How to Wow Your Friends with Frosting

15 - 4About seven years ago, my husband and I were out to lunch when we discovered our favorite frosting. We had stopped at local hot spot, known for their over sized sweets. As we were finishing up lunch they restaurant was handing out samples of their newest cupcake flavors; chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting was one of them. The taste was heavenly and stayed with us the whole ride home. As we are known to do we started trying to figure out the recipe just from taste. (I’m told “normal” people don’t do this) It’s hard to remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure my Susie side took over within the next few days trying to recreate the frosting.

Now seven years later it is still my most requested frosting and my own personal favorite. In my busy month of February I made up at least two batches of this for different functions. Usually I’ll put it on a chocolate cupcake because the two flavor complement each other without overpowering the other.Cupcakes work well in supplying an equal amount of frosting to cake. I have put the frosting on a whole chocolate cake before, but personally prefer the cupcake better. IMG_0238

You don’t have to limit this frosting to chocolate cupcakes either. Because of the light texture it can also pair well with banana or even carrot cakes. I had some leftover once and put it on top of store bought brownie bites. Even a semi Susie made can add a special touch.

cupcakePeanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz soften cream cheese

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 lb box of 10x sifted powered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 Tbsp milk

1. Beat the peanut butter and cream cheese together at medium speed until light and fluffy

2. Add in the vanilla extra and combine.

3. Slowly and in small batches work in the powered sugar.

4. Mix in the milk until the desired constancy is reached.

This recipe is modified from one on Food.com by Anita Harris. I just use more powered sugar.

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Where’s Susie Been? -Celebrating and Running

I don’t know about you, but February is always a crazy month in my house. Maybe it’s because the month is actually short or the warming Florida weather leaves me wanting to be outside. It could be because we have so many things to celebrate with Valentine’s Day, my sister’s birthday and my birthday all in a twelve day stretch. Whatever the reason my Susie side has been busy and now it’s time to share. 

IMG_7871Adding to the fun, this year I ran the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge. A two day event where you run the Enchanted 10K on Saturday and the Princess half marathon on Sunday. This was the second time I’ve ran the Princess half marathon and the third Disney race I’ve run. (I’ve also run the Disney half marathon last January). My best friend and I signed up for the challenge together after being inspired by last year’s inaugural event. And my mom decided she wanted to run her first half marathon and got registered for the Sunday race.

15 - 615 - 5Knowing the magic that is a Disney race, we decided we wanted costumes. In the past this was something we only thought about a few days in advance. Several different ideas were tossed around, but running skirts are expensive and we wanted one for each race. Susie to the rescue. I found a great video tutorial on how to make a simple running skirt and we were in business.

15.1For the Enchanted 10K we chose to dress like Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. Partly because I already had the top from my Halloween costume. Since there were three of us for the half marathon we decided to be three of the fairies from the Tinkerbell movies. (Tinkerbell, Rosetta and Silvermist)

15 - 2Each skirt was made pretty much the same way with two side seams instead of one like in the video. But for the fairy skirts we wanted them to have a little more flair so we scalloped the bottom to represent the different fairy. IMG_7564Though this process I learned that the fairy fabric was much easier to work with then the shiny fabric we used for our Frozen skirts. I also found that measuring the elastic tighter around the waste worked better when it came to actually running in these skirts.

We had a wonderful time with the challenge and my mom did an amazing job completing her first half marathon. Our costumes added to the fun of the weekend and each only cost was about $6. 15 - 3