CUPCAKE PAPERS REMAINING
Today's recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes from The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes. As is usual with this adorably miniature book, the recipe was supposed to yield 12 cupcakes, but I made 13 (and probably could have made 14).
Gingerbread hardly needs frosting, being practically perfect in every way, but because today is a holiday, the cupcakes have donned their best party hats.
Stay tuned for an update after the revelers have assessed the merits of this particular recipe!
. . .finishing a project ahead of schedule!
Made using a kit from Herrschners.
These bunnies hopped into Easter baskets and met their new best friends today, so they are ready to say hi to everybunny. Happy Easter!
The free pattern is here: Little Bigfoot Bunny
A quick and easy baking project on a busy Saturday. Recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour, with festive Easter M&Ms substituted for some of the chocolate chips. The Primary and Sunday School students were very excited to eat them! One of my students said she had only had a glass of chocolate milk for breakfast, so perhaps our next snack should be bran muffins instead of cookies. Perhaps not!
One of my Primary students turns twelve next Wednesday. She asked for marble cupcakes to celebrate.
The cupcakes looked beautiful without embellishments. . .
. . .but birthday cupcakes definitely need frosting and sprinkles!
This is another Martha Stewart recipe.
Today's board meeting is at brunch time, so of course there will be muffins.
These fall somewhere near the center of the muffin-cupcake continuum. On the cupcake side of the equation, they have a generous quantity of butter, streusel topping and a glaze, and they came from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. However, they are definitely muffins because I used some whole wheat flour in the batter, and also because coffee cake is a traditional breakfast food. Either way, they are definitely being added to the Cupcake Counter, because they are wearing happy blue gingham cupcake papers (muffin papers?).
We studied Old Testament Lesson 5 today in Valiant 11. We learned about how Adam and Eve offered sacrifices and taught their children to keep the commandments, but not all of their children followed chose to follow their example. In particular, we learned all about Cain, who made very bad decisions and was punished accordingly. To supplement our discussion of Cain and Abel, and to add variety to our learning, we completed this word search. Eleven-year-old girls love word searches! This teacher wonders, once again, how anyone managed to teach a lesson before the Internet was invented.
Sometimes I wonder why I receive so many e-mails from companies whose products are too expensive to buy. Other times, though, these companies send intriguing recipes, such as these Pumpkin Cookie Dough Protein Bites from Orgain. What could be better than a healthy, spicy, pumpkiny snack? I left out the vanilla extract (because it seemed superfluous with all that vanilla protein powder), used soy powder and soy nut butter instead of Orgain's protein suggestions, used cinnamon and ginger instead of pumpkin pie spice (because we don't keep pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice in the house), and chose not to incorporate the optional mix-ins. The result? Twenty delicious, nutritious treats!
There was a canister of malted milk powder in the pantry (left over from making malted chocolate sandwich cookies and malted chocolate cupcakes, of course), so when Imperial Sugar e-mailed this recipe last month, it seemed like these cookies were meant to be.
The preparation process was somewhat fraught, as the cookie dough refused to submit to the treatment suggested by the author of the recipe. The eleven- to thirteen-year-old taste testers, however, were completely unaware that these were supposed to be elegantly piped and dipped cookies rather than modernistically drizzled rounds, and pronounced them delicious. The baker plans to use familiar recipes for all subsequent projects this winter!
One of my Valiant 11 Primary students had an early January birthday. We do not eat snacks at church on Fast Sunday, so I promised to make her cupcakes of choice for the second Sunday. Like me, Mabel likes pink and sweet things, so the first batch of cupcakes this year is my favorite: white cupcakes from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes, with plenty of frosting and sprinkles on top!
Documenting the results of innumerable bookmarked recipes and downloaded knitting patterns in an attempt to make life more delicious and snuggly!
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