Leftover Buttercream Icing

Have you ever baked a cake or cupcakes and had buttercream icing leftover once you were done with the cakes? What did you do with it? Throw it out? You don’t have to do that anymore!

I ran into this “problem” when I tested out a couple of new flavors of cupcakes/ buttercream icing. The icing flavors were out of this world, and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. It was so delicious and creamy, I could have eaten that stuff with a spoon like it was ice cream. It was that dangerous!

So what I did was pipe the icing on wax paper on either a plate or cookie sheet, threw it in the freezer to harden up, and then placed it in a freezer bag. Then I just put the bag in the freezer and I’d take out an icing swirl here and there when I was in the mood for something sweet (or an icing fix). That was  much better than eating it out of a bowl like ice cream!

Pop these suckers in the freezer 


DEAL ALERT: Keratin Treatment

I need to go off-topic for a moment. Back in February I posted (see that post here) about how I got the Keratin treatment done at Bernard’s Salon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It was a life-changing experience and I don’t know how I survived without the Keratin treatment in the past.  My hair is so much healthier and definitely easier to manage. I’ve been telling myself that in the next month or so it’s time to get another treatment done. I had my first treatment done about 4 months ago, and I feel like it’s getting time for another. Rosa did an amazing job on my hair and I look forward to her doing this process again.

So imagine my happiness when I saw that today’s Groupon is for a Keratin treatment at Bernard’s Salon! Click here to get the awesome deal! You get the Keratin treatment, highlights, and a one-hour blow dry styling for $199! This is an awesome deal.  This deal doesn’t last forever though – you must get it by Thursday June 2nd at 11:59pm. Once the clock strikes midnight the deal is DONE!

What would you do with…

We all know I’m a HUGE Penzeys fan. I received the Salad Lover’s 4 Jar gift box as a gift from my sister years ago and the rest is history. I buy all of my spices from Penzeys because I truly believe they have the best products. Their Customer Service is spectacular as well. They are all around a great company and I love giving them my business. Image from Penzeys Catalog

I order from their web site quite frequently and I recently decided that each time I place an order I am going to order a new spice to try. I figured that it would give me some inspiration to try some new flavors.

This time I bought Whole Red New Mexican Chipotle Pepper (Morita). Here is the description from Penzey’s web site:

Ripe, red jalapeño peppers that have been slowly wood-smoked, chipotle peppers are rich, smoky and hot (but not searing). Throughout Mexico and Central America, chipotle peppers, also known as moritas, are regarded as a versatile and necessary addition to many dishes. Commonly used to add a deep smoky flavor to traditional Mexican dishes, such as red chili sauce, the use of chipotle peppers has exploded with the popularity of American Southwest cooking. A dash of chipotle is a perfect addition to everything, from barbecue and breadsticks, to soup and salsa. Whole red chipotles are sweet and hot, fresh and pliable. Add whole to chili, tomato sauce, stew, beans and rice, or soak in oil, then chop (use the oil for smoky pepper flavor, too). Great for adding to tortilla chips, homemade pizza and spaghetti sauce.

Now…I’m not big into spicy and hot things. But there are some Chipotle flavored things that I do enjoy. Right now I’m loving on this Chipotle Ranch salad dressing that I picked up at the store. It packs a little bit of heat in there!  Pampered Chef has an awesome Chipotle Ranch Seasoning Mix that is out of this world.

So I figured this would be a good way to get me to try a little bit more heat in my recipes. If you had this “secret ingredient” that you had to use in a recipe, what would that recipe be? Inspire me!

I’m thinking of trying to come up with a delicious Chipotle Barbecue Sauce to eat in my favorite Chicken Enchiladas.

Keratin treatment

I know this blog is 99% about food, but I have to go off topic for just one post. Over the weekend I finally bit the bullet and got a Keratin treatment done on my hair. I have naturally curly hair but I’ve been straightening it. Because you know how it goes – everyone that has curly hair wants straight hair, and everyone with straight hair wants curly hair! It would usually take at minimum a half hour to blow dry my hair every morning. And that always involved three different brushes — your flat brush, your small barrel brush, and your large barrel brush.

A little while ago I saw a LivingSocial deal for highlights and a Keratin treatment for $199 at a Salon & Spa that I tried out once for a massage & facial. This was just the little push that I needed to give it a try. So I bought the deal and knew from that point on I was locked in. Fast forward to my appointment on Saturday. I had to schedule an early appointment since that day was my niece’s 4th birthday and we were celebrating it with dinner and of course cake!

I arrived at my appointment and the first thing up was my highlights. I wasn’t planning on getting any highlights, but it came with it so why not? We actually decided to do a more natural color for my highlights so that it blended my hair a little better (I am growing out highlights from a year ago) and I LOVE how it turned out.  So the next part was the Keratin treatment.

Since I got the highlights first, they had to blow dry my hair and make sure it was 110% dry before starting the Keratin treatment. Once my hair was completely dry, she started the treatment. In sections she sprayed the treatment on my hair and combed it in. Once my whole head was completely done, I sat there for about 10 minutes. The next step was to blow dry my hair. Again, it had to be completely dry. The final step was to flat iron all of my hair in small sections.

So needless to say this is quite a process, and it definitely takes time. I was there from about 9am – 2:15pm. So it’s not a quick thing to have done. But I will tell you this – it’s DEFINITELY worth the time and the money. Instead of the 3 brushes and 30 minutes to blow dry my hair, this morning it took me less than 5 minutes and I didn’t even have to use a brush while blow drying it. I was shocked – I knew that the whole process would be easy, but I didn’t think it would be that easy!

So it’s safe to say that I’m thrilled with how it came out and I don’t know that I’ll be able to live without it now! It lasts about 40-50 washes. So it could be anywhere from 3 – 4 months.  I know that I will definitely get this done again. So a shout out to Rosa at Bernard’s Salon & Spa in Cherry Hill, NJ. She did a wonderful job and I would totally recommend that you go to her if you live in the area.

Get your Groupon!

I wanted to share a site with you. I had never heard of it until someone I know shared it – the web site is called Groupon.

How It Works (according to their web site)

  1. Each day they feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

It’s based on your city, so people in different cities will have different deals!