Saturday, September 11, 2010
I have a preschooler now, and boy do I feel like a parent. On the very first day I was asked to bring Cash to a party, sign up as an occasional substitute, sell coupon books as a fundraiser, and help at a few class parties throughout the year. I (think) I chose Christmas, Valentine's Day and the End-of-the-Year party. I really wanted Halloween - until I found out that we can't actually bring in any home-baked goods for the children. Yes, it's because of allergies, and I can understand. If my son was allergic to nuts or dairy or some other all-too-common ingredient I'd be all over that banned food list. But he's not. And I love to bake. So I'm kind of heartbroken because how cute are these blackboard cupcakes?
They aren't exactly what I pictured in my mind, but mostly that's because their original source led me to plan things on a grander scale. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans, right? I took a simpler approach, which makes these cupcakes a great activity to get your kids involved with. And if they can't enjoy these cupcakes at school at least they can dig into them at home.
I don't think I've mentioned it here, but I'm losing my job at the end of the year. I work in a tough industry, and my line of expertise is growing more and more rare (an expendable). It's okay, though. I'm at peace with it, thanks to a year to prepare (and save money), and I really think it will end up being a blessing for my family (and my sanity, but that's another story for another time.) I've enjoyed my career and have learned so much about the world and writing and grammar, and I'll definitely miss the camraderie found in a newsroom. I'll also miss having a room full of willing cake, cookie and overall goodie testers! That's where I thought preschool might come in handy. At first I thought I was going to have to eat all my future goodies myself - what a travesty - but it turns out that the preschool staff openly welcomes any and all homebaked treats. When God closes a door he opens a window, right?
Back To School Blackboard Cupcakes
* I was inspired by these (over-the-top cute) cupcakes at Disney's Family Fun magazine website.
* The blackboards are chocolate-covered graham crackers.
* I used a tube of white decorators' icing to write the letters, and I let them harden over night.
* The chalk is white Good and Plentys.
* My cupcakes were chocolate with vanilla frosting, which I colored red and yellow, but any flavor cake or frosting will work.