In the spirit of full disclosure, these were actually made for my husband’s office. It’s his birthday today (yay he’s older than me again) and he needed to take in treats. So I hit two birds with one stone. I decided to create Mother’s Day cupcakes and make them with my little man. Kids love to help cook and bake and my main tips for a peaceful experience are: expect a mess, don’t worry about perfection and eat a healthy lunch before making them so when the sugar hits their belly it’s not as dramatic! We had fun writing out the letters and making shapes with the candy.
- Gather your materials. You will need your favorite cupcake mix and icing or recipes. Also, to make the flowers and letter designs, find some rope licorice, and pink round candies.
- Mix your cake – I have no pictures of this because I had everything laid out in bowls, the oil, water, and eggs and my son was so helpful he through them all in. I usually pre-crack the eggs into a bowl and let him dump them in when I am making something that egg shells are hard to fish out of.
- Bake and cool your cupcakes.
- While they cool, tear the rope licorice apart into single strands.
- Cut into smaller pieces that you can make into petals
- When cupcakes are cool, ice them.
- Make letters to spell out MOM on one cupcake each or.. put it on a single cupcake.
- Make petals ( it’s easier to make them before adding it to the icing ) by pressing the ends tightly together.
- Add to the cupcake
- Add a candy middle.
Have fun however you make them. Oh and a tip that worked great for us this time. If you have a mini cupcake pan, put a few spoonfuls in that. Then, let your child have a little cupcake before decorating the larger ones. This totally satisfied my son and made me feel better about how much sugar he consumed. I also had a mini one (ok 2)and was able to leave the big ones alone!
Mama Books That Make Me Cry
Here are my top 3 books that require kleenex:
A Mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer makes me cry every time I read it, and not just because I am pregnant. It’s a true story about a baby Hippo who lost his mama in the Tsunami, as so many other babies, both creature and human, did. The story is one about friendship, about adoption,and about love. See Owen the little Hippo finds Mzee a big old giant tortoise. Even though they are different species, and Mzee is a boy, Owen treats him like his mama.
Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham is beautiful. The story is about a little boy who is desperate to find some hair for his mama who has lost hers to chemotherapy. Marcus wants mama to be in the family photo but she doesn”™t want to be the way she looks. His mission comes to a climax when he shaves off all his own hair, hoping to give it to his mama. When the barber sweeps it up with the other hair on the floor, Marcus is heartbroken and goes home in tears.
I was sobbing reading this. I knew it was a story about a mom having cancer but the way the author wrote it, it was magical. The complex emotions this little boy felt for his mom and she for him, jumped off the page and you can”™t help but cry. I wasn”™t sad. I was touched by the love and desire to fix his mom and make everything better, and his parents’ tenderness to his feelings. Truly, I can”™t recommend this book more highly. I should note that this is not a book for toddlers. I would probably wait until a child is 4-5 before reading them this gem.