Let’s play a game.
It’s called “Where Is This Blog Post Being Written?”
Here are the rules:
Guess where this blog post is being written. Complicated.
Don’t cheat. (If you do, that just means you’re a creepy stalker. I don’t think you want to live with that.)
I think you’ll do fine.
So, here goes.
I have a (free) mimosa in my hand.
Tiny ear buds are humming Frank Sinatra’s voice into my head.
I’m in a pretty comfortable leather seat.
I’m looking at tiny blips of white surrounded by large areas of green and brown thousands of miles beneath me.
There’s also a layer of mashed potatoes underneath me.
Not too far behind me is a small child, who initially decided to scream its head off, but then (smartly) ceased.
Where am I?
In the air!
If you guessed anything but an airplane, I’d like to know your answer and then pick at your brain.
I’m well on my way to Seattle, Washington to visit one of my very best friends in the world. Yay!
I feel like I’m on Cloud Nine right now. The past week at work was not only tolerable, but I generally had a good time. What?! Cray. I know.
Last night I was lucky enough to enjoy a late-night after-work IHOP run with my darling boyfriend. I (shamelessly) scarfed down some blueberry pancakes. I was also told I have giant eyes. Whatever that means.
I woke up this morning, got dressed, put my face on, had a nice little conversation with a coworker, and headed to the airport. Did I mention I’m flying First Class?
Yeah, I’m flying First Class. I’ve never done it. The best part so far, aside from the complimentary mimosas the stewardess is throwing at me, is the line cutting! Mwahaha. I must have saved about an hour of waiting because of this “First Class” status.
When things like this excite me, does that mean I’m getting old? I mean, first I’m overly stoked about my new car having amazing gas mileage, and now I’m excited about short lines?
Stewardess! I need another mimosa. This is too much to handle. I’m not old…yet.
Speaking of getting old, my birthday is soon. Which, ehh, I’m not overly excited about. But it does make me think back to when I was a kid. Sleepovers, Back-to-School Nights, Poptarts for breakfast…ahh to be a child.
One thing I vividly remember as a child, is lemonade stands. My next-door neighbor and childhood BFF, Jessica, and I used to have one every year. I mean EVERY year. Tradition. It always seemed to be right after the gardeners overly trimmed the trees. I’m sure the majority of our sales came from our parents and other close neighbors, but it didn’t matter. It was fun. We were fun. We were cool kids.
Some smartypants friend of mine suggest Pink Lemonade Cupcakes to me a few weeks ago. GENIUS!
The cake has a slightly tart taste, and paired with the cream cheese frosting (infused with lemon-lime soda) and you’ve got yourself a lemonade stand in a cupcake wrapper. That can’t possibly be wrong, right?
Enjoy, my fellow childhood lemonade-standers. Reflect on the goofy memories. Smile.
In the meantime, I’ll be frolicking in Seattle, being fabulous as I take a huge bite of a much-anticipated Trophy Cupcake and laughing over God knows what with an amazing friend. “She’s good for your soul,” says my mom. I must agree.
MAKE THESE CUPCAKES!
Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
3 cups all-purpose flour minus 6 tbsp
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup milk
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1/2 cup sweetened instant pink lemonade
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.
2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and instant lemonade in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Beat butter until fluffy and pale.
4. Add sugar and beat until smooth.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
6. Add vanilla and strawberry cream cheese. Beat well.
7. Alternately add milk and flour mixture, beating well between each addition.
8. Bake for about 20 minutes and let cool before frosting.
Lemon-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8oz packages cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup lemon-lime soda
5-6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
2. Add vanilla and beat until well-combined.
3. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, until completely blended.
4. Add soda and lemon juice and beat until just combined.
5. Allow the frosting to set. It will initially be runny.
6. Frost them cupcakes! Then shamelessly shove it in your mouth.
For instructions on how to candy the lemons, see this recipe for Grapefruit Cupcakes and you’ll be all set.
Like what you see? Check out the Pink Cake Party Kit over at Event Blossom!
I think they complement these little beauties quite well.