Thursday, May 26, 2011


A view from my front door a few days ago . . .

quite the difference from last February!

Hooray for spring!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

I wanted a nice light dessert for Mother's Day. I thought of strawberry shortcake, but didn't want to bother with the assembly (we were having a picnic), so I made cupcakes instead. Think of having your own little strawberry shortcake. My family and friends thought they took me a while, but they're really simple.


1 box yellow cake mix or your favorite yellow cake recipe

1-2 pints strawberries

Granulated sugar to sweeten

2 cups Whipping cream (use the real stuff, not Cool Whip)

2 T Powder sugar

2 tsp Vanilla

-Make cupcakes according to package directions (yield 24-36 cupcakes).

-While baking, chop strawberries and add sugar to sweeten.

-Once cupcakes are cooled, scoop out tops of cupcakes (see photo below). They obviously don't have to be perfect.

-Fill is holes with strawberry mixture (below)

-Beat whipping cream until soft peaks are formed. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until mixed.

-Right before serving, top cupcakes with whipped cream and additional strawberries if desired.

Here's another close-up. Yummy.