Cupcakes for a Superhero

My little girl is turning 5!  I cannot believe how fast time has flown by.  Lately she has gotten very into cooking, so of course she wanted to help make her birthday cupcakes.  After watching Master chef Junior at least every day for about a week, she has decided she will be a pro. It’s so cute watching them try to really cook for the first time, and also very nerve wracking for you and your kitchen!  Her favorite thing to make lately is princess waffles with the new waffle iron her aunt gave her.  So we have been receiving the royal treatment having waffles imprinted with castles and crowns.  We are so fancy at this house!  🙂

Her cake of choice for her party is white cake with blue frosting.  Her party was of course wonder woman themed.  What girl doesn’t want to be wonder woman?

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Easy White Cake (From Scratch)

Ingredients:

1 Cup White Sugar

1/2 Cup butter, softened

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 Cup Buttermilk

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a mixer cream together the sugar and butter until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla extract.  Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder then add to the creamed mixture.  Mix well.  Stir in the buttermilk until batter is smooth.   Pour the batter into prepared pans.
  3. For 9×9 pan bake for 30-40 minutes.  For cupcakes bake 20-25 minutes.  It is done when it springs back to the touch or a toothpick entered in the center comes out clean.
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Growing to Love Your Greens

One of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle is eating your vegetables.  We are supposed to get four servings every single day!  As children our taste buds were stronger and more receptive than an adults.  That means those green florets of broccoli that were so bitter as a child aren’t so bitter anymore.  But after years of eating processed unhealthy foods and never going after that broccoli, your mind still doesn’t like it.  You aren’t used to it.  I have talked to many people who just don’t like the taste of vegetables, me included.  That is I used to be.  It is possible to reprogram yourself!  

How did I do it?  I actually didn’t even do it on purpose. Almost five years ago a good friend and I decided to be vegetarians for a month.  It was simply for fun and to experience that lifestyle.  So what did that consist of?  Obviously a lot of vegetables!  Honestly it was really hard at first.  I relied on other vegetarian foods like breads and pastas.  But eventually I broke into more of the vegetables.  After a couple of weeks it began to get easier.  I even started to like vegetables I hated before.  From that day on I have thoroughly enjoyed my veggies!  They have actually become a basis to each mean I plan. 

 So, am I telling you to be a vegetarian for a month?  No.. Unless you really want to experience that.  But I am ensuring you that how you feel about vegetables and other healthy foods can become positive.  You just have to stick it out and keep trying.  The more healthy foods you eat, the more your body will feel better because of the vitamins and minerals it is receiving.  When your body feels better it will associate those foods with feeling good.  It just takes consistency.  It can change! To start out you can mix your vegetables with foods you do like, for example cheese.  We obviously would love to get to a point where the cheese is not needed, and that day will come.  But for now, just throw those veggies in and make that commitment! Your body will thank you!

For some fun facts about your tastebuds check out this article!