Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

I'm back! I know I just pulled a disappearing act, I am so so sorry! Let me quickly catch you up!  
Nantucket was very different this year.  I felt the stress and tension in the air the second I got to our house. It was a very different atmosphere with a new guest in the house. While we were all staying there together... (which as far as I am concerned, will not happen next year. That house can not hold 5 people at one time)  I was especially on edge. I also lost my bed and was stuck downstairs in the living room, on the sofa bed. My things were stored in a mini sized closet, under the stairs. I am a late sleeper, so since everyone started waking up around 7 am, I was woken up and moved into my parents bed. Needless to say, I was not happy about that. I just felt displaced and in the way. Also, the entire time they were there, I felt nearly invisible. 

Mom and me at Quidnet Beach

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Glazed Doughnuts Muffins

Good morning everyone! I have arrived in Nantucket and it as beautiful as I remember. Tensions are running high in my family but what else is new, especially since all five of us are stuck in the house, it is raining right now. Everything will, hopefully calm down soon.

Before I left , I made some delicious muffins that taste a lot like doughnuts... but they taste more like home than anything else. It must be the combination of the sweetness of the glaze, the butter, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg. These muffins didn't really taste too much like doughnuts but they reminded me of home, of comfort and my childhood.  Nutmeg and cinnamon are too constants in my life, not only are they my favorite spices, along with vanilla, but they are in most of my recipes. 

Muffins are great and so are doughnuts but these doughnut muffins are awesome!! While you lose the crispy, fried bits from the doughnuts, you gain much more of a cake-y consistency. These muffins were dunked into the glaze twice, but you could totally dunk each muffin top 3 times for a thick and rich glaze that can rival a frosting. If you wish to top with sprinkles or blueberries, do so, immediately after the muffin has been coated 2 or 3 times with glaze.  These doughnut muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go and will make great school snacks.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Today I'am Guest Blogging at Musings SAHM

Good Afternoon everyone! I hope your Friday is totally awesome and full of fun.  Today I am away from Calamity Kate's Kitchen because, I am sharing the recipe for Homemade Herb Focaccia at Musings From A Stay At Home Mom

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Girl Behind The Camera

This week we are going wildly off subject. I am going to share some of my deep, dark secrets and what changed my perception of myself! I am sure you have noticed by now, that there aren't many pictures of me on my blog! For years, during my whole life I have hid from the camera. I have never really liked how I look in pictures. I look too pale, my eyes are too small for my face, fat, out of proportion to others, my head is too big when my hair is up, my hair is messy when its down, I don't have make-up on, etc... The reasons and excuses have been used up... and I am sick of hiding!

Lately I have found myself hiding behind the know if you are taking the pictures, you can't be in them too! It has worked really well for me, but for years now, there is nearly no record of me in family photos. But, sometime last year I decided to stop hiding and start sharing!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

French Potato Salad

Welcome to the middle of the summer. My school doesn't start until the 3rd week of August and my annual vacation to Nantucket is coming up soon! One of my favorite things about summer is all of the BBQs and special summer food. Potato salad is a summer food must and this is one of my 3 favorite recipes and this recipe is one that can easily be made and enjoyed all year long. I have made/eaten this potato salad several times in the last few years, but I have only ever had it with the mayonnaise mixed into it. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red White and Blueberry Topped Vanilla Cupcakes

Good Morning! 
     As you all probably know, the 4th of July is a pretty bad day for me. I try not to dwell on all that happened on July 4th 1995, but 18 years later,  it is still the worst day of the year. I don't like fireworks, waving flags that seem to pop up all over town, or anything to do with July 4th. It was just bad luck on my part, that the doctors discovered my pituitary tumor on a national holiday...oops.  So as you know, I don't post July 4th recipes, but this year I decided to break one of my rules, so here you have a lovely red, white and blueberry July 3rd recipe. Happy July 3rd to you all!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Down Under Lemon Tart

Good Morning! I am sharing a beautiful lemon tart with you today but I wanted to take a moment to tell you all what will be happening for the next 4 weeks. For the next 4 weeks,
starting tomorrow, I have a big sale event at work. Last year was the first year we ever did this event, but it worked so well and we sold so much furniture that we are doing this event again. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by La-Z-Boy in Lafayette Indiana. While it is great, I will be very busy for the next 3-4 weeks and I won't be able to spend as much time on Calamity Kate's Facebook page or Twitter account. I have prewritten 3 blog posts, including this one, so you can all won't have to wait on some awesome recipes and stories. I will still get to see any and all of your fabulous comments as they go through my email.  I will see you next week with Fourth of July Cupcakes...until then, enjoy The Down Under Lemon Tart! 
Aunt Nancy and Bing 
While I was in Milwaukee we made this delicious tart with my Aunt Nancy, I am sure you have all heard me talk about her, she is the best. I love spending time with Aunt Nancy and Aunt Fran while in Milwaukee. We cook and bake and we eat and we talk and we laugh and we eat some more.  Aunt Nancy is a very accomplished cook and baker, but she makes pies and tarts like no one can! Aunt Nancy found this tart recipe online. We made it on the 3rd or 4th day I was in Milwaukee.  The tart dough is very solid and slightly sweet. This recipe made 2 tart shells but only one tart of filling. We froze the second tart shell and later that week we used it for a french apple tart. This tart dough is now my go to recipe for tarts!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Better Than Storebought Hummus

I love hummus and is a good thing because, my vegan/pescatarian family eats a ton of hummus. Hummus with veggies, hummus with bread, hummus with chips, and hummus instead of sauce on pizza. If you have ever watched, Don't Mess with the Zohan? We eat hummus like that...except we don't use it in our hair, or to put out fires or as toothpaste... but you get my drift.  We like hummus and what a hummus this is!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Marshmallow and MasterChef Addiction Cookie Cake

It finally feels like summer in Indiana and summer is the time for s'mores!

Ooey and Gooey S'more Cake
Marshmallows are one of my favorite foods. They are so delicious! I love my s'mores toasted and browned but with a little burnt! I bought a bag of marshmallows recently and I decided that is was time to make something with the marshmallows and not just eating them out of the bag. When I saw the recipe at My Baking Addiction I knew you all would love it and my marshmallow addiction would be out in the open... I have a problem and now that I told you about it, I need to go eat more marshmallows!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Bruschetta with Herbed Goat Cheese and Sweet Balsamic Syrup

So, what do you think of the new Calamity Kate's Kitchen? I am still in the process of organizing all of the recipes. Through this organization, I have found some wholes in my recipe collection. The main dish, sides, appetizers and breakfast categories are low on recipes compared to the desserts and cupcakes. So while I will still share cupcakes and desserts, I am going to try to add more main dish, appetizer, sides and breakfast recipes. So... on to my favorite appetizer that Dad and I ate for lunch on Wednesday and Aunt Nancy, Uncle Stewart and I ate for dinner the last night of my vacation!

Italian bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) is the perfect summer food. It brings together the best of summer tomatoes and fresh and fragrant basil. I love eating bruschetta all year long, but it isn't nearly as delicious as the fresh summer bruschetta.  I have already made bruschetta 3 times since the second week in May!  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Welcome to the New and Improved Calamity Kate's Kitchen

Hello friends, 
It has been a few weeks since my last blog post but I am back with new recipes, an updated blog (I am still working on organizing all of the recipes) a new blog with a fresh, clean, modern blog design, a new logo and more.  Yay!

So, if you haven't noticed, Calamity Kate's Kitchen just had a redesign. I have been working with Christin Thomas. She has worked so hard to get the new design up and running, even though I had her add in additional cool features, like the drop down recipe box and the front landing page. It is super sweet that we now have a landing page. The landing page has already confused a few people, but to access the blog posts just push the Blog button on the menu and you will see all of the blog posts. Christin is a gem and so easy to work with! She has done such a beautiful job with the whole blog and adding my super awesome slide show. I can't wait to see what you all think of the new designs! 
Also, I have been working with the very talented, Bitsy Matatall McCann to design the new logo for Calamity Kate's Kitchen. She is a genius! We communicated with a phone call and  and several emails and look how perfect the new logo is and we have two different color choices. This one will be a keeper! I am still finishing up with Bitsy, but Calamity Kate's Kitchen will have a blog button, a new logo and (as soon as I get some time and money) CKK with have a new facebook page. The facebook page should be done before the end of June!  

In the few weeks since you last heard from me, life has changed. My dad fell and had surgery last Thursday and they re-attached his ripped quadriceps tendon on his left leg. So he is in a immobilizing cast for the next 5-6 weeks. After that he will start physical therapy. So my family is taking shifts hanging out with dad the next 6 weeks or so and helping him.  Today I am driving to their condo in Indianapolis (it is the only home that is on one floor and has an elevator in the lobby)  to hang out with him. I am bringing a Apples to Apples and Monopoly to play. While he sleeps I will continue working on organizing some more recipes for our new, drop down recipe box!

So.... what do you think of all of this change? Please leave me a comment on which color logo you like best: blue/green/purple or blue/blue.  Thanks everyone and have a wonderful day!!!        Cheers, Kate

Contact Christin Thomas Designs for a blog design
Contact Bitsy Matatall McCann for a logo (email me at katiedid512 at gmail (dot) com)with the heading of Bitsy+Design and I can contact her for you. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Photographer's Dream $1000 Shopping Spree

Calamity Kate here, gosh, when I had a chance to be a part of another huge and cool giveaway, I jumped for the opportunity! How cool would it be for one of you to win a $1000 Photographer's Dream Shopping Spree! You could would get to pick your own camera or just get one for me, (just joking.)  I know everyone needs a great camera.

 My own camera goes everywhere with me and it is so awesome to have the perfect camera for each occasions. This week alone, my little Canon camera has taken pictures of two tarts, BBQ chicken, brucetta,  middle eastern lamb and veal meatballs, baba ganoush, mussels, hummus, my new honey pot, sweet mixed berry fougasse, pita bread and focaccia bread and more! Recipes to come!  
If you don't need a camera, you could pick out anything from lighting equipment, camera bags and more! Wow this is so fun... now all you need to do is enter below. So come on and win! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Good Morning Everyone! 
I have assembled a few recipes to help you celebrate
 Cinco de Mayo! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oreo's 100th Birthday: Double Stuffed Oreo Birthday Cupcakes

 The Oreo cookie just celebrated its 100th Birthday
 So I decided to make cupcakes with Oreo's 100th birthday special
birthday cake creame flavored Oreos!

Monday, April 22, 2013

My Birthday Weekend: Part 1

My whole birthday weekend was so much more fun and exciting then I ever imagined it would be. We drove the 2 hours to Chicago and met my brother and his girlfriend, Danielle at Tavern on Rush.  The meal was amazing! Check it out...
My Birthday Brownie Sundae!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kate's Birthday Recipes: Today Is My Birthday

Today is my 33rd Birthday!
Billy's vanilla cupcakes have been my favorite recipe for as long as I can remember! The cake is moist and flavorful and its the perfect balance for the rich, creamy frosting. I have made these cupcakes with Billy's Chocolate Buttercream. The chocolate buttercream is delicious  but the vanilla is my all time favorite. And, for some reason, I can't bring myself to serve these cupcakes with anything but a fresh raspberry on top. There is nothing that can make these cupcakes more perfect than they already are. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kate's Birthday Recipes: The Best Oatmeal Cookies

Welcome to April everyone! Wow, this year is going by so fast already! Anyways, April is  my birthday month, and I am going share some of my all time favorite recipes and some of my special Kate's Birthday Recipes. But we are starting with deserts... it's my birthday month and I am starting with some of my favorite desserts. Come on... this birthday girl is going dessert crazy starting with my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!

"Phoebe: Okay. We haven’t known each other for that long a time. And there are three things you should know about me. One, my friends are the most important thing in my live. Two, I never lie. And three, I make the best oatmeal-raisin cookies in the world. 

Rachel: Okay. Thanks, Pheebs. Why haven’t I tasted these before? 

Phoebe: Well, I don’t make them a lot. Because I don’t think it’s fair to the other cookies."

Awesome Kitchenaid Shopping Spree - Open Worldwide

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I was so excited to be included in this great Kitchenaid Shopping Spree Giveaway. I totally though you would all love to win $700 of Kitchenaid Stuff! Of course, who doesn't want tons of Kitchenaid products and $700 will get you tons of kitchen items and of course, if you don't have a Kitchenaid stand mixer yet this is your chance!! 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Warm Cherry Almond Crisp

This cherry crisp was amazing! I am so glad that I made it for my friend Corrine and I was very excited to have the leftovers to myself!

Monday, March 11, 2013

List #4

The List #4
Happy Spring Break!

Reading:  I am reading Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle. I have read this book more than a hundred times, its that good!. This is my second favorite book by Peter Mayle, my first favorite is A Year in Provence. These books are like mini foodie vacations to France. Make sure you have lots of food to snack on while reading. This is a foodie book and you will get hungry!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kate's Crockpot Cheesy Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are just plain good food! 

I was one of the kids who liked some school lunches. Sloppy Joe day was always the best, most messy and still delicious meal. I remember trying to figure out how to keep the sandwich bun in one hand and my drink or napkin in the other hand. I never really succeeded keeping the messy insides of the bun from getting into my lap, but who cares, it was amazingly delicious and super yummy.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

The List #3

List #3

Reading: I just started the third book of the twilight series, I am re-reading the books so I can watch all the movies in order, just in time for Breaking Dawn 2 to come out on DVD and BlueRay March 2nd, YAY!!! (and yes...I already saw it in the theater, twice) (and yes... I am that much of a geek and proud to be!)

Writing: I am working on getting lots of blog posts written and scheduled before spring break!

Listening: I have been listening to lots of James Taylor this week and the soundtracks of Glee and Pitch Perfect!

Watching: The third season of 3rd Rock from the Sun on my Apple Tv!

Wishing:  I could find a roommate who loves doing dishes... cause I hate it!

Hoping: I am hoping to get some good sleep this week, I haven't gotten too much solid sleep lately.

Wearing: my favorite, and only pair of jeans and my Ivy Tech T-shirt!

Eating: Dinner last night was a frozen Red Barron Pizza, Reese's Pieces! Breakfast is cinnamon toast and tea.

Baking: This week I am making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and something chocolate!

Drinking: I'm drinking Crystal Light Peach Ice Tea and Ginger ale.

Loving: The pile of blankets I am curled up under, my apartment. I am also already love my Valentine's Day present to myself, a creme brûlée torch...I haven't opened it yet but I can't wait to try it... with supervision!

Feeling: I am feeling overwhelmed. I said yes to something without really thinking of the what it would entail and now that I have to do it... I don't really want to. It has opened me up to some old feelings and thought that I don't want to bring up again. I kinda thought I was over it, but I guess I'm not.

Clicking: I really haven't done much this week, just some Pinterest and a little Facebook.

Have a great Monday, I will return Wednesday with some delicious cupcakes!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be Mine Valentine

These cupcakes were a natural follow-up to my chocolate-covered buttercream cherries that I made for the holidays. I have always loved the combination of chocolate and raspberries and chocolate and strawberries, but my favorite has always been chocolate and cherries. Also, I am apparently I am going through a cherry phase... more cherry-filled recipes are coming up soon!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Nichole!

My friend, Corrine's granddaughter, Nichole, is turning 5 years old today! I made these mini vanilla cupcakes with pink buttercream for her birthday snack at preschool today.  Nichole, Corrine and I had a blast taking pictures and just being goofy. 
Happy Birthday Nichole!!!
Happy Birthday

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Roasted Acorn Squash and Champagne Soup

I love champagne! I am a champagne girl but I am also a lava flow girl, a margarita girl, a prosecco girl and also a vodka and cranberry girl. However, I rarely keep it in the house as I have a tendency to cook or bake with the champagne, rather than drink it. Bad habit, I know, but if it is in my home, I will find a way to bake/cook with it. If someone wanted to give me a few bottles of Perrier Jouët, I would promise not to do anything but drink it... all... by myself! Hint.... Hint!

Monday, February 4, 2013

List #2

The List #2

What is New: Full fridge with 3 dozen or so cupcakes and frosting, so many cupcake are in refrigerator that a handful of cupcakes spent the night living on my snow covered porch!
not much of anything this week but lots of recipes and not much else
Pro Food Blogger videos on lighting and picture taking, I am learning so much!

I am writing my Valentine's day blog post and the beginning of my fun Easter blog post

I am listening to hum of the dish washer and the soundtrack to Pitch Perfect

 I could be someone with a better temper!
That the 5 types of cupcakes that are being shipped to Georgia make it, with out getting to smooshed and 

Old raggedy blue flan jammie's from high school

Last nights dinner was quick as I needed to finish the rest of the cupcake frosting! So I ate  French fries dipped in Nutella frosting and 2 hot dogs in buns and to balance my meal, I also ate a salad with thousand island and sunflower seeds! 

Icy water and Crystal Light

All the cupcakes that are packed tight in my fridge/porch waiting to be shipped out!

Exhilarated and tired
More Pinterest!

Have a great week everyone and I will see you again on Wednesday for Champagne Soup!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two Bean Vegetarian Chili and a Narration

I'm so sorry that I have been M.I.A. for nearly 2 months. After moving to my new apartment I was hit with a bad case of bronchitis. Then, just one week later I got a horrible stomach bug that knocked me out so hard that my parents had to take me to their home to recuperate. So, know that I am feeling better  and moved in to my new apartment (pictures to come), I so am glad to be back to blogging! 
Made by Aunt Nancy

Monday, January 28, 2013

The List #1

Have you met Eliza from Case Study yet?
 She is my newest blogger friend and her blog is so cool. Case Study  is my newest blog obsession. She covers everything from her updated kitchen and her cutest coffee corner to what she is wearing, reading, saying, etc. So today I wanted to take a page from her blog book. Every week Eliza blogs this list of things that she is reading, writing, listening, wishing, hoping, wearing, drinking, loving, feeling and clicking. Through her lists, I have found new products, new books ( my current favorite book is one that Eliza is also reading) and a greater understanding of Eliza and her life.  So I am following in her footsteps and taking this page out of her book. Thanks Eliza, I can't wait to see what else you can blog about! 

List #1
Reading: The grocery list... I need ketchup, Crisco, cat food, organic  2% milk,  and AA batteries, The Introvert's Way, Living a quite life in noisy world, Twilight book #1 (again)

Writing: Today's blog post about Eliza, two new blog posts entitled... Kate the Kitchen Introvert and Lets Talk Love

Listening: To the quiet hum of my heat kicking on, Wyatt knocking something over (aren't cats supposed to be quiet?) Sookie licking the remaining milk out of my cereal bowl!

Wishing:  that life would make more sense and I didn't have to worry about money

Hoping: That I can find a roommate before I go totally broke!

Wearing: An old t-shirt, old shorts and an older banana clip in my hair and wrapped up in my sofa blanket and cuddled up with Sookie.

Eating: Nothing yet... I just took my morning thyroid pills and can't eat for 3o minutes. But I want toast with butter and black berry jam!

Drinking: Crystal Light peach ice tea and I am going to make some hot Lady Grey Tea in my new whistling kettle, after I am done blogging!

Loving: my new apartment and our quite morning 

Feeling: slightly worn out from my majorly awful migraine this weekend and hungry

Clicking: Case Study and Pinterest

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cupcakes

Last year my friend Dana got me best present, The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook for my birthday last year. I poured through it and marked several pages of recipes I wanted to make. So when I finally got around to baking in my new apartment, these cupcakes were on the top of my list. Magnolia cupcakes didn't disappoint... in fact they didn't stay around long enough. The cupcakes were very rich and so flavorful!