Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Hamburger" Cupcakes

hamburger cupcakes - by Tonja

I have been friends with Tonja, well, since I took her job in 1991.
Sounds terrible doesn't it?
Well, it didn't really play out quite like that.

I went to work for a bridal salon, taking a full-time job as a bridal consultant.
It was funny, because all I kept hearing about was the girl that had my job before I did.

"Tonja, Tonja, Tonja!!"
(insert Jan Brady whine here)

Funny thing was, every time she talked to the girls who worked there, or she stopped in, they were always talking about me.

We got to know each other a while later, and lost our jealousy...
She and I were both pregnant with our first babies, and we both had boys!

We were both stay at home moms, and we would talk on the phone all day.
Now you might think I am exaggerating, but it really was ALL DAY.

Like, charge one cordless phone while you talked, and when they beeped, 
time to switch off again.

We used to meet at the mall with the boys in the strollers, for "something to do."
(for the record I think 1995 was the last time I was bored)

Well, Tonja has always been a baker.  
I was the cooker, but she was always making cookies or something.  
My favorite cookies of hers I shared with you at Christmas:


Last night she sent me a picture of these adorable cupcakes that she made for her daughter's softball party.
I shared the picture with all of you on facebook, and everyone wanted to know how to do it!

I asked her if she could send more photos, so I could blog about it, and she obliged me!

She is so darn talented!!

Tonja's Hamburger Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix (or your own recipe)
Chocolate frosting
White frosting, tinted red, green and yellow
White sprinkles

Make cake mix according to box instructions.  Line cupcake pans with liners.
Fill the cupcake liners 1/3 of the way full.
You want them to bake just to the edge of the liner, not "muffin top" over.

When cupcakes are almost done baking and still moist on top, add the sprinkles.
Continue baking until done.

Remove the cakes from the liners and cut them in half.

Pipe chocolate frosting on the bottom layer of the cupcake to make the burger.
Drizzle the red, yellow and green frosting towards the edges to resemble the condiments.
Put the tops on....
and you have hamburger cupcakes!!

Tonja and I have known each other for 21 years.
Time has gone on, our lives have changed, but when we get to see one another, we always have a great time!

Like this past weekend!
She and I attended the Def Leppard and Poison concert at our ball field, TD Ameritrade Park.
You may have heard of it?  It's where the College World Series is held every year?

This is a picture of us from last Saturday night!

me and Tonja at the concert

Can you believe, we were already sitting in the 9th row.  We had good seats.  
Then right after Poison was done playing, the security guard came and invited us to sit in the front row!!

It was SO COOL!!

Doing a cupcake cheers to you, my good friend!!

Thanks for sharing your masterpieces with us!!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Refrigerator Pickles

My Mother-in-law makes these every summer.

They are SO YUMMY!!

Last year was the first year I tried canning, I did tomatoes, mostly, and also made a peach ginger jelly.

Canning can be time consuming,  but the rewards are so.... well....


If you have ever planted cucumbers, and been successful, you know that typically they are 
quite the bumper crop!

Most people are like "seriously, what am I going to do with all of these?!?!"

These pickles couldn't be easier to make.

serve them on a cracker as an appetizer

or just eat 'em out of the bowl like us!

refrigerator cucumbers

Refrigerator Pickles

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon canning salt
onion, optional
cucumbers,  about 5 or 6 large. (the ones pictured made half of the recipe)

Put a large pot of water to boil on the stove.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and salt over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add vinegar.
Take off heat and cool.

When water in big pot is boiling, drop whole cucumbers in.  
Boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from water, cool a bit, peel and slice.

Slice onion thin, (optional) to taste.

Place cucumbers in plastic containers, layer with onion.

Pour cooled sugar/vinegar mixture over the cucumbers to cover.

Place in your refrigerator, can be eaten in a couple of hours, and will keep for a couple of months!

You can also freeze them, take them out this winter when the snow is blowing!!