Saturday, March 3, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Sigh: Paris...

Black Bottom Cupcakes

These are chocolate and banana cupcakes with cream cheese and banana topping. OH MY...they are so good! I'll start with a picture by Bakerella because mine simply don't do them justice. If you ever get around to making these, here's a tip: warm them up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and they're like little molten cakes. These cupcakes are best when warm! It's too bad most of them didn't stay at our house. I made them for a dear lady from our church that just had knee surgery this past week. 

Photo by Bakerella

Here is the recipe:

Black Bottom Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Mixture
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 small banana, pureed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Mixture
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large bananas, pureed
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the cream cheese mixture:
  • Beat cream cheese and sugar until nice and fluffy.
  • Add banana, egg and vanilla and mix together until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.
For the chocolate mixture:
  • Sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, soda and salt using a wire whisk.
  • Add bananas, oil and vanilla and mix together on low until combined.
  • Use a large scoop to fill cupcake liners with batter.
  • Repeat topping the cupcake batter with the cream cheese mixture.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until done.
Makes about 18 cupcakes.

A week in pictures

Finally got our puppy

Bentley is 10 weeks old

Burning off some energy at Jumpin

Actually sharing the ipad ;)

My new favorite gelato place in town.

Eating chocolate, chocolate chip gelato is serious business!

Setting up his army men for battle.

Only a few casualties

Found a heart in Loveland that I thought said 'Mommy loves princess Emma' Actually it said Mammy...but we'll pretend it said Mommy. ;)

Goobers in Sunday school. =)

Not pictured:

  • Very high winds: 55-75 mph
  • Puppy training
  • Many walks with the dog
  • Cleaning up messes
  • Potato and corn chowder
  • Ladies bible study
  • Lunch with a friend at Sophia's Bistro (new fav)
  • Planning Luke's pirate birthday...stay tuned for that one!
  • Warm cozy slippers
  • Favorite Scentsy smell: Sticky Cinnamon Bun
  • Children's church: always fun =)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We had a Dr. Seuss themed day at school to celebrate his birthday. Here are some of our activities that don't require much prep work but still make the day fun for your child.

 You can print off your free activity book {HERE}

 Emma really enjoyed the activity book.
Take a break with some delicious parfaits! Layer equal parts of red jello and cool whip

 Enjoying their 'Cat and the Hat' parfaits.
 Little bro really liked this part of the day. ;)
Finish off the day reading your favorite Dr. Seuss books!

 Emma has 'The Cat and the Hat' Tag Reader and loved reading the story like that.

Thursday, March 1, 2012