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Gingerbread Chewbacca Cookies

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December 21, 2016 by BettyCupcakes

Everybody’s favorite wookie, now in cookie form.

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I saw this video from Buzzfeed last week and immediately fell in love. With winter break starting today, I decided to treat my little Star Wars fan to an afternoon of wookie baking. I figured even my non-crafty self could handle wookie cookies. And I was right- it was awesome!

Sam is pointing out the one Chewie who didn’t get any fur. Whoops.

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The most difficult part of the process was the eyes. I had to put the melted chocolate in a new baggie and cut the absolute tiniest hole possible. I’ll be honest, not all Chewies look as nice as the ones below, but they all tasted pretty good!

Gingerbread Chewbaccas- you earn the BettyCupcakes seal of approval as a non-stressful, perfect for kids 4+ project.

Check out the full recipe and instructions at Buzzfeed.

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Happy Wookie Baking!


Weekly Weigh In and Some Sandy Baby Toes

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May 17, 2014 by BettyCupcakes

Just popping in to say “hi!” this afternoon.  Sam and I had a great morning.  After some cinnamon raisin English muffins and coffee (or milk) for breakfast, we headed off to the polls.  It’s election day in our little town so we did our civic duty.  Sam was thoroughly confused by the word “vote” so I said it’s when we pick people to be our friends in the town.  He seemed satisfied with that answer.

Then we were off to my first Weight Watchers meeting.  Down 1.8 already!  Love that I can lose weight without being obsessed with calories/food.  We stayed for part of the meeting and Sam participated.  When the leader asked who eats a banana with breakfast, his little hand shot up!  He also clapped for a man who lost 28 pounds- so supportive.

I promised him a trip to see the boats, so we left the meeting a little early and drove straight to the Hingham Farmers Market.

Hingham Farmers Market Massachusetts

It’s right on the beach in Hingham, which is an absolutely idyllic location for a farmers market.  A warm breeze blew in off the water and we wandered around and shared a cider donut from The Great Cape Baking Company.

Toddler Beach Walk

Then it was time to dip our toes in the water.  At first, he was a bit hesitant.

Baby on the beach

But then he saw some big boys tossing rocks in the water and running around barefoot…

Sandy Baby Toes

So, off came the socks and shoes!

Sandy Baby Toes

Hello, sandy baby toes.  I’m so happy to see you again.

What are you up to this weekend?


A Day in the Life…and some Holy donuts

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May 16, 2014 by BettyCupcakes

I thought I’d do a day in the life post since my days are a little different now.  I blow dry my hair on the regular and I wear real pants every day.  I also spend a good amount of time prepping my food every day so that I can still eat real food.  This is especially important as I just joined Weight Watchers (again).  I don’t have a ton to lose, but I know that I can’t do it on my own.  Accountability is my friend!

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5:20 am- Come downstairs to a pot full of coffee.  I set this bad boy up every night before I head to bed.  I usually add a little unsweetened almond milk and maybe a teaspoon of sugar and then- I chug while I prep lunch, do my hair and make up, fold laundry/take care of the dog/do dishes and watch the news.

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6:00 am Breakfast #1 is a slice of crustless quiche with ham and broccoli eaten standing up at the kitchen counter in about 45 seconds.  I should probably chew more.

photo (7) 6:45 am Leave house and drive to work

7:30 am Arrive at work- check emails/voicemails/make a daily “to do” list

7:45 am Breakfast #2 Overnight oats with 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, and 1 small, diced pear

The morning breakfast routine was the hardest for me to figure out when I started working.  Even though I *big, puffy, heart* LOVE breakfast, even I cannot eat a meal at 5 am.  But waiting until almost 8 am is not an option.  I’ve tried eating during my commute- it’s doable, but not particularly fun.  My new system of some protein around 6 and then some carbohydrates around 7:30 seems to work pretty well.  Some days it almost holds me until lunch.

10:30 am unpictured bowl of frozen mango and frozen pineapple

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11:30 am Lunch time!  It’s pretty normal to see people eating at work as early as 11 am- such is the life at a high school.  I’m totally digging on chopped salads lately.  I chop everything up into small pieces and then toss in a bowl.  Today’s combination was: 2 oz. rosemary ham, 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine, 1 medium carrot chopped, 1/8 of an avocado, diced, 1 green onion, chopped, with some lite olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.   YUM!

1:45 pm Unpictured- 4 crackers and some grapes snagged from the senior awards snack table

And then…I pretty much stopped taking pictures of my day.  To sum up:

  • I finished work at 2:30 pm
  • Went to Trader Joe’s to do my weekly shopping and stocked up on red wine
  • Got stuck in rush hour traffic
  • Grabbed the wee one at daycare
  • Got home at 5:05 pm- set Sam on the couch to watch “Hotel Transylvania” for the 100th time (dude loves Dracula “blah bleh blah!”)
  • Boiled some butternut squash ravioli up for Sam’s dinner (it was AMAZING- from Trader Joe’s- I highly recommend), served it with sweet potato fries, rosemary ham, and applesauce.  I had two Trader Joe’s masala burgers, a few snagged ravioli, and an ice cream sandwich for dinner.
  • Convinced Sam to take a bed, read “Go Dog. Go!” 4 times, sang three songs, and rocked my sweet baby boy
  • Watched “Say Yes to the Dress” and folded laundry

TGIF, y’all.

And now, let’s talk about my favorite subject…

DONUTS!

The Holy Donut Portland, ME

The Holy Donut in Portland, ME is a revelation.  Donuts made with real Maine potatoes.  They are dense and light all at the same time.

The Holy Donut Portland, ME

The Holy Donut Portland, ME

We tried the maple glazed, the dark chocolate sea salt, and the bacon cheddar donut.  Basically, it’s like a donut hot pocket and it is worth every single calorie.

The Holy Donut Portland, ME

 The shop itself is small, super cute, and totally retro.

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Tomorrow morning is my first weigh in and then it’s on to the weekend adventures!


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