Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Day 3

The third day of our Christmas countdown started with me shopping for work clothes while E took the Jeep to be fixed (most boring use of a work bonus ev-ah!) and the van to have it's tire rotated. Then, the REAL fun began!

I made some strawberry cupcakes with two types of homemade icing,
STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES(W's request)
1 pkg white cake mix
1 (3 oz) pkg strawberry jello
1 cup fresh strawberries, mashed or finely chopped
1 cup vegetable oil (I always use canola)
½ cup whole milk
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray pans with non-stick spray. Place the cake mix, jello, strawberries, oil, milk and eggs in a large bowl. Mix 3 minutes, stopping to scrap down sides of bowl a couple times. Divide the batter evenly among layer pans or pour into 9x13 inch pan. For 9x13 pan bake 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Cook layers according to directions on box of cake mix.) Remove cake and cool completely.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
½ cup butter, room temp
3½ cup confectioners' sugar
¾ cup fresh strawberries, mashed or chopped fine
For Cream Cheese Frosting: Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Sift sugar and add one cup full at a time to cream mixture. Add strawberries and incorporate completely. Pour over cake and smooth out covering entire cake layer.
White Icing
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for desired spreading/piping consistency.

Scoop into a piping bag and pipe decoratively onto cupcakes, or spread onto cupcakes as desired.


and got dressed in my themed shirt for a movie night at the Falks!

The first thing we did after we got back from Panera, was eat "Aunt Bethany's jello", complete with "cat food"!
We even said "The blessing", just like in the movie! VIDEO
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Then Dan popped up some popcorn for us
and we curled up on the brand new sectional to watch Dan's edited version of National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!
So much fun! The only thing that would make it better was if Kari Falk did a high-pitched voice over of the blanked out language!

After the movie, we played spoons, then decided to change the rules a bit...
 The next game, Kemps, was HILARIOUS! I'm completely horrible at it, because I could barely get four in a row and never saw any of Kari's signals before the guy's did (Either I was too busy watching Dan and Eric or I'm too self-absorbed)

Once, I was full-on singing "Gotta know when to hold them" (which  beside "nailing it" I wrongfully attributed to Willie Nelson) and the worst part, the guys were PROS!
They claim they had the same signal the whole time, but they kept throwing us off by randomly picking cards and doing weird signals (putting a leg on the table, raising their hand) to trick us!

After being slaughtered a bunch of times, we threw in the towel.....and got beat at Euchre instead!

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