Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes

These Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes are fun and festive. The perfect easy holiday recipe to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve. So get in the kitchen and make this delight!

The stockings were hung on the chimney with care, in the hopes that we’d all get ourselves to New Jersey this weekend!

Boy, a whirlwind. A WHIRLWIND. When was the last time I relaxed? Breathed? Watched a bad movie? Sat and wrote heart-wrenching stuff to you? I do it all in pieces. I’m looking forward to doing more personal writing, but the personal storytelling has been coming out, little by little. I have a longterm relationship in my life that’s coming to a pause until April, while she travels, and she left me with a thoughtful card full of so much inspiration and hope, and life. Breath.

It was all of her hopes and thoughts for me during this time apart.

I’ve been playing a weird numbers game lately. It has to do with the number of things I have and the number of such things I want. It might sound silly, but it’s not. For example, I have one partner and that’s all the partner I can handle. I have only one working bathroom, and that’s one less than I feel comfortable with. I have three jobs and that’s one more than I feel like I’m good at doing at once. And I have two kids, and if I were to have a third on the sooner side, I’d have to give up some of the above. (although I wouldn’t give up the bathroom – I’d add one!) So much is swirling around me. It feels achy and panicky and also safe and warm. The other night, I kept Cassidy up until 4:00am because that was the time I had to tell him literally everything in my brain. I think he liked it. Sometimes everything feels too overwhelming, but it’s because it is.

It’s a jumping off point. Where you land is anyone’s guess, but you get to set up the safety net. Do it with care.

It seems like a silly segue into Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes, but they’re soft and pillowy and they’ll occupy your brain and your hands and maybe even your heart. Time. Time together. And time for yourself. Time with yourself. Just time.

These Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes are fun and festive. The perfect easy holiday recipe to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve. So get in the kitchen and make this delight!

Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 12 mini chocolate cupcakes
  • white frosting
  • strawberries


Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  • Spray your mini cupcake pan with cooking spray.

  • Prepare the cake mix according to directions. Pour into the cupcake pan making sure not to overflow!

  • Bake for 10 minutes and then let cool.

  • Cut the end with the stem off the strawberry and place on top of the cupcake.

  • Use white frosting to pipe the brim of the hat at the base and then pipe a little more on top of the strawberry to complete the Santa hat.

  • Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

These Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes are fun and festive. The perfect easy holiday recipe to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve. So get in the kitchen and make this delight!

These Mini Strawberry Santa Hat Cupcakes are fun and festive. The perfect easy holiday recipe to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Eve Eve. So get in the kitchen and make this delight!

Enjoy!

5 Tips For Walking in a Germ-Free Wonderland

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Everyone, what’s the number one thing that can really ruin your holidays?

If you said sickness, you are correct! I can’t think of anything worse. A few years ago, our beloved house guests were just about to call off their trip to see us after all four of them got a stomach virus. At the holidays, sickness is passed back and forth as if in a game, and large gatherings of loved ones can help spread that! It’s hard to control the world out there. We can’t tell people not to send their sick kids to school, and we can’t always protect ourselves from others. When Scarlet was a baby, our friends’ older kids had colds and thought it was no big deal, but Scarlet wound up getting RSV from them then!

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Since then, and really since she was born and then Des, I’ve been on high alert around the holidays. Before I had kids, I barely got sick at all. It would be normal for me to get one cold every two years, and to be able to fight it on the off years. These days it’s not the same so I feel that it’s time now, more than ever, to be aware of what I can do to help us all – especially around the holidays! We have two new babies within our family and we’ll be seeing them for Christmas. I believe you can never be too careful with kids, pets, and food! Here are our 5 ways for walking in a germ-free winter wonderland.

All through the holidays – and beyond them too.

1 – Prevention is key. Many doctors stress the importance of a flu shot. I always tell my kids to wash their hands, especially before eating, and to “catch” their coughs and sneezes in the crooks of their arms, and not their hands!

2 – Don’t share food with your kids during cold and flu season!

3 – Order your holiday gifts and groceries online. This will allow you to avoid too much contact with other sick people.

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What do you do to protect your family?