Celebrate National Craft Month with Boston Handmade at the ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody

It's time for the first Boston Handmade show of the year! Myself and several other Boston Handmade members are exhibiting this month in Create: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade to celebrate March being National Craft Month. The exhibit will be on view at ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody from March 15 until May 5.

The opening reception is Thursday, March 15 from 6-8pm. Be sure to add it to your calendar of National Craft Month events (even if it's the only one you go to!)

I'll be debuting some photos from my Daily Lovely photo project. Other exhibiting artists are Kerrie Beck, Jessica Burko, Kerry Hawkins, Arthur Halvorsen, Karen Mahoney, Lynne Parrella, and Lucie Wicker.

This is a great chance to see a variety of handmade arts and crafts being made in the Boston area, as well as an opportunity to discover a community art center!

Oreo Cookies Turn 100 Today!

In honor of the Oreo Cookie's 100th birthday today, March 6, 2012, I would like to share this amazing Oreo Cookie Cupcake recipe I whipped up a few weeks ago. I decided I wanted to try an Oreo Cookie baking recipe when I saw a huge birthday celebration display for the Oreo Cookie in Market Basket. It helped that the bag of Oreos was also on sale for $1. I also have fond memories of Oreos, much like most people in America, I am sure. We often had them in my house (and when my mom got Hydrox cookies, it just wasn't the same!). In high school, there was one year or two where I kept a stash of Oreos in my locker at all times because I needed a snack between classes to keep my stomach from growling and mortifying myself in front of my classmates (I never could really go more than a couple of hours without eating, even to this day, which is why I always sympathized with Garfield the cat - poor guy, just wanted some lasagna.)

Anyway, I searched recipes online, and while many seemed delightful, I was most drawn to the Cookies and Cream Cupcakes recipe by Annie's Eats (check out her site... lots more recipes to try out another time, too!). Her recipe uses a vanilla cake base with Oreo's mixed in, a decadent cream cheese frosting, and a surprise half Oreo at the bottom of each cupcake.

The recipe yields 24 cupcakes. I chose to bake 12 cupcakes and then use the other half of the batter to bake a cake in a loaf pan. I actually like the way my cake turned out better than the cupcakes. I think it's because I overcooked the cupcakes (my own fault), but the cake came out just right.

Happy Birthday Oreo Cookie Cupcakes recipe can be found at Annie's Eats. Hop on over there and give it a whirl! And in the very least, eat an Oreo today!