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wedding cupcake fun…. May 11, 2008

Posted by abi in wedding.
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I know – I’m really crazy. But I have decided that I want to have cupcakes at my wedding instead of a traditional wedding cake. And my amazing bridesmaids have offered to help me make them. So I decided we needed to do some testing of recipes and decide what kind of cupcakes we want to have.

I’m still recovering from sugar overdose. My good friend Becki agreed to help me out with testing some cupcake recipes yesterday. We had a lot of fun shopping for ingredients, making 6 different kinds of cupcakes and 3 different kinds of icing, drinking girly drinks, and watching Gilmore Girls. Here is the picture overview of our afternoon:

this was the first 4 batches (pre-icing)

After baking all 6 batches, we decided to take a break with a fun “Orange Paradise” drink, then we had to clean up the kitchen a little – we had already made a huge mess!

Icing the many cupcakes

We had Josh, Becki’s husband, taste test them for us

He approved. He especially liked the Oreo one, the Cookie Dough one, and the Red Velvet.

Then Becki and I tried them all

We made 43 total cupcakes (1/2 and 1/4 batches depending on the ingredients needed). The 6 kinds of cupcakes we tried were:

Mini Oreo Surprise

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Pink Champagne

Perfect White Cupcakes

Kool-aid Cupcakes

Red Velvet

All of them were recipes I found online that start from a box mix (I figure we need to keep it somewhat easy when we’re making dozens and dozens of them) and they really were all good. I think I decided though that the top 3 that I want to make for the wedding are the Red Velvet, Pink Champagne, and Mini Oreo Surprise.


Fruity Love April 23, 2008

Posted by abi in youth ministry.
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lately I have been forgetting a lot of things….and feeling a bit like I’m drowning, but oh well.

One of the things I’ve been so busy with is planning and leading our church’s annual youth group retreat (last weekend – went really well!). We had a good time and I had a great group of 5 high school students who were my student leaders who helped out a ton. They picked out the theme, “O I Love U So” (from an energizer/song we do that they like) and theme verse – 1Cor. 13:4-8a. I somehow came up with a crazy, creative way to illustrate the 4 Greek words for love by comparing each of the types to a different kind of fruit:

Eros (romantic love) – Strawberry
Phileo (friendship love) Orange
Stergo (parental love) Apple
Agape (unconditional love) Pineapple

It was a lot of fun and all weekend long the youth were asking things like “is that a pineapple kind of love, or a strawberry kind of love?”

I had a great time with the youth and had a bunch of high school girls in my room late every each night talking to me. I am going to miss all these students (and their parents and everyone else at this church) a lot! They’re all pretty upset with Andy for proposing and making me move down to North Carolina with him. But they are happy for me…..they just don’t want me to go.

I’m praying that they find a great new youth leader and that I can transition and leave well.