Thursday, April 26, 2012

Banana Cream Cheese Cupcakes

These cup cakes came out absolutley amazing! I adapted this recipe to use honey inplace of some of the sugar and all of the vanilla extract in the frosting. I also used plain chobani yogurt instead of sour cream, I love experimenting and changing recipes a little bit. I its so much fun to see if it works in this case it wourk out perfectly!

2/3 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/4 raw honey (wildflower or clover)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs- lightly beaten

3/4 C greek yogurt
1 C mashed banana
2 ¼ C flour
1/4 teaspoon soda
1.Preheat oven to 350 F
2.Prep muffin tins
3.Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, honey and vanilla until pale and creamy.
4. Add eggs,1/2 of mixture at a time.
5. Gently fold in yogurt and bananas.
6. Sift flour soda over batter and gently fold through.
7. Spoon batter into cake pan, smooth surface, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese
1 ½ C confectioners’ sugar
1 t raw honey

1 T milk
1. Beat cream cheese and honey until fluffy (scrape the bowl a lot!)
2. Add confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time
3. Add milk and mix until fluffy

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Life Upon the Hill

Up here on the hill in Central New York we try to keep life simple, though sometimes life gets crazy! We were lucky to find this amazing little 1860's farm house with 10 acres (and a view) for sale back in 2008 and by 2009 we were here working our butts off.  When we bought this place we knew we had alot of work ahead of us, but with the endless possibilities and dreams of one day being compeletly self sufficent  keeps up going.
The property was one of those diamond in the ruff deals and little by little the diamond is revealed! These pictures are of our very first project on the hill, it tooks us a year and a half but when we were done we had a master bedroom that has become our sanctuary. We can proudly boast that all of the work done here was done be by my husband and I with no contractors involved!

My husband has proved to be a master of all trades repairing anything that breaks he is constantly making our property work for us with what we have around.

With my love of crafting, gardening baking and being thrifty and my husbands love of cooking and handy work we put everything we have into our hillbilly chic lifestyle.

 On Hillbilly Chic we will be sharing a little bit of life on the hill with the world from simple cooking, thrifty decorating, animal raising and gardening tips.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Arrangement

This is a simple arrangement of my farm fresh eggs along with a few things i has around the house. It was simple and only took a few minutes to add a bit of color to the table.