Sometimes I think that it’s really not fair that we have to pay money for basically everything. I mean, there are some things that really should be for free.
The other day, my husband informed me that I needed to buy new luggage because he didn’t want me dragging our funky old black set with the broken zippers to BlogHer Food. And it turns out that buying luggage is kind of dumb.
It’s expensive, it’s hard to find anything cute, and you barely ever even get to use it. Who really ENJOYS their luggage?
If you ask me, it’s something that we should just get for free. Along with car insurance, appliances, and tires, because OMG why are tires so expensive? Do they have gold inside of them?
Sometimes I think that I really should just be in government. One time a few years ago, I had this idea that instead of taxes, cities should just build a giant water slide, charge people to go down it, and use that money for roads and libraries and free luggage and all that. I mean, people are crazy about water slides, it’s a true story. I’ve known families to plan whole vacations around them. If you slap a water slide on a main road next to a McDonald’s, it would be the hottest ticket in town.
Unfortunately though, I’m just not cut out for running for office. One time in 3rd grade I ran for Student Council Secretary, and it did not go well at all. Mostly because I didn’t make posters or TELL anyone that I was running, but that seemed like a minor detail at the time.
Regardless, I am just a housewife, so luggage and tires still cost eleventy zillion dollars and we have to pay sales tax instead of taking water slide rides.
In other news, I made you cupcakes.
They’re Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, because besides water slides, people really like cheesecake. It’s another fact.
I recently came across a frosting on Pinterest that sounded really awesome (unfortunately there was no source, so if you know of the source, please let me know), using whipped cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar, Cool Whip, and instant pudding mix. I decided to try it with cheesecake pudding and top it with strawberries.
Instead of using plain sliced strawberries, I prepared a filling like that in a strawberry pie. It added sweetness and a bright color, which I loved.
These cupcakes are so yummy and summery, I hope you enjoy!!
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
2 dozen strawberry cupcakes, baked and cooled (I used a mix)
1 box Jell-O Cheesecake Instant Pudding
1 cup cold milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 oz (1/2 8 oz tub) whipped cream cheese
8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 lb strawberries, cleaned, hulled, and sliced
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 of a small box (3 oz) strawberry Jell-O
2 Tablespoons sugar
1. Prepare frosting: In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix, milk, and powdered sugar until smooth and thick, about 2 minutes. Mix in cream cheese until smooth and fold in Cool Whip until smooth and completely blended. Chill for about an hour to firm.
2. While frosting is chilling, prepare strawberry filling: In a medium saucepan, combine water and cornstarch, whisking over medium heat. Once mixture is smooth, thickened, and boiling, remove from heat and stir in sugar and Jell-O until dissolved. Add strawberries, coating thoroughly. Pour mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour to firm.
3. Once frosting and strawberry filling are firm, fill cupcakes: Cut a hole in the center of each cupcake, using either a knife or the top of a large piping tip. Fill the hole with frosting, overflowing so that frosting is on the top of the cupcake as well. Using a scoop or a spoon, neatly place some strawberry filling on top of the frosting.
Keep cupcakes refrigerated until serving.