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Thursday, May 9, 2013

April ends......let May begin!

April apparently was the lull before the storm.  I finished NaPoWriMo though and I’m exceptionally proud of myself for that at least!  
May has brought the end of my daughter’s sophomore year of college and with it a final project that had us up until anywhere between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. for an entire week.  No, I didn’t help her with it per se, I just didn’t want to leave her downstairs alone working by herself and stressing out.  She stressed out anyway, but last night we all went out to Fridays for a celebratory dinner.  She’s officially a junior now.  Can’t believe the time went by so fast, but I can’t believe it’s almost my birthday AGAIN either.  Don’t ask which one, because I’m not sure I’m willing to tell anymore, and that my dears says a lot.  Age IS a state of mind, but my mind isn’t quite ready to wrap around this one, no matter that I feel about 20 most of the time.
May has also brought my very first root canal.  I wasn’t worried about it, despite my husband’s fear on my behalf.  (He is terrified of dentists) I have a pretty high pain tolerance so the only part I was dreading was the xrays which make me attempt to puke my guts up every single time.  They scheduled me for an hour and a half and three hours later I was on my way home.  In a fashion that is true to me, I had to REDO the only part I was dreading not once, or twice, or even three times.  I had to redo xrays FOUR times because their computer system upgrade over the weekend had apparently done something odd to the xray software.  Yay me.  So after three hours in the chair, I made my way home with a filling and four fewer roots than I went in with, along with a nice little bottle of Loritab.
The dentist said  it was going to hurt like a bear for two to three days. I think he was trying to prepare me just in case.  I had a small amount of pain the night of the procedure and went ahead and took the pain pills that night and about half of the following day since I wasn’t sure if it just didn’t hurt or if the pain pills were keeping the pain at bay.  I’m pretty sure it didn’t hurt, but I had a lovely day of drug induced coma the day following and am now back to myself just in time to begin summer vacation with my kiddo.
Next week is our self proclaimed “cupcake week”.  Another celebration for the end of her sophomore year of college.  She’s expressed an interest in dropping out of school and starting a cupcakery.  Ha.  Any parents out there know how that conversation ended.
She’s okay with school, just had a trying year and hopefully the summer will rejuvenate her for the next two years at which time if she still wants she’ll have my blessing to try to start her cupcakery.  So here’s the list of our cupcake agenda.  Anyone have any ideas for a new, or interesting cupcake to add to the list?
Reeses Peanut Butter Cupcakes
a chocolate peanut butter cupcake with a creamy peanut butter frosting.

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes
A vanilla cupcake with fresh raspberry filling and a raspberry cream frosting.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes
A pumpkin cupcake infused with caramel and topped with a spiced caramel cream cheese frosting.

Caramel Pear Cupcakes
A vanilla cupcake with pears and caramel topped with caramel cream cheese frosting

Banana Split Cupcakes
A vanilla ice cream cupcake filled with strawberries and pineapple topped with banana whipped cream frosting drizzled with chocolate and caramel topped with a cherry

Peppermint Patty Cupcakes
A dark chocolate cupcake baked with peppermint patties and topped with a chocolate peppermint frosting.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
A banana, pineapple and coconut cupcake with lush rum buttercream frosting

We haven’t worked out all the recipes for the following so feel free to offer suggestions and/or ideas!
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Italian Creme Cupcakes
Blueberry Pound Cake Cupcakes
Rocky Road Cupcakes
Peach Pie Cupcakes
Dreamsicle Cupcakes
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Boston Creme Cupcakes
Bananas Foster Cupcakes
Smores Cupcakes
Cucumber Cream Cheese Cupcakes
and the finally for all you ladies out there
the Aunt Flo Cupcake which will be a death by chocolate cupcake with an indulgent chocolate ganache filling and dark chocolate cream frosting topped with a Midol.  
Any suggestions?  
We’re starting next week most likely after a grocery list is made since she refuses to use any prepared ingredients for her cupcakes so everything must be fresh.

These are the cupcakes my kiddo did for my nieces wedding and the wedding cake I made for them.



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