Greetings dear readers! I bet you are all up to your eyeballs in holiday preparations and such? I'm sure all is madness ... however,
This year, I decided to take a bit of a different approach to Christmas. Since I'm going to visit the grandbabies in Springfield, and won't be home over Christmas holiday, and #2 son and daughter in love are otherwise occupied with moving to their new home (WOOT!), I decided to forego decorations and focus on the anticipation of Christmas and the birth of the Christ Child. I am taking a more meditative, thoughtful approach to the things I engage in and the time spent doing holiday related preparations. For example, today I made these: Snowflake Cupcakes:
Found these cute-as-can-be cupcake kit at World Market...the kit included the mixes,frosting, coconut and the cupcake aprons and snowflake picks. They are beyond delicious! Hubby said they are the best cupcakes he's ever eaten! High praise from a man who never passed up a cupcake in his life!
Note how the icing looks like melting snow! A happy accident...apparently there is a bit of a "trick" and/or science to creating "stiff" buttercream frosting. I didn't successfully manage it, but the cupcakes still turned out cute and tasty anyway.
The kit made twelve cupcakes...as you can see here, their numbers are dwindling quick! The "melting" icing won't have much of a shelf life around here! Hubby dear will see to that! It was fun baking something festive and EASY. I am going to tackle World Market's chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies tomorrow! Pictures (and much taste testing) to come!