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The Wicker Suitcase

Our Church has several ministries and I am very  

fortunate to be associated with one of them. 

It is Angel's Attic an interesting and well 

stocked resale shop.

Angel's Attic has donated more than $100,000 to

numerous charities both home and abroad.



I have been volunteering in their furniture hospital.





And I have been enjoying every moment of pondering 

over the various pieces of furniture that pass through

it's portals.

As well as enjoying  sanding, painting and developing 

caring friendships, along the way. 



And then one day this wicker suitcase appeared.

I casually eyed it for several days,

passing by it,

touching it,

picking it up and then setting it back down.

I am not sure of it's history,

I am not sure of it's actual purpose.

Is it a picnic basket?

Is it a child's bag?

Where did it travel?





The wicker suitcase shows little wear and tear.

Some of the grand babies put their baby dolls in it.

Some of the grand babies pack it around as if they

are going on a trip.



For now the wicker suitcase decorates our home.

However, it seems to me to be a bit of a mystery and 

am waiting to see if it takes me on any travels...




Easter Cupcakes

I really enjoy baking and I prefer to bake my treats from scratch.  They always taste just a tad bit better and of course I always add a extra dose of love!



I use  Hershey's Coca it is 100 percent Natural Unsweetened.  It has been around for ages and is a tried and true ingredient.  I like chocolate but not a strong chocolate.  This is what you will find when you bite into these sweet little confections.


We are looking forward to celebrating Easter in our home.  We will attend Church Services and then return to our home for Easter Dinner and our annual Easter Egg Hunt.



Ingredients For Cupcakes:  Adapted from Hershey's Recipes

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
3/4 cup Hersey's Cocoa
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Directions For Cupcakes:

Heat oven to 350 degrees-Bake 12-15 minutes-Makes 3 dozen cupcakes

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs one at a time milk, oil and vanilla, beat on medium speed until incorporated.  Stir in boiling water while beating on low speed.  Batter will be thin.  Pour into cupcake liners until about 2/3 full.  Bake about 12-15 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place on wire cooling racks.  Cool for about 20 minutes.

Ingredients For Cream Cheese  Frosting Topped with colored Coconut:

1/2 package softened cream cheese 
1/8 cup softened butter
1 -1/. tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
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1-1/2 cup coconut divided evenly into 3 bowls
2 drops of Blue, Red and Green food coloring into 3 bowls
toss coconut gently with food coloring to desired color
After frosting cupcakes sprinkle with colored food coloring

Directions For Frosting:

Beat cream cheese and butter on high with electric mixer, add vanilla.  Sift powdered sugar into creamed mixture until well blended.  Frost cupcakes and top with coconut.



You know, I just don't bake all the time, so I felt as though I might be a little rusty in the cupcake department.  So I made this batch a few weeks ago to test my skills!  Sure enough this recipe is a winner!  We ate a few and then I took the rest of them to work!  

Tip:  I have found that I prefer to make my cakes or cupcakes a day or two ahead of time and freeze them.  I guess I just like the consistency better and it also saves me precious time!

Wondering what your favorite chocolate recipe might be?