Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rainbow Cupcakes.

Today for St. Patrick's Day I found a really cute recipe in Family Fun magazine for rainbow cupcakes. The boys and I decided that we would make them today. So this morning we did and as cute as they turned out they were not as easy as I thought. First I made the cake mix. I seperated it into 6 different bowls and the boys helped me mix the colors. Then we had to layer the colors in the cupcake pan. That part took awhile. I enclosed the recipe at the end in case anyone wants to give it a try. They are cute and very tasty. Perfect for little leprechauns:)

The different colors. My red turned out more pink but oh well.
Layering them in the pan.
Each layer got a little harder to cover the previous.
The end result. They were HUGE cupcakes.
Really cute and worth the work. This might be a St. Patrick's day tradition for our family.

White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
Baking cups
Whipped cream (optional)

Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.

Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops

Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.

Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Franklin Institute.

Today we went to the Franklin Institute. What a great museum:) First we went and saw stuff having to do with the body. We walked through a huge heart, saw how muscles worked and learned about blood and plasma. The kids enjoyed crawling through the artery (picture below.) Next we went to see the trains. Nicholas even got to be the "conductor" on the train ride. We also got to see two different kinds of airplanes. One was a fighter jet that was hanging from the ceiling that Chad and the boys got to go into. Nicholas even got to make a piece of paper. It was such an interesting day with so much to see and do and we didn't even come close to seeing it all. The boys had a lot of fun and learned a few things as well. I would highly recomend if you've never been.

The boys crawling through the artery.
Jacob didn't want to come out.
In front of a train. The boys are looking at a much bigger train across the room.
The first airplane.
The fighter jet.
They all liked this part.
You could barely see him in there.
Nicholas making a sheet of paper.

Benjamin Franklin statue.