What a relaxing weekend. We had the greatest weather here. I hope it stays for 6 more weeks.
I was going to go for a walk at this park on Friday after work, but then discovered that some parks don't have any lighting. Maybe none do actually...but it's open until 10pm so I thought that would mean that there are some lights...but no, not even in the parking lot. Nope, not one. I had about 20 minutes before it went completely dark...so I didn't really get to go far.
We're most likely using this park for Andrew's senior photos and I just wanted to have a look around. What I learned is that this is a great park - if you want to be killed. It's DARK.
Saturday was homecoming at Andrew's high school.
He's got this adorable girlfriend, we'll call her Sarah.
I have been so sure that Sarah looks like some celebrity....and for a week I have been struggling to figure it out...and I DID!!! She looks SO MUCH of Neve Campbell (who I love). You all know Neve from Party of Five.
We did some yard work Saturday too. I love my backyard. I spent a fair amount of time just swinging in my hammock enjoying the blue sky. Love it.
Sunday was peaceful. I walked 7 miles (yay) and we made cupcakes for Andrews choir class.
I had some wonderful young assistants who helped. We made them with a creamy filling, instant pudding, a first for all of us - and we had a few learning lessons along the way. Like when you carve out the space for the pudding center, bigger is not better.
We originally were filling almost the entire center of the cupcake, but once our taste tester tried one of them, we realized that as soon as you take a bite, it tends to just fall into mushy pieces. So we cut back to a more reasonable filling center and they are wonderful! These are super-easy to make - and better than just making regular cupcakes. They probably took twice as long to complete, but it was our first time. And my assistants were young. And one of them would stop between every 3 cupcakes to ask about eating one. I would have said yes to that more often, but I caught on quick that sugar gives her energy!. I really appreciated their help though, as prepping 40 cupcakes is really tiring!
Another weekend done and gone. Sad. Back to work tomorrow. I'm working on a deadline for quarterly reports and have a stressful week ahead. Not excited for that.
Have you made cupcakes with a creamy center? What did you use for your cream? The pudding is really creamy, I should have made some homemade creamy-stuff and I could have controlled the texture a bit better.
Oh, and do you refrigerate your cupcakes? I never do - but with the pudding in the middle (made with milk!), I felt like I need to.
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