Weekend Wrap Up + Cupcakes!

BRAVOS! Friday night the hubby and I went to the Braves game with my mom and step dad. He has season tickets so it’s always such a treat to see the players and enjoy a game so close (he has front row at the 3rd base line!) This is a rarity for us and we definitely enjoyed our night out; filling up on chili dogs, fries, beer and more. Live sporting events never get old and since we don’t go all the time, we are able to appreciate when we do. Plus, the Braves ended up winning. Double Fun. We got home pretty late and didn’t go to bed until after midnight (who are we??) Henry let us sleep in by a whole 30 minutes though! Can I even call a 6:30am wake up call sleeping in? I was definitely looking forward to his morning nap so I could get some shut eye. 

{with my little brother}

 

Saturday evening we went over to our friends house for dinner. They were so sweet and made homemade pizzas for us all, which were incredible! I couldn’t come empty handed so I decided to make  cupcakes. I went off this basic recipe since I didn’t have any milk in the house. I followed it exactly except I cut it in half and made 12 cupcakes. They were all even colored and height which rarely happens when I bake. I wanted to add a little pizazz to the presentation so I made these adorable (and easy) cupcake flags. I used regular tooth picks and washi tape. Just cut a piece of tape, place toothpick in the center of the tape, then fold in half, pressing down near the toothpick so the tape is flat.

To make 12 cupcakes, you will need:
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flower
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla (I did not half this. I love vanilla and it wasn’t overwhelming)
*I also left out the lemon extract*

The original recipe says to bake for an hour, I baked for 45 minutes and probably could have done 40. Set a timer at 35 minutes and check before adding more time. 

Remove from cupcake pan and set on cooling rack. Let cool at least an hour before frosting. I actually waited a few hours to frosting mine because I had to run out and get a few ingredients. 

Now here comes the fun part! FROSTING! This is THE best frosting recipe that my mother and grandmother have been using for years. It’s actually from an old Proctor and Gamble baking book that my grandmother still has. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make to your preference. All you do is start with equal parts unsalted soft butter and crisco. I used 4 tablespoons of each, then added half a bag of confectioners sugar and heavy whipping cream, while mixing them all with my hand mixer. Add the cream in moderation since you do not need that much. I also add a few drops of vanilla since I love the flavor. I bought some gel food coloring at Target to make teal and pink frosting. I prefer the gel coloring because it makes the frosting brighter and you only need a few drops so it lasts forever.

The finished product! At the last minute we passed by the candy aisle and I saw some Swedish Fish. I thought they would be so cute on the cupcakes and people would not expect to see them on there. I stuck my toothpick flag through the fish and then into the cupcake so they would stay in place. 

Here’s a few snapshots of Saturday night

 Sunday we did some cleaning, shopping and watched the soccer game (GO USA!) The hubby grilled some bratwursts and cooked up some peppers and onions to make a friggin’ awesome brat sandwich. We also went to a nearby park to spend some time outside with Henry and took a few pictures, I’ll share some of those later because there are so many cute ones. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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