Vanilla Strawberry Cupcakes

I do believe we established last week that I have a terrible sweet tooth! I really enjoy have something sweet on hand pretty much every week, if not every day. However, that much better and sugar are not good for this "healthy eating" BS.

I actually made these back in the summer, I mean like all the way back in May. They were so good and such a hit when I took them to work, that I made them again in August for a work cookout. I would really like to give them a try with a different berry sometime soon. 


for the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, cold, cut into small cubes
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk (I used skim, and it worked fine)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

for the frosting:
2 sticks butter, softened
pinch of salt
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberries, pureed to make about 3 tablespoons puree

for the cupcakes  
1.) Preheat oven to 350.
2.) Line two muffin tins with paper liners.
3.) In a large bowl or a the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk
 together flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4.) Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
5.) Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6.) Combine the milk and vanilla in a measuring cup, and add about
half of the milk mixture to the flour mixture.
7.) Beat until well blended and smooth.
8.) Add the other half of the milk mixture, and beat until smooth.
9.) Fill paper liners 2/3 full
10.) Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
11.)  Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
for the frosting:
1.) Beat the butter until light and fluffy.
2.) Add the salt and powdered sugar, until combined.
3.) Add the vanilla and strawberry puree and beat until light and fluffy.


Last Day of Summer

Yes, I have accepted the fact that Summer is long over, but this is how we closed out what has been one of the greatest summers of my life!

We woke up early and through a few ideas around, gave our friends a call, and loaded up all the dogs.
"All dogs in the back"
and headed to...
the beach!

 It was a very eventful day, filled with playing in the water, chasing birds, digging as far down in the and as we would let the dogs go, chasing each other, and spending some time with friends.
Jacob and Allison and their dogs Jenny and Josh. 
 Logan, myself, Rucker, and Hollie

It was a really great day; a perfect way to close out the summer!
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