TurningArt

There is a cool new Netflix-for-art type of business in town, and it's called TurningArt!

TurningArt users pay a monthly fee (varies based on packages) which in turn (see what I did there?) allows them to rotate unique artwork in their homes. It's an interesting concept and a great idea for people who either aren't in a position to buy more pricey original pieces, or for people who yearn to have an ever-changing array of art in their homes.

An added bonus to the subscription is that every dollar spent on the site earns credit towards ultimately purchasing an original piece from the site. So if a member decides that he or she is ready to buy an original, he or she can purchase an original through TurningArt and have the purchase price defrayed by past subscription payments!

Take a peek at how it works in this video:

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I made Pink Champagne Cupcakes. I wanted to make something for Erin's birthday, so since two of her favorite things are champagne and cupcakes, I knew I could find a way to combine the two! Thankfully, Betty Crocker had the perfect recipe:


Champagne Cupcakes
1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix (but I am guessing any boxed cake mix will do)
1 1/4 cups champagne
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
4 to 5 drops red food coloring

Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 to 5 drops red food coloring

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, combine dry cake mix and champagne. Add oil, eggs and food color. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with your choice of garnish!

This was my first time making these and I was pleased with the outcome. Since I only went through about half a bottle of champagne, I decided to make another batch a week later. The second time, I only added champagne to the frosting. It was the perfect balance of sweet and chic!

Flick of the Week | 05.05.11

Flick of the week turned into flick of the month temporarily, I guess.


Here is the latest... early morning Memorial Drive in Cambridge taken a couple of weeks ago. I like the bare trees with all the branches in a small area! But also very glad they are turning green now.