Entries from March 29th, 2010

March 29, 2010

get in, ladies, we’re going to see gaga

Lady Gaga tickets finally went on sale today at 10 a.m. My friend (perhaps new best friend?) Brett secured our seats at 10:03 a.m. Monday success!


me: AYYY! What seats? I AM EXCITED

Brett: 11th row, stage right

Lady Gaga telephone hair

I wonder what Lady Gaga will serve at her concert?

Yesterday, Lady Gaga turned 24 (she’s younger than me!). I toasted to her with a bottle of Harp (OK, four bottles of Harp) and crossed my fingers that Brett would get tickets. Success! Now, the question is…what to give Gaga for her (belated) birthday present? I missed out on contributing to her birthday YouTube video:

Luckily, between Gaga’s birthday and scoring these tickets, I’m feeling inspired. Prepare for a second round of Lady Gaga cupcakes. Also…I take full responsibility for starting the Lady Gaga cupcake/baked goods phenomenon. This next round is going to rock your world. Until then…take a look at what may be on your next Lady Gaga cupcake a la kimberlyloc:

Lady Gaga lightning bolt head piece 2010 Grammys

How many artists have accepted Grammys wearing Armani? Plenty. How many artists have accepted Grammys wearing custom-made Armani lightning bolt head pieces? One. Score one more for Gaga.

Lady Gaga 2010 Grammys

When I was your age, Lady Gaga dressed like a planet. Again, how many people can get away with bringing a throwing star to the 2010 Grammys? Welcome to Planet Gaga.

Lady Gaga high-cut green leotard

Lady Gaga goes green. And glittery.

Lady Gaga telephone American flag stars and stripes

If Lady Gaga were invited to sing the national anthem, I would only hope she'd wear this. I predict this will be a hot look this Independence Day.

March 10, 2010

recipe of the week | cupcakes in ice cream cones

So it’s been a while since I’ve made really festive cupcakes. It’s kind of hard to follow my first baking extravaganza—Lady Gaga Cupcakes—so I’ve been mulling over opportune times to bake something really awesome.

Luckily, the Barbecutie/Man Who Cooks recently had a birthday, so I knew I wanted to do something fun for him. Last Friday, in a speed baking session, I came up with the perfect plan: cupcakes in ice cream cones.

birthday cupcakes - cupcakes in ice cream cones

25 delicious, festive, fun cupcakes in cupcake wrappers and in ice cream cones for my birthday boy.

While I was a little nervous about this (I’d never done it before!), I knew I had to make it work, and I knew I had to have it finished in a certain amount of time.  Give yourself about an hour and a half to prepare, bake, cool and decorate cupcakes in ice cream cones—and if you have to transport them by car, like I did, factor in another 15 minutes of prepping them in containers and tissue paper so they don’t fall over!

I tried two versions of cupcakes in ice cream cones. Version 1, where you actually bake the cake batter inside the cone, is the traditional way. Version 2 makes the cupcake look like a real ice cream cone because you bake cupcakes the traditional way and then put it on top of a candy-filled ice cream cone. Mix it up to see what you like best, or combine the two for a monstrous cupcake treat (I did that as well!).

how to bake cupcakes in ice cream cones: part 1

cake batter
ice cream cones
frosting (see recipe for cream cheese frosting)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Prepare cake batter (use your own recipe or a box).

3. Spoon cake batter into flat-bottom ice cream cones. Fill ice cream cones 2/3 full.

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - step 1

Don't fill the cones too high—you might make a big mess!

4. Stand ice cream cones in cupcake pan. Carefully put the batter-filled ice cream cones into the oven.

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Cupcakes will rise inside ice cream cones and form a nice round head.

6. After time is up, remove cupcakes in ice cream cones from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

7. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired!

how to bake cupcakes in ice cream cones: part 2

cake batter
ice cream cones
cupcake liners
frosting (see recipe for cream cheese frosting)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Prepare cake batter (use your own recipe or a box).

3. Spoon cake batter into cupcake liners 2/3 full.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.

6. After time is up, remove cupcakes and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

7. Gather flat-bottomed ice cream cones. Add candy to the ice cream cones until it fills to the top.

8. Add one thick layer of frosting atop the ice cream cone.

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - frosting and cupcake

Fill the ice cream cone with candy and then frost the ice cream cone so you have a sticky base for the cupcake to adhere.

9. Place a completely cooled cupcake (liner removed) upside down onto the frosting.

cupcake on top frosted ice cream cone

Place the cupcake upside down on the frosted ice cream cone.

10. Add frosting all around the cupcake and decorate as desired!

cupcakes inside ice cream cones - frosted and decorated

I made these three "mama" cupcakes inside ice cream cones using recipe part 2.

easy cream cheese frosting

4 ounce cream cheese
4 ounces butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
mixing bowl
electric mixer (or hand mixer if you’re strong)

1. Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer (on low) in the mixing bowl.

2. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until the mixture becomes smooth.

3. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Baking cupcakes in ice cream cones is fun and easy, but definitely time-consuming. Maybe next time I’ll have some actual ice cream on the side to accompany these little masterpieces. But…I don’t think the Birthday Boy minded that he was without ice cream. Or maybe that was his birthday wish? I’ll never know…

birthday boy blows out candles on cupcakes in ice cream cones

Happy Birthday, Birthday Boy!

March 8, 2010

post cards to google, kansas | topeka changes name to google

By now most of us have heard about Google’s exciting plans to bring lightening-speed fiber optic broadband networks to test cities across the nation.

Dubbed “Google Fiber for Communities,” it’s Google’s experiment in bringing unparalleled Internet speed to consumers at competitive prices. (Yet another step in Google’s plot to take over the world—and I’m OK with that!)

To catch Google’s attention, my neighbor to the west (and the city in which I commute to for work), Topeka, has changed its name to “Google, Kansas” for the month of March. At first I thought this was just silly…but now…I think it’s silly and fun.

Topeka changes its name to Google, Kansas

Topeka has an official proclamation to change its name to Google, Kansas, for the month of March.

My coworker, Kris, had her friends send post cards to her home in Google, Kansas, and surprisingly—one came through! While we know that the postal service mainly looks at the ZIP code for mailing addresses, I’m sure there are a few disgruntled postal employees who would just love to “Return to Sender” those post cards marked for Google, Kansas.

Google, Kansas post card

Kris receives a post card marked for Google, Kansas.

I’m curious to see if this picks up across Topeka Google, Kansas. I’m also wondering why my hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas, hasn’t jumped on the Google bandwagon; we have a great slogan (Life’s Worth Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas!) and an enthusiastic mayor.

Another idea: Maybe for March Madness, Lawrence, Kansas, could change its name to Jayhawk, Kansas? Or Sherron, Kansas? :-)

Want to send me a post card? Write to Kim Wallace, 1503 SW 42nd St., Google, KS, 66609

March 4, 2010

remembering daddy

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Because of you…

I know how to argue.

I give everyone I love a silly nickname.

I know how to take care of myself.

I don’t put up with nonsense from anyone.

I have compassion for the poor.

I am intrigued by the elderly.

I grew up reading a print newspaper every day.

I find companionship in cats and dogs.

I donate to charity.

I will always laugh at (and decline) giblet gravy.

I strive for perfection.

I value education.

I know how to cook a mean grilled cheese sandwich.

I despise cigarettes.

I have an amazing altar.

I light a white candle every year.

I make it very clear with people where they stand with me.

I am more open-minded about different races, religions and perceptions.

I have vivid dreams from time to time.

I smirk at wood-paneled station wagons.

I do not have any tattoos.

I crack up at Sanford and Son.

I will always have a soft spot for Texas.

I don’t let anything stand in the way of what I want.

Not a day goes by…remember your loved ones.

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

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