Me: I'm so happy with how these are turning out! I should put a photo on the blog, with a note about how I feel like I already have a kindergartener...
Matt: Are you talking about me?
Me: Who am I frosting owl cupcakes for at 10:30 pm?
of the grants Matt works with is called Online With Libraries,
generally shortened to OWL. He and his coworkers have had fun with the
owl theme, decking out their office in everything from owl mugs to
posters to finger puppets. A friend sent us an owl toy for the baby --
it mysteriously disappeared, and I saw it the other day on Matt's desk.
past Sunday, my mother won a gift basket with an owl cupcake pan at
their parish harvest festival; knowing how much fun Matt would have with
it, she sent it home with us. Coincidentally enough, yesterday was his
coworker's last day, so I was already quasi-committed to baking
something to send in to the office this week. What could be more apropos
for an OWL employee's farewell than owl cupcakes?
Which is why I
found myself frosting owl cupcakes at 10:30 pm. It is a good thing I
don't have a kindergartener yet... I need all the time I can get to
practice making "cute food" before I have to worry about sending snacks
with him to class! My family's artistic genes definitely skipped me...
One sister draws, sews, beads, makes dolls, plays the violin, and
decorated our wedding cake. Another sews, quilts, knits, sings, plays
the recorder and tin whistle, and does fancy embroidery. Me? I can
crochet straight lines.
Clearly, art is not one of my strongest
points. While not exactly Pinterest-worthy, though, I'm quite happy with
my cute, cross-eyed little owls:
Yes, they have green beaks. I
didn't have any yellow food coloring, and Matt didn't want me to use
turmeric... I wanted to make the breasts white and the feet some color
other than chocolate, but I worried they would come out looking like
penguins. Maybe next time they will look more like proper owls!