stories of an adoptive family
"When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out." -Erma Bombeck

Friday, October 22, 2010

Baking Dr Seuss

This week, I had the privilege of helping to provide cupcakes for the Halloween carnival at the community center where my girl's gym team is. This years theme was Dr. Seuss. I ended up being a great way to temporarily decompress from the stress of a colicky/refluxy baby and 5 additional kids. I am not much of a baker or cake decorator but I think the cupcakes turned out cute. Best part is, that this year I didn't plagiarize someone else's idea off the internet but came up with it on my own. I tried to plagiarize but couldn't find any cute cupcake ideas. Perhaps the lack of sleep got the creative baking juices, that I didn't know I had, going. So here they are.

Cupcake #1 Cat in the Hat.
You can't tell very well in the picture but the cupcake itself is striped red and white like Cat's hat. The cupcake topper has Dr. Seuss quotes on it.

Cupcake #2 Green Eggs and Ham.
I'm not sure I like the eggs...they look kind of like boobies. Oh well.

Cupcake #3 Horton hear a Who.
In my head this looke a lot cuter but it was a struggle to get the coconut on the stick. Original idea was to cover a marshmallow. (which is impossible unless you make your own marshmallows). Then I thought maybe a rice crispie treat covered in melted chocolate and rolled in coconut but that made the rice crispie melt off the stick. Finally I softened the treat in the microwave and rolled in the coconut.
All in all I'm pretty proud of my ideas but I'm sure that someone out ther can make them cuter. But that's okay. I had fun anyway. After all "think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try."

PS. I think if you were going to do the Horton cupcakes you should make the clover out of a chocolate covered marshmallow rolled in coconut or a chocolate covered doughnut hole roled in coconut. Even after allowing the rice crispie treats to harden for 2 days, when they were put upright in the cupcakes 50% of them slid down the stick.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thank you James

I just wanted to take a moment to thank my brother James for showing my 5 yr old what can be done with a camera phone and the inside of your elbow.
This is what Steve has to look forward to on his phone. Thank you so much.