Last week, I was doing the millennial parenting thing and tossed tablets at both of my kids while I finished up my weeks worth of work. When it was time to shut them off, I finally looked at what Mimi was watching... cooking videos on YouTube. YouTube isn't something I like the kids watching, but when she chooses cooking shows over those strange toy commercials (you know the ones, where kids watch someone else open a bunch of toys and play with them? They're weird but apparently popular.), I can't help but oblige her requests to learn to bake. Her current obsession is cupcakes. Elsa cupcakes, angry birds cupcakes, cupcakes with little bees on them... she wants to bake them all. So today, as promised, I told everyone I was booked up and went home to make cupcakes with my Mimi.
Attempting to use more of what I already have, we scoured the cupboards for the necessary ingredients, and the internet for a recipe. I wasn't happy with any of the ones I found, so I pulled out a cookbook I was given for Christmas called Living Freely Gluten Free and we set to work. (For those who don't know, I've been Gluten Free/Dairy Free for over a year due to some health issues that removing these two items from my diet solved for me. This doesn't mean I never eat gluten or dairy... I do, but I know it will have consequences, LOL). I have to say though, these cupcakes were perfect when we were finished. Even Noni said she wouldn't have known they were GF/DF if she didn't know they came from my house.
We made cupcakes. We made marshmallow fondant (surprisingly good shoulder workout). We made vegan buttercream frosting. We spent all afternoon baking, laughing and having a good time as a family (even though we sent Daddy & Gracie to the store to get dinner). Days like these, are the ones that refill my love for documentary photography. Even if I'm just taking pictures of half melted cupcakes.