Who Needs Baking Courses When You Have a Mother Like Mine

Well, okay. I do; I still need culinary school and baking & pastry courses, but I had my first fun and informal cupcake decorating lesson from my mother last night.

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My niece Olive is having her 4th birthday party tonight, and so a cute cake and some cupcakes were in order. My mother decorated the hello kitty cake herself, and I must admit that I’m ridiculously impressed.

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We baked carrot cake cupcakes, and used the homemade icing left over from the cake. She taught me a few flower, swirl, and fluffy frosting designs.

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We had the best time playing in the kitchen together. I also learned that she made and decorated her own wedding cake. She took a cake decorating class with my Nana beforehand. Um, what? That’s so cool. I don’t know why I haven’t spent more time cooking with her over the years. So much to learn from her.

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Then she threw together a pot of chicken veggie soup with lentils, collard greens, diced tomatoes, onion, and black, kidney, pinto, cannellini, and white beans in chicken broth with cumin spice.

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Also, it’s beginning to look a lot like Easter around here. Mom picked these from her flower bed this morning, and my twin niece and nephew had their pictures taken with the Easter bunny.

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20140405-121220.jpgIt sure is good to be home.

 

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