Dear Moms of Pinterest,
I bet your kids are super excited that it’s Summer.
It’s obvious that you have tons of fun things planned.
Crafts, creative field trips, water bombs made from sponges that you carefully cut into perfectly measured strips…
I mean. Does it get any better?
I’m thinking that maybe you should invite my son over for a few days. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but I have been known to let his iPod babysit him for an hour while I work (which is code for stalk Facebook, if we are TRULY being honest).
It’s not supposed to turn out this way.
I have great intentions, but things just never work out. I buy the popsicle sticks, I stock up on modge podge, and 6 months later, I find it in a crumpled Walmart stack in the back of my closet while I’m hiding Christmas presents.
In my defense, this Summer is completely new territory for me. I have an almost 9 year old boy and a 7 month old baby girl, and finding activities that the baby can come along on WITHOUT sweating her face off is difficult.
After about a week of the “Where are we goings what are we doings” I decided that Jon David and I should put together a list of fun Summer activities that we can manage with an infant in tow.
We got out our paper and Sharpie with enthusiasm. WE ARE PLANNING SUMMERRRR!!! WE ARE LIKE THE PEOPLE ON PINTEREST!!!
But then I started browsing the internet and was floored.
Don’t people ride bikes anymore? Lemonade stands? Water gun fights?
From what I’ve gathered on Pinterest, Summer is now equivalent to a never ending episode of Punky Brewster.
I am not cut out for this, Pinterest moms. I’m just not.
I do not troll around behind supermarkets looking for empty boxes to turn into a play village. Am I the only one who feels creepy driving around alleys? I don’t even think we are supposed to take things without permission anyways, just saying.
I don’t camp in the backyard. THERE. ARE. BUGS.
I don’t arrange my child’s snacks on his plate so that it resembles a fruit mosaic of a cartoon character. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Plus, it’s just two eaten grapes away from heartbreak.
And the sprinkler carnival made out of PVC pipe?
Touche, crafty mom. You’ve bested me again.
If you need me, I’ll be in my PJ’s, snuggling my son, rocking my baby, and surfing Facebook.
If we get super bored, I might pack up the kidlets and head out for donuts. No one judges people getting donuts in their pajamas — even at noon. Still breakfast, people. Still breakfast.
But thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest Moms. I love repinning your fun.
From my couch.
Kristan, the sucky Summer mom who still loves her kids an awful huge ton
One thing I can manage?
I was browsing one of my favorite cookbooks a few weeks ago when I came across a recipe for Crispy Magic Frosting.
I consider myself a frosting expert, so I was intrigued. How is there a frosting I’ve never heard of? And WHAT is Crispy Magic?
Obviously, I needed to get to the bottom of things.
I’m thrilled to say, it’s quite possibly the best frosting I’ve ever had.
If you’ve ever had Swiss Meringue Buttercream, it’s a lot like that — silky in texture, light and fluffy, and super buttery. However — UNLIKE most Swiss Meringue Buttercream, this is actually sweet. Most Swiss Meringue I’ve had is buttery and hardly sweet at all, but this recipe adds confectioners sugar at the end, and it’s really perfect.
The crispy part?
The granulated sugar in the recipe gives it a tiny bit of crunch when you bite it. That crunch combined with the smooth silky texture is perfection.
The cupcakes are adapted from my favorite Hershey recipe. I scaled it down to make a dozen — that is a much better number for my family than 24 (our neighbors have four kids, so that’s six to send over there and two a piece for me and the boys). If deep dark chocolate isn’t your thing, sub regular Hershey baking powder for Special Dark.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (I used Hershey Special Dark)
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Crispy Magic Frosting:
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large egg white
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) salted butter, room temperature and cut into 2 inch chunks
- 1 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 TBS milk
- 1 TBS vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Add your mini chocolate chips and toss to coat. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in boiling water. Fill muffin tins evenly with batter and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Prepare frosting:
- In a heat proof bowl, whisk granulated sugar and egg whites together. Place over a pot of simmering water and continue to whisk for 3-5 minutes, until mixture is hot to the touch and thinned.
- Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of a mixer. Beat on medium high with the whisk attachment for about 7 minutes, until it forms a white meringue that is cool to the touch. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add the butter. Beat another 5 minutes or so until the butter is completely incorporated.
- Add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is satiny.
- Frost cupcakes and garnish with sprinkles.
Cupcakes adapted from Hershey
Frosting adapted from Flour by Joanne Chang
Ain’t nothin wrong with a few cupcakes and a ton of frosting. That’s my motto.
Enjoy and have a happy Monday!!