Was that the WORST Super Bowl EVER last night?
Poor Peyton Manning. Now he knows how his brother, Eli, felt this past season (I can say that -- I'm a Giants fan).
After the first quarter, let's admit, it was all about the food and the commercials. Did you have a favorite? The Audi "Dober-huahua" ad cracked me up.
We went over to our friends' house. I brought S'mores Brownies. The boys were saying they wished the Super Bowl wasn't on a school night. Well, they got their wish, because this morning (at 5:30am - aarghh!), we got a call that school was closed because of snow. We're supposed to get 5-8 inches today, followed by an ice storm tomorrow night. I just better be able to get into New York City tomorrow, because I have a haircut appointment! I'm so sick of winter and snow, but this one sure is pretty...so far.
OK, back to the point of this post...
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day in a BIG way?
It's not a major "to-do" in our house.
No dinners in fancy restaurants...No truckloads of roses delivered...
...just a few cards, some chocolates, and a Valentine's treat, baked by Yours Truly.
This year, we will be doing something a little bit different on Valentine's Day, but more about that in an upcoming post. It's not because it's Valentine's Day; it's just something fun we happen to have planned for that night...and I can't wait!
Now, you may be saying to yourselves, "Hmmmm....these cupcakes look familiar."
That's because they are a variation on my Best Ever Chocolate Cupcakes.
The only difference with these is that I added 1 teaspoon of Peppermint Extract to the batter. I wanted them to have a subtle mint taste. And, of course, I dressed them in Valentine's Day attire.
I opted to leave the icing as is, but there's no reason you can't add the extract to the icing. If you do, I'd add 1/2 teaspoon after combining the chocolate and the cream.
I'm going to send you over to that post for the recipe.
I could hardly hear myself think while I was writing this post on Saturday. There were eight boys in my basement. I don't know which is worse...when they're yelling, or when they are quiet! I always wonder what's going on when it get's too quiet.
They were doing something that involved teams. And throwing something. I think they were using the lamps as goal posts. It would be one thing if my basement was the size of a football field. And had astro turf. Which, it does not, by the way.
I considered bringing down a platter of these pretty heart cupcakes to quiet them down, at least for a few minutes. Wouldn't that have gone over well with a bunch of 14-year old boys?!!
But then, I envisioned crushed candy canes, and red and white balls shmooshed into the carpeting.
On second thought, I kept them upstairs, with me.
Here is the recipe. Remember to add 1 teaspoon of Peppermint extract to the batter.
Happy Valentine's Day, whether you celebrate BIG...or small!
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