The Cupcakes I Made

Last month my sister and I visited our friend Shira at her home in Atlanta. Unfortunately, due to distance, school, and time, our visits are few and far between. Luckily for me, though, Shira and her mom, Debra, have come down to Florida for vacation and they were able to join my family and me for Friday night dinner. In honor of their visit, Jessie (my sister) and I made red velvet cupcakes. We used a boxed mix for the cake but made a really simple cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

The cupcakes were delicious and a hit with my friends and family! I think there’s something very powerful about food. Obviously, we need it for nourishment, but food also seems to be a kind of glue. I truly think we bond over food!

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In the Spirit of the Holiday…

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen a lot lately, and in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve decided to try my hand at one of my favorite desserts: chocolate covered strawberries! Making these strawberries was really quite simple; it only required a few ingredients: 1 package of white chocolate chips, strawberries (1 bought a pound), and blue food coloring.

I started by melting the package of chocolate chips over the stove until it was creamy. I moved the chocolate to a bowl.

Next, I dipped the washed strawberries into the white chocolate, leaving some of the strawberry exposed, and placed them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. This only used about 2/3 of the melted chocolate.

I mixed the remaining chocolate with 3 drops of blue food dye and placed the chocolate in a zip-top bag.

I snipped a corner off of the bag and drizzled the chocolate over the tops of the strawberries! I allowed the chocolate strawberries to harden in the fridge. Delish!