Heroes, A Princess, A Ball, and Cupcakes {i must be dreaming}

I am not dreaming.   The past two weeks have been an amazing roller coaster ride.

THE HEROES…

I cannot even begin to explain the pride I feel for these boys and their coaches.  Our hometown {homegrown} heroes.     Just a few photos  - more to come:      Northern Lebanon Wrestling Team 2017.  PIAA State Runner Up.       

THE PRINCESS

When she was 5 she was a princess everyday.  EVERDAY  the child would wear a gown and a tiara.  Now, 10 years later…she will have the chance to play dress up again.  She is a princess on the Sno Ball Court.  She was very surprised she was picked to be on the court but  even when this crazy teenager was going through her little black phase…I have always seen her as a princess.   NOT because she is the most popular,  NOT because she is beautiful {even though I think she is}, and Not because she is graceful.  This girl does not care what or who is in style.  She hates being the center of attention.  So I explained what she is not…now let me tell you what this sweet girl is….

WHAT MAKES MY GIRL A PRINCESS?  HER HEART.  I can truly say that I have never met anyone quite like her.

SHE IS KIND.  GENUINELY KIND AND EMPATHETIC.

She is a wild mess of beautiful contradictions.   She is sporty but girly.  She is country and city.

SHE WILL GO OUT OF HER WAY TO INCLUDE AN OUTCAST, SHE ALWAYS CHEERS FOR THE UNDER DOG, SHE LOVES ALL CHILDREN AND THEY LOVE HER BACK, SHE IS UNASSUMING AND AWKWARD, SHE HATES DRAMA,  SHE HAS GIVEN HER LAST DOLLAR TO HOMELESS,  SHE IS PRETTY PASSIONATE ABOUT DEFENDING THOSE THAT CAN NOT OR WILL NOT DEFEND THEMSELVES,   and if I had a dollar for every time another parent or teacher has told me that she went out of her way to help a peer in the last 15 years I would be rich.  I came across this song lyric while watching a movie and It could not be more perfect to explain this girl.  I love you {babymine}

Dear little girl,
you are terribly blessed
But it’s your heart of gold
I love the best
And that will be your crowning glory
your whole life through
It’ll always be your crowning glory
The most glorious part of you

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH CUPCAKES

I have been making these for years.   I used to love making pretty and yummy snacks for my kids in elementary school.    Seeing the kids eyes light up always made the work and time of doing it…worth it.    My kids are in High School now….they will not let me take snacks in {THE NERVE}      So when my niece came over to formally ask me to make her snack for her Valentines day party…I hugged her , teared up a little and did a happy dance!

This recipe is kind of famous and rightly so.  A vanilla cupcake with a cookie dough center with cookie dough buttercream.

SOOOOOOOO GOOD!

TRY THEM.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Buttercream Frosting

YIELD: 24 CUPCAKES.

Ingredients:

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon. salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

FOR THE CUPCAKES

  • 3 sticks softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING

  • 3 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. To make the cookie dough, combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 mins. Beat in milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Using a 1.5 tablespoon scoop, shape the dough into balls or tubes. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet overnight.
  2. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total).  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and brown sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir together to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing each addition just until incorporated.  Blend in the vanilla.
  4. Using a 3 tablespoon scoop, fill the prepared cupcake liners 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
  5. Bake at 350 for 16-18 mins.
  6. To make the frosting, combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth.  Beat in the salt, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  7. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips!
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Michelle Blauch - February 15, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Love love true so true

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