Another busy week has come to an end. This one was full of exciting good news, a couple of celebrations, and plenty of chocolate!
My Week in a Nutshell
On Monday Luke and I adopted a little sister for Jasper. Her name is Luna (formally known ad Bebe) and she is incredibly sweet! She’s two years old only weighs 5.8 pounds (Jasper weighs 14!). Before going to the animal shelter she came from a one bedroom home with over 50 cats! Looking like a baby herself, she had a litter of kittens this past March, all of which have been adopted. So far Jasper seems to love her, following her around everywhere she goes. She doesn’t seem to mind too much, but is still getting used to her new home and her new brother.
On Tuesday, we had a party at work for my work study student Mireille. She is graduating from UNH and leaving us to go teach in Tennessee. At 6 am I decided to make a batch of gluten free brownies before work. I was in a hurry so I used Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix. At first I didn’t even tell anyone they were gluten free because I wanted everyone to try them. They were a hit! They were really chocolaty and very moist. No one even noticed the difference!
Wednesday my sister Kasey and her boyfriend Ryan came over and we made my Chipotle Chicken Fajitas! YUM!!! 🙂 If you haven’t tried them yet, I suggest you give them a try!
Thursday was an awesome day for me. I was offered a job at Timberland Boot Company. I was really excited. I had been trying to find a job there for the past year! To celebrate Luke took me to my favorite restaurant, The Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH. They have an amazing gluten free menu… review to come!!
Friday my friend Jodi and I were up all night making gluten free cupcakes for our best friend’s bridal shower. Because my vanilla cupcakes were a hit on my birthday, (see my “birthday cupcakes” post) we decided to make a dozen vanilla and a dozen gluten free chocolate cupcakes. For the chocolate cupcakes we used a similar “revised” recipe using Betty Crocker’s chocolate cake mix.
Note: Use the recipe below, DO NOT follow the recipe on the box.
Update Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
4 large eggs and 1 egg white
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (gluten free)
1 package of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
3.4 ounces of jello instant chocolate pudding (powder mix not pre-made)
1/3 cup sugar
1) Preheat oven to 325°
2) Mix eggs, oil, orange juice,and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
3) In a large bowl mix cake mix, pudding mix, and sugar. Slowly add wet ingredients into the large bowl and mix thoroughly until batter is smooth.
4) Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for approx. 25 minutes.
5) Let cool. Top with your favorite frosting.
I thought these cupcakes came out great! Like the vanilla, the result was very moist and much better then the original recipe on the box. Some people say they can taste the orange a little, and others couldn’t tell at all. The people who could taste it still said they enjoyed the flavor. We did a mixture of strawberry frosted (my fav!) and vanilla frosted, each sprinkled with edible glitter stars!