I am SO excited to see my favorite fruit back at the store AND looking fresh. We all know it’s such a tease to see strawberries throughout the winter because even though you know they aren’t good cine they aren’t in season and have most likely been imported from some far away place, you buy them anyways because they’re your favorite, and they end up being incredibly disappointing. Or am I the only one that does that?
Anyways… strawberries are back. Like, fresh, red, and juicy kind of back. And I am oh-so-excited. So I tried out yet another vanilla cupcake recipe, but this time added a strawberry buttercream that was to dieeee for. Seriously. My mom licked the icing out of the bowl and she doesn’t like icing at all. She usually scrapes the icing off of her cupcake into the the trash (that’s hard for me to type).
For the frosting, I used Smuckers strawberry jam and I added a 1/2 tablespoon of whipping cream. And I beat it for a good 6-7 minutes. I’ve discovered this is the trick to have light, fluffy icing that isn’t too sweet.
Last weekend my family combined Easter with my birthday celebration and my aunt’s birthday celebration. I was in charge of my aunt’s birthday dessert and decided to test out a new cupcake recipe. My mom has a variety of piping tips, so I had a lot of fun experimenting with the icing.
I would have liked more coconut on these, but I waited too long to put it on and the icing had already begun to harden. Rookie mistake.
Spring has arrived and snow is in the forecast. I am not a happy camper. In an effort to encourage the spring weather, I made a spring wreath for my front door. I’ve never used burlap, so I was excited to work with it.
I used a straw wreath, regular burlap for the wreath and pink burlap for the tie, and different pieces of felt for the flowers.
I cut the burlap into 3″ strips.
I wrapped the strips around the wreath, while using hot glue to secure the ends on the back of the wreath.
To make the felt flowers, I drew swirls starting from an edge of the felt and cut along the line.
Starting from the “center” of the swirl, twist the felt into a flower.
I like to think that Heaven will have an endless supply of cinnamon rolls. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Not only would it smell delicious, but you could have one (or two) for every meal and not gain a pound.
I had a snow day today, and for some reason when I hear snow day my brain instantly thinks cinnamon rolls.
mini cinnamon rolls I made with Mom on a snow day last week
Who am I kidding? My brain is always thinking about cinnamon rolls. But surprisingly, this is one thing I’ve never tried baking. So I tried it out today.
The result? They were pretty good, but they weren’t sweet enough for me. Which probably sounds crazy as you see the pictures loaded with cinnamon, sugar, and icing. I’m guessing it’s because the recipe was a “light” version. So…. if you are crazy unique and don’t prefer things too sweet, this might be the recipe for you!
Well, folks, I’m back in the blogging world. Under a new name, new look, new everything. I wasn’t really feeling my old blog anymore so I’ve been brainstorming on starting something new. I anticipate this blog will have a strong emphasis on baking and DIY projects, but we shall see! Follow me if you’re interested in seeing inside the life of a teacher. It’s super exciting, I promise.