Yesterday was a very productive day.
I started off with what should have been a 4 mile run. I even woke up at 6am to beat the heat.
Sadly, however, the heat beat me. This run was brutal. I ended up running 3 miles and walking at least 1 mile, thanks to the many many walk breaks that I had to take.
After getting cleaned up, I decided to make these:
Can you smell the spicy, carrot-cakey goodness?
I knew that I was going to be meeting my friends in Lima for a Bible study later that night, and I wanted to surprise them with a sweet treat.
But really, I never need an excuse to bake.
For these cupcakes, I started with a box mix. I have made carrot cupcakes from scratch before and they were amazing, but I opted for the “lazy girl’s” way yesterday.
But never fear… I finished them off with my favorite homemade cream cheese frosting.
But before jumping to the frosting (which, let’s be honest, is always the best part), let’s talk about the cupcakes…
This box mix typically calls for 1 cup of water, ½ cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs.
In an attempt to make them a little healthier (I know… it’s laughable), I substituted ¼ c. of oil for 1/4 c. applesauce. I also used 2 eggs and 2 egg whites.
After adding the water and cake mix to the mixer, I added the 1/4 c. applesauce…
…and the 1/4 c. oil.
Next came the 2 eggs…
… and the 2 egg whites.
After mixing the batter for about 2 minutes, I poured it into the cupcake liners.
The cupcakes baked at 350 degrees for 17 minutes.
And that’s it! Easy-peesy.
For the frosting, I used a recipe from my favorite cookbook:
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Martha really knows her stuff.
I love this recipe because it doesn’t use butter. Don’t get me wrong… I love butter. Butter and me are cool. But for some reason, I seem to prefer my cream cheese frosting without butter.
Call me crazy.
Cream Cheese Frosting
(from the “Great Food Fast” cookbook)
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat this time, and I couldn’t tell the difference)
- ¾ cup confectioners sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Throw all of the ingredients into the mixer and blend well. I let mine mix on low speed for a few minutes.
If you aren’t going to eat the cupcakes right away, put the frosting in a plastic container in the fridge.
Frost cupcakes before serving.
Oh yeah, and clean up your mess.
But first, savor.
So last night, I met the other girls at Biggby’s Coffee for our Bible study.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet or not, but we’re reading through this book:
I’m definitely enjoying the study, and I’m enjoying spending time with these girls.
Last night, Haley wasn’t able to join us (we missed you, Haley!). But Abigail and Julie didn’t seem to mind that there were less cupcakes to share.
They gave the cupcakes “two thumbs up”… of course, they’re both so sweet that they probably would have said they liked them regardless.
Last night’s chapter was on Delilah and Samson (you can find the story in Judges 16). At the end of each chapter, the author always discusses some lessons that we can learn from the story. One of her points last night was: “For a happy home, keep your scissors out of reach.”
For those who know the story, you know that it involves Delilah cutting off Samson’s hair. But the author was trying to make a point. Sometimes in marriage relationships, we wives can “snip-snip-snip” at our husband’s sense of worth. Rather than building him up with our words, we can cut him down… often without meaning to.
This chapter just made me examiner my choice of words more carefully. I think 7 months in to a marriage, little “snips” might just be funny or laughed off. But 7 years into a marriage, they might not be so cute anymore. I want to learn to be careful now, so that I can continue to protect this relationship that is so special to me.
A good verse that went with the story was Proverbs 14:1 “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Question for ya…
What is your favorite kind of cupcake?
Personally, I don’t discriminate. But I think my absolute favorites would be any that had a cream cheese frosting… carrot cake, red velvet, etc. Yum!