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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
12 Chocolate Cupcakes, prepared & unfrosted
1 Can Red Frosting
1 Can Orange Frosting
Wilton Chocolate Melting Discs, Black
Assorted Candy (I used Gummy Candy and Red Cherry Balls)
- Place the star tip into a clear plastic bag and add about half the can of orange and red frosting to the bag.
- Pipe frosting in a swirl pattern on top the cupcakes – this will resemble the fire.
- Melt about ½ cup of the chocolate discs in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
- Put the melted chocolate into a small plastic baggie and cut a tiny hole in the corner.
- 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.
- Let these set until hard.
- Cut little pieces of the gummy candy and put on the toothpicks to resemble skewers.
- Place the grates on top the frosted cupcakes and place a skewer on top each one.
- Make grill cupcakes for Father’s Day or Summer Party!