I think there is a "food holiday" for every day of the year. Seriously. I used to read this daily email and it seemed like every day it ended with a "happy _______ day!" Apparently, today is national cupcake day. I'm not going to complain.
So, happy cupcake day!
I was even planning on making cupcakes today anyway. How perfect.
And I'm willing to celebrate today. I'm done with finals. Thank goodness. I mean, granted, I still have to proctor finals and then . . . grade them. But that's a minor detail. I don't have to study for that.
So, besides baking cupcakes this afternoon, and watching many, many food shows, I sat in the same chair I've been sitting in studying all week. Including a few leftovers finals dinners. And breakfasts. And lunches. It's comfy. I just feel like it's been a long week of sitting here. But that's about to change. I get to escape!
I often claim that I eat in cycles. This week, I was inspired to make the mac and cheese I invented last year during finals. I don't think I've had it since last December. I'm telling you -- I eat in cycles.
But, this time, besides the garlic and herb cheese and the milk on the pasta, I added peas. I even found fresh, shelled peas at the grocery store! Awesome.
Basically, I use one of the garlic and herb flavored spreadable cheese wedges and I put it in with my bowl of pasta. Or . .. add pasta after, if the pasta is currently cooking. The best part of this is that it can be made with leftover pasta too!
Then, I add a little milk, and now peas.
Then I microwave it for 30 seconds to a minute, and mix it until the cheese is melted.
So easy. And yummy. Perfect for finals. Especially in December, apparently.
And, I made cupcakes today. SJM gave me a mix for the new cupcakes that come with the bake-in filling. So I figured I'd try it. It will be perfect for the day of grading ahead of me.
And, for my co-TAs, of course. They aren't ALL for me.
I actually think I prefer filling the cupcakes using the cupcake plug thing I have, to be entirely honest.
The filling stuff is kind of like fluff when you first pipe it in -- and the instructions specifically say not to let it touch the sides. It seems like it's just easier to fill them afterwards.
But, I guess not everyone has a cupcake plug. So, I guess they are fun.
I was really tempted to get the white decorating frosting and put on the swirls. I kind of wish I had. Oh well.
On to the proctoring/grading marathon.