End of Summer Fun


It FINALLY happened! I had a week of NO homework, no pressing chores, and a couple of hours to spend in the great outdoors…

My boyfriend’s been kicking his sales into high gear at work lately, and his performance paid off big time last week. He earned a pair of tickets to the Green Bay Packers family fun night game. We are both huge Packer backers, so the opportunity to watch them scrimmage was a blast for us. (The opportunity to drool over a few of my favorite players wasn’t such a bad thing, either!)

In addition to the fun times I had this week, I also experienced some unwanted stress… Since losing my job in the fall of 2008, I’ve been receiving unemployment insurance benefits. When my initial benefits ran out, I was given the opportunity to apply for a special UI program, where I would continue to receive benefits for an additional 2 years, while I obtain an education that will make me better suited for employment. I was elated at the opportunity to realize my dream of attending school! To be able to put 100% focus on my studies without worrying about the student employee “burnout” I hear about so often made the situation all the morning appealing. Unfortunately, the program ran out of funds at the beginning of June. I waited nervously, along with thousands of other people, for the federal budget to be passed. Fortunately, that happened, so 2 weeks ago I was awarded a few weeks worth of back benefits. However, I received a letter this past week telling me that all further benefits have been exhausted. I am trying to keep a clear head and focus on how I will manage a full course load (required to be eligible for financial aid) AND find the time to find, apply for, AND work at least 20 hours per week. Nobody ever said life was a piece of cake. I’ll just take one day at a time and trust in God to see me through this. He’s opened doors and windows for me in the past, and I am faithful that He’ll do so again!

Oh, speaking of CAKE… I did a bit of stress relief baking last night. I have no clue why standing over a hot oven makes me happy, but it does, and hey, whatever works, right?! At any rate, I was craving chocolate something fierce, so I pulled out the most delightfully rich cupcake recipe in my database. I baked up a batch of bad boy cupcakes that I’ve aptly named “The Sinful C’s”… because they are Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting!

I also took the liberty of calculating the nutritional information for these yummy wonders. I’m not sure if it’s because I am trying to be a responsible, healthy eater, a helpful blogger to my weight watching readers, or if it’s because I’m a glutton for punishment. In any case, here are the details… read ’em and weep (or be prepared to work out HARD to burn the calories off!) Keep in mind that this nutritional info is ONLY for the cupcake. I don’t even want to know how ungodly unhealthy the frosting is! I hope you have an opportunity to bake up a batch and enjoy them for yourself. If not, maybe you can just dream about them…or am I the only person who dreams about sinful food?!

The Sinful C’s

Recipe By : Becca Heflin

Serving Size: 12 muffins     Prep Time: 10 minutes

Amount Measure Ingredient

——–      ————     ————-

3/4 Cup         all-purpose flour

3/4 Cup         unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2      teaspoon    baking powder

1/4      teaspoon     salt

3/4 Cup         Unsalted butter – room temperature

1      Cup         sugar

3      whole     large eggs

1 teaspoon    vanilla extract

1/2 Cup         fat free sour cream

3/4 Cup         semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Per Serving: 297 Calories; 19g Fat (53.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 89mg Cholesterol; 90mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 1/2 Fat; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Have a FANTASTIC week, and I hope to see you back here again soon.

Becca

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Anderson
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 13:37:05

    Best wishes for a successful job search, Becca.

    Reply

  2. Dahlia
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 13:40:00

    Whew! Sounds like a whirlwind of a week!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome recipe…well, I have the cupcakes liners now to get the rest of the ingredients!

    Reply

  3. Barb Dreger
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 14:43:39

    Love the photos- how fun!

    Reply

  4. Tracy Brown
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 07:35:39

    Hi Becca! I’m trying to catch up on your blog!

    While it can be really challenging to work and go to school – it can be done, and non-trads seem to have a real knack for it! (Been there!)

    Have you ever heard the phrase “if you need to get something done, give it to the busiest person you know”? It’s because people like you can do it!

    So, one way to look at it is: the more “good stuff” on your plate, the better you’ll feel when you clean it.

    And school and work can really be good stuff!

    Sending you a bunch of positive vibes! I have faith in ya!
    Tracy

    Reply

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