Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sophia is Seven! {interview}

Another year has come. My baby girl is now seven years old. 

Sophia - a few days old (she was a 10 1/2 lb newborn)

Sophia at dress rehearsal, 2 days before her birthday

She is now in the first grade.
She's lost 6 teeth, with one about to come out any moment now.
She's loving being in dance competition this year...jazz and hip hop.
My hubs and I couldn't be more proud of how hard she tries in school.
The Golden Rule is definitely how this girl lives her life and she just can't comprehend why everyone can't be "good".



Sophia is a lot like me and too much like her dad :)
She loves girly things just as much as she loves going out to the lake for a day of fishing.
Everyday she reminds me how lucky I am to be a mom. I am so glad to have a child that I am sure will make her mark on the world. 
Another year full of happiness, some tears, lots of laughs, tons of growth, and gaining more excitement about life. 

In keeping up with our birthday tradition - here's her birthday interview!

  • How old are you?
    • Seven.
  • What is your favorite color?
    • Dark turquoise.
  • What is your favorite food?
    • Pizza. I just love it so so so much.
  • What is your favorite drink?
    • Chocolate milk and pop. But not diet pop, I hear it is bad for you.
  • Where is your favorite place to go?
    • Parties.
  • What is your favorite animal?
    • Giraffes, zebras, penguins...oh, and owls!
  • Who is the better driver? Mommy or papa?
    • Mama!
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • Kindergarten or first grade teacher, I'm not sure which yet.
  • Why?
    • Cause, kindergarten and first grade is a lot of fun..
  • What do you do that is naughty?
    • Play with mama's hair.
  • Why do you play with my hair? (she actually weirdly smells it and hangs on to it as it has been her comfort since she was a baby). 
    • Because it smells good and it's fun to play with.
  • Who is your best friend?
    • Hmmm...not so sure. Kids are changing, I'm just not so sure.
  • What is your favorite thing to play?
    • Make bracelets.
  • What is your favorite show?
    • Peppa Pig! I can't lie!!
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Inside out.
  • Where do you sleep at night?
    • Sometimes mommy's room and sometimes my room.
  • Why?
    • I just sleep in my room when you yell at me to sleep in my room. I hate getting too big to be in the middle.
  • Where does Papa work?
    • He has a new job now. He was working at Rock Communications until he yelled at his boss and was breaking chairs. But he worked on paper and he is so awesome. He tells people to "back off! gimmie some space, dude!". Now he just makes something. (Her interpretation of his breaking point at his previous job just cracks me up!)
  • Where does Mommy work?
    • Preschool. Emerson Hough. I think you help teach little kids?
  • What is your favorite song?
    • "The Hills" by The Weeknd. He talks about it being half-time and says lots of naughty words. But not on the radio, just on papa's cd.
  • What is your favorite toy?
    • Rockin' Royals Barbie - the blue one.
  • Why do I kiss your cheeks all the time?
    • Because you like me and I'm squishy.
  • What is your favorite book?
    • Don't Let the Pigeon books. I love Mo Willems. He has medals on his books.
  • What is your favorite food to cook?
    • Fried mushrooms with papa.
  • What is your favorite word?
    • "Boo-tay" and "bootie".
  • Do you have a favorite quote now?
    • (gives me look as though I'm incredibly dumb) "Don't focus on the past - you'll miss the future" - its from the Descendants movie, mom.
  • Where do babies come from?
    • Butts. (Laughs uncontrollably).
I love her charm, sense of humor and eagerness to learn all she can. I just hope she stays that way!
Don't change my precious, Sophia!

Sophia, two weeks old.

Check out her past birthday interviews:


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monster Cupcakes

I recently made Monster Cookies, which I just posted the recipe for last week.
However, many of my friends saw a popular image of Monster Cupcakes floating around on Facebook and asked me to make some during the Christmas break.
Of course I was more than happy to oblige and make some cupcakes!



I read through the recipe that can easily be found on Pinterest several times, and decided to make mine a bit different.
The key to making cookie dough-like frosting, is just to replace some flour with powdered sugar and of course remove the eggs.
So I stuck with my favorite Monster Cookie recipe and adapted it a bit to make it into a frosting.
And...well it was pretty much delicious! I could eat this frosting with a spoon. It isn't frosting-like pretty much at all. 
It is all things delicious like the cookies.
Peanut butter.
Butter.
Brown sugar.
Sugar.
Oats.
Chocolate chip.
m&m's.
Yep. All things delicious are included on this list!


I used the baking m&m's that are sold with the chocolate chips in the baking aisle.
They are perfect for folding into the frosting and pressing into the tops after they are all done.

For the actual cupcake, I chose to go with a classic peanut butter cupcake and toss in some milk chocolate chips, kind of like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.
I mean, the more chocolate - the better!


Try not to eat more than one of these cupcakes. 
I mean, you probably will. But the sake of your daily caloric needs...I wouldn't recommend it!

Other recipes you need to try:


Monster Cupcakes

by Sugar For Breakfast
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ingredients (12 cupcakes)
    Cupcakes
    • 6 tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/3 cup milk
    • 1 cup milk chocolate chip
    Frosting
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 cup Old-Fashioned oats
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup mini m&m's
    Instructions
    For the Cupcakes
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
    Add the sugars and beat until fluffy.
    One at a time, add in the eggs and beat until combined after each.
    Mix in the vanilla.
    Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and mix together.
    Alternate adding the dry ingredients with the milk to the creamed butter mixture and mix until it is thoroughly combined and no streaks of flour remain.
    Divide the batter using 1/4 cup measuring cup into a paper-lined muffin tin.
    Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tops are puffed up and turning a darker brown.
    Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
    For the Frosting
    Cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
    Add the sugars and continue to beat until fluffy.
    Mix in the flour and oats until they are combined well.
    Add the powdered sugar and beat until everything is mixed well.
    Pour in the vanilla and the milk slowly.
    Adding more milk until your desired consistency is reached (thick enough to scoop out in an ice cream scoop) or thin enough to pipe.
    Fold in the mini chocolate chips and m&m's.
    Scoop onto the cooled cupcakes and press additional m&m candies into the tops, if desired.
    Store in an airtight container.
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