wash & fold! once a week a very nice young gentleman treks up the five flights of stairs to my apartment and takes away my bag of dirty clothes.

that same evening, he returns the dirty clothes, but now they ate cleaned and folded neatly in a plastic bag. it really is magical, and totally worth paying just a little more than doing it myself.

Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Bourbon Buttercream

Ingredients, cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 12 oz stout
  • 1 cup coconut milk (what I had on hand - any milk should do)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Ingredients, frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded
  • 2-3 tbsp milk


  1. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in liquid ingredients and mix until lumps are gone and batter is even.
  3. Bake at 350°F for ~18 minutes for mini cupcakes and ~24-26 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out cleanly.
  4. Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, beat together butter and vegetable shortening until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the vanilla beans and bourbon, and then gradually add in the powdered sugar. If frosting becomes too stiff, add 1 tbsp milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  7. When cupcakes are completely cool, frost and serve!

Just to note, this frosting tastes pretty damn boozy on its own. If you taste it and think it tastes too boozy, you’re wrong. Don’t worry about it. Just let it happen. The stout cupcake cuts the booziness so perfectly, and it ends up being quite a lovely balance.

If for some reason you’re worried about alcohol content (are you Mormon? those folks tend to worry), the recipe makes a very large amount of frosting, and contains 4 shots total. It seems like a lot until you realize you have enough frosting for about 3 dozen cupcakes.

With this recipe, you end up with about 2 dozen cupcakes each frosted with about 1/10 of a shot of bourbon and about a pint of extra frosting for you to have your way with.

You won’t get drunk on these (you’re welcome/sorry depending on who you are), but do they taste damn good.

a little humor

for chrystidoeslife, i hope this helps a little.  i ask forgiveness ahead of time if this offends anyone’s religion.

there was a wealthy man who knew he was dying soon and he wanted to take some of his wealth with him.  with this in mind, he had lunch with a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a Baptist minister knowing that he could surely trust these upstanding men.  at the lunch, the wealthy man gave each of them an envelope with $500,000 cash in it and he told them that he knew he would die soon and he wanted to take some of his wealth with him.  he asked them to attend his funeral and to each to place the money in the coffin as they passed by and that way he would achieve his goal of taking it with him.

the wealthy man died a few weeks later and after his funeral the three religious leaders were standing near each other and the Catholic priest spoke first.  he said that he wanted to put the money in the coffin as requested, but the Catholic children’s home needed a new roof and renovations so he put an empty envelope in the coffin and kept the money out for the needed repairs.  the Jewish rabbi, looking a little relieved, said that he too had placed an empty envelope in the coffin and instead used the money for some needed refurbishing at the Jewish community center.  the Baptist minister, looking indignantly at the other 2 men, said that he was sorely disappointed in them.  he told them that he put the envelope in the coffin with a personal check in it for the full amount.

Sometimes I wonder how it’s possible that I ended up so lucky, so cared for, and so very loved. It’s probably best not to question it, though, so I’m just going to let it all happen.

  • pumpkin cream cheese filled dark chocolate frogs
  • Enchanted Spice tea (1 tsp white tea, ½ tsp orange peel, 1 pinch crushed cinnamon, 1 pinch green tea)

Chrysti, you and yours are welcome out here any time. I’ll put you up, feed your crew Harry Potter themed treats (dairy-free, of course), make sure you’re well-hydrated, take you on adventures, and hug you real hard. Any time. Pinky promise.


So I wrote this long post about Ryland and sleep and stuff, but Tumblr ate it. I even copied the text body before trying to publish and my computer ate the copy, so I couldn’t paste it.

The bulleted version:

  • Thanks to Chrysti for reminding me of what I already knew
  • We think he’s both teething and in a growth spurt.
  • He woke up at 10:45 last night, cried until 11:45, then slept until 4:30, drank 6 oz (a lot for him), and slept until 7. Except for the crying, which is really rare for him to go that long, last night was better.
  • I’m going to stick it out to the end of the week then try water at  night.
  • Sorry facebook friends that will never see this. I’m not going to make him cry it out when there could be something he’s actually needing.  He freaks out sometimes when I disappear into the bathroom. Now is not the time to try that with him.

chrystidoeslife replied to your post: Exercise 03202013

You sure do spend a lot of time on the road. Do you like having a job with travel? Have you always had travel as a part of your job?

snapthistiger:  i am not particularly fond of spending time away from home.  i miss Mrs. Snap and i miss the family stuff and i feel responsible for my part of the chores around the house.  this is the first job where i have traveled this much.  part of what makes it ok is that this should just last for a year or so, then go back to just taking a couple of trips a year, i think.  sometimes traveling can be ok if there is some little adventure to it.  i try to keep that outlook so i don’t get tired of being on the road.

Spin class was great! I’m always skeptical when I’m trying out a new teacher–there’s a lot of really terrible and fully certified instructors out there and you never know what you’re gonna get. It’s a gamble that seldom pays off so I usually stick to what I know and like. Unfortunately, one of my fav spin instructors at my regular gym moved out of state which has left some pretty sketchy characters behind to whittle away my love for spin with their boring routines and criminally terrible music. And for any of you who love spin like I do, you know music is a big part of what makes it fun. As a result I have been pretty open to finding new classes and new routines to add to my workouts. This particular studio is devoted solely to spin which I really like, but the pricing without coupons is pretty steep. This particular instructor was very good and her stamina was bewildering. Needless to say she gave me a good workout and to my surprise I was impressed. Two workouts today for the 4n4 books. I’m thinking of doing a cross fit workout tomorrow morning. I like what Chrysti did today for her napkin wod. Seems challenging yet requires no equipment other than my body.

chrystidoeslife replied to your photosetLast Tuesday, Ryland tried watermelon. Fun times. …

I had a fatty babe and an extra thin one- it’s energy level you watch. My super skinny guy eats all day long, but never much at a time. I just pay attention to his energy levels and whether they’re down at all. As long as he’s active, I don’t worry.

Ryland does seems to be a natural grazing eater. With solids, he’s eating more at once, but even when he was still on milk only, he never did the 5 6 oz bottles/day or whatever was recommended. He’d drink a ton of milk, but it would take him 10-12 shots to get it all in.

It’s pretty rare that he’ll even drink 5 ounces at once.

He definitely has a ton of energy.

chrystidoeslife replied to your post: The Aftermath: A Quick Word on the Brooklyn Half-Marathon

You mean 2:17 right? Awesome job!!

 jrfred replied to your postThe Aftermath: A Quick Word on the Brooklyn Half-Marathon

Great recap Drew! But you finished in 2:17 not 5:17 right? lol

Haha. Thanks for not only catching my late night, bleary eye’d, typing blundering, but for reading the whole thing through. :) I indeed did finish in 2:17 … I could have crawled a half faster than 5:17. ;)

Haha - I’m somewhat laughing about it now… but yesterday and today, I just wanted to throw all the possible stuff at everyone. I usually can deal with a lot, but this week, it’s just beyond me. Before I ran today, I caught myself being red, my face was red from anger, I could feel my pulse in my throat… I knew it was time for me to drop whatever I was doing and to take it all out on the pavement. Now, I feel better. Humpday tomorrow.