These apple and cinnamon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting may seem more of a Fall dessert in the US but if weather plays a role in our food choices, when my daughter made these last weekend, looking for fall comfort would have been appropriate…there was still a chill in the air! We’ve had a glorious spring this past weekend but I hear the cold is not over yet so living in Colorado can see our food choices be as confusing as our weather! Beyond that? I just simply love this combination of ingredients…any time of the year!
Em was going to a Swap Meet put on by a friend of her’s who lives near Boulder and as happens a lot when invited to an event; she was asked to bring food (in that regard she is certainly her mother’s daughter!). This is not an old family recipe that I can relay a story to you about though…nope, this is straight Martha Stewart. You know, I’m not a big fan but then some things stick in my craw I won’t deny. Her stint in federal prison said a lot about her character to me and I find an admirable strength of character in a person one of the attributes I look for most…soooo, I’ll share these because Emily made them, and they tasted good, they really did – but I won’t be doing any fawning over Ms. Stewart today if that’s OK. 🙂
I’ve been to swap meets in Denver where we all bring a food item to share; Emily and her friends swap more along the lines of clothes and jewelry…have to admit it’s a fun way to recycle things that all parties might be weary of. We need to organize swap meets for food bloggers and their photo props…yeah, I’ll get right on that!
So, whether you have some chill in the air…or don’t…I do have to day these were tasty cupcakes even if I did have mine for breakfast. Would that make it a muffin??
I was asked by the folks with Defiant Bean Roasters if I would like to sample some of their coffee. Always up for coffee, I said sure and I’m sure glad I did!. Defiant Bean Roasters is a small batch coffee roaster in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. While I would be happy to buzz on over; it’s a couple of hours by car so I’m most grateful they also sell their beans online and at some local Denver Whole Foods stores. Through relationships with the world’s coffee farmers, they source quality beans grown, picked, and processed with careful attention and pride. Their philosophy is to roast those beans with the same values. I’ve only gone through one bag of the samples so far but I’m already a bit sad…their El Salvador coffee made a seriously good cup of coffee.
My friends that I’m staying with are big coffee drinkers but I’m pickier about what I drink. Terry simply likes it dark and strong and didn’t really pick up on the nuances that I loved so much. Though I’m typically a Mocha Java kind of girl (and I’ll be opening that bag next), I simply LOVED this El Salvador coffee which is processed with Honey. Their tasting notes indicate sweet, crisp, clean jam notes of peach and apricot but like with some tasting notes provided for wines, these particulars can escape me. I just know it was damn good! I love their tag line too:
demand fresh roasted coffee
Together? Really the perfect way to the start of my morning.
Defiant Bean Roasters provided me with free samples of 4 coffees but all commentary is my own.Want More Cocktails? Check out Friday Cocktails with hundreds of fantastic drinks! →