Daycare Days and Peaceful Nights

So my now 10 month old son is the light and love of my life (other then the hubs). When I look at him it reminds me that God does have a plan and this little man is an integral part of it. Taking care of a child can be a lot of work, but when you have help, it makes it so much better.

Some people prefer not to put their kids at daycare and choose to be stay at home moms… I am NOT one of those people. I love my son, but I love having a job to get up and go to, coworkers to interact with, and clients to help. So for me, daycare is the option. While, I’m at work socializing with other adults, daycare gives my baby an environment to socialize with other children. He gets to practice so many skills and be encouraged. And his teachers are the BEST…especially one in particular. He’s such a happy baby and now a fabulous sleeper!

For the kindness, thoughtfulness, and understanding they have shown with our family, I decided to one day express my gratitude through baking. Surprisingly, I chose a treat I had never made before but the image just came to me – Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting!

My supplies were limited and I wasn’t feeling 100%, but I had the day off from work and just knew I could make it happen. I had a box of chocolate fudge cake mix and a container of vanilla frosting, but how BLAH does that sound?

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It had to be remixed! I used the cake mix as a base and switched the added ingredients all around to suit the needs for the level of deliciousness I wanted seeing as I usually make my baked goods from scratch. If that’s not your thing, then using these tips can help you achieve that semi-homemade feel. Replace your oil with butter, replace your water with milk (with chocolate mixes you can also try substituting brewed coffee or cocoa), and add a little vanilla extract to the batter. Pour it in the cupcake/muffin tin and make as directed.

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For the frosting, I added natural peanut butter and some milk in a mixer to incorporate everything and whip it up really nice.

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Once your cupcakes have cooled, you can pipe on the frosting you made. Ok…I know. You may be saying “I told you I’m not a baker! I don’t have decorating tools in my drawers and cupboards!” I get it, but you don’t have to. Instead, try taking a ziploc bag and filling it with the prepared frosting leaving a corner frosting free. Now trim off a small piece of the that empty corner. You can now use this like a piping bag and squeeze the frosting onto your cupcakes. The result? Pure heaven!!! And so continues my rant about chocolate and peanut butter. May they forever be married!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. rebecca smith says:

    Awesome article Nico & cupcakes looks delicious. Proud of you….Mom Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:59:44 +0000 To: kingdombusiness.rsmith@hotmail.com

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