Monday, May 17, 2010

Cupcakes, Surprise Party and Bebes

Last week, since Mom was here helping me, I was able to make some cuppacakes...mmmm cuppacakes. Malinda makes the best Tiramisu cupcakes and she gave me her secret recipe, which I will take to my grave, but I didn't have the ingredients and I knew I wouldn't be able to finish them in time, so I had to stick with my Googled recipe.

The filling was basically butter and cream cheese and whipped cream and vanilla (I just dumped looooads in) and confectioner's sugar and happiness. I had a lot left over, so I'm making chocolate chip cookies and using the filling as, well, filling, and making cookie sandwiches. I'm very resourceful. Also, I'm just eating it straight out of the bowl with a spoon every time I walk by the fridge, so we'll see how much is left for the cookies.

The icing was super tasty. Cream cheesey and buttery goodness and some other stuff like love and contentment. I was supposed to add Kahlua to the icing, but David couldn't find it at the store. And what else am I'm gonna use Kahlua for, so it was no big deal. I just threw in some of Mom's Bailey's-flavored coffee creamer. There was no icing left over because Mom, the twins and I licked the bowl.

The cake was a white cake mix and I wanted it more coffee-ish, so I replaced the water portion of the mix with coffee and mixed all of that together. Yuuuum. Coffee and cake. (I don't drink coffee, but it smells divine.)

They baked up to a nice cupcakiness in the pretty foil...cupcake holders? What are they called?

Then, Mom helped me by brushing some leftover coffee on top of each cupcake. And I injected the filling into each one.

They were iced...

And then sprinkled with some chocolate shavings.

They turned out pretty good. I was really proud of myself. What did I make them for.....

Sister Sara's Surprise 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza!

Sara is turning the big 3-0 on May 26 and being the world's best sister that I am (along with the world's best roommate, Lauren). I decided we needed a fabulous party to celebrate.

Mamaw and Papaw G and Poppadoc were able to come and celebrate with us. (And they decided they couldn't wait until next weekend at Noah's graduation to see the girls.)

El partay...

Sara's roommate, presh.
Harper says...I HATE PARTIES!
Virginia Kate was worried about the baby and came and patted her head and held her hand. Melt my heart.
And then VK let the baby (I don't know which one this is) hold her little pig. So sweet.

Sara's cake...made by Malinda Kay at the Atomic Cakery...ADORABLE. I don't have a great picture of it because the lighting was horrible in the restaurant. Flashes...blegh. But here it is! It's Sara and Clementine! Look at Sara's highlights! And she's got on Tevas. It says "Happy Birthday" in Burmese on the front. (Sara's done a lot of mission work in Burma.)
She's got her guitar. And Tom's off to the left. The Tom's were my favorite part. They looked JUST like the shoes. So cute. Behind her is a pig's foot that has stitches. Sara is a nurse practitioner and practices sutures on pig's feet. Yep. And she has a stethoscope and nurse's symbol.
Yay for 30!! Malinda, that was the cutest cake ever.

Later that day, Piper Lee taught Mom how to crochet.

That's right...loop...then pull...yep...
Okay. Good. Nice and tight. Doing good.
Wait. How many rows have you done? Wait....oh, geez.
Here, no. That's not right. Here, give it to me.
Let me gather everything together in my lap here...
Okay, let's get this needle goin'...
Alright. This is just like I showed you. Take your needle and wiggle it...
Grab some yarn from anywhere and push your needle up into it.
Fold the excess yarn over the needle...
Pull through...
Pull even harder. Some of your rows may come loose, but that's okay. It's all part of the learning process. Actually, you may have to start all over again. Depends on how bad you are at this. I'm pretty
Alright. Let's try this again. Step one...

I don't want no kisses, Aunt Moo.
Seriously. No kisses.
No kisses!
NO KISSES!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's that, you say?



  1. will you send me that recipe??

  2. For real - your pics are awesome

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics! Fabulous!


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