I still can't quite wrap my head around the idea that this is my 100th post on OnSugarMountain. It's been a little over a year since I started this baking blog, and it's taught me so much.
Some quick tidbits I've learned about baking:
1. Cupcakes are not always easy. Do not look down upon a cupcake. They can be quite awesome and take more work than you might imagine. See Banana Split Cupcakes & Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
2. Stuffing anything with nutella is an AWESOME idea and we should all try to do it as often as we can. See Nutella Stuffed Sugar Cookies & Nutella Stuffed Cupcakes
3 .Muffins are NOT just ugly cupcakes. Muffins can be sweet little mouthfuls of heaven without any frosting. See Strawberries & Cream Muffins
4. Eggless Cookie dough exists, can be eaten without getting sick, and is freaking fantastic. See Cookie Dough Topped Brownies
5. Baking can bring people together in ways that nothing else can. We can make friends, stuff our faces, and do it all while helping out those less fortunate than us.
On a larger scale and with the risk of sounding philosophical, this blog and all the adventures that accompany it led me to learn a great deal about myself. I know I said this blog was to document my adventures in baking until I opened up a bakery of my own, but I've realized something; the part I love the most about baking, eating, food, all of it, is the experience, and I could never turn it into a job that I'll eventually resent. Seeing people's faces light up when I bring in brownies to work, or hearing a collective "mmmm" as everyone takes a bite, I know I've brightened up their day, if only for a moment. I love that.
I love it so much that turning into something I will stress about is not an option. I could never risk turning baking into an activity I look at with exhausted eyes and think "I so do not want to bake today." Food, for me, will always be about the experience, about enjoying every single morsel of a meal and most importantly, sharing it with friends and family.
So opening my own bakery may not happen, but that doesn't mean I can't change the way we all have come to see food. How can I do this you ask? By doing exactly what I am doing right now. Blogging. Writing. Sharing. Doing. Food is such an intrical part of our lives but we've let it fall to the wayside in lieu of other "more important" things to stress about, such as our jobs, the economy etc etc. OR we stress about food too much and jump on every dietary bandwagon that rears its ugly head.
I want to remedy this. I want people to experience the love that can come from food. Our lives, now more than ever before, need balance. What better way to balance the stresses of our everyday lives than relaxing to come together around a table?
And so, drumroll please....
I'm starting a new blog this September!
On Sugar Mountain will still be up and running twice a week, but I hope that you will will come check out my new blog, The Foodie Files, where I hope to show people just how important food is to each and every one of us.
Phew. Lots of sharing going on in this post. Now it's finally time for the food!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. Make them. You'll love them. I promise. It's like a chewy oatmeal cookie, riddled with chocolate chips, baked into tiny cakes then covered with a mind-blowing cinnamon sugar frosting. Give one of these to a new acquaintance and I'm betting you two will be bffls in no time.
Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you who read my blog. It makes my day to see comments posted about what I bake or a new follower pop up on my Dashboard. I've met wonderful people in creating this blog and I hope to meet so many more.
Until next time,
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Via HowSweetEats
3/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup oats
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips tossed in a sprinkle of flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line one 12-cup muffin pan with liners.
2. Beat egg and sugar until smooth, then beat in melted butter and vanilla.
3. Add oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to egg mixture and stir until incorporated. Stir in milk then fold in chocolate chips.
4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into cups then bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes or until tops spring back lightly when touched. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Cinnamon Sugar Chip Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp milk (optional)
1. Beat butter until light and creamy, then slowly beat in powdered sugar.
2. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add milk if frosting is too thick.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.