Planetary Cupcakes

19 Oct



Who says science can’t be delicious?  Not moi!

Sometimes us teachers have to be creative.  You know, how can we call goodies in the classroom educational.  Er, I mean, how can we make learning fun…

So anyways… I made these a couple of years ago (back in my earlier cupcake days) for a bunch of adorable 2nd graders who had stolen my heart and were studying the solar system at the time.



There’s not necessarily a recipe that goes with this post… I used my favorite cupcake recipe, and then tweaked the sizes the best I could to parallel planet sizes.  (Obviously, these aren’t even CLOSE to ‘to scale,’ but I focused more on relative size [you know, Jupiter being the big oaf of a cupcake and Mercury the bitty baby]).  I made a double batch, partly to feed all the hungry mouths, and partly so I would have enough cupcakes to make a whompin’ sun.


I also know Pluto is no longer a ‘planet.’  ‘Cept I had a cutie-pie little guy in my class who was outspoken on his love for Pluto.  A little guy who didn’t say much else.  It was almost like he related with that little guy on the outside of the planet clique.  So in his honor, I make a tiny bitty cupcake with a tiny bitty candy representing ‘Pluto’ on it.  And that particular little kiddo just about exploded with joy when he saw that ‘Pluto’ cupcake, in turn melting my old, mushy heart.

Back to the topic at hand.  You’ll also need copious amounts of food coloring.  Yeah, yeah, I know – dyes and badness.  Pish, posh, all is forgiven in the name of learning silly kittens!

Plus, this way licking knives results in awesome (makeupless) pics with a sexy blonde;)


Go get your learning cupcakes on!

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Nutella Cookies – Soft, chewy and easy peasy!

16 Oct

If you don’t follow me on Pinterest (what your deal be?) then perhaps you haven’t noticed my obsession with Nutella.  Nothing new really, just now publicly visible.

Nutella on toast, nutella on crackers, nutella in pies, nutella snack-packs, apples dipped in nutella, it’s all just so dreamy.

I even made my own Nutella a few weeks ago (but that’s a story for another post kids).

My latest Nutella victory came in the form of one of the simplest cookies I have EVER made…  You best be making these ASAP:

4 Ingredient Nutella Cookies

Recipe adapted from A Busy Nest

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Nutella
  • 1 cup sugar (plus about 1 c. for rolling)
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingedients together well.
  3. Form into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in sugar (I did some in regular white and some in fun fall colored sugar)
  4. Place on cookie sheet. Criss cross with a fork pressing down gently.
  5. Bake 7-8 minutes or until set. Cool (or devour right out of the oven if you’re antsy in your pantsies).
You’ll be totally astounded at how freakin’ delicious these are and how well they keep their light, soft and yet chewy texture.  They’re not the type of cookie that hardens up when they cool.  In fact, you’ll probably be left thinking…
where have you been my whole life?
PS) Special thanks to Miss Oyin for the lovely autumn sugar via super-cheer-inducing care package:)

Falling in Love

17 Sep

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of autumn.  I know lots of New Yorkers who would slap me for saying that but the truth is, I can’t help but see fall as a precurser to our endless months of frigidity.  Alas.

However, today was one of those crisp, juicy fall days that even the most hard-hearted autumn-haters can’t hate on.

Breakfast with the folks, tennis in the crisp fall air, local fresh apples,

cinnamon donuts and icy cider,

a new wreath project for the shoppe

droopy Amish white bread (I think I peeked one to many times!)

and homemade honey cinnamon butter (recipe coming soon!).

What’s not to love!?

What I’ve been procrastinating… BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

13 Sep

Alright, so I have *completely* run out of excuses…

  • The laundry is done and clothes are put away.
  • The floors have been vacuumed.
  • The dishes are done and the sink has been scrubbed.
  • The dogs have been fed.
  • Beautiful childhood friend’s wedding photos have been uploaded to facebook for appropriate oogling.
  • Window boxes have been made, painted, hung and planted.
  • That weird upstairs shelving unit now has a curtain bar and a cute homemade curtain covering it.
  • Groceries have been bought and put away.
  • Plants have been watered.
  • Pinterest has been scoured and repinned obsessively
  • Mason jar chandelier is painted, roped and completed.  Perfect in every way.
  • Homemade Lipton Diet Green Tea recipe has been located and True Lime has been ordered in anticipation
  • Windowsill has been repaired and repainted (thanks to great dane mutt for that little project – yes he chewed on it).
  • Kitchen door has been repaired and repainted (thanks to cockapoo for the jump-scratching destruction.)
  • Bathroom door has repainted (thanks to my clumsy self and hair dye for that little project.)
Oh, wait, you’re wondering what all these silly projects were keeping me from?  Caught me.  This queen of (sometimes productive) procrastination has been putting off this very post.  And the completion of a related website…
The truth is, I was scurred.  Vewy, vewy scurred.  ‘Cause a close girlfriend and I are venturing out into unknown territory together(and by that I mean I’m scared silly and she’s all confident and poised – typical).
This post is an announcement.  Opening the floodgates to criticism and/or sharing our love for all things sparkly, ruffly, functional, and overall lovely with the world at large.
Did you guess yet?
We’re opening an Etsy shop.  Which will here-forth be known as our Etsy shoppe, because clearly that sounds much more chic and desirable.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon excited about the process; the incredible logo and banner hubs created for us, and all the fun ideas we’ve been bouncing around, buying and upcycling great materials all under the guise of ‘work,’ the projects that have culminated in killer products I’m psyched to share, even the putting together of the actual site.
It’s just that there is this nervous, insecure, pessimistic, stressed-out, totally terrified little voice inside of me that says that a) nobody is going to be interested in my stupid creations and b) anyone who does make the mistake of purchasing one of my goodies is surely going to regret it and make that clear in their seller reviews.
SHUT UP VOICE.
So, on that note, now that you are all privy to my self-conversing and hideous inner voice – aren’t you just dying to mosey over to the new shoppe?  Ha!
In all seriousness, I’m hoping to have that beaut up and running by mid to end of-this week.  Fingers crossed?  All that is really left is uploading pics/sharing the deets of the first projects up for sale.  You know, putting my creative handiwork on display for the world to see (and perhaps chew up and spit out – says that little obnoxious voice) which I’ve been avoiding with gusto.
I’ll keep you updated kittens.  Until then…  xoxo!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

8 Aug

So last week I mentioned that I’d picked up the simple ingredients to make some homemade dishwasher detergent.  And maybe I was ridiculously excited about it (I’m an old married woman, it’s the little things these days!).  But come on guys – it’s totally gonna save some serious monies!!  So here’s the lowdown:

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (On the cheap!)

Recipe from Frugally Green

You need:

  • 2 cups of Borax (laundry aisle of your grocery store)
  • 2 cups of Baking Soda (a big box is also available in the laundry aisle)
  • 4 small packets of unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid (you can also use 4 tablespoons of citric acid–if you can find it)

You do:

  1. Mix it all together.  That’s it.  One measly step.  Unless you count…
  2. Do a happy cash-money saving dance.
You use:
2 tablespoons per load, one inside the closed locking cup and one in the open cup.
This was def. one of those, no way this can work that well for such simple ingredients and hardly any money.  And then, by Job, it did!  My dishes came out squeaky clean without a bit of residue and spelling delightfully fresh! Happy dances ensued!
You can store it in your old detergent box or a glass jar so I can see the money you’re saving more clearly:)  I figure this cost me about $3 and should last about 32 loads.  As opposed to the $7 I used to pay for that many loads previously.  Plus, you can use white vinegar for your rinse agent!  Go figure!!
Anyways… happy savings kiddos!! xoxo:)

A few of my favorite things: Summer Lovin’

2 Aug
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Hello from the summer(wedding)loving couple!

Good afternoon ladies and gents(?),

Thought I’d take a moment to share a glimpse into my littlest joys in life*, cheery things around the house that make the days of unemployment and hospitalized grandparents a little perkier. Continue reading

Bitty Update

22 Jul

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Right now, I am all kinds of absorbing the moment.

It’s a beautiful morning here in upstate NY, clear blue skies and a light breeze and lots of degrees cooler than yesterday. I’m sitting on our balcony, sipping coffee with almond joy creamer (!!), snuggling our 2 impossibly adorable mutts and catching the occasional glimpse of the giant sign in our front yard:

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Did I mention I have the most supportive and wonderful friends and family in the universe? Continue reading