no worries) Add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time and beat well (you may need more or less that 4 cups depending on how warm your house is.
Frost cupcakes (you don’t need to be too generous, I found the perfect blend of flavors with these cupcakes was when I used less frosting on the cupcakes than I normally would, which is why I didn’t pipe it) and top with a sprinkle of sea salt or maldon salt flakes, if possible. You should try really hard to make it possible.