Abi’s birthday is right around the corner (gasp!  how did this happen?  how did an entire year pass in just two weeks?) so I’m trying out different cupcake recipes to find the perfectcupcake for her first birthday.  I started with a martha stewart recipe for vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting.  nope.  Frosting was great (if not a little too sweet) but for some reason the cupcake part was not great.  I can’t find my beater attachment to the stand mixer, so I used the whisk.  Perhaps that’s my problem there.

This afternoon I tried an Ina Garten recipe for carrot cake cupcakes.  I read some of the reviews of the recipe, thankfully – the recipe had them in there for something like 40 minutes.  But in the end, it didn’t really matter because I didn’t have any carrots.  Used them up for my corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s day.  I had already started mixing when realizing I had no carrots.  I wasn’t about to run to the store for carrots, so I omitted them.  Lovely spiced cake, I thought.  It will be OK w/o carrots.  Didn’t even use the whisk attachment this time.  I guess I left them in there too long (but certainly not  the 40 minutes it called for) because these suckers were crunchy on the top, nice and mushy on the bottom. 

it could have been worse

Nice frosting though.  I went ahead and peeled the liners off all the cupcakes to make it easier on those who were brave enough to try them.  They were stuck on there pretty good.  I’m not giving up.  I’ll try another recipe next weekend.  Something lemon, perhaps?  Her party will be outside in the backyard garden-party style (if we had a garden, or any plants in the backyard for that matter).

In other news today, Steve got his ‘all-clear’ diagnosis from the yearly CAT scan.  Hooray!  That week of waiting is always nerve-wracking.  He had the whole day off so Abi an I joined him at the Dr. and had breakfast after.  Stopped and got Abi a little wading pool to cool off in this summer.  Not working out so great, will probably go back and get the traditional hard sided plastic jobber.  This one squirts water.  A little too slippery for those just learning to walk.

Haven’t worked on my scarf in a while, need to start the next book club book ‘A Devil in the White City’. Unfortunately the library has a long wait list.  Will see if I can find it used somewhere.

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