Friday, April 23, 2010

Photo Story Friday and the Dirt Cupcakes

Noah has been asking if we can make cupcakes for a few days now - usually when I'm making dinner or in the middle of laundry. (I always seem to be in the middle of laundry.)

So with yesterday being Earth Day and having an extra cake mix and container of chocolate icing on hand, I gave in and thought it would be fun to make "dirt cupcakes". I even had some chocolate goldfish grahams that we could crush up and sprinkle on top. I was feeling pretty on top of things...for a few minutes.

What I didn't have was cupcake liners...

or gummy worms.

What kind of dirt cupcake doesn't have gummy worms?

The time is now 1:30pm, and being a little overly ambitious, I think we can make it to the store, pick up the gummy worms, the cupcake liners, and a few other things, get back to the house by 2:15, drop off the groceries, and get to Abby's school by 2:35pm to pick her up.

What was I thinking? When have I ever been able to just run into the store with Noah and be out in 20 minutes?

It's 2:15pm and we're heading up to checkout. I figure it will be okay. We'll just go straight to Abby's school. I'll put all the cold stuff in one bag. It should be fine...

Then I realize I forgot the gummy worms. Hello! Isn't that what you came to the store for in the first place? Luckily, there's a candy display near checkout with these new worm, slug, and snail gummies. (Thank you, Willy Wonka.)

Then I notice the check out line, and I start to freak. Two lines are open. Three full carts ahead of me. The one I am in is at a stand still for some reason. A problem with a coupon? I don't know. The one next to me has at least four people waiting.

What do I do? Leave the groceries? I don't have time to put them back. I'll be late picking up Abby. The express line isn't even open. Grrrr...I should never have cut it this close.

Then - Hallelujah! Another line opens up, and the nice lady next to me lets me go first. Thank you! Thank you! I think she could see the panic on my face.

We made it to pick up Abby just in time. Phew!

After we got home and were waiting for the cupcakes to cool, we went on an Earth Day Happiness Scavenger Hunt around the neighborhood -

The kids were so excited to find a "pet caterpillar" (currently in Abby's room), and with every piece of trash they picked up, Abby kept saying, "Mom, we are helping the Earth!" They were really into it - even fighting over who got to pick up the next piece of trash. Noah even wanted to walk all the way to the other side of the neighborhood where we had noticed a crushed water bottle in the road as we were driving home from school.

When we got back (and washed our hands REALLY well), we added the finishing touches and finally ate the much anticipated dirt cupcakes - WORMS and all!

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Jac said...

Dirt Cupcakes are by far my favorite kind of cupcakes!!

But my favorite picture you posted is the Dandelion photo! The Earth Day Scavenger Hunt sounds like such a fun idea! I can't wait until my little one is old enough for something like that.

Jac @ Wuzzle Makes Three

amanda said...

how is it that the grocery store check out line can become such a stressful place??

and the cupcakes look total yummo! and i love the scavenger hunt - totally saving that for next year!

amanda said...

What a fun idea. Looks like the kids loved it---and phew! Glad you made it on time to pick up Abby. No one likes to be the last kid picked up:)

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Anonymous said...

Those dirt cupcakes look too good to be dirt!

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Stef said...

those look perfect messy. Love it!! I always overestimate my ability to time things just right. It always ends up being just not so right. But looks like they had a blast!

Redbonegirl97 said...

Sounds like an eventful day. I would adore a cupcake right about now.

Peace, Love and Chocolate

angie said...

Looks like they LOVED the scavenger hunt. Kudos to you for making Earth day so meaningful and fun for them!

Alex said...

What a GREAT cupcake idea! And I TOTALLY stress when I'm cutting it close to pick up my son. It's when I'm the WORST and MEANEST driver.

WhisperingWriter said...

Ooo I want one of those cupcakes. They look delicious!

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