Sunday, March 15, 2009

Luck of the Irish

Did I say that I would post the winners on Wednesday? I must have really meant to say Sunday. Sometimes I just get distracted (like painting the dining room and sanding the furniture).

Anyway, very scientific method of selecting homes for the cookbooks. I hated the thought of having only three winners, so I scrounged around and came up with two more prizes.

I wrote everyone's name down in order of your comment on a piece of paper, laid out the prizes, and had the kids point to a prize, and I wrote them down in order next to your names.

Ella - Cupcake Potholders/Notepad

Emily - Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Tiffany - Everyday Pasta by Giada DeLaurentiis

Julie - The Young Man and the Sea by David Pasternack and Ed Levine

AngC828 - Just in Time by Rachel Ray

Please email me your contact information as soon as possible so I can send them out!

And because some people didn't want a used cookbook, how about a recipe for St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes? This has been hanging out in my recipe book for years. Hard to tell where I got it. I love that the green comes from:

Instant pistachio pudding! I love pistachios. Blue Bunny makes a pistachio ice cream that is unreal!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
1 3/4 c. flour
1 pkg. instant pistachio pudding
3/4 c. mini-chocolate chips
2/3 c. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Beat eggs, milk, oil, and flavorings. Add dry ingredients and combine well. Fill lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 -20 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting and top with green sprinkles.

*I did add a touch of green food gel to the batter for a richer green.


Heather said...

I love those little green cupcakes! And pistachio with cream cheese frosting, yummy! What a cute idea!

Tiffany said...

That's so sweet of you to come up with 2 more prizes! I love pasta and I'm looking forward to the cookbook. Thanks! I can't find an email for you here, so I'll let you email me at

Cute green cupcakes. Pistachio pudding always reminds me of 70s food, along with red hots, knox blox and bologna sandwiches. Stuff I grew up on.

Donna-FFW said...

Perfect idea for tomorrow. I must hurry to the store to get these ingredients. They sound wonderful!!

ella said...

I adore pistachio flavored anything. Ice cream is the best.
Wow, I won something! Cool! thanks!

Emily said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry I missed this. I don't know where I've been.

First off, the cupcakes look great. Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day.

Thank you so much! I really, really wanted that book! I am just so excited by this. I'm going to make a sweet little post dedicated to you. I guess I should email you now..


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