Technically these are virtual baby shower cupcakes as the Irish Parenting Bloggers Group celebrate the arrival of a new baby to our midst, and in great anticipation of another who is baking away.
See what I did there? Sure it is an Irish food & parenting blog after all! I couldn’t come to the party with one arm hanging longer than the other could I?
Áine from AndMyBaby who is currently on a blogging break, along with her family have recently welcomed the arrival of Miss Mouse. Lisa blogs at Mama.ie, and is soon due to have her Little Woman. Coincidentally it will be the same change in size for both the bloggers as they will be/are now a family of four, not three. I happen to know that these amazing parents and bloggers both share my belief in nourishing families be it breastfeeding their babies, feeding the whole family good food and of course feeding their children’s needs by parenting positively.
So I’m told it’s traditional to share your words of wisdom at a baby shower, virtual or no. Here’s some of mine:
Be Part Of The Music
Whenever you get the chance, turn the music up loud. Grab the nearest child and dance with them, feel the beat of the music course through their bodies and yours. Sing at the top of your lungs and relish the moment.
Teach your children to have the same approach to life.
When you get a chance and the kids are in bed, quiet and you are on your own with your significant other, take the opportunity to dance with them. Turn on your favourite tune, be it first dance song and just dance. Some things don’t need words to express. Dance and be part of the music.
When you’re having a good day; the baby is giggling gorgeous belly chuckles that peal like bells, the toddler is playing away happily and you are enjoying a cup of tea (warm from start to finish), breathe it in and relish it just like that delicious cup of tea.
When it all seems awful, and the baby won’t stop screaming and your eyes are hanging out the back of your head with the tiredness.
It will pass, each breath will get you there.
Nourish your body with good food, often and don’t forget that breastfeeding does mental things with your hunger levels. Remember also to drink a lot of water!
Feed your mind, keep it active, keep in touch with friends, family, read as much as you can and see can you find even a little bit of time to yourself. It will stand to you.
Sustain your relationship with your other half, as it can become a little neglected with all the things pulling you each in every direction. If you can afford it, set some money aside and find a babysitter, even if it’s just to get out for a walk every now and again together.
Love And Be Loved
Click on the play button above to hear more of my practical suggestions and experiences. Yesterday’s blog post in the Virtual Baby Shower came from Joanne at Musings of Hostage Mother and tomorrow there will be another link in the chain from Emily at The Nest. Today’s blogpost is brought to you by the letter “Y” and all will be revealed at the end of the virtual baby shower party.
Here’s the recipe for the Baby Shower Cupcakes. It makes 12 large cupcakes and yes you can freeze them for up to 2 months in advance.
- 175g plain flour
- 100g caster sugar
- 50g malted milk powder (horlicks or ovaltine are the brand names in Ireland)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 75g butter, melted
- 2 medium eggs
- 130ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your (fan) oven to 180 degrees Celcius and put liners into a cupcake tray/tin.
Put the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, malted milk powder and baking powder). into a large bowl and stir.
Put all the wet ingredients (butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract) into a large jug and stir well so that they are mixed together.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat until there are no lumps. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases, making sure to fill only to the 3/4 mark as otherwise they will spill over.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. The malted milk powder will make them turn quite golden on top and crunchy. Test the centre with a cocktail stick after the 20 minutes. If the stick comes out clean then they are baked. Otherwise bake for a further 5 minutes.
These cupcakes taste delicious on their own but equally they can be frosted/iced with a whipped combination of 100g softened butter, 300g royal icing and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Here I’ve decorated them with some fun sprinkles and made a couple extra for the small people at the party.