Ella and I did not do any baking this weekend.  Ten inches of heavy, wet snow with east winds gusting to 40 miles per hour altered a lot of plans this weekend.  By the time it quit snowing on Saturday evening and the wind continued throughout the night and into Sunday morning, it left a 2 – 3 foot drift of snow up against our garage door (which faces east and received the full force of the snow and wind for almost 24 hours).  And that drift was as hard as rock.  We were not getting any vehicles out of the garage for a while!  Add to that the 4 – 5 foot drift that was a bit further out from the garage door.

About 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, there were two trucks with plows working on the driveway.  They were able to remove most of the snow from the garage door and the approach.  But the driveway itself, which runs north to south, continued to drift in due to the sustained strong easterly winds.

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Yummy Cupcakes

After a brief break from our big baking adventure (the girls have been very busy the past couple of weekends), Ella and I are back in the kitchen.  This weekend we made cupcakes.  I found a recipe from Robyn on her add a pinch blog for The Best White Cake Recipe.  We decided to try the recipe but make cupcakes instead of cake. And are we glad we did!  The cupcakes are amazing.  Ella and I both agree that this is the best white cupcake recipe ever!!

Best Ever White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

½ cup vegetable shortening

3 cups granulated sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup whole milk, room temperature

½ cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extractRead More »