We are enjoying the abundant harvest of mud and static cling this week. Well, okay, not enjoying it. More like tolerating it. I often mention how much laundry there is to do in the summer months, with filthy construction clothing and dirty gardening garb, but this winter has been no different. Saw dust-encrusted shirts and muddy paw printed skirts are still filling multiple loads, daily. The purchase of construction materials for spring (Vinyl siding! So our house will look like a house!) has put a crunch on our finances for the month, and I remain thankful for every money-saving-penny-pinching opportunity that can be had.
These days it feels as if we are short for entertainment around here. Of course, just as I say that, a car will break down or a roof will spring a leak, and things will get exciting in all the wrong ways. So let's focus on quick comfort instead: cupcakes.
I have nothing against boxed cake mixes. If I can get one on sale plus a coupon, then it's cheaper than dipping into my own stash of goods and I'm all for it. But this is a nice quick cake recipe that you can throw together in the time it takes to rip open a package. And it does have that homemade taste. The great thing about a cupcake is that everyone can make it however they like best. I love coconut, but the Mister does not, so this is one way of getting my coconut fix.
Easy Cupcakes (makes one dozen)
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 1/4 cup sifted flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar in mixer. Add and stir remaining ingredients. Fill cupcake foils or papered pans 2/3 of way full. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Ice and enjoy!