So.. I recently found out that someone was making fraudulent purchases on my credit card.

Eeekkk! It gives me all sorts of bad, icky feelings. I found out last Sunday night, which was terrible, because no one is at work on a Sunday evening. And what makes it even worse – it’s been happening for FOUR MONTHS!

Don’t give me a lecture on how I should be checking over my statements better and yadada. I’ve already realized that. Instead, I’m going to share a little public service announcement because I hope this never happens to you!

I was scammed by Vistaprint – a big brand name photo and card printing company. And it all started when I ordered our Christmas cards back in November. Ordering the cards went smoothly and when they showed up at our house, they looked great. No problems. I didn’t think I had any lasting ties to Vistaprint, it was a one time order.

Sangria CupcakesIngredients:
CUPCAKES

  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, or a little less
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup blueberries or diced apples

TO TOP THE CUPCAKES

  • Orange slices, strawberry slices and blueberries.

BUTTERCREAM

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2-2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups red wine and 1/4 cup sugar, reduced to red wine syrup, see below

Directions:

CUPCAKES

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Whisk and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and sour cream until combined.
  4. Slowly add half of the flour mixture to the liquid, stirring to combine. Repeat with the rest of the flour mixture.
  5. Add in the chopped strawberries, orange zest, and blueberries or chopped apples. Stir to mix.
  6. Divide the batter among a muffin pan lined with muffin liners, fill the muffin cups to be about a little more than 1/2 full.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

RED WINE SYRUP

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the red wine and sugar to a boil. Once the wine starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, you still want to see the wine boiling, just not a rigorous boil. Allow the wine to thicken and reduce, about 20-30 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool at remove temperature. This is where the wine will begin to thicken. Once the wine has cooled to room temperature, you can place the saucepan in the fridge to help speed on the cooling process.

You can find complete recipes of this Sangria Cupcakes in thefirstyearblog.com

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