Holiday Happiness

I love to write. I really do. And I really, really love to blog. I love everything about it. I love pretty layouts and conversational feels and lots of photos. That said, no one likes the blogs that feel fake, staged and all to perfect. Especially when you happen to know the person irl—Which brings me to my silence of late. Maybe my shiz is just too perfect right now. I mean yeah, Saturday I neglected to get dressed, shower or even bother brushing my teeth, but that’s cuz I was busy just being with my beautiful girlfriend. After having all the kids for about two weeks straight It was nice to just be with her without stopping to find someone’s other glove, pour yet another glass of juice, or argue about whether bedtimes are necessary.

But that’s it. My biggest struggles in life right now are making foods that all the humans will eat and remembering where my keys are. Other than that, I have just been living. Living my every day to the fullest with the people I love the most.

This holiday season has been glorious already. It’s hectic and I wish I had more time off to slow down and enjoy it all, but it’s still fantastic.

We’ve made Christmas cookies:christmas-cookies

Played games:

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Created and worn far too many temporary tattoos:original

Met Darth Vader:img_1956

Played in the snow:img_1912

Cuz our ‘hood looks like this:

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But warmed up in an indoor water park:

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And had way to much fun with that damn elf I never said I’d be a part of. our elf on the shelf.png

And maybe used shopping centers for our our own, personal photo shoots.

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And frankly, I just love all of it.

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My daughter has been counting down to this day for weeks. I’m not really sure why, because in all honesty, we do almost nothing different from any other day. I know lots of the cool moms kick off the day with green pancakes and green milk or even green eggs and ham before dressing their miniatures in adorable leprechaun garb. I managed to find mine some green shirts and poured them some Lucky Charms.I know, I KNOW. I was NEVER gonna feed my kids that god awful sugar+corn syrup+artificial flavors and coloring cereals, but the box was like throw-back cool and the marshmallows were seasonally ALL green clovers. (Shamrocks?) Update: They are both still alive. I’ll feed ’em same kale for dinner.

Anyway, the day is here. Here’s my girl sporting her green.

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The kids were supposed to be at their dad’s tonight, but he will be battling for the city league basketball championship (yes, that is a real thing) so I get my littles. We are gonna get all domesticated and make my favorite green velvet cupcakes.

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Here’s the recipe if you feel like playing along. Really, it’s great recipe, just switch it to red (duh) if you prefer the classic, or play with any color for a super festive look. Or separate the batter and do all sorts of colors for a rainbow affair.

Cupcakes

1 ¼ c. flour

¾ c. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

¾ cup vegetable oil

½ c. milk

1 egg

1 tbsp. green food coloring

1 tsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla

 

Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl , whisk together wet ingredients. Gradually add dry mix to wet mix at medium speed. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350. Yields 1 dozen cupcakes.

 

Icing

¼ c. butter at room temp.

¼ c. cream cheese, softened

½ tsp. vanilla

2 c. confectioner’s sugar

Whipping cream (or milk) as needed

 

Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Add cream/milk for preferred consistency.

 

Eat and Enjoy!