Martha Stewart Collection for Macy's

Martha Stewart Collection for Macy's

Images from www.macys.com

Some of you have asked where I've gotten the cupcake tray and the spatula from the image in the lemon cupcake entry. They are from the Martha Stewart Collection for Macy's and yes, I brought them home all the way from NYC - along with the cake stand in the raspberries photo and the enamel on steel tea kettle . I was hoping and praying that no one wants to control our luggage at the airport because most likely they would have thought I'm totally crazy. While everyone brings iPods and MacBooks and clothes and stuff from the US to Germany I bring home tea kettles and cupcake trees and baking tools from Martha Stewart...

Clockwise: Martha Stewart Collection Cupcake Tree, Red Silicone Spatula, Blue Enamel on Steel Tea Kettle, Silicone 3-Piece Blue Bakeware Set and Cast Iron Cake Turntable (which was unfortunately way to heavy to bring home although I still wish I had bought it).

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes
Or the cupcakes that never had a chance to get a frosting...Of course I was planning to make a delicious creamcheese frosting for these cupcakes but somehow they all disappeared before I got the chance to. This was a new recipe (although altered because I just can't stick to a recipe) I tried and I was quite happy with the taste (lemony and very moist) but they did not rise as expected. I have to do some testing with replacing the regular baking powder you get here in Germany with baking soda (Natron) or with mixing up both.

Recipe
125 g Flour
125 g Butter
125 g Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Baking powder
1 Tbsp Lemon zest
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
2 Tbsp Cream or Buttermilk

Store all ingredients at room temperature.
Mix butter, sugar and cream and whisk until sugar has dissolved and the mixture turns light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time while continuing beating. Add lemon juice and zest. Add sieved flour and baking powder and mix until everything is well combined. Scoop into cupcake cups and bake at 190°C (375°F) for about 15 to 20 minutes.
(As mentioned above this cupcakes did not rise using baking powder so you might wanna replace the baking powder with baking soda (Natron)...

Raspberries & Magazines

Raspberries
Honestly I'm not feeling very inspired lately and my thoughts are spinning in circles since we've come back from Canada...I think I have to sort some things out...and there's a lot of frustation coming up that has piled up over the last months or even years and needs to be dealt with finally...

That's one of the reasons I stayed quiet lately although I promised to myself to post more often. Another reason is that I feel like getting tired of the ever same content I see getting re-blogged and re-blogged on various websites. I can't even name any specific blogs that I'm getting bored of or don't want to blame anyone - I have re-blogged things I love myself. But when I open a magazine and every other article and image feels familiar because I've seen it several times on the web it somehow starts to bug me. Because it takes away the fun of reading a magazine. Of finding some new inspiration. Of discovering something all by myself. It also feels like an inspiration overflow over time...Awesome, inspirational stuff everywhere...Or is it just me, my bad mood and the fact that I'm frustrated anyway?

But I don't want to get you down so I leave you for the weekend with some of my favorite things that make me happy: Delicious, fresh raspberries on my Martha Stewart cake stand that I broght home all the way from Macy's NYC and two of my favorite magazines I bought for an elusive amount of money at the International newsdealer at the Central Station to soothe my "Fernweh"...

Magazines