Grill Cupcakes For Father’s Day/Summer Celebrations

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

Guys, what can I say except that I’m sorry about yesterday!

I realize I published four blog posts in one day, and all before noon! How rude! If someone else did that, I’d probably be all, “WTH” and probably also I’d be all, “Well good for them! Honestly! But.. seriously. FOUR?!” That said, bear with me. Even those four posts give you a nice feel for the oddities going on in my life. Parenting. DIY. Pets. Photography. Blogging. Life.

That about covers it! So now we eat cupcakes, no?

grill cupcakes

We have three more weeks of school now. Those three weeks are filled with kindergarten potluck picnics and preschool graduations. Field days and recitals and all sorts of insanity. My big data entry project is over, although there’s sometimes a sequel to the project, if I’m lucky. I feel a bit freer than I have in weeks, but I have about four photo sessions to edit after they got lost in the four blog posts/four million hours of data entry shuffle. I also have upcoming photo shoots! When it rains, it pours. And sometimes that lasts for 17 weeks, but who’s counting? The garden is happy even if we aren’t loving it.

I complain about the weather A LOT, but I have always gravitated to the sun since my July birth! It’s surprising that I’ve remained pale fair all these years. I also depend on the weather for my career. Also, it’s ok to want more and to expect more than turning your heat on in June. Cassidy asked me, somewhat jokingly and probably somewhat with truth, when I actually DO have my groove – since I’m constantly trying to get it back. And grooves – they come and go. It’s ok to want more. My default setting in life is happiness, but I’m not necessarily (or ever) peaceful. I’ve been building my business(es) for a couple years now, and many of you know how hard that is. I work hard to find my footing, and I work hard to parent, AND to move against the anxiety currents and landmines that are formed and detonated by marriage and parenting.

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

That said, I’m trying hard, and I’ll try harder. What I really need is emotional support, artistic outlets, deep breathing, downtime, being heard and understood, and maybe a really fantastic vacation. Oh, and lots of rainbow sprinkles and maybe putting some stamps on my passport. I could also really use more cupcakes. Couldn’t we all use more cupcakes, though?

These Grill Cupcakes with Kabobs are wonderful and perfect for Father's Day or a summer BBQ party! Make/buy your cupcakes and have fun decorating! #recipe

It’s ok to want more, and to be taking a long time to be figuring that out. That said, our chickens want more too! They are big and about ready to move into the coop. Or rather, they ARE ready and we are ready, but the coop is not ready. There’s one chicken we’ve had since the first shipment named Barnie. She used to do a funny butt shake and shimmy before pooping. She also used to sleep flat on her back with her feet up and I had to Google to make sure she was ok. When we first let the chickens into the sunshine, she snuggled against me like a cat. Now she “talks” to me before any others. They are trying to cluck and the transition from peeping and chirping is hilarious. She sounds like she’s whistling through dentures!

If she’s flown out of her pool and is wandering the garage, I can find her because I call to her and she answers.

Summer is really coming, weather be darned, and I really want to share this recipe. Consider this your call and answer, like Barnie the Chicken. You call for me to take a break from FOUR blog posts, and to do so in style, with cupcakes. Even with our broken fridge, Des getting sick (in June), record-breaking low temps (in June), and my inability to get my groove back/get into the groove, what we can do is let them eat cupcakes. Summer is calling, and these cupcakes are answering.

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Grill Cupcakes

Ingredients

12 Chocolate Cupcakes, prepared & unfrosted
1 Can Red Frosting
1 Can Orange Frosting
Wilton Chocolate Melting Discs, Black
Toothpicks
Assorted Candy (I used Gummy Candy and Red Cherry Balls)
Star Tip

Directions

  1. Place the star tip into a clear plastic bag and add about half the can of orange and red frosting to the bag.
  2. Pipe frosting in a swirl pattern on top the cupcakes – this will resemble the fire.
  3. Melt about ½ cup of the chocolate discs in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  4. Put the melted chocolate into a small plastic baggie and cut a tiny hole in the corner.
  5. On a parchment lined pan, pipe 12 circles, the same width as the cupcakes. Then pipe lines across each circle to resemble a grill grate.
  6. Let these set until hard.
  7. Cut little pieces of the gummy candy and put on the toothpicks to resemble skewers.
  8. Place the grates on top the frosted cupcakes and place a skewer on top each one.
  9. Make grill cupcakes for Father’s Day or Summer Party!


Enjoy!

Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

Boy, I don’t even know what to say anymore, except to say “Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs!”

They will never let you down. When you’re ending a week full of cold rain (in late May!), an Athena skunking, an extended family member’s major surgery, way too much work, and a kindergarten orientation for your baby – when you’ve already experienced pretty severe PTSD from the first time around – there’s only one answer. Go home to your mom and make some Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs. They’re pretty. It’s all pretty. Sometimes I just want someone to take care of me again.

Sometimes, it’s my kids who do it.

These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

Although after the orientation, when he was high on animal crackers, crayons, and donuts – and meeting his nice teacher for next year, and I was high on NOT having had an anxiety attack in front of Fellow Future Kindergartener Parents, he asked me who my favorite person in the world is. I answered CORRECTLY by saying, “Well, Dada, of course!” (obviously I want something here and it may or may not be popcorn on the stove, a hug, and a third baby – although babies don’t come from hugs). And Des said, “Well my favorite people are myself, Dada, and Nana.” Doh! “Not even me, baby?”

“Oh! Of course you too, Mama.” Of course, indeed. I don’t know if I’m buying it, though.

Here’s something I am buying, though. The ingredients for more Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs. I’m still in work heck. The surgery went well, but was serious. The dog smells a little skunky. My emotions are a little funky. It’s all good.

These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

After you salivate long enough over this, I’ll be back tomorrow with a FTSF post. I know some of you dig those.

I dig those and these:

These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Ingredients

1 pint Strawberries
Angel Food Cake
Wilton Chocolate Disc Melts, Blue and White
Wooden Skewers

Directions

  1. Cut the top off the strawberries and discard. Then cut the berries in half widthwise so the points are still intact.
  2. Cut small squares of the cake, about 1 inch in size.
  3. Melt the blue and white candy discs in separate bowls.
  4. Put a piece of strawberry with a point on the skewer first. Follow with piece of cake, then another strawberry piece with no point, then a piece of cake, and finally a strawberry with a point on it.
  5. Drizzle the chocolate over the skewers.
  6. Enjoy!


These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

These Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs are perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or any occasion at all! They're easy to make and a crowd favorite #recipe

And that’s a wrap!