You’ll scream for this ice cream filled post!

Have you ever had Blue Bell ice cream? Let me tell you, it really is the best stuff on Earth (I don’t care what Snapple claims!). So, last night, I don’t know, around 10:30 PM, I decided that I needed some Blue Bell. The problem is that Wal-Mart is the only place I know of in Arizona that sells the stuff and every Wal-Mart in Arizona is in a baaaaaaad part of town.

So, last night at 10:30 PM, I truck my prissy little arse to Wal-Mart to pick up a pint. And let me tell you, I learned that there’s nothing more intimidating than a female with ice cream on the brain; Nobody was messing with me!

Clockwise: Strawberry&Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla and Cake Batter.
Remember I said my MooMoo was in town visiting this last weekend? MooMoo taught me how to make coffee about 12 years ago. Remember I said I was a coffee drinker now. She taught me to make it, “A scoop a cup.” My Uncle Steve jokes that when you put cream in MooMoo’s coffee that the cream never makes it back to the top. That’s good coffee huh?
One night while she was here, we made Coffee gelato. I use the gelato recipes from the cookbook, The Silver Spoon. I spiked the recipe with some chocolate chips (vegan chocolate chips Molly!).

Flying Grannys: Texas Chapter

“They made me throw away my clam chowder at the airport!” My grandmother came to visit me this past week. She and her beau went to Napa the week earlier and she had stopped at Boudins on her way to the airport. She wanted to surprise me for dinner in Phoenix with clam chowder and sour dough bread from San Fransico.
The bread alone was worth it. We stopped at the grocery store on the way home and got lots of different cheeses, a few bottles of wine and our weekend was set.
Have I mentioned that my grandmother turned 80 this year? For her birthday, she wanted to go sky diving. Well the thought of MooMoo (that’s what we call her, don’t ask), the thought of MooMoo falling out of a plane was more than we could handle, so we got her a ride on an acrobatic airplane.

She did tell me at one point that she would go sky diving- GULP!

April Showers sometimes bring Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Dark skies and thunder oftentimes accompany springtime showers. In the desert, we don’t have to worry about turbulent springtime weather, but sometimes we can find ourselves going through our own thunderstorms. I’m having one; BLAH!

Here’s what I’m struggling with. I have a pink freakin blog. Hello…it’s PINK. I moretimes than not, post about cupcakes…happy little cupcakes. So, what do you do when you think your pink blog looks like Pepto Bismol and you want to throw your happy little cupcakes at small children?

OK, truthfully, my aim is really bad, so I don’t think any halfway nimble child has anything to worry about.

Now that we’ve established that I’m all BLAH, I managed to make cupcakes. And if life wasn’t tough enough, I got a Rachel Ray magazine the other day. I know, you don’t have to say it…

I took a Lemon Meringue Cupcake recipe featured in one of the articles and combined it with a technique I saw over on 52 Cupcakes. I think they turned out really nicely: