Sunday, January 17, 2010

BIG FAT CUPCAKES



"Mommy, will you make us Big Fat Cupcakes?" My 4 year old son said to me yesterday afternoon.

"I don't know..." I said, secretly wanting to oblige.

"It's easy."  He pleaded looking up at me with his long eyelashes and bright blue eyes. "Just make some and stick some ice cream in there."

Um, okay.

I knew I had a box of Duncan Heinz vanilla cake mix in the cabinet that has been lonely and looking for some attention from me.  We still had a few hours to kill before bedtime and we needed an activity.

I surrendered after only a few seconds "I'm in. Let's do it." It was going to be a warm and fuzzy family affair and I wanted to bond with my kids over baked goods.  Plus, I would just have a bite or two.

I cracked the eggs and put in the oil.  My three year old daughter did the mixing and then almost bit off my son's head when he wanted to help.  They got into a fist pounding, knock-down fight over who was going to stir.  Then my 21 month old got into the mix and stuck his fingers in the batter and all over his face.  It actually would have been cute if it the older two weren't being so annoying.  I was regretting my decision.

Once they were in the oven, and the smell of sweetness consumed the house, I was glad I had given in.  My house smelled like a home...full of love and cupcakes.  We frosted them, designed them and half of it got on the floor.  Instead of a big fat cupcake we made minis and regular sized and the kids didn't mind.  I did indulge - I had 2 minis and probably a bite of the third.  The kids had fun.  And baking them brought us together.  That's worth a few calories in my book and I'll take a pound for the experience.

19 comments:

As the Abel's Turn said...

I think it is great that you were able to bond with the kids during this time. Of course it was during making cupcakes, but who could refuse that. I know I couldn't. I made Turtle pudding from Jello. I caved in and had one of the parfait cups. However, I did have Lite Whipped Topping. I don't care if I got a pound or two, it was well worth it.

KMac said...

yeah, we rarely do that. I'm glad they asked to do something other than watch a movie together. My daughter and I really needed to do something special. She's been in need of some special attention so I think it helped to have us work together to complete a project. And I walked with her as she rode her bike yesterday so at least I moved a little!

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