Happiness Is….Recipe: Tres Leches Cupcakes

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Happiness is Friday!  I was so ready to start the weekend that I picked up the boys from school at lunch to start our weekend a bit early.

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Happiness is Cinco de Mayo.  We cannot wait to celebrate tomorrow!

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Happiness is movie night…especially when we have an added guest in the form of my youngest niece.

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Happiness is making this cookie cake for my oldest niece to take to her end-of-the-season volleyball party tonight.

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Happiness is getting this text photo from my sister.

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Happiness is the sweet feedback that I received from Ethan’s Progress Report yesterday.  Thank you so much for your kind words.  I appreciate it.

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Happiness is Tres Leches Cupcakes.  I made these last year on a whim, and I received such an amazing response that I knew I had to make them again this year.  I took three dozen to school to hand-out to sweet teachers and staff.  We love Cinco de Mayo so much that I wanted to spread that joy to others.  From the smiles that I received at school today, I am pretty sure that these cupcakes are pure happiness.

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Ingredients

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1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups water

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

4 large egg whites

Filling

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Topping

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

    Making the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place foil cupcake liners in cupcake pans. This recipe will make 34-36 cupcakes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
  5. Using ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 17-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Move to a wire rack to allow to cool completely.
  8. Adding the Filling
  9. Mix together the three milks - sweetened condensed, evaporated, and whipping cream.
  10. Using a wooden skewer, poke several holes into each cupcake.
  11. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk, pouring onto the top of the cupcakes.
  12. Repeat with all of the cupcakes.
  13. Once the liquid has absorbed, add another 1-2 tablespoons.
  14. Finishing Touches
  15. Add the whipping cream to a mixing bowl, and start to mix on low speed.
  16. Add the sugar and vanilla, while continuing to mix.
  17. Increase the speed to medium, and whip until thickened.
  18. Add the whipped cream to a decorating bag, and, using your favorite tip, pipe the whipped cream onto the top of the cupcakes.
  19. Top with a strawberry or cherry, optional.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/05/04/happiness-is-recipe-tres-leches-cupcakes/

 The white cupcake is RecipeGirl’s  White Wedding Cupcakes.

Have a happy weekend!!

 I linked up at the following:
Tidy Mom for I’m Lovin’ It
Alli ‘n Sons for Sweet Tooth Friday
Six Sisters’ Stuff for Strut Your Stuff Saturday

Cinco de Mayo Food, Family, and Fun – Recipe: Corn Salsa

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We celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my sister’s family every year.  It is a tradition that we all love.  There is Mexican food, a pinata, decorations, a lot of laughter, and good, family fun.  Something special…or different…seems to happen each year that make me remember that specific Cinco de Mayo.  And, I love that.  I love that we have created a tradition for our family that is so much fun that the memories remain with us year after year.

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Another thing that I love…When I asked Gabriel if he knew what happened this weekend.  He smiled and said, “Cinco de Mayo!”  While sometimes a little bit of work goes into creating a lot of fun, it is so, so worth it to see that the memories we are creating make such a big impact on our children.

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My sister and I had a quick phone call on Sunday that started with, “We  have not discussed our plans for Cinco de Mayo yet.”  I immediately told  her what all I wanted to make, as well as what decorations I already had.  And, she told me what she was headed to the store to buy.  Our plan was put into motion, and we were both giddy.  Yes, it makes people laugh when we tell them how much we love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but that is just part of the fun of it all.  It is a tradition that dates back to when Summer was just 3 weeks old, so this will be our 6th year to celebrate it.  It makes me excited just thinking about.

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As I have been planning our menu, I thought of many different things that would be great.

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Mexican Pizza would be a great appetizer.  You could make it into a rectangle shape and cut it into small pieces to serve.

Chips and Queso is always a hit,

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Especially when you add in a little Pico de Gallo.

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This Black Bean Dip is delicious, too. The last time I made it for a get-together, it was a huge hit.

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We are having fajitas, and, if I have time, I really want to make these homemade Texas Flour Tortillas.

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I really think that these Stuffed Jalapenos would be good inside a fajita. I might just have to give it a try.

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And, I am definitely making this Corn Salsa. After drooling over it when I read the amazingly talented Jessica’s blog post, I knew that I needed it in my life very, very soon. I actually made it that weekend, and it was everything that I dreamed it would be. I am sure that you have visited How Sweet It Is on at least one occasion…or maybe you are like me and stalk it multiple times per week. I love her recipes and adore the humor in her blog posts. She creates amazing food, and this Corn Salsa is no exception. If it is making it to our Cinco de Mayo menu, then it must be pretty special, because we do not let just any food make the cut on a day that is so fun for our family.

Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa

Ingredients

1 12-ounce bag of frozen sweet yellow corn, defrosted and drained

2 jalapenos, diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 limes, juiced

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine corn, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro in a bowl, and gently mix together.
  2. Pour in the lime juice, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Serve with chips, fajitas, burritos, or tacos.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/05/01/cinco-de-mayo-food-family-and-fun-recipe-corn-salsa/

Enjoy!