Ok, it’s been an extremely long time since my last post. But, guys, you know what is really hard? Two kids, that’s what. And it seems to be getting harder as the days go on. One toddler who is still adjusting to no longer being the only star in our sky. And one baby, no longer a newborn and all of a sudden MUCH more fussy. Especially between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am. WTF is up with that, I want to ask her, in the sweetest way possible.
I startled myself when I saw my reflection up close in my medicine cabinet one of these nights. It was an accident – I’ve been avoiding my reflection for awhile now. But all of a sudden I was face to face with myself under the harsh fluorescent lights. Startled might not be the right word. More like horrified. I look like a zombie. And not like the way you say it affectionately when someone is kind of tired and dopey. I mean, I could have been an extra for The Walking Dead. A well-preserved zombie, but still. My eyes are SO bloodshot from lack of sleep, they are bright red. And the lovely bruise-like under eye shadows are highlighted nicely against the anemic pallor of the rest of my skin. Take a chunk out of my cheek and I’d have everyone running for cover. I probably already do.
But everyone knows dealing with a new baby is hard. This is nothing new. So instead of boring you, I’ll show you something that is much prettier than me:
Mint chocolate chip cupcakes. Aren’t they darling? I adore how the icing looks almost exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream, my favourite flavour. I think I’ve lamented before about how Switzerland does not do mint chocolate anything, which to me is the most bizarre thing you could imagine. So I have to make my own fun. And these cupcakes are fun. They are truly delicious – a nice chocolate base, but for these it really is all about the icing. I’ll let you look up the recipe here, at Sally’s Baking Addiction, if you’re interested in making them. I made lots of extra icing and froze it, so now I’m thinking up ways to use it. This, when I’m supposed to be trying to lose my pregnancy pounds, which are stubbornly not going anywhere yet. As in, I could basically still be pregnant. Well, that’s a challenge for another day. Right now I’ll enjoy these almost entirely guilt-free. Yum.