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The Allison Show: March 2012

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Friday, March 30

Fast Fact #13

1.  What is your earliest memory? I was 5 and my sister was born
2.  What hair style did you wear when you about 10 years old?  Straight with bangs
3.  What was one of your favorite recess activities?  Being with friends.  Every couple weeks we would change what was cool.  One week it was dodgeball, next it was double dutch,  then it was handball..
4.  Who was your favorite teacher?  My favorite teacher was my AP Environmental Science teacher.  She was young and great with us high school girls.
5.  What was one of the funniest styles or outfits you sported as a kid?  leggings and sweater. 


Saturday, March 24

Guest Post: A Character is Born by Cheryl Douglas

Author: Cheryl Douglas
Book: Shameless, Book One in the Nashville Nights Series 

For me, the most exciting part of being a writer is watching the characters come to life. My current series, Nashville Nights, was inspired by my love of country music. I enjoy all types of music but the romance writer in me is drawn to country music when I’m looking for inspiration. Every song tells a story and many of those stories revolve around lost love or people who’ve triumphed over adversity to experience love. Sounds like a romance novel, doesn’t it?

The first book in this series, Shameless, delves into the life a country singer who’s finally ready to face his demons. He hopes his journey of self-discovery will help him re-kindle a relationship with the woman who left him a broken man, his ex-wife.

When I first started to write this book, I already had a clear picture in my head of who the hero, Trey Turner, would be. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with each of the secondary characters as well. I was so enthralled with these supporting characters and the outcome of their individual journeys that I had no choice but to give them books of their own. As a result, a single title became a six book series with characters whose lives are inextricably linked.

At the start of each book, I start out with an idea, an outline and a prayer. By the time I’ve finished, the manuscript rarely resembles the outline and the vague idea of who the characters might be has evolved into something completely different. They face challenges I never expected, have reactions I never would have predicted and have developed personalities all their own.

By the time I type the words ‘THE END’, I’m never quite ready to say good-bye to these characters. Unfortunately, I have no choice because another character is waiting to be born.

 ~~~~ Check out my review of Cheryl's book: Shameless early next week. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Friday, March 23

Fast Facts Friday #12

1.  What/where was your first job?  Burger King

2.  How old were you?  16 and 1/2

3.  How did you get there?  Parents drove me or I took the bus

4.  How long did you work there?  Almost a year.

5.  What did you like/dislike about it?  Loved it because SD BFF worked there too.  Hated it cause I did the work of 3 people and most of the other employees spoke Spanish.   And it was fast food.  EWWW  dirty and greasy.


Friday, March 16

Fast Facts Friday #11

1.  What is your favorite drink?  (How often do you drink it?) Dr Pepper is my fave but I'm not supposed to drink soda. I have started juicing and I love my "pink" juice which is apples, pineapple, pears,a nd strawberries.

2.  Who is your favorite team?  San Diego Chargers

3.  How do you like your steak?  Medium

4.  What is your favorite toothpaste?  Colgate Optic White

5.  Where is your favorite place to shop?  Target


Friday, March 9

Fast Facts Friday #10

1.  Do you like to cook?   Yes I do now.  Except when I am tired from working all day.
2. What is your favorite dish to make?  Love to make lasagna from scratch
3. Do you like cooking for others?  I have 5 kids and a bakery.  I have to cook for others
4. Are you a baker-or mainly just a taster?  I have loved to bake since I was little. Cooking not til I was an adult: like 22+ years old.
5. What food will you NOT cook under any circumstances?  I don't cook red meat.  Hubby is the one grilling the steaks. LOL


Friday, March 2

Fast Facts Friday #9

1.  Where is your favorite repeated vacation place?  San Diego

2.  How long do you like to go on vacation? As long as possible.

3.  Where did you go on your favorite vacation?  Vegas for my 30th Birthday

4.  Where was your most recent vacation?  Vegas for my 30th birthday

5.  If money were no object, where would you like to go?  Fiji

Thursday, March 1

Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes!!!!!!!

As you know I own a cupcake bakery, but you may not know that I LOVE Girl Scout cookies.  I would eat boxes and boxes except Hubby doesn't let me.  LOL  So I decided to combine my loves into Girl Scout cupcakes.  I picked 5 variety of cookies: Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles, Tagalong, Do-Si-Do, and Samoas. 

I also think that the first step to cooking or baking is he Semi-Homemade approach.  Take a box cake mix or dinner kit and spice it up and make it your own!  So instead of posting a bunch of recipes, I decided to instead post a way to take either box mix or your fave cake recipe and make it Girl Scout cookie flavor.

Thin Mints!!  Start with chocolate cake batter that is ready to be scooped.  Using a standard ice cream scoop, fill it about 3/4 full with batter and place in cupcake tin.  Then crush some Thin Mint cookies {KID job!!}and sprinkle on top of the batter.  Bake as directed.  For the frosting take a plain vanilla or if you are making homemade buttercream {2 sticks butter, around 3 cups powder sugar, and 3 tablespoons milk makes an awesome frosting} leave it plain- just butter and sugar and add about a cup of crushed Thin Mints cookies.  BEST frosting ever!!!  Frost cooled cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle with more  crushed Thin Mints.

Do-Si-Dos!!!  This one is really easy.  Make vanilla batter and after scooping into cupcake pan, sprinkle 5-6 peanut butter chips on the batter.  For the frosting it is a peanut butter frosting.  You take a vanilla can frosting and add about 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Or you could make the buttercream and add about 1/2 cup of peanut butter.  Frost the cooled cupcakes and add 1/2 a Do-Si-Do on top.

The Savannah Smiles!!  Make lemon cake batter and add a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest to the top of each scooped cupcake.  Then either  use a tub of cream cheese frosting or make you own {if you make the above butter cream use 1 stick of butter and one 8oz cream cheese brick} add to the frosting more lemon zest {about 1 lemon} and a teaspoon or 2 of lemon juice.  I also add a few drops of yellow food color to make it look festive!!  Frost you cooled cupcakes and let sit 20 minutes or so.  Then dust the top with powdered sugar.  

Tagalongs!!  Make chocolate cake batter and just like for the Do-Si-Do's add peanut butter chips.  then we are frosting with the same peanut butter frosting.  Then put in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.  We are going to dip them into a chocolate ganache and if the frosting isn't frozen to the cake it may jump "ship" and land in your ganache.  Best ganache {I have found} is 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 1 cup heavy cream. Heat cream {on stove top} until bubbles start to form around edge.  Then pour cream over chocolate chips and let sit 1 minute.  Mix up til smooth and creamy.  Take cupcakes out of freezer and dip into slightly cooled ganache.  Try not to eat all of them!!

If you have made it this far you are a maser baker!!  So now comes the mother load: Samoas!!!!!!!  By far my fave Girl scout cookie!!  Make regular vanilla cupcakes and bake as directed.  When cooled, core and fill with caramel.  I use a large round piping tip to core them but the handle of a wooden spoon works just as well.  You want a thick caramel so I suggest either making your own or buying Hershey's Caramel Topping {has a silver lid}.  That's what I use when I am too lazy or busy to make my own caramel.  Then you need to dunk them in the chocolate ganache from the Tagalongs.  Then sprinkle then with sweetened coconut {toasted or un-toasted; it's up to you} and drizzle with more of the caramel.

And it is just that easy!!  So what are you going to be making? One of my select flavors or a different one? Girl Scout cookies are available in 11 flavors so you have plenty to choose from!!  I would love to see your ideas or pictures of any Girl Scout cupcakes you make!!  You can post a link in comments  or post a picture on my facebook wall.