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Bacon. The candy of meats, I may have a huge tiny obsession. When I was in Seattle I went to Archie McPhee’s and bought bacon mints and toothpaste. They were really quite gross to be honest. I figured it’s mostly because it’s simulated bacon flavour, and not real bacon delicousness.

For years now I’ve been dying to try chocolate covered bacon. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I think it sounds crazy good. I’ve tried candied bacon and it was amazing. You really can’t go wrong with bacon and something sweet. It’s like dipping your bacon in syrup. Pure win!

So when I came across this recipe from NPR, I jumped at the chance to try bacon in cupcakes. I mean what’s not to like? Bacon, good. Cupcakes, good. Maple, good. Bacon maple cupcakes, gooood!

The cake itself is a strange texture in my opinion, for a cake. It’s almost like a muffin in texture, but the sweet and salty combination are such a nice change from a regular cupcake. I cut my bacon up fairly small but left it still a tiny bit chunky so you could really get a good bite of it in the cake. There’s also a lot of perfume from the bacon infused into the cake and it really adds to the whole experience.

The maple cream cheese frosting is good as well, but it’s quite sweet. I added the whole 6 cups of icing sugar that it called for but It was very dense, and I had to thin it out quite a bit before it was spreadable. I would have gone with maybe 4 cups, which would have also cut back on the sweetness.

Over all it’s a good recipe, and I’d make it again with a few tweaks. Afterall, you really can’t go wrong with bacon.

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Freshly Brewed

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Maybe the taste. I started drinking coffee when I was around seven. My grandpa would give me cups filled with cream and sugar and a splash of coffee. Thus started my love affair.

Eventually, I omitted the cream and sugar and just started drinking it black, as I got older. Then I omitted the coffee altogether. No real reason, but I just up and quit one day.

I still, however, love the taste and smell, and when I have something sweet, I need the bitterness of coffee to cut through it.

Lately I’ve been baking a lot. Not cakes or cookies, but more sweets, and bars. I’ve somehow gained a sweet tooth over the last few months, and constantly need something sweet in the house.

I was on Pinterest again the other day, and stumbled upon this pin for S’Mores bars. They looked so delicious, that I had to make them.

The recipe calls for an 8×8 or 11×7 pan, but all I had was a 9×13, so that’s what I used. I used an extra chocolate bar and got by with the original amounts for the base and marshmallow.

I think when I make them again I would add another jar of marshmallow fluff, and possibly half more to the base to make it stretch a bit further. Other than that they turned out fantastic.

They’re gooey, sweet, and sticky. Everything you want s’mores to be. Now excuse me while I relax with a bar and a cup of coffee.

2011: A Year of Photos

As many of you may know, I recently completed the 365 Photo Challenge for last year. It wasn’t easy, but I did it!

Over the year I discovered I like taking photos of things and not so much of people. A fact which I knew before, but was solidified in this challenge. Candids of people are ok, but I’d much rather take a photo of something inanimate.

There were days during the challenge that were very trying. It was quite hard to come up with something to photography each day, and often I found myself buying things on a grocery run, just to photograph them.

There were days that I loved my picture, and days I hated it. Once I almost forgot to take a picture, and had to scramble in the evening to pull something out of my ass, but I did it!

Overall I’m very pleased with my accomplishment, (even the days I hated), because I learned from it. I learned how to use my camera, that I love my macro lens and that it wasn’t a waste of $600+. I learned that if I decide to do something, that I’ll follow through. I learned that I like to shoot in the mornings, when the sun has just come up, and not in the harsh afternoon light. Also, that I prefer natural light over flash, and I’d rather have a grainy, noisy photo than one with flash spots.

So thank you to everyone who supported me in this project. Everyone who had to listen to me say, every day for a year, “What am I going to take a picture of?”, “I have to take a picture today.”, and “Shit! I still need to take a picture!”

Thanks for all the comments and follows, both on my 365 blog, facebook, and flickr. They all mean so much to me. And for those diving into the 366 2012 project, good luck, and I’m glad I didn’t decide to wait a year and have that extra photo to take. 😉