Happy Valentine’s Day!

I took today off work so that little O and I could spend the day together and join our friends in a Valentine’s Day playdate. We rarely get to do this sort of thing, so we’re really excited! I volunteered to bring a dessert, so I thought what better than red velvet cupcakes?! (Though I may regret this depending on how messy things get!) I made mini cupcakes for the little ones and large cupcakes for the mamas.

My original plan was to just pipe on some frosting and throw on a few Valentine’s Day sprinkles, but that plan went down the tube when I saw the chaos that was the Valentine’s Day aisle at Target last night. {Holy craziness! Why people wait to buy their kids’ valentines until the night before is beyond me, but judging by the remnants, I don’t recommend it.} There wasn’t a single solitary sprinkle left. So. . . I moved on to plan B. My friend Stacy had told me about a quick icing trick for cupcakes that produced a smooth surface for decorating, so I figured I would give it a try.

Using store-bought or homemade cream cheese frosting (or whatever kind you want), microwave it in 10 second intervals in a microwave-safe, shallow bowl until the frosting is smooth and liquidy (not sure if that’s a word, but I can’t think of a better description). Hold on to the bottom of each cupcake and dip the top, making sure to coat the edges, in the frosting. Turn the cupcake as you lift it out of the frosting to keep it from dripping everywhere. The top will set as a smooth surface, similar to Royal Icing. Then you can use decorating gel, candies, piped frosting, etc. to decorate the cupcakes.

I don’t think these turned out too bad for my first attempt! Granted, I’m not showing you the 4 or so cupcakes that are in my frig right now because they look too heinous to share. Word to the wise, don’t try to get too artistic using decorating gel or you could end up with a cupcake that looks like you tried to draw one of those little Quiznos rat things from the old commercials—and this is seriously the first thing that came to my mind when I looked down at said cupcake!

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I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and colleague. And trying to balance all of those roles at once can be utterly exhausting. Being the Type A control freak that I am, I try to run my life like a well-oiled machine. But sometimes the wheels get a bit squeaky (or just fly off completely, let's be honest). I have to slow down (yeah right, I know), give the different parts of my life a little tune-up and get back on the road.

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