Saturday was baking day. Friends were going to Houghton's Pond for barbeque goodness and I was bringing pasta salad and dessert. Last year, I brought vegan cupcakes (some spicy with habanero!) and an ice cream-like dessert that died in the cooler.
I've wanted to make Bakerella's cupcake balls since I saw them months ago, so I bought a bread mix (because I only wanted to follow the idea of the recipe) and some lemon marmalade and made two batches of cupcake balls.
The ones coated in dark chocolate were made with a white cake mix and about half a jar of lemon marmalade. I coated them in a mixture of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate (though by the end it was mostly semisweet). The result was a moist, slightly dense sweet with just a hint of lemon flavor.
The graham cracker coated ones were made with a pumpkin bread mix and a can of the new(er?) whipped cream cheese frosting. I probably could have gone lighter on the frosting. I doctored the bread mix with extra cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe uses black pepper to give the mix a little heat, and it worked fine here too. Though I think I could have added a little scotch bonnet to this as well.
Of course, this isn't a baking blog, and I did do some knitting this weekend. On Friday, I finished my latest pair of socks (though I wove in the ends on Sunday) and I started another pair. I decided I wanted to try my hand at a pair of picot socks, so I made a picot hem. Probably not the best option for socks, but I figured that if I thought it looked bad that I could undo the knitting from the top down and use the yarn to make a different look on top. I'm using the picot hem method a la Claudia, though I didn't realize it at the time. I think I just expected a picot hem for a sock to be different from a picot hem for a sweater. Go figure! But there will be more pictures later in the week to go with the fact that there is actual knitting happening over here (and that I sprained my ankle so it is video games and knitting for me instead of running in the mornings).