Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meanwhile back on the farm...

My daughter's preschool attended a stage performance of the Little Red Hen today. Following the play, we had a picnic and these are the barnyard inspired cupcakes I made for the event. I was still on an adrenaline high from the coconut tinting success I experienced at Easter, so I went out on a limb and toasted the coconut for this batch. I know, I know, I might be getting a little heavy handed with the coconut, but it made for perfect looking hay don't ya think?

I'm excited to report that all the kids at the barnyard loved their treat. Their enthusiasm for the cupcakes was only slightly eclipsed by their excitement for riding the BIG yellow school bus to the play. So much for culture, right? For the next field trip we decided to scrap the idea of going to a museum. We have opted for simply loading up a good old "yellow dawg" with preschoolers and cupcakes and taking a few spins up and down the main drag of our town. We'll roll down all the windows, let the wind blow through our hair, and while away the day. Parents were already on their cell phones with work, scheduling personal days in order to chaperon that one. Myself included.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pink Saturday

When I was a kid, my mother would often buy Neapolitan ice cream. I think the whole point of this purchase was to get more bang for our buck by getting the variety of three flavors for the price of one. The only problem was, I have never been a fan of chocolate ice cream. Consequently, I would carefully dig out the strawberry and vanilla for myself and stick my dad with just the chocolate. So much for variety.
The same was true with these little Neapolitan candies. I would carefully nibble through the layer of strawberry and then polish off the vanilla mid-section, all the while being very careful not to encroach into the dreaded chocolate layer. I think I tossed the chocolate layer rather than leaving it for someone else. At least that was considerate, right?
I've matured somewhat since then. While I still do not like chocolate ice cream, I can now bring myself to eat all three layers of the candy. (Who knew they all tasted the same to begin with?) In fact I like it so much that I'm now working on not eating it all in one bite. I said I had matured somewhat.
Thank you so much for stopping by today for Pink Saturday. Please come by and share my candy with me anytime! In the meantime, pop over to the blog of our fabulous hostess, Beverly, for a list of today's Pink Saturday participants. Happy Day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Rabbit Hutch

I know Easter is officially over, but my decorations are staying up for awhile. You're completely shocked, right? I'm thinking these bunnies can be displayed at least until summer starts.
The eggs will probably wear out their welcome before then, but the bunnies have staying power.

Okay, I may need to put Harvey away until next year. The sight of a four-foot tall rabbit might be a little unsettling by the time July rolls around.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Television Tuesday

If you aren't watching Little Dorrit, the new Masterpiece Classic on PBS, you need to be. Two episodes of the five part drama have already been aired and they are FABULOUS!

The characters are so familiar and endearing that you are left each week with a peculiar feeling of curiosity...that sensation that makes you wonder what they all are doing while you are away from each other between episodes.

The very best part for me is that I have never read the Charles Dickens novel upon which the series is based. I don't know what's going to happen, and I cannot wait to find out. Bliss.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Tisket a Tasket...

Well sweet friends, we are up to our usual around my house, making holiday favors for little classmates, and having a ball! I even tinted coconut for the first time. Watch out Martha, here I come.
I love the way these turned out, but I thought they needed a little something extra...
Like a carrying case.
Every cupcake definitely needs its own carrying case, right?