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For any of you who know me well, you know that mid-January is one of my most highly anticipated times of the year. Why you may ask? Well. It is the oh-so-joyous time of the Starbucks Vanilla Vaudevillian Bean Cupcake. I pretty much swoon as soon as I see one of these little beauts. And this is for several reasons.

1. About four years ago was having a TRULY gray dismal, gorse-bush filled season, and yet that was the very moment when the very first Starbuck Cupcake, then called a “Sunshine Cupcake” [see picture below] entered my life.

It brought a sweet little glimmer of sweet hope, and I’ve always been grateful to the Lord for this little Ebenezer of faithfulness.

 

2. They are quite pretty. Simple and pretty.
3. They are not too sweet, just the perfect hint of sweetness, but not too much.

Sweetly enough, my friends and dear mother were able to track down a copy recipe of this cupcake, and low and behold managed to have it as our wedding cake. Perfection, I tell you perfection. This photo is complements of our dear photog, Naomi Elle.

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Oh la la friends! Elle Street is featured on Jenny Anne Photography today 🙂

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Have you ever looked in your fridge and wished that there were less packaging bits, and more fresh pure ingredients? Then when at the store the extra 25% $$ of the organic items poke us right back to our happily enriched lives.

I think part of the intense and evil cold I contracted over the weekend impacted my absolutely fiendish desires to grow my own oranges, churn my own butter, and hire pigs to sniff out my mushrooms. AND the overall “pure push” I’m now feeling. But in moderation, I do think a bit of the DIY-@Home is great for the moral if not for the body.

Usually the T’s are content with a lot of produce, meat, some pasta and of course cheese. But recently I have had the keenest desire for homemade diary and breads/starches. So, again I will commence my cooking escapades. Here is the running list. May add more depending on success of #3 & 4
1. Butter
2. Bread
3. Yogurt (again, I think WHOLE milk is the trick)
4. Sour Cream
5. Pasta

So. Yesterday, on a calm sweet Sunday afternoon, while my sweetheart was playing guitar, I took it into my head to make butter. I had purchased the only ingredient necessary: heavy whipping cream.
I had hoped to post pictures of the progress, but I was so eager to be done with it, I didn’t document as I ought to have. So. Here are the ingredients and output of my excellent Sunday afternoon:

I have to say, making butter really is the easiest thing on the planet. These are the steps I took:
1. Shake little container of cream until cream thickens into butter*
2. Separate buttermilk, using a cheesecloth is best, but a firm spoon pat is also fine
3. Eat butter on toast or some other delightful treat

* this time, I shook it in the little carton for about 10 minutes, then transferred it to a clear container, shook for another 5 minutes. At which point I’d made whipped cream, and was slightly fearful I’d committed my cream to whip instead of butter! But, then transferred the whip into mixing bowl. Used electric mixer to mix until it obediently separated into butter & milk. YAY!.

And that my friends is it. When I make it again, I promise to show the unromantic steps.

If you still must have pics of the process, I refer you to Ms. Joy’s “Joy, the Baker.” She did a great job, but I don’t think you need the big mixer — if you have a little hand one, that works great too 🙂

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Such a delightful weekend — how sweet to have family from every corner perched under our roof for our first Christmas. I think our little row-house was quite bursting with love and good cheer (along with a continual flow of good coffee, spinach dip and uncrackable nuts).

On Christmas eve day, after popping out to see The Tourist with Mr. T’s family, both my new sister in law and I were presented with the most beautiful handmade stockings. My dear mother in law had stitched each sequin on by hand. Oh this picture does not do justice to the expert craftsmanship!

Of course it had birds on it, which just warmed my little heart to no end. On Christmas morning, I woke up to my husband saying that Santa had come! The stockings all had been taken down by the fireplace and were sitting full of little presents (the girls, got beautiful pens, fabulous little leaf journals — 4″X4″, so cute!!!, and then a lovely SBUX giftcard).

This Christmas morning, was full of new traditions for all of us — showers and coffee a must, watching White Christmas, then a pleasant brunch of quiche, bacon and fruit. THEN Christmas gifts! Without doing a complete inventory (although the VS PJs and Real Simple Mag made me coo with delight), the highlights were from my sweet husband: A Russian SBUX Travel Mug (I have no idea how he found this, I didn’t think it was possible to find these anymore), and a beautiful brown and teal Vera bag.

I must say, that it was the thought that counted for all these dear gifts. Such love was shown and given on our little Christmas as Elle Street Inn, I surely was thanking the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness to us all.

Although I didn’t take pictures of the food (too busy hostessing and enjoying family). Here is what the Christmas menu turned out to be:
1. Christmas hickory smoked Smithfield Ham
2. Mashed potatoes and gravy
3. Stuffing (half cornbread, half regular)
4. Texas toast
5. Collard greens
6. Creamed corn
7. Mama B’s homemade applesauce
8. Cranberry sauce
9. French cut green beans
10. Baby dills and pickled okra
11. Selection of blush and red wines

Dessert: Apple crumb pie, pecan pie, cherry pie & pound cake

Appetizers throughout the day included the usual, but my particular fav is the Knorr Spinach Dip (with water chestnuts), and mixed nuts (not for the faint of heart, I can tell YOU!).

And that my friends was the menu & all the goings on at the Elle Street Inn.

Today is a normal Monday for the T’s. I intend to use my fabulous Gap coupon (BOGO!), merely out of principle and then settle down for a quiet evening of sewing (and re-made ham and sauerkraut).

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