All I had on my grocery list was Guinness and cupcake liners when I went to pick up the last of the baking necessities yesterday during lunch. Fine, I probably would have stared, too. And wondered, “what the hell is that girl doing with cupcake liners and Guinness at noon in the middle of the work week?”.
Yesterday I probably could have gotten away with it- rough morning.
Preparing myself for a Mardi Gras Baking Extravaganza! Randomly, I would like to point out that I really like the word “extravaganza”. It makes everything seem that much more spectacular when you put it at the end of something. Try it. Like today, when I got up, I participated in a “Pimp Your Oatmeal Extravaganza”! Really, I just added flax and a little cereal. But I bet you got really excited about my breakfast for a minute, didn’t you?
But my breakfast is not the reason you’re reading this. I know you all are dying to see what was the end result of my stockpiling butter, sugar and liquor all week. Well here you go.
I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. And started out with the Guinness:
I had never tried Guinness before. I’m not the biggest beer person and when I drink it, I’m a bigger fan of pale ale and such… so I definitely made the face- didn’t really enjoy it. But to each their own!
Holy cow, I almost died in sugar heaven right then and there after I was done. But then came the icing. Ididn’t quite follow the original recipe on that one. I used a very heavy hand with the Bailey’s. Heavy hand as in I had the mixer in one hand and started giggling as I continued to pour liquor with the other. I had a glass or two of wine while doing this, so that explains that decision. But it worked out well:
After that, we were both cracked out with sugar and wine. Not pretty… especially because it was nearing midnight and I knew sleep would be difficult.
Yep. Amazing. I’m taking some to my friend Annie this morning as well. I’m sure they’ll go over well… Feel free and try to lick the computer screen as you’re reading this. I almost did while writing it, and I’m still on sugar overload.
Have a good Thursday, kids! I’ll be roadtripping through boring ol’ Illinois soon. Good times…
Oh and just so we all know- I hammered out the 2.5 miles no problem last night. Had to wait for a treadmill, so I just did weights there instead of also doing The Shred. But this morning I was able to fit in a little time with Jillian and also pull out another 2.75 miles! Like either one of those runs will make up for the baking damage, but hey- I’m done consuming. Time to share!