Friday, June 15, 2012

Schooner or later, my man takes my camera...

 When I was growing up, I didn't understand competition.  I understood winning and losing and life was pretty black and white about that. 
 But one day, my little seventeen year old self wound up sitting next to this muscle-bound jock of a boy in Chemistry class.  He was tall, tan, and very flirty.
 He drove me crazy in all the right ways... and all the wrong ways.  He pestered me constantly, where ever I went.  He stood outside my driver's ed classroom making fun of me at six o'clock in the morning.  He offered me rides home after school, some of which I actually accepted.  He told three different girls "yes" to the Tolo (girls ask boys) dance and I swear it was just to make me jealous.  It worked and so I didn't ask him.  He deserved it... but I'm not sure I won that battle...Ha!  He showed up at the restaurant I waitressed at, every night after sports practice, bothering me and generally getting in my way.
  His claim to fame at the time, was captaining the teams he played on like football and track, and he challenged me in competition on just about everything.  He was always trying to get me to try and beat him.  (which was pretty hysterical given our size difference and his athleticism.) 
 At first, it ticked me off.  Who was this big, obnoxious guy trying to constantly push me to compete?  He forced me to learn things like tennis and then smiled like a gentleman as he effortlessly beat me soundly.  I began to see the perks to competition, probably because he was so much fun to compete against, even if I lost.  And then his chocolatey brown eyes and gentle ways won me over so completely that I agreed to marry him shortly after graduation.
 Over time, that man and I have competed about so many things it's not even funny.  We place bets on everything.  Ever-thang I tell ya!  Somehow in my mind I'm always convinced that I can out push-up him... out run him, beat him, etc, and it goes on and on.
  And then one day, I got myself a new camera, read the manual a few times, took a few thousand practice photos and thought to myself, "Ha!  I have one over on him at last!" 
 And then he went to Africa and blew my mind with amazing photo-ops.  Seriously?  Does he have to be better than me at everything?  It's challenging, endearing, obnoxious, and adorable all in one. 
 He went on a field trip with my little man yesterday, on a 100 year old schooner.  I hear it was great.  If I'd have gone, I'd have been puking over the side most of the time so it was probably a good thing my man was able to take the day off and go.  And while he was there, he took some fantastic photos with my camera and the kit lens I hate.  I thought they were such great photos I had to share them. 
 And now... this IS something I'm  better at than Adrain. (wink) I had been seeing Texas sheet cake cupcakes all over pinterest and it almost made me want to bawl my eyes out because well... there's gluten in them. 
 I grew up on Texas sheet cake y'all.  Every pot luck dinner and ice cream social and church event was sure to bring out the jelly roll pans filled with Texas sheet cake. 
 My husband had never tried it so while my mouth was watering he was kind of like, "So what's the big deal about a Texas sheet cake anyway?"  What's the big deal???  Are you kidding me? 
 I took that as a challenge, and re-wrote this recipe as a gluten free version.  And then he took a bite, and with a mouth full of cake, said, "Mmm... mmmm...mmm...oh yeah these are...mmmm..mmm really good..mmmm..mmm..mmm."  (Or something like that.)  Just in time for Father's day. 
I give you the Sasha version of the Texas sheet cake cupcake- Gluten free version.  Yeah, baby!  (Recipe I adapted from, found here.)
1 cup butter
1/2 cup water
4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups gluten free flour blend *(see below)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.  In small sauce pan bring butter, water, and cocoa powder to a boil.  Turn off heat and set aside.  Combine flour blend, sugar, and baking soda.  Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla,  and cocoa mixture. Stir until well combined.  Pour into lined cupcake pans and bake for 18 minutes or until done.  Cool completely
*Gluten free flour blend: Combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 tsp xanthan gum.  Stir well. Keep sealed in an airtight container and dip out the quantity needed for your recipe, storing the remaining amount for other recipes.

Fudge Frosting
6 TBSP milk
4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
In sauce pan combine milk, cocoa powder and butter.  Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar.  Stir until it begins to thicken slightly. It will thicken quickly so don't make until you are ready to put it directly onto your cupcakes.  Use a TBSP to scoop out frosting and lay on top of your cupcake.  It should spread to near the edge of your cupcake. 

So happy weekend my sweet friends!! 


  1. those cupcakes look amazing, as does all your food!!

    i have a hubby like you. he's good at everything. he beats me at everything. he {this isn't official, but he has beat the #1 nationals player} the best pickleball player. it's a never ending stream of amazingness. it gets slightly annoying and i wish i could be half as good at some things as he is at everything!!

    i sympathize with you sister!

  2. such great photos!
    talented men God blessed us with, i tell ya!
    my hubby grew up in a family of 10 children, so he is majorly competitive.
    i gave up years ago on trying to win. ;)
    those cupcakes look DIVINE!
    mouth watering delicious.

  3. I hear ya Sasha. The hubs and I are competitive too. Right down to playing family board games.
    Recently I found he has a pretty good eye with the camera as well. Just when I thought I was good on something. Ah well. Have a great weekend.

  4. Thank you! Thank you! Have missed Texas Sheet Cake since being GF for 10 years! Hubbies pics are great...and your blog so lovely!

  5. Great photos! Yummy cupcakes too!

  6. Totally forgot about those cupcakes. Yeah, I am not gonna lie. ...they look divine and from the sounds of your hubby's comment he has affirmed it. : )
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Those are incredible. Not sure if he can beat you, but close:). You better link this to my blog girl. I need quick access to that recipe.

  8. Awesome! I love hearing stories of how a couple fell in love. My husband and I dated from the time I entered high school(he was a junior) until we married a month after I graduated from high school! We celebrate 21 years of wedded bliss next week! We have some friendly competition between the two of us as well.;)

  9. ok. i am staring in the relationship mirror. yep, kelly is better than me too! and it's always a competition and he always beats me outright. good thing we love them! those cupcakes! yUmMMMy! i have a great egg free cupcake recipe and it was such a victory when i made it and they were actually good. so i understand the whole recipe variation success. : ) enjoy! happy weekend sweet lady. xoxo!!

  10. Great pics! Photography is one thing that I can do better than my ultra-competitive husband. :) He rarely picks up a camera.

    We LOVE Texas Sheet Cake. Oh.My.Yes. While we were both raised pretty much in WA; we were both born in TX; so we LOVE anything TX.

    Hope your weekend is BLESSED!

    :) :) :)

  11. Your recipe arrived just in time. I too, am making these for Father's Day.

    Lovely photos and it looks like an amazing field trip! I want to go too! :)

    Happy weekend, talented lady! Be safe and enjoy.

  12. The pictures ARE gorgeous - I totally thought they were yours!!! Your cupcakes look amazing!!! I have a young friend who has Celiacs and needs to be Gluten free, sadly-due to her age- she's not so good at doing I'd like to start making some gluten free things for seem to have some fun and yummy GF recipes!!! Can't wait to try them!! Oh and btw, I love how sweet the shot of the milk, stacked napkins, forks and cupcakes look - you have such a way of bringing everything together in a most excellent way <3

  13. Thank you, thank you, Sasha. I can now take sheet cake to church functions again and actually eat it. :-) With my Mimie, it was birthday cake of choice, complete with pecans in the frosting. Such great memories.

  14. These cupcakes are AMAZING!!! I just made them for our Father's Day celebrations tomorrow. I couldn't wait... I had to try one. Simply Delicious! Thanks for the GF version. Our daughter follows a GF diet so I am always looking for yummy alternatives! Love your blog!

  15. PINNING these! I bet they'll blow up pinterest!

    His pictures are pretty darn amazing!

  16. These cupcakes are incredible! Great pics!

  17. OMG! I grew up on Texas Sheet Cake too! Hubby and I both born and raised in Texas :) Yummmm...I'm craving some now!
    I've never had cupcake style, I may have to try that out. Looks delicious.
    (I came across your blog via Urban Farmgirl)