Anyway, enough about what I have done let's party!
What is Practical Magic? Well, after reading I've come to the conclusion that it is the love shared in a family, most specifically the bond between the female members.
For generations my family has been sharing this bond and I am so proud to be a part of my family and to have the rich history that we do.
So without further ado, I introduce you to who I know as "The Three Crows"
For the cupcakes:
2 cups sugar
zest of 3 limes
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup coconut cream
3 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut (a little less than half a bag)
For the frosting:
1 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest of two limes and juice of 1
1 1/2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted
For the Garnish:
3 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut; lightly toasted
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. and line 2 cupcake tins with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and lime zest and mix together until the sugar is moistened and fragrant.
3. Cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time. Add the vanilla and mix until well combined.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the coconut cream to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry mix. Mix until just combined. Fold in the shredded coconut.
4. Fill each prepared cupcake liner 3/4 full. Bake for 30 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
5. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
6. Cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, lime zest and juice until well combined. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
7. Frost the cupcakes and finish with a sprinkling of lightly toasted coconut.
Good Aren't they!
Now meet my father's great aunts and grandmother, all 7 of them! Harriet, Amelia, Bertha, Winnie, Neddie, Leatha and Carol (whom I'm named after)
Oh my, you would think with 7 of them that they would manage to keep the spiders off the table! Or do you think they invited him?
And here are some very special guests, this is my mother (on the right) and her little sister.
Their father grew the most lovely roses!
Speaking of sisters, here's mine and yep that's me on the right in blue, trying to stay out of trouble.
"If a woman is in trouble, she should always wear blue for protection. Blue shoes or a blue dress. A sweater the color of a robin's egg or a scarf the shade of heaven. A thin satin ribbon, carefully threaded through the white lace hem of a slip. Any of these will do. But if a candle burns blue, that is something else entirely, that's no luck at all, for it means there's a spirit in your house. And if the flame should flicker, then grow stronger each time the candle is lit, the spirit is settling in."
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, pg 129.
Quick someone check the candles!
My girls say the candles aren't burning blue, phew that's a relief! Have you met my little ones? Well, here they are two more sisters for our party.
Look at that my trouble makers in blue! And I think she's trying to get more than her share of the cupcakes.
Oh well, it's a party after all but you have to wash your hands first. Yes, of course you can use the Black soap the aunts make and oh I have some for one of you too!
It's my Practical Magic Giveaway.
Little Black Dress Natural Soap (black like the soap the aunts used in the book) from Wicked Soaps
Lilac scented soy candle from T - aromas (the flower that grew out of control over Jimmy's grave)
and a pair of socks, blue of course!
How can you win this?
Well it's simple just leave a comment (with a way for me to contact you)
Taking part in the Practical Magic Blog Party (that's a second entry)
Took part in my Read Along (that's an entry for every time you answered questions)
In your comment let me know how many times you qualify to be entered.
I will take entries till Wednesday the 28th at noon. Good Luck!
I am so glad you stopped by my party, hope you had a great time, I did.
Please come back soon!
Safe Journey, it's stormy out and you know "Lightning, like love, is never ruled by logic." Wouldn't want your umbrella attracting the wrong kind of attention ;)