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May Food Blogger Happy Hour

Info on the next Food Blogger Happy Hour… on Cinco de Mayo!  This time it’s in Arlington, only a short walk from the Clarendon metro stop. Can’t say for sure yet, but hopefully I’ll be able to make it.

If you haven’t been to one yet, I highly suggest you go. Great company and of course great food and drink.

You can RSVP here. Cheers!

Do Good, Bake Goods

I had a great time this morning at the DC Food Blogger Bake Sale for Haiti. About 22 bloggers raised almost $1000 for Doctor’s Without Borders!! Also, I finally had the chance to meet some more of the crowd that I’m slowly getting to know. It was a fun group and I think we all enjoyed meeting each other, setting up and seeing what everyone brought.

I didn’t take pictures of everything, because I know some other people did (with their much nicer cameras). But I’ll link to everyone’s posts about their recipe. Check out:

Florida Girl in DC: Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes and her funny adventures with caramel.

One Bite At a Time: Alejandra was a pro and made 4 things! Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (a big hit! lots of ooh’s and ahh’s), Granola Bars, Simple Lemon Cookies (so good! will be making these soon) and caramel apple cider cookies.

Macheesemo: Nick wrapped his blondies (filled with all sorts of yummyness) in beautiful parchment paper and string.

French Twist DC: Though she was eying the macarons made by One Vanilla Bean, she brought adorable little pineapple upside down cakes.

Shaw Girl: One of our fearless organizers made lavender cookies, some dipped in dark chocolate. Awesome.

The Passion Fruits: Everyone loved their mint brownies and icebox cookies!

Not Derby Pie: Brought chewy toffee blondies and many friends to eat them up too.

Modern Domestic: Couldn’t be there to sell, but brought perfectly packaged lemon cupcakes and salted chocolate thumbprint cookies.

Don’t Forget the Flour: Thank goodness she brought muffins because everyone was looking for something savory that early in the morning!

That’s my round up for now, but if I missed you, please comment and I’ll update! And of course, my recipe is below…

One Bowl Banana Cupcakes

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups milk (I only had about a 3/4 cup of milk, so I used heavy cream for the rest…shh!)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line enough muffin tins with paper liners for 36 cupcakes.
  2. Mix the ingredients in the order listed in a large bowl, starting with the wet ingredients and moving to the dry ones.
  3. Bake for twenty minutes, rotating the pan mid-way.

My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 eight-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth
  2. Add the vanilla extract
  3. Gradually add the sugar and beat until incorporated
  4. Stick your finger into the bowl and lick away
  5. Just kidding… maybe… spread on cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Bake Sale for Haiti

I hope you’ll come out to this bake sale for Haiti next weekend! I mean, how can you say no to this red velvet cake?

Sunday, March 28th • 9am-11am • Patio of Zorba’s Cafe

I think I’ll make my banana cream cheese cupcakes, which are perfect for spring. So, stop by while you’re at the Dupont Farmer’s Market and grab something sweet!

If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Shaw Girl, who has been awesome in coordinating this.

Holiday snow and cookies in DC

Happy new year. One of my resolutions is to blog more and to blog more meaningfully. So sadly, I’m finally getting up posts on my Christmas cookies, which I baked during the snOMG storm in DC during the holidays.

The following posts are two of my favorite and go-to recipes and I’m very excited to share them with you. While I’m sick of the cold already in the city, it will most likely stay this way and hopefully give you a snow day to bake some of my cookies. And play in a snow ball fight. And warm up with some hot chocolate. Cheers.

Dupont Circle Snow Ball Fight


New holiday mugs!



Andy's famous hot chocolate and marshmallows