I have decided that people probably shouldn’t let their kids come to my house.
Don’t get me wrong. I always enjoy having kids around. But…when they get home, I am sure their parents are in for a time of it.
I feed them sugar without asking. As much as they want, honestly. For all I know, they go sugar free at home. I want them to think of my house as a food vacation.
Cookies for lunch? Sure kid!! This is temporary. Live it up!!
I tell lies.
But I have found that lies to children are acceptable when you rename them “stories”, so I don’t really feel bad about that one. Whatever.
And sometimes I say inappropriate things.
Today Jon David had a friend of his from church over. On the way home from church, they were talking about how STRESSFUL Christmas is. All the thinking about what to BUY FOR PEOPLE!!
(I can’t even make this stuff up. If you’ve ever listened quietly to children talking in the backseat, you know exactly what kind of ridiculousness I’m referring to)
For some reason, (Lord only knows why. Things come out of my mouth before my brain has the opportunity to put the breaks on them) I told the boys, “Know what I buy friends when I don’t know what to get them? I put on a Santa hat, give them a good kick in the behind and say, “that was from the big man in the North Pole!!”
Obviously, I had a clear window to lecture them on how the holidays are about the birth of baby Jesus. That we aren’t supposed to stress over what to buy people. Instead, it’s a time to celebrate Christ and be with the ones we love.
In hindsight, that is very clear. But at the time, I felt like a kick in the butt from Santa Claus was an appropriate gift suggestion.
When the boys responded that they didn’t think it was a very good gift, I replied, “Do you KNOW anyone who have ever received a booty kick from Santa?? THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT”.
I don’t know. I should be fired.
Parents, I’m sorry. You know who you are.
I am really hoping that the fact that I make awesome cupcakes makes up for my shortcomings as a parent and watcher of your children.
If they don’t, I’m afraid I don’t have much going for me.
These are so fun for kids and adults — The Gingerbread Cupcakes have the perfect balance of sweet and spice, and the Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Cheese frosting is TO. DIE.
Top these with some gumdrops and gingerbread cookies for easy decoration.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, slightly softened
- 1(8 oz) block cream cheese, slightly softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 TBS heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg until mixed, then water and molasses. Change mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Once combined, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Remove to wire rack to cool.
- Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Change mixer speed to low and slowly add powdered sugar until just mixed. Add cream and beat on high for two minutes. If frosting is too thick, add more cream 1 TBS at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Adapted from Taste of Home
These Gingerbread Cupcakes are so fun and festive. Enjoy and have a happy Monday!!