Oct 1, 2012

Building Hope...and Cupcakes

Isn't it nice when someone encourages you? A kind word, a nice gesture, they go a long way. Last week on my morning jog with the little ones, a neighbor who I hadn't yet met took one look at my double jogger going uphill and said "What a great Mom! We need great Moms; they build hope for the future".  I was totally out of breath (from the hill AND from what he said). I managed to respond with a "thank you" and felt an instant pick-me-up. Mommyhood is wonderful, but oftentimes unappreciated by others. So it was awesome to hear encouraging words.

The jury is still out whether taking my kids for a jog constitutes being a good mom, but the take-away was clear: great moms are not only needed and important, they build hope for a better future. Hearing these words reminded me of the influential role we moms play in the lives of our kids and therefore our community. That's pretty awesome.

Now onto cupcakes....

That afternoon, Will, James and I went to a neighbors house for dinner. We were in charge of dessert and I decided to try a cupcake recipe using applesauce. I know, I know....why mess with a cupcake recipe? Go big or go home, right? Well I read that this recipe was actually really delicious and wouldn't disappoint someone wanting a real cupcake experience (namely, me and the kids!).

A few simple ingredients: boxed cake mix + 1 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1 cup water

I had a little helper. His hand looks weird here, but I swear he has normal hands.

We followed baking instructions per the box recipe and added some caramel buttercream frosting on top to complete the dessert. This is definitely not "healthy", but it's certainly healthier than original recipe and tasted amazing. The texture was super-moist and made me reconsider ever using eggs and oil in a cake mix again. All the kids (and adults) at the dinner were totally fooled and loved them. Mission accomplished!

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