SKO had been begging and pleading to make cupcakes at the beginning of the week because
a) she enjoys baking
b) she lives for sugary goodies
c) she'd rather make cupcakes then deal with the tons of homework due for her online classes
d) all of the above
So we finally made some plain ole vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting from VCTOTW:
SKO insisted on decorating hers pink & green because she is the ultimate girly girl and I let her even though it offended me to have to add nasty-god-knows-what-toxins-are-in-it-food coloring, but I must say her little pink hearted cupcake is very very cute amongst the motley crew.
This week I also had a hankering for French toast that I found from a recipe forum online. This was my first time making it & I was absolutely impressed. It was delicious & tasted just the way I remember them tasting- yummy. I also made a little compote of my own by cutting up some apples & throwing them in the pan with some Earth Balance, cinnamon & a touch of mapple syrup.
There was also a morning of lowfat pancakes that I made with white whole wheat flour, brown sugar & half a banana in place of the canola oil that I would normally use. Since I started out with the lowfat base, I felt I could add with impunity a ton of chocolate chips, rasberries & blueberries & drench it in maple syrup & Earth Balance alongside some sausage patties.
Also made the sesame crusted tofu sticks recipe from Veglicious served with Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange sauce & some raw zucchini & green bell peppers. Not only was it delicious as Fcat pointed out, he loved the way the tofu sticks looked.
And the best way to celebrate a 400th Birthday? With the Macy's annual firework celebration of course, which we went to LIC on the Queens side of the East River (which had never occurred to me ever that one would ever go out to Queens to see the fireworks). The impending threat of thunderstorms and rain almost led us to stay home, but at the last minute, we decided to give it a go- armed with rain boots, rain hat & umbrellas.
With gear in hand Fcat & I met SKO & Grandma in LIC (our new 'hood to be) and walked down to the water with hoards of other revelers. We huddled under the night sky with the masses as the rain poured down on & off for half an hour. And finally as the beginning booms of pre-show fireworks began, the rain was replaced by a spectacular show. Afterwards, we went to a lovely Italian restaurant nearby for some late-night red wine, pasta & brick-oven pizza. Grandma declared that in her thirty-five years of living in NYC, she had never seen the fireworks show except on tv. Fcat & were thrilled to take her. Next year, we will be two blocks away from the fireworks & we will be planning a big dinner party before the show!
Hope everyone had a wonderful & safe holiday!