What a fun "almost" week I had visiting family and friends in Utah! I love Utah, but this particular few days reminded me why I don't live there anymore…it is cold, no…FREEZING there! Snow, ice, sluggish car…these things reminded me of why I love to visit there, but live in San Diego…at least for now! I say this as I shiver in my office, all bundled up with wooly socks on my feet and my fingers just far enough out of my sweatshirt so I am able to type! Gas and electric are so high without running my furnace that I am afraid to touch the thermostat. We only do it when the kids are all home for Christmas to take the chill off in the morning. I haven't lived in Salt Lake City since I got my Expedition and I got to try out something that I never used before – my side mirror heaters…they melt the snow so I could see where I was going when I needed to back up…that was a very cool feature that is wasted in San Diego but nice to have for cold weather travel.
I haven't been on my computer for days now, and I'm glad to get back. If I had been super organized before I left, I could have had automatic posts ready to go. But no such Boy Scout working here! Before I left I posted a picture of a cute turkey cupcake. And now here's the creator!
Jordan taught a class at our Relief Society Holiday Baking Exstravaganza – Baking with Children. She had so many cute ideas. I will personally try them out for you in the upcoming weeks here at justhelen, but my inspiration comes from my friend, Jordan. The turkey cupcake is one that I think you can make without instructions, just a few identified supplies.
*Cupcakes – you can use a mix if you like, but some cake mixes are extra light and fluffy, and the candy is heavy and might fall out. Try a denser cake or brownie cooked in a muffin tin.
*Chocolate frosting – for the body.
*Candy corn for the feet, beak and feathers – notice the pointed white edge up for the beak, and the yellow side up for the feathers and feet.
*M & M's for the eyes, with black icing (gel or frosting) for the pupils.
*The gobbler is a cut piece of fruit roll-up.
Wouldn't a cupcake display stand full of these happy little gobblers be fun at your Thanksgiving gathering especially if the kids can help make them? I never remember liking pumpkin pie when I was young, so this is a happy alternative!
As a side note…when I was in Utah, I noticed a few iconically "Utah" things. Here are a couple:
First, you know you are in Utah when you walk into a Carl's Jr. and find these two