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Friday, February 22, 2008

We're keepin' it real today... I haven't gotten dressed, done my hair, put on makeup, or done a single chore around here. My school district called a snow day, and while I am not really BACK there yet, I am claiming this for a snow day for myself. While I cna't TOTALLY waste away and vegetate (there's a baby who needs me pretty constantly), I CAN declare a chill-out day as far as any other responsibilities go.
And just to REALLY frighten ya, I thought I'd document it with a photo or two.

WARNING: This is pretty unglamorous.

Hello. Nice to see y'all.

I'm not afraid to give you some truth now and again!And the truth is, (beyond really honest pics), that I have to go back to work next week and I am truly DREADING it. (Sorry Danielle, Jewlia... I like ya, but...)
I don't know how to be a mom and a full-time teacher, and I am so sick with worry about the whole thing. I know I will be exhausted most of the time, and barely keeping my head above water with grading, commuting, bonding whenever I can with my son, and keeping the house from at least smelling bad...(yikes!)
And I'm afraid that my pretty darn regular posting here and on Noah's blog will likely slow down quite a bit while I try to survive the rest of the school year. So, since that is quickly approaching, I thought I'd post those photos of me, as a way to say,"Hello, It's been so fun to have this near-daily contact with you all... I love ya... But I'm about to fade into survival mode. :("

I think the grey, makeup-less photos convey that message quite well.

But now, now now... Let's not get too gloomy! I have a happy finish to this post!
For Valentine's Day, I made these amazing cupcakes from a book my friend Melody gave me-- these raspberry coconut cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting. The recipe is delightfully easy, and the sense of satisfaction at making these cakes from scratch, then decorating them all fancy-like, is IMMENSE. Immense satisfaction, y'all. And since it was so good for me, I want it to be good for you, too. So after ogling these delectable photographs, I've ended with the recipe so you can give it a try and feel the satisfaction for yourselves! See? Happy endings, all around!

{my cheerful kitchen table, complete with the cupcake book I got this recipe from!}

Raspberry Coconut Cake
1 stick of butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. self-rising flour
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/3 c. sour cream
5 oz. frozen raspberries

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
5 Tbsp. butter, softened
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. coconut extract
3 c. powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tins. (12 regular or 6 Texas-sized). Beat butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Stir in flours, coconut, sour cream and raspberries. Divide evenly into paper cups. Bake large cakes about 50 mins., small cakes about 40 mins. Make cream cheese frosting. Remove papers from cooled cakes and frost with frosting. Decorate with toasted coconut and fresh raspberries.



  1. So hungry...need cupcake...weak..from...lack of...raspberries and....sugar...

    Seriously, though, those couldn't look any more professional and delicious. Now make some for me. Right now!

  2. no worries. Im not offended. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't want to come back either. 8 weeks with precious noah..who would want to come back. but jewlia and i will at least try to make it somewhat worth it. :0) enjoy your days off!

  3. Oh My Gosh!!!! Those look amazing!! What is this book you speak of? I am sorry that you have to go back to school, I wish we could hang.....

  4. i think those cupcakes were in my dreams last night....

  5. Lovely dear! Hang in there - I'll pray for you Mon

  6. ok, the cupcake book is my favorite. i make the coconut cupcakes with coconut icing all the time. everyone loves them. aren't they yummy. but, yours look much better than mine. AND you look so pretty. honestly, i love the hair color and you are looking skinny!

  7. You still look awfully glamourous, even in your "unglamourous" pics!

    And the cupcake looks pretty glamourous too.

  8. just wondering how your first day of school went??? what a gloomy day to go back to work... or do anything!

  9. A lurker just wanting to let you know I was hoping your first day back went well! I go back to my classroom at the end of March - and I know I won't be ready!

  10. Mmmmm... yum. Those do look scrumptious. Great photos too. You are on your way to great cupcake fame. Now.. how can I get to your neck of the woods to benefit from your confection perfection?
    We will miss you while you work your tail off. You are a brave woman. Good luck. You will do great and so will Noah. He's a tough little cookie.

  11. P.S. under the influence of all of your recent cupcake talk, I found myself at a Michael's buying cake decorating colors and tips for my "hope chest" (as in, I *hope* someday I have a kitchen with actual counter space, and a place to keep my nosy cat away and entertained)...

    When I told mom about it, you should have heard her! She may not be a numbers girl (her own assertion), but I didn't even have to describe the tips - I said a number and she was already saying things like "oh yeah, so you can make the cupcake one big flower..." and "that's a great writing tip" or whatever. She may not have a head for math, but numbers that *mean* something to her sure do stick! I loved it...

    Anyway - just thought I'd share. Take care,


  12. Those turned out beautifully! and the recipe looks like it could easily be adapted to gluten free.


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