Vegan Agave Cupcakes Take Over The World
During my second weekend of meal planning, I realized the plan needs to be flexible. I usually have a little more kitchen time over the weekend, but sometimes weekend adventures happen, leading to other adventures, and leaving far less cooking time than planned. Actually, I only made one recipe all weekend, despite having seven planned! Whoops! Oh well, it was an amazing weekend and completely worth missing a few homemade meals. But what do I do about those ingredients I purchased in plans to make recipes? Luckily, I only have to worry about the fresh produce recipes, and since I keep lunches extremely simple during the week, many of those are “pantry meals” I can simply replace with one the forlorn weekend recipes. Problem solved and no fresh produce gone to waste!
Saturday, we celebrated my father-in-law’s 52nd birthday. We started at a pumpkin patch turned harvest festival, the perfect place to be on a gorgeous October day! There was music, pumpkins, face painting, pumpkins, a hay slide, pumpkins, a playground, pumpkins… My little man had so much fun, but I enjoyed it even more. He picked a pumpkin, tore up the dance floor, rode a little train, went down the hay slide, and got his face painted like a kitty cat, meowing and crawling over haystacks setup for the kids to climb.
When a happy, exhausted little man could take no more, we went on to a vegan-friendly pizza place for dinner. The three of us shared a taco pizza with black bean dip, salsa, onions, and cilantro, and for dessert, I made everyone Simple Vanilla And Agave Nectar Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World (page 44) topped with the simple Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (page 142). It was my first time making this recipe, and I’m not sure what I was expecting, but they were amazing! This is replacing the Golden Vanilla as my new go-to cupcake recipe. They were fluffy and slightly denser than the regular vanilla, with a fantastic buttery agave flavor. Unfortunately, the frosting got a little melted while they waited in the car, but at least I got photos first!
Sunday, my dad came to visit and we did a little shopping. Since it’s that time of year, we went Halloween costume hunting! The little man originally wanted to be Elmo, but when he saw the Cat in the Hat costume he immediately changed his mind. It’s so adorable on him; I can’t wait to share Halloween photos! I really want to be Snow White this year, but the only costume I found was way out of our price range. Dad suggested Chris and I be Thing 1 and Thing 2 for a family costume theme, which would be pretty hilarious. We’ll see!
I hope you had a great weekend!
Do you still dress up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be this year?