Strawberry vs. Carrot

Since I am a mom to only those of the four-legged persuasion, I tend to host the Mother’s Day celebrations in my family.  And since, you already know about my chronic Martha-itis which strikes hard whenever I am having people over, I’m not embarrassed to tell you that I’ve been thinking about and planning this event for quite a while now.  I’ve made a new tablecloth, purchased the fabric for the coordinating napkins, and I’m still contemplating the new living room curtains.  I’m also thinking about the menu.  We’re getting together early for breakfast, so my recipe choices are limited, but in my opinion, I don’t think it’s ever too early to eat cupcakes.

My family is crazy about strawberries, so when I saw this recipe in Cooking Light for a strawberry layer cake, I knew I had to somehow fit that into breakfast.  I rationalized that strawberries are as much a fruit as bananas, and one wouldn’t think twice about having banana bread for breakfast, so why should strawberry cake be any different?  I figured that if I made them in the form of a cupcake, they would be much more breakfast friendly.  I had a plan, I was excited to make strawberry breakfast muffin-cupcakes.

And then I saw this recipe on 101 Cookbooks for carrot cake and now I’m torn.  First off, I would like to BE Heidi of 101 Cookbooks.  She’s gorgeous and takes amazingly delicious photos and is adventurous and successful in the kitchen.  I would like her to come to my kitchen with a few of her cookbooks and make me something delicious. (Like this whiskey and wheat berry salad because it looks so lovely and I want to convince myself that I do like wheat berries.)

But anyhow, that carrot cake sounds amazing and now I can’t decide what to make.  Strawberry muffins or delicious-looking carrot cake?  Help me decide.  Which would you pick?

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Snapshots

Lest you think I’ve completely abandoned you, here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately.

Easter colored Oreo cupcake candies… mmm.

New purses headed for the shop soon.

My new second-favorite dog, Chaz. He belongs to Luke’s cousin’s family.

Some Easter egg-hunting.

A few laughs.

Hey, look! GG’s on the Internet again! (She’s gonna be maaaaad…)

Here’s a really nice picture of my mom.

And the whole fam-damily.

And Luke’s mom in her fancy, new VW.

Look! Buds on the trees. Spring will be here soon, they tell me.  And OK, one more…

That one is for GG who likes animals wearing little hats.

Well, I hope you all had a lovely, busy, crazy fun weekend like I did.  Now are we all ready to face this week?  I’m not so sure I am yet.

[sigh…]

What a weekend. I want to go back and live it all over again, it was just too perfect. It was one of those weekends where I was having too much fun to remember to take pictures. Now that’s something. I took Friday off to go to Sturbridge and shop with my mom. The weather was fantastic, we had lunch, we bought shoes, it was the most wonderful day.

Saturday we worked on the deck and in the yard. We went for a motorcycle ride and to a picnic with friends. Sunday we had a repeat of Saturday, complete with a picnic in the evening and a relaxing afternoon of sitting on the deck with our neighbors, enjoying the fact that we were SITTING ON THE DECK! Woo-hoo! Monday we finished up a few things in the yard and I planted some new things in the garden. Luke put up a screen door off the kitchen so I can leave the door to the deck open and not have to chase wasps and flies out of the house.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend. Oh wait, yes I could. Yesterday we went across the yard to our neighbor’s house so Luke could help our neighbor uncover his camper. We were sitting in his driveway on the side of the house facing our house, but now that the leaves are on the trees, we can’t see our house from our neighbor’s anymore. We were there for maybe a half hour, then we walked home and saw a note written in the dirt just off the deck left by Paula and Karlo! I can’t believe we missed that. I’m sorry Paula! That surprise visit would have really topped off the weekend.

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S’Mores Bites Update: I took them to two picnics this weekend and was frankly shocked at the response they got. People were coming up to me and thanking me personally for bringing them. They were a huge hit! I still think I’ll make the again with Fluff and see if I like them better, but apparently I’m in the minority. Everyone else seemed to think they were pretty yummy as they were.

S’mores Bites

Last night I was trying to come up with a quick and easy way to use the ingredients I already had in my kitchen to make a fun and interesting treat to take to one of the barbecues we’re going to this weekend. Among the random ingredients I had on hand were graham crackers, a bag of stale mini marshmallows (only the best for my friends), a bag of chocolate chips, and half a bag of mini chocolate chips. Hmm… I smell S’mores.

Now you may remember when I tried to make S’mores Becky Balls (on a stick). Those, while delicious, were a failure. I figured that this new idea couldn’t possible fail. I would warm four mini marshmallows on graham crackers in the oven, then smoosh them, sandwich-style, with another graham cracker and dip the whole business in melted chocolate. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Well… they’re pretty. And they’re good in the way that anything dipped in chocolate is good, but they just don’t taste s’mores-y enough. Perhaps if I had used fresh marshmallows? Full-size marshmallows? Or maybe Marshmallow Fluff? Ohhh… Fluff! I bet that would have worked. Oh well, I’m out of chocolate and graham crackers. If anyone has the urge to try this out with Fluff, let me know how it comes out!