I haven't blogged in almost three weeks.
How can that be? Could I have a touch of "blogger's block"?...Oh wait, I remember now. My life got in the way. Lot's and lots of life. All good stuff. Some great stuff, but "stuff" none the less. But I have been baking. Lots and lots of baking, so I have a lot to get caught up on, or "blogged up" as the case may be. So here goes....
You would think that the first day of school would be just a bit more traumatic for my sister Kathy's kids.
For example, my third grader nephew Cody, nearly jogged all the way to the bus stop. He was so excited for his first day!
While Brenna, just entering first grade, was more intent on making a fashion statement.
Which she did.
Cam was the only one not deliriously happy. But then again, he's in eighth grade.
Is anyone ever really happy in eighth grade?
Anyway, to celebrate the first day of school and wind up another fabulous summer, I decided to make the kids a batch of S'more Cupcakes. Which I thought would be brilliantly received until Cody wrinkled up his nose and said, "Ewwwww, I don't like marshmallow".
*Sigh*. Sweet Maria, give me strength.
Anyway, I've found that most of the world are total suckers for a S'More, everyone except Cody of course, but I'm going to share the steps with you anyway. I found these fabulous nutcups that I'm using for cupcakes. They are freestanding so you can put about 35 on a cookie sheet. Talk about crankin' out cupcakes!
I mixed 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup melted butter.
Okay, let me explain about the mini Bailey's bottle. I want it made crystal clear that I am not a booze bag. (Okay, okay......a jigger mixed into a cup of coffee is a slice of heaven )It's best to use something about the size of a shot glass to press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each cupcake cup.
But I don't own a shot glass. I do however own a couple of little little mini's, purchased on my annual Girl's Weekend to North Conway, N.H. Wahoo!!! (Oh, sorry about that) Anyway, this mini bottle was the perfect size to pound down those crumbs. Once all the crumbs are packed down, pop the pan into the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. This will set the graham cracker "crust".
Then, I filled the cups about halfway with chocolate cupcake batter.
Just don't let the neighbors see you.