Pineapple-Rum Cupcakes dusted with Maple Sugar

ImageSomeone did a wondrous favor for me so I decided to make the most portable gift food…cupcakes!

Wanting to create something new, I took pineapple tidbits and pureed them with their natural juice and about a third of a cup of rum.  I incorporated that into my dry ingredients, as well as 3 eggs, one stick of melted unsalted butter, and half a cup of fine sugar.  Last but not least, I used about a third cup of carbonated water…..mixed that till it was well incorporated and placed them in a 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.

For frosting, I let 8 oz. of Neufchatel cheese come to room temperature and mixed it with 3 tablespoons of fresh pineapple juice and 1 cup and a half of powdered sugar.  Frosted the cupcakes lightly and then just put a little dusting of maple sugar.

Of course I tried one….just had to…and it was good…..

 

 

Starry, Starry Night…….no it’s Not a Song, it’s a Smoothie!

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Someone left a bag of star fruit on the kitchen table at work….so during a coffee break, I took two, wondering…what in the world am I going to do with this funny fruit?

Out from the fridge came a cucumber, an orange and pineapple.  Peeled the cucumber, juiced the orange, chopped the pineapple and into a blender went all three with slices of one star fruit…and voila! It’s a Star Fruit-Cucumber-Pineapple with Fresh Orange Juice Smoothie!

So delicious and filling, it was my dinner……