Oreo Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I am sad to say that the pumpkin phenomenon is quickly dissipating away as winter and the holiday season has crept up on us. Can you believe it is less than 3 weeks to Christmas? I adapted Your Cup of Cake Pumpkin Oreo cupcakes for a sweet treat to bring to meetings and it was a success, so much so that it was asked to be brought to our Thanksgiving potluck.

Riley even made a guest appearance. He cannot stay away from food I tell you.

Find my recipe modification below:

INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 C. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Oreo Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 Oreos, split and remove cream and then finely crush
DIRECTIONS
1. Sift cake mix into a large bowl to remove any lumps.
2. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, and cinnamon and stir until smooth.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until and inserted knife comes out dean.
4. Let cool.
5. In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter until light and smooth.
6. Beat in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
7. Place chocolate chips in the microwave. Melt and stir on 15 second intervals to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn.
8. Place the melted chocolate into the vanilla frosting and stir until smooth.
9. Frost the cupcakes.

10. Top with Oreos.

Oreo Pumpkin Spice Cupcake

Voilà!

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker 2014 Giveaway

When I think of the holidays, I think of fresh pine smell wafting through the house, candy cane crusted cookies, and most importantly, the Nutcracker. I have been lucky enough to have been living in Boston for the past few years to be able to take part in the festivities and see the Boston Ballet perform. Again this year, I would like to share this experience with my readers. I am raffling off two tickets at 7:30 pm on December 18th.

Shout-out to my dearest friend Shelby, 3rd from the left, of Tutus & Tea.

How to enter:

1) Leave a comment at the end of this post saying your favorite thing to do (or cook — way to my heart) during the holiday season.

2) Tweet about the giveaway: copy and paste – “I entered @lmhblog’s @bostonballet giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/kdnskn7”  (optional)

The giveaway ends on Monday, December 15th at 5 pm EST. Best of luck to all!

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Brunch

Chef Tony Maws’s Kirkland Tap & Trotter is located in the heart of Inman Square.  This James Beard award-winning chef opened a second restaurant which can be described as an inviting and fun take of a neighborhood spot. Recently, I had the opportunity to go in and sample their brunch.

KT & T is quite spacious; this space is comprised of 115-seats and includes a 12-seat bar, with additional seating at high top tables alongside a large open dining room. I love that there is an open kitchen which can be looked in to from the dining area.

There are rustic incorporations and fun drawings across the space, creating a more cozy feel. Additionally, there is exposed brick walls and old ceiling beams enclosing the restaurant.

We all started by sharing sticky buns. They had the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It was lighter than most sticky buns I have had before.

Sticky Bun at Kirkland Tap & Trotter

I had a hard time deciding what to choose on the menu; there was a good pairing of both sweet and savory. After a night out on the town, I figured my body would likely appreciate something more greasy. I opted for the Burger. Tony Maws is known for his burgers. Part of the reason KT&T was opened was due to the acclaim of his burger at Craigie on Main.

|| Grilled grass-fed cheeseburger, kimchi Russian dressing, Emmenthaler cheese with fried egg and house-cured bacon ||

I opted to have the burger without the cheese. The Russian dressing was my favorite thing that married the burger components together. I wish they had put it on the burger instead of the side, but I just slathered it on. The fries were another hit. All together, what great comfort food this was!

Maws is known for using nose-to-tail techniques as well as for incorporation of local ingredients.

I had a lovely time at brunch. I would’ve loved to try some of the sweet options. Guess I will just have to come back!

Fun Fact: KT&T is located around the corner from one of Chef Maws’ food idols – Julia Child’s –house.

KIRKLAND TAP & TROTTER
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
857) 259-6585

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This meal was complimentary. All opinions are my own.

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