Vanilla Cupcakes with Lime Curd Filling and Blackberry Buttercream Frosting!

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Over the 4th of July weekend, I decided to take on lime curd, one of the fillings for Amy’s wedding cake.  I used this filling in vanilla cupcakes with fresh blackberry buttercream frosting.  We picked the blackberries straight from the garden at my grandfather’s.  (I had to send a helper to pick a second batch because some people, ehem, ate my first batch!)  I spent the holiday at his beach house with family, Christian, and of course, Miss Daisy.

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Taylor Swift TOMORROW!!!

I think one very important thing you all need to know about me sooner rather than later is that I love Taylor Swift.  I loved her before she was loved by everyone, and before screaming teenagers followed her around everywhere and before she went on tour.  I loved her from the very first time I heard “Tim McGraw”.  (That song will always be my favorite Taylor Swift song, and will always hold a special place in my heart, because it introduced me to Taylor.)  I loved her when I saw her for the first time in person opening for Rascal Flatts, and the most recent time I saw her on the Speak Now tour in her sparkly dresses which I relate to and love so much.  I have loved her from day 1 of hearing her, and I am proud to call myself a Swifty.

I saw an interview with some music or news guy somewhere on some channel at some time where he said that if Taylor Swift wasn’t a super cute, young, blonde girl, worshiped by preteens everywhere, that she would be considered a truly great song-writer.  I totally agree.  It is undeniable that the girl’s got talent and that she knows what she’ doing.  UNDENIABLE.  Please, just try to deny it.  I dare you.  I’ll delete your comment so quick!  (I don’t take kindly to Taylor Swift-bashers.  Haha.  I don’t insult your music or trash-talk your artists, and my musical interest has no impact on you whatsoever, so let me be.)  🙂  Her music will grow and mature as she grows and matures, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

ANYWAY – I’M GOING TO SEE TAYLOR SWIFT TOMORROW!  It will be my 4th meeting with Tay Swift in concert.  My mom, my sister, my grandmother, and I are making the trek up to New York City to see Newsies on Broadway tomorrow night, followed by the main attraction (for me, anyway), Taylor Swift, on Saturday night.  Yes, I am driving across several state lines to make it to a Taylor Swift concert.  It is out of my control though – My cousin got married the weekend Taylor Swift is in D.C., forcing me to find another concert elsewhere that I could attend.  Missing Taylor Swift on tour is not an option.  I am sickly now and may be drugged up on cough syrup and cold medicine, but no rain, nor storm, no illness, nor apocalyse will keep me from that concert.  I love her, and I will be there to show my support, and I could not be happier.  That is all.

*I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22!
Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you!*

Raspberry Mousse

Cake

This weekend, I made raspberry mousse to go in my cake.  This was to practice one of the fillings for Amy’s wedding cake.  I didn’t really do too much for decorating – just threw some sugar flowers I had previously made on top once I iced it.  I won’t go into too much detail, but will state the highlights:

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