Monday, November 27, 2017

Champagne Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Icing Recipe

My sister made me the BEST birthday present – a Doctor Who fabric apron! I figured the best way to break it in is bake cupcakes.

But not just any cupcakes - let’s make champagne cupcakes!

With a diary food allergy most baked goods are off limits unless I make them, just like this recipe - dairy free (you can make it vegan by swapping out the eggs for your favorite vegan egg substitute plant based friends.)

Using the power of my new apron (OK, actually it was after conducting several kitchen experiments but my clothes stayed icing free so yay apron!)  I made a fantastic dairy free buttercream icing recipe that tastes so good to my non food allergy friends, I got this little message from one of the Thanksgiving guests:
“Seriously, these cupcakes are making my lonely Thanksgiving a wonderful lovely holiday… but these treats meet and exceed how awesome anything dessert would be.”

Who wants cupcakes?


How to Make Champagne Cupcakes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Best Gift Ideas for People Who are Always Cold!

Influenced by a unseasonable cold snap and freezing while I shuffled around the house while wearing many layers, I put together a holiday gift guide for people who work outside in the cold, inside a cold building, or just like the snuggle up at home when it it cold outside.

 Because yes, my friends, I am that person who is always cold!




Pop on ovr to my DIY blog Condo Blues to read:

18 Gift Ideas for People Who Are Always Cold



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

25 Unique Gift Ideas Under 25 Dollars

If you ask a group of people what makes the perfect gift, chances are every person you ask will give you a different description. Some like funny gag gifts, others like something homemade or meaningful, some like unique or extravagant, while others demand practical presents which can be tough to do on a budget.

But not impossible!

My 2017 guide has something for every one on your give giving list whether it be a co worker, boss, or teacher, to the man, woman, or finicky teen in your life.


Pin this list of ideas for later and to share with your friends!


Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Cook a Butternut Squash in an Instant Pot in Six Minutes or Less!

As much as I like to eat winter squashes I rarely cook them. Butternut, acorn, Hubbard, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash take almost an hour of baking  time in the oven before they are ready to put into a recipe. Frankly, I don’t think that far ahead when it come to making daily dinner meal plans. 

So no fall and winter squash for Lisa – until now.



Hello old friend. Nice to see you in my kitchen so often!

 One kitchen experiment later, I now know I can pressure cook a hard squash in 5 to 6 minutes. 

Woo hoo! Winter squash for everyone!