Valentine’s Day Fun….

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Hopefully you all had a wonderful day and/or weekend??
Brandon did something so special for me on Saturday. A while ago {or maybe a REALLY long time ago}, the youth staff had given us a free trip on the Dinner Train. We had scheduled to go a couple times, but things ALWAYS came up. We canceled at least 3 or 4 times. Finally, Brandon was able to nail down Saturday night, February 12 as THE day to actually ride the train….and we did!! YAY!
We had sooo much fun!! The food was amazing {Brandon had prime rib and I had salmon}…it was a 4 course meal and started out with Sparkling Cider and ended with the most amazing red velvet cake for two. And the scenery {at least once we got out of Oakdale} was awesome!! 
And we were serenated by the most adorable couple…an older man and his wife. She played the guitar and sang and he played the fiddle and mandolin. So darling…
We forgot our camera, so this was the best we got, unfortunately. We didn’t even get a shot together. :( But it was so fun. We really had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone.
And then today….
Brandon took the day off and spent it with me. The house got extra cleaned and then we went to Boudin together with the kids for lunch. And then tonight, I had big plans to make my very favorite Valentine cake turned into cupcakes with the kids. I was super excited about sharing with them my favorite valentine recipe that I made almost every year as a kid. The recipe came from a card that my Nannie gave me one year and I loved it so much I saved in my cook book that I had as a kid. 

BUT….the kids had other plans
Evy was literally in the worst mood EVER and cried the entire time. She only stopped when I let her open the box of the cake mix….
But it didn’t last long. :(

Anyway, we mixed up all the ingredients

BTW…the frozen strawberries are VERY hard to find. I buy the sliced strawberries with light syrup from Raleys. That’s the only place I could find them.

We attempted to use these lovely silicone pans, but I was not aware that you would have to spray them down as I thought they were NON STICK. Right. Use spray. ha.

So the silicone pans were a flop, but Jake didn’t know that. He loved them!!

So after he went to bed, since I promised him he could take cupcakes to his teachers tomorrow, I made new ones for him and finished off with fresh strawberries. Obviously they looked sooo much better! ha. You can see that here….

These cupcakes are the most delicious things ever. They are WONDERFUL. Seriously. Brandon, who hates cake, ate two of them. And I decided that I am going to make them for Evy’s 2nd birthday because they are that special and that easy! Don’t worry, I’ll still do the coconut cake too. :)

Oh, if you make these…make sure you double the frosting, as the frosting only covered these cupcakes and not the others, would never have covered the entire amount of cupcakes.
Anyway, happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! I hope yours was as lovely as ours!

7 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Fun….

  1. 1
    Kelley says:

    Yummy! Even 'ugly' cupcakes are yummy! Pretty ones are, uh, icing on the cake!

    Looks like you had a delightful Valentine's weekend/Day.


  2. 2
    Bonny says:

    Amy love the pictures! That strawberry cake is my husband's favorite. Same exact recipe—I have been making it for years! Would love your Coconut cake recipe!
    I looovvveee cake!!!
    You are a fabulous Mommy!!!

  3. 3
    Sullivan's says:

    Amy – I agree with Bonny – You are a fabulous Mommy !!!!!

    I guess I'm missing something on the cake recipe. Why a round and a square pan? Do you cut the round one into the shape of a heart? :)

    I'm one of those people that have to have step by step instructions for something like that. LOL

    GREAT pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    Love you!

  4. 4
    Aiko says:

    I have the same problem…our pictures are always of one or the other, but its just so hard to get one of us together!
    I loved all the pictures from your trip and can't wait to try making your cupcakes, they look delicious!!

  5. 5
    Heather G. says:

    That picture of you is beautiful – you look so happy! Sorry Evy was in such a mood :( Gianna was like that yesterday.

    We had a super romantic Valentine's dinner of delivery pizza and watching Toy Story with the girls :)


  6. 6
    donna a says:

    thanks for sharing amy! i defintely have to make the cake-sounds so yummy:-)

    glad u gad a great pre-valentine's day/valentine's day!

  7. 7
    Dunn But Not Finished says:

    I just found your blog and had to comment on the silcone pans. I had the same problem with mine the first time I used them. So, I sprayed them the second time I used them and they worked beautifully. I'm enjoying reading your blog!

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