Easy Spring Strawberry Cupcakes….

I was asked by a friend to make cupcakes for a shower she washosting last week. She needed 48 and wanted them to be strawberry 🍓 So off to Pinterest I went. After looking at several recipes I came up with a plan! Since I had to make so many I decided to go the easy route and use a box mix as my base. I adapted it to make it yummier😉 I used Pillsbury strawberry cake mix

and my ‘secret’ ingredient Greek Non-Fat Yogurt.

I always replace the oil with Greek yogurt to cut down on saturated fat (plus it adds a little protein too!) and I think it makes a more moist cake.

I puréed strawberries in my Kitchen-aid mini-chopper to add to the batter. I replaced about half of the water with the strawberry purée.

I use an ice cream scoop to fill my cupcake liners to try to keep them all relatively the same size.  (Disclaimer…the next three photos aren’t of the strawberry batter. I hadn’t planned on blogging for this recipe so I’m using pictures from another recipe I will post another time😉)

Then bake according to the directions testing with a toothpick for doneness.

The icing recipe is so simple it’s crazy! And it’s SO good!!


Strawberry Cupcakes

1 box strawberry cake mix

1/2 cup Greek Non-Fat Yogurt

1/2 cup strawberry purée

1/2 cup water

3 eggs

Combine all ingredients according to package directions

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full

Bake at 350 for 19-23 minutes

Let cool completely before icing

Strawberry Icing

2 sticks of room temperature butter

4 cups of sifted powered sugar

1/4 cup of very puréed strawberries (I used a fork to take out any larger pieces so they wouldn’t clog my icing tip)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter with mixer with whisk attachment

Add powdered sugar gradually (unless you want a cloud of sugar all over you and the kitchen😱)

Add strawberry purée and vanilla

You can add additional powdered sugar to get desired consistency

Enjoy!!

This post is not sponsored by any of the products used.

Bathroom re-do…

Fixer Upper style Farmhouse bathroom reno with faux shiplap

On a whim the other day I decided to ‘paint’ my guest bathroom.  It’s a tiny room so it won’t take long right???? Ha! Of course it took all that weekend and then some! It started out with me using some primer we had on hand to cover the old powder blue paint.

For some reason the primer didn’t really cover very well….

So I made a trip to Menards to get some ‘one coat’ paint.  I told the paint guy what I was up against and he said this paint would do the job in one coat…not so much.  So after one coat of primer and two coats of ‘one coat’ paint the painting was done and so was I for the night…ha!

Now I am a fan of Fixer Upper like so many of you! But I don’t want to hang shiplap everywhere…it seems a little to permanent.  It makes me squeamish thinking of nailing all that wood to my drywall…(maybe because I can remember the paneling from the 70s in everyones homes😫???)  I do like the look of shiplap so I decided to try to fake it!  I used my Cricut to cut thin strips of vinyl to stick to the wall that imitate the seams of shiplap. 😉  I used a dark grey color, I thought black would be too harsh.  So I used my level and a pencil to lightly draw lines on the wall about 6″ apart from floor to ceiling.  Then I started sticking my strips on!  The strips were only 24″ long so it was a lot of strips but, like I said the room is small so it wasn’t so bad.  I overlapped the strips slightly where they met to allow for any expansion/contraction with temperature changes. I am really happy with the way the shiplap turned out!



Well of course I couldn’t stop at paint and ‘shiplap’ I had to have the hubs help me makeover our builder grade medicine cabinet with some added trim and black paint.  I made the light bulb cover out of a placemat 😀

Then we built and  installed some rustic floating shelves above the toilet.  The shelves are made from reclaimed pallet wood and the stain is a vinegar wash.  (I keep cider and/or white vinegar in a ball jar with a wad of steel wool in it for this type of projects.


The cider vinegar gives a more red finish and the white vinegar is more grey.  These shelves I mixed the vinegar about 50/50 to tone down the red a little.)

 

So that quick paint job ended up taking about three weekends to finish but I am over the top happy with way it looks!!!