I was reading online last night and I came across these images. I have to tell you, being a huge fan of Downton Abbey, I practically danced a jig when I saw them!
These images show Shirley MacLaine filming her first scenes on Downton Abbey. I think Shirley looks great, she is going to be a firecracker. I mean what is not to love, Shirley and Maggie facing off? Two strong women that I think are going to add yet another spark to a show that was already spectacular.
The only downside, Season 3 is not supposed to air in Britain until September, which means that we will not see it here in the States until 2013!!! Honestly, I may have to join a support group, I cannot wait that long.
In the meantime, I will share a delicious recipe with you for some cupcakes that I made this weekend inspired by all the treats on Pinterest.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting.
Recipe from Food Network
1 cup of Guinness Stout
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring 1 cup stout and 1 cup butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 of the way. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.
1 cup butter softened
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
Food Coloring Optional
Place room temperature, softened butter into the bowl of mixer. Cream for three minutes. Add powdered sugar slowly and not all at once or it will fly all over the room. Add Bailey's Irish cream and then mix on medium high for another 3 minutes. Add food coloring if desired.
These cupcakes are delicious if I do say so myself, they are moist, chocolaty and the Bailey's Irish Cream frosting puts them over the top. I love Bailey's which explains why I love this frosting, I think I ate most of the bowl before I even frosted the cupcakes, which also explains why my clothes felt a bit snug this morning.
In addition to encouraging you to try these scrumptious cupcakes, I encourage you to visit the blogs I tagged in yesterdays post. All of blogs and the women are fabulous; each is interesting, informative, entertaining, intelligent and leads a life of adventure, whether it be in the arts, traveling the world, collecting antiques, or just living life.
Debra at Acquired Objects
Jeanne at Collage of Life
Diane at Yonks
Irina at Witty and Wise
Anita at Castles, Crowns and Cottages
Jude at A Trifle Rushed
Natasha at 5 Minutes Just for Me
Suzanne at Privet and Holly
Sunday at Ciao Domenica
Rosemary at Content in a Cottage
Sarah at Sarah Jane Down the Lane
Have a fabulous day!
Have a fabulous day!
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