The red ripe strawberry

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Last week I bought a big container of strawberries that we didn’t eat fast enough so I had to find some way to use them all up.  I scoured the interwebs and I found the Sprinkles strawberry cupcake recipe on Martha Stewart’s website.  I read all the comments and I made some slight adjustments to the recipe and they turned out pretty great.  The frosting sort of tasted like strawberry ice cream but the cupcakes were lacking in strawberry flavor even though I added 1/2 cup of puree to the batter.  Next time I will add even more strawberry puree to the batter or better yet use cherry puree to try to replicate the delicious Sprinkles’ cherry cupcakes I had over the summer.

Sprinkles’ Strawberry Cupcakes

Notes:  I used 3 large eggs instead of 1 egg and 2 egg whites.  I added 1/2-cup of strawberry puree to the cupcake batter and 1/4-cup of strawberry puree to the frosting.   I also was able to make 12 cupcake and 6 mini-cupcakes due to the extra puree in the batter.

Makes 1 dozen

  • 2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

Sprinkles’ Strawberry Frosting

Makes enough for 1 dozen cupcakes (Makes a ton of frosting so unless you pile it up like they do at Sprinkles, you should half it, except for the strawberry puree part. I added 1/4-cup of strawberry puree and had a ton of frosting to spare most likely because I added so much puree.

  • 1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.
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6 years and counting

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It’s been six years since I married my husband and I can’t believe that he still likes me.  I am not an easy person to live with but I figure he’s just too lazy to get a divorce and find somebody new. **Correction, he says he’s too busy.**

The kids slept over at my parents last night and I was able to sleep in until 10am this morning.  It was sooo good!  I haven’t been sleeping very much at night since Auge still doesn’t sleep the whole night through.  I put her to bed at 7:30pm and she usually wakes up by 1am and every 2 hours after that so I really don’t get too much sleep.  But now that I had one uninterrupted night of sleep I feel sort of recharged and ready to be a mom again.

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Movie Madness

I was a crazy woman and took Grumble and Auge to the Diaper Days showing of Bolt.  I wanted to get out of the house and let Grumble see a movie that he would like. He was so good when I took him to see WALL-E that I thought he would be able to sit still during this movie.

I tried to be prepared and get to the theater early to feed him lunch and get the handicapped seats so I could spread a blanket on the floor and have him sit there.  I also made sure that my friend Sarah was going with her two kids so we could tag-team the kids.  I fed Grumble grapes and popcorn hoping that I could bribe him to behave and sit still.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  He stood still through the trailers and maybe 10 minutes of the movie happily eating the food but after that he was all over the place.

I think the movie was ok but I really wasn’t paying attention to it.  I was too busy trying to get Grumble to stop rolling around on the theater floor and chasing other kids.  I know that he was just being a 2 year old and that I shouldn’t expect him to sit still through the whole thing, but it would have been nice.  Thank god for Sarah.  She did her best to keep him in line and even held him on her lap for awhile but he wasn’t having any of it.  On the bright side, at least he didn’t have a complete meltdown like some other kids there.

I think the picnic blanket on the floor an inspired idea but it would have been better if Grumble actuallly sat on it.  Instead Sarah’s daughter sat on it and so did another kid who was sitting a row behind us.  He saw the popcorn and he climbed down onto our blanket and started eating the popcorn.  It was a little weird but I let it pass as long as the kid’s mom was ok with it.  Then it got crazy when the boy started dumping popcorn into his mouth from the tupperware container I put it in.  I can’t believe his mom didn’t stop him.  Of course, as her kid was doing that my son was running around and yelling, “Space ranger!  Space rangers!” to the screen.

So my lesson of the day is that no movie theaters for Grumble until he’s 3 or until he can watch at least half a movie at home sitting still.

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Sucker!

So, you know that photography session that I talked about a few weeks ago?  The rep came to our house tonight to show us the pictures and to discuss the packages that we could purchase.  The pictures were great and Grumble and Auge are really cute in them so they were so hard to choose from.  I definitely wanted to get my free 8×10 and 10×13 but there were a lot of other good pictures that I wanted to get too.  Unfortunately, the packages they offer are crazy expensive!  The lowest priced package was just under $200.  I was floored.  But I totally shelled out for one of the packages with the digital copies on cd.  I know I’m a sucker but the pictures were really good!  I just won’t use them again.  I guess there’s something to be said about the poor customer service at the places in the mall.  They are so sucky that you don’t feel bad about only getting the free picture.

Today is the last day for NaMoBloPo and I feel like a failure because I didn’t really accomplish any of my goals.  I really wanted to spend more time writing posts and get better at it but I found myself posting at the last possible minute because i would forget or be too busy during the day to do it.  In the future I’m going to try to be better but who knows if it will happen.  I’m going to be very busy getting the house ready for the holidays.

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Oops!

Almost forgot to post tonight!  Have a picture!

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