Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Has Never Looked So Good

Oh heavens thank you for it finally being Friday...this week has drug on {and on and on} in my book and I am elated the weekend is right around the corner. I was getting anxious and counting down: 1) because work is just too much these days, and 2) because we have a nice little relaxing weekend ahead of us which rarely happens.
Last night, Jenna and I had our first encounter with Noodles and Company. Overall, for the price, I was impressed--think fast casual like Pei Wei--and the food was yummy. I had the pasta rosa and a small salad and it was $8...definitely worth sampling again!
Afterwards, I went home to get to baking. My company is having our annual almost-summer picnic at work today so I made my first attempt at Lemon Blueberry-Filled Cupcakes. A little trial and error, but this Betty Crocker pulled it off and they turned out yummy...and I know Jeff loved being the guinea pig taste-tester this go-around. This is perfect for a summertime treat! Here's the recipe:
Ingredients
1 box lemon cake mix
1 tsp lemon extract
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 can blueberry pie filling
cream cheese icing
Directions
  1. Mix cake mix, lemon extract, milk, and eggs together on medium speed until fluffy
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of cake batter in each cupcake liner. Then top with 2 tablespoons of blueberry pie filling and then fill remainder of cupcake with cake batter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes and then let cool
  4. Frost with cream cheese icing--and as an extra addition, top with lemon peel and/or fresh blueberries
Even better, I got to use my new cupcake carrier Candice got me for a shower gift...since I am forever more baking and bringing sweet treats to parties and celebrations, this is PERFECT, not to mention it carries up to 24 cupcakes! You must run out and get one {via Macy's Martha Stewart collection}
So for this weekend, we're going to start off tonight with date night. Trying out the new sushi/japanese hibachi restaurant near our house for something low key and then taking it easy. Tomorrow morning, I'm headed to begin Operation Finalize Wedding with Mom and it'll be nonstop madness with full picture recaps to follow. Sunday we're doing our normal routine of church, working around the house and hopefully taking advantage of some good weather before having Jocelyn and Nick over for dinner to round out a weekend at home. Happy Friday friends!

11 comments:

  1. Those cupcakes sound delic!! And hope you enjoy your weekend at home!

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  2. Noodles and Company is my favorite low-cost place to eat out :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Noodles is SO good, it is one of the restaurants that I miss the most after moving to a smaller town. The Wisonsin Mac and Cheese is my fave (though not real healthy option!)

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING!

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  4. I have to agree I am super glad its friday! Its rainy and yucky in oklahoma so tonight will be spent on the couch with a redbox. yeeehaw!

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  5. That cupcake picture made my mouth water! I'll have to try making those sometime. Have a great weekend! :)

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  6. If you have any of the cupcakes left feel free to send one home with Luke when he gets done working at your house tonight :)

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  7. Ooo, that cupcake recipe looks great! I want to try that! :)

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  8. Yay for the weekend! Those cupcakes look delish, hope you enjoy relaxing a little bit, you deserve it!

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  9. Those cupcakes sound DELICIOUS!! And isn't Noodles & Co the greatest?

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  10. Hey girly, i'm a new follower :) I love your blog!

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