as is the case with motherhood, you often, and i mean often, have to lower your expectations.
today has been a perfect example of that for me.
i had visions of many ideas i was going to put together and showcase here for you.
i still have some things that i want to do, but time and energy are not going to allow for me to show them to you.
maybe another year.
so, instead of getting exasperated and frustrated with what could have been, i’m just going to lower my expectations of myself and show you my one idea.
it’s really simple.
last week i had mentioned that i made whoopie pies.
and, someone said that they’d never done that, and someone else said they wanted to, and yet another person said they were hungry for them after my post.
so, i got to thinking more about that.
and, the fact that my family really loves when i make whoopie pies.
i will be really honest and say they are not my favorite thing to make.
they’re messy and involved and if i’m going to do messy and involved, i would much rather have pies to show for my efforts.
but, that’s okay.
i’m the only one who really loves pie in this house and the one who least needs to eat it, so…
the majority wins.
so, to give you a super easy and fun idea for your Valentine’s Day….
let’s start with a box of cake mix.
a few years ago, i learned this ‘trick’ from a friend and have pretty much been making whoopie pies like this ever since.
and, since it’s Valentine’s Day, i decided to go with a strawberry flavored cake mix which will give me….
pink whoopie pies!!
here’s the recipe for the cheater whoopie pies:
1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1 cup of flour
the rest of the ingredients listed on the cake mix box (eggs, oil, water)
beat together as directed on the box.
drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet.
bake in a 375* oven for 10 minutes.
remove from cookie sheet and cool completely.
spread filling between two cookies.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup crisco
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook milk and cornstarch together over medium heat until very thick. Cool completely. Cream together the butter, crisco, and sugar. Add vanilla and salt. Add cooled milk mixture and beat with an electric mixer on high speed for at least 5 minutes. (the longer you beat it, the creamer and lighter it is).
i made most of this batch extra small so that i could give them in these sweet little boxes to some of my favorite people..
i hope you try them.
if not tomorrow, another time.
our day tomorrow is really low-key.
i plan to put together some fun little things for the kids tonight after they are in bed.
obviously, the kids will have pink whoopie pies in their lunchboxes!
i’m going to make ham and mashed potatoes and green beans and pink tapioca for supper and we’ll eat it on the fancy dishes and drink our sparkling apple pomegranate juice in goblets and the kids will think it’s the greatest.
and, for Tim, i am so excited about the little gift i have for him.
(i’d tell you what it is, but since he reads my blog…i guess not!)
maybe we’ll drink coffee together after the kids are in bed, or watch a movie.
we might go out on a date at some point in the near future.
tomorrow is going to be a sweet day.
and i wish you a sweet day as well!