Green and Purple Aprons & Pistachio & Lemon Cupcakes Recipe

So I woke up this morning (It’s Sunday but I’m lining the post up for later this week) and was craving cake. I don’t know how you feel about Sunday brunch but I crave moist, thick and dense cakes. When looking through my cabinet on what I wanted to surprise people with for brunch I found a fabulous lemon cake batter and was inspired to alter it to make it a fun Lemon and Pistachio cupcake with a lemon butter cream frosting. I also went to one of my favorite apron shops online and found this fabulous green and purple apron to match my mood for the cupcakes.

Green and Purple Apron

Green and Purple Apron

Brunch for me means filling food that are thick and leave you ready for a nap until dinner time. That’s why I love this purple and green apron.  I found these fun purple cupcake holders from mardi gras that were left over and the yellow and green reminded me of the lemons and pistachios that I am using in the batter.  (BTW, you can buy the green and purple apron and find more by clicking on the image or links above).  What you cannot see in this picture, but you can on the site, is that this green and purple apron had extremely long purple straps on the top and the waist straps match the design and pattern of the fabric on the rest of the green and purple apron.  You can use these to tie a purple bow on top or a long elegant one in the back.  It sort of makes cooking and baking more fun when your outfit matches your meals and you can really get a good feeling inside when starting to mix the ingredients which I think helps add love and extra flavor into your dishes.

You always hear Chefs talking about cooking with love.  I completely agree that when you are cooking and feeling the food and putting love into it, it somehow comes out better like your good emotions help make the food more enjoyable, and the people who are eating food made with love can somehow tell and enjoy it more.  Things like this green and purple apron help me to motivate in the kitchen and feel even better about my recipes and put more love into.  I’m sort of tacky in that I always dress and decorate to match my food and themes for the meal, but at the same time it helps me set the mood and really add love into my meals.  I know my friends enjoy it as well and that is one of the reasons I love these apron shops.

Finding these fun designer aprons with the double rows of fringes, extra details and vintage or modern designs really makes it more fun to cook.  When my friends come early to dinner they always love seeing the clothes I’m wearing and these fun styles always get them to want to take pictures and get them in the mood to help.  Everyone loves fun clothing and all of that good energy somehow goes into the food and makes the meal even better.   Anyways, here is what I did to make my lemon and pistachio cupcakes.  I can’t wait for them to come out of the oven.

lemon cupcakes recipe

lemon cupcakes recipe

Lemon and Pistachio Cupcake recipe.

2 or 3 lemons

1 cheese grater

Lemon cake batter – and everything you’ll need for the mix

your favorite butter cream frosting recipe – or a canned version

1/2 cup of shelled pistachio nuts – you can do a full cup if you love them like I do

First mix your lemon cake batter and pour it into the cupcake holders or pan if you are not using holders.  Now drop some of the shelled pistachios in, you may want to chop them first and leave a few whole.  Now place them in the oven for as long as the recipe calls for.  While those are in the oven, make your butter cream or take the canned frosting and squeeze 1 lemon’s juice into it.  (I like to push the lemon against the counter and move it around with pressure before so I can get a ton of juice out).  Now mix the frosting so it all blends in.  (If you want more lemon taste, add more lemon juice).  Now chop 3/4 of the remaining pistachios and leave the rest whole.  You’ll also want to zest the lemons so you get gorgeous yellow zests for decoration.

lemon cupcakes mix

lemon cupcakes mix - my cat loves them too

Now put the icing in an icing bag and when your cupcakes come out and cool off, put the icing on the cupcakes.  (You can also pull out some of the center and pour in some extra pistachios so there is a good fun texture in the middle).  When all of the cupcakes have icing on them, sprinkle the pistachio chunks on them and then lightly drop lemon zests over them.  After you finish with that, take one whole pistachio and lay it on top of the cupcake.  If you really want to be creative, take a lemon wheel and cut 1/4 of it out and let the 3/4 wheel hang from the top to the side of the cupcake.

I absolutely love the smell coming from the oven right now and was inspired by this fun green and purple apron, as well as the ingredients in my cabinet.  If you like this recipe, don’t forget to come back and leave a comment after making it and also to buy the apron above to help keep this blog going.  Thank you for reading and come back soon.


Mint Green Aprons & Minty Green Cocktail Recipes

When I saw this mint green apron with polka dots at one of my favorite apron shops, I instantly fell in love with it and thought of cocktails because I just got back from a vacation in Mexico and the ruffled fringes on the bottom remind me of a Mexican or even Spanish Flamenco Dress.  When I first saw the mint green apron with polka dots, I thought that a fun circular lime tart or lime bars cut in circles with powdered sugar or a simple powdered supgar and milk glaze would be ideal, but this mint green apron makes me think of summer and serving fun and refreshing cocktails with friends.  So instead of doing a food recipe, here are some of my favorite cocktails that are minty, green or match this fun accessory perfectly for when you have company and don’t want to spill or splash anything on your outfit…not to mention the fact that it is super cute and slightly Spanish.

Women’s Apron Mint-a-liscious

For $25.95 you can find this fun mint green apron with polka dots at one of my favorite apron stores by clicking on the image or link above.  They call it a candy store styled apron but I think it’s fabulously flamenco.

The multiple layers of fun ruffles and the sexy cuts and stylish sides make this cool mint green apron a hot thing to wear when mixing drinks, prepping food and getting ready to serve guests on your patio, in your kitchen or when walking out to the backyard to check on the grill for lime shrimp skewers and to replenish a lime or cilantro guacamole.

The Mint Green Polka Dot Apron is one of the best selling green aprons and you’ll love the little bows on the right side that go over the top of the pocket and the comfortable straps on the back.  It features a smooth flat from without huge pouches and provides a great and flirty look for taller ladies who want to show off why their height is one of the sexiest things about them.  If you’re short or curvy, don’t worry because this style also helps to show off your curves and the ruffles help to make this almost like a dress to show your entire shape off and get the guys ready to dance.

If you want a fun mint green apron with polka dots that is unique, modern and fabulous, this is the perfect one for you and it also makes an awesome gift to bring to a summer party or for cocktails, margaritas and small sandwich parties.

Lemon Lime and Lychee Summer Love

This fabulous drink is super easy and super tasty at the same time. Just take two parts three olives lemon lime vodka and mix it with soda water and a splash of lychee juice or puree. Then take a lime and squeeze it in but only about half of the juice of the wedge. For a garnish, use anything from a mint leaf to a lime wheel.

Big Melon Mama Martini

This is a fun one to serve and say. Take a shot of Midori Melon liquor, a shot of lemon lime vodka and shake it over ice with sours mix. If it’s too thick for you, then mix in a splash of lime juice and a splash of soda water or just let it melt down in the ice in the shaker for an extra minute.

The Classic Mojito

This one is a bit more complicated but one that everyone loves. You’ll need a light or clear colored rum, mint leaves, simple syrup, club soda and lime wedges. Take the lime and the mint and crush them together into the cup. Then pour a couple of tablespoons of simple syrup over it. Add in as much rum as you’d like in your drink and then fill the rest with club soda. You can also put splashes of other flavors in to make different flavors of mojitos and garnish it with mint leaves, lime wedges or whatever fruit you used to flavor the mojito with.

Once you know which cocktails you’ll want to serve, don’t forget you’ll need the perfect serving accessory. Buy the mint green apron with polka dots above and show off as you mix and serve your favorite summertime cocktails to your friends. Please feel free to leave a comment below and don’t forget to share this post with your friends.