Cookies, cookies, cookies…

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It’s 11:30 pm and Daddy and I just finished making 265 cookies for his Cookie Contest at work tomorrow.  We’ve been working on them for more than 3 hours and I wouldn’t mind if I never see a cookie again!

The cookie itself was something we thought up…it’s combination of two Christmas favourites – sugar cookies and peppermint bark.

I think they turned out pretty great.

If you ever wondered what 22 dozen cookies looks like…

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The Sun Appears

It rained for a day and half.

For a day and half I was stuck in a trailer with 4 kids.

It was fine at first – they stayed in their pj’s watching cartoons and eating popcorn.

We accomplished some school work and had nice warm soup for lunch.

Everyone was so happy to be snuggled up together, protected from the angry storm.

By this afternoon, it was a whole other story.  Accusing fingers were pointed in all directions, no one was getting along, we certainly weren’t holding hands singing Kumbaya.

I would have chosen to have my toe nails pulled one by one if it would bring out the sun.  Fortunately, it didn’t have to go that far!

The sun came out in full force and it’s warmth was fabulous!

I was so happy and I’m pretty sure I saw a sunbeams reach out and smack the grumpy moods right off the kids – then again it was probably just a case of “trailer” fever.

We celebrated our return to freedom with a delicious dinner!  Grilled chicken topped with avocados and mangoes over a bed of baby spinach leaves with a mock green Verde sauce ( a reduced gazpacho).  The only sounds that came from the kids and Daddy were “yum”, “mmm” and “Can I please have more?”… a sure sign of a good dinner!

Who says camping food has to be hot dogs over a campfire?!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

When life gives you lemons make

Meyer Lemon cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

The secret to these cupcakes being a yummy, lemony delight is the Meyer Lemon.

It has a taste that is a cross between a lemon and a sweet orange,

so it’s flavour is more mellow but still refreshing.

  I just loved how pretty they turned out that I decided not to top them with anything

but you could use some candied lemon peels or whatever you fancy.

They are the perfect cupcake to welcome an early spring!

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

1 box of yellow cake mix

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of buttermilk

2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed meyer lemons

1 tbsp. of finely grated Meyer lemon peel (yellow part only)

3 eggs

1/2 cups of vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. of lemon extract  – if you want a little stronger lemon flavour

Mix ingredients together and continue with directions on the box.

Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup of butter

1 8oz. package of cream cheese

5 cups of sifted powdered sugar

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemons

1/4 tsp. of lemon extract or to taste

(keep in mind not to over power the Meyer Lemon’s flavour)

Mix all ingredients together and let chill for a bit.

I explained how to quickly frost them with the M1 tip at the bottom of THIS post.

Haircuts…

Yesterday was a big day for our little Princess – it was her first official haircut!

I say official because there was the time when her big brother decided to cut her hair so it would turn brown and lose it’s magical powers (Tangled).  He didn’t want anyone to kidnap her.  It’s hard to get angry with that kind of reasoning.

The Princess has resisted all other attempts of getting her hair cut or trimmed,  however today she decided to get it cut.  Before she could change her mind I packed up my three wonderful little sweethearts and made our way to the nearest Snip Its!

I was so proud, as usual.  She really is an amazing little girl!

She articulated her exact wishes of what style of cut she wanted.  She sat so still and was so serious about the whole process.  It turned out absolutely beautiful if I do say so myself!

In the afternoon, our Little Professor was planning out his school project.  He had asked us to get him some whipping cream so he could make some butter.   It was a project from his curriculum.

 He patiently whipped and whipped the butter – it took a long, long time.

The end product was delicious!

The Princess enjoyed it so much she thought it would be nice to give it to people and then maybe they could give us some money.  That one is going to be a little business woman!

We are all getting so excited to pick up our trailer on Friday.  It should be an interesting day since Daddy has never pulled a trailer let alone a 35 foot trailer.  Please pray for our safety and dry weather 🙂

Be a Cupcake Hero

Cupcakes have become so popular.  They are the perfect delectable treat for all ages.

The Little Professor and the Princess are “big fans” too.

The best part about is, they are so easy to make.

You don’t have to spend  a lot of money at an expensive  store to get great cupcakes

and you don’t even have to spend all day in the kitchen baking them from scratch

to get those great flavours and beautiful looking cakes.

Whether you work all day or spend your days homeschooling your children,

with a few changes to a box of cake mix

you can still be the cupcake hero at the next bake sale or party.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cup Cakes

Cupcakes:

1 box of chocolate cake mix

1 cup of buttermilk (milk will work just fine)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

4 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

Mix together and continue on with instructions on the cake box.

Frosting:

1 container of vanilla frosting

Mint extract to taste ( I use approx. 1 tsp.)

1 Candy Cane crushed up

(for the rest of the year substitute with shaved Mint Chocolate)

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I made these cupcakes the other day and Daddy took them to the office.  They didn’t last long!

Back at home, I had two disppointed kids on my hands,

apparently one cupcake each was “just not fair!“.

These cupcakes take a little bit more time  (10 mins) to grill the banana’s but it’s worth it.

Grilled Banana Rum Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes:

1 box of yellow cake mix

2.5 Grilled bananas ( I used the indoor grill and it took me less than 10 minutes)

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of oil

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. rum extract

Mix ingredients together and continue on with instructions on the cake box.

Frosting:

1 8oz package of cream cheese softened

1/4 cup of butter softened

4 cups of icing

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

a little extra cocoa powder to sprinkle

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The trick to making them look amazing is an M1 decorating tip.

Just swirl the frosting beginning at the edge working inwards gradually getting higher.

It’s so easy and fun and it allows you to save precious time when it comes to frosting your little cakes!