I’m not really that outdoors-y. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being outside – I love to sit outside in the sun, to take leisurely walks, read on the porch – you’re getting the idea, right? When it comes to hiking through the woods or sleeping in a tent, I’m just not into it.
I have similar feelings about snow. I think it’s beautiful and love to watch it falling and walk through it, making the first tracks afterward. And I might throw a few snowballs and help build a snowman, or even sled down the hill a few times, but by that time I’ve had my fill and I’m done. I’m happy to go inside and make the hot chocolate while everyone else runs around for hours on end.
When we lived in NC, it actually snowed often enough that I could get away with not going out every time, but here in SC we only get snow like this every, I don’t know, 7 or 8 years. So I get guilt-ed into staying out longer than I’d like. Sometimes you’ve gotta ‘take one for the team’, I guess.
I know a lot of you are really tired of looking at this:
Hopefully it’s melting, like this did the next day, and the worst is over. If you can stay in at all from the snow, make your way to the kitchen and bake these Coconut Cupcakes from Ina Garten’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – they’re like little snowballs themselves, but taste way better.
Unlike other coconut cupcakes I’ve tried that have coconut flavored cake and icing, these have real coconut baked into a vanilla/almond flavored butter cake with cream cheese icing. “How good does that sound?”, as Ina would say. Let me just say, “Soooo good!”
Barefoot Blogger Jamie, of Jamie’s Green Kitchen was responsible for encouraging us to make these ridiculously delicious cupcakes, and you can get the recipe for them on her blog, or at the Food Network.
Did I say how ridiculously good these are? Oh yeah, I just can’t help it.