joy in sorrow

i’m sure many of you have had this happen…you are upset about something, then by the grace of God or the universe or whatever you believe in, you have a great moment.  well, this happened to me…but it was really the whole weekend. 

we babysat my best friend’s 4 kids at their house on friday night… we are very close to them; one of them is my God-daughter.  there are 3 girls (13, 11, 9) and 1 boy (7).  i am the fun “auntie” to them.  i usually do something creative with them.  well, this time we made some white mountain cupcakes and then scurried around trying to find the powdered sugar to make frosting.  there was  none.  all we had was regular sugar and some marshmellows.  so, i said that we should go online and find a recipe with marshmellows instead of conf sugar.  i’m a chemical eng, so to me, you can always find a way to make something.  so, we find this recipe that had great reviews where you make a simple syrup with sugar, water, and cream of tartar, then whip up egg whites to a soft peak, then mix the two parts to a stiff peak (about 10 mins)..  each kid had to do about 3 mins on the blender.   when they saw what happened when the syrup went into the whipped egg whites, they were amazed.  it became this fluffy heaven-ness.  everyone was smiling from ear to ear.  this is one of the best frostings i have ever made!  it’s white as snow, it glistens, and it tastes like marshmellow, but not as sweet.  it spreads perfectly.  we frosted the cupcakes using a piping bag, then added some colored sugar, stars, whatever was in the cupboard.    i indulged myself with one…who wouldn’t, right?  they were delicious.  the kids had 2 each on average.  then we went on to making a dinosaur villiage with playdough complete with a river, river rocks, trees, a volcano, and several different dinosaurs (DH’s were the best).   we had about 10 different colors to work with.  it was very cute.  they took all sorts of pictures of the scene.  before we knew it, 5 hrs had flown by like nothing.  the next day my friend called in the morning and told me that the kids had so much fun that they were talking about it all morning and telling (showing off to) their cousins.  she said they wrote about it in their ipod journals.    it made my heart smile. 

last night DH and i went to our favorite greek restaurant and we had spanikopita, moussaka, lamb chop, and some delicious greek red wine (well DH had Sam Adams Winter).  it was a nice night.

then today we made as second Christ.mas dinner with my Mom and brother.  we went to my aunt’s house for Christ.mas eve and, although it was delicious, we still wanted to have our own.  plus, we wanted to use some of the tuna DH caught off Isla.nd this past fall.  so, we made linguine with tuna gravy (red sauce – my local italian dialect), crab cakes, flounder, shrimp cocktail, and salad.  we also got some delicious bread.  normally, as part of our Christ.mas dinner, we make calamari, fried smelts, clams casino, baked stuffed shrimp (i made that on christmas day, though), and snail salad.  but, we decided to cut some corners, but have the fish and shellfish, nonetheless.  

so, i think i know what gets me through…cooking and creating and feeling good about sharing it with those i love.  are you hungry yet?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cassie
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 22:59:01

    Yum! Yes, definitely hungry now. You should post some pictures of your gorgeous cupcakes and dinosaur village – that sounds so fun!


  2. LisainSK
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 07:57:40

    Sounds like a blast!! Take care…


  3. LastChanceIVF
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 13:49:52

    I’ve got to get my new commenting name set up…
    But in the meantime…yum on that icing! I need to look it up!!
    I’m glad you had some good times, they are so precious.


  4. Flygirl555
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 23:33:32

    Sounds like a wonderful, fun-filled weekend! Glad you enjoyed some time with loved ones.


  5. hoping4family
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 19:41:44

    thanks for your replies, girls. recipe for that outstanding frosting can be found in the link below.


  6. R
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 20:52:47

    Wow, your meals all sound awesome. I can’t believe you babysit friend’s children – I am impressed. You are a really strong woman.


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