A new skill

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These cute little cupcakes are decorated by my  daughter. The design is her own. My daughters had a cupcake decoration competition at their school this Saturday. And this was the result of their practice at home. Here is what the other one did

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For the chef cupcake decoration I learned to create modelling chocolate and for that purpose I learned to make corn syrup at home.
About the result… they both didn’t win, but I am happy that they participated. Their decoration in school was almost same to these, so I am happy that they could do all of it in the pressure of a competition.

Ragi Cupcakes

I brought a packet of ragi flour last month; but I do not know many dishes (suitable for kids specially) of that. In Uttaranchal we make roti of that which is served with lots of ghee and gud (jaggery) . But my kids wont eat them. so I thought to mix it with the cupcake flour. I was a little afraid about it; as I have not heard of it earlier; but they turned out great. So here is my recipe for the ragi cupcakes for you all.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Ragi flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp backing powder

1 tbsp coca powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp cream

3 tbsp oil or ghee or butter

1/2 cup milk

Method:

mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl. add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. just mix them, don’t over-mix. spoon the mix in 12 cupcake molds and put in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C or 350F. let them cool and you are ready to serve them. Enjoy!!

treat for behaving nice in public

my husband is quite busy now a days, so i told him that he should not bother about the bank deposits and i will do that. as my daughters are in age of exploring and experimenting, i can not handle both in the public. they want freedom to touch everything, check every corner of  the place, and all this by themselves. they don’t want any interference in these activities. you can see them in supermarket arranging things from here to there, up to down. and i can’t say no to them. the reaction is always the same as of any other child of this age.

so i thought of sending them to my brother’s house for some hours while i finish the work. but sadly my brother’s little boy was sick today. i told my s-i-l that i’ll be dropping my kids there for a while, but thought that she could not handle them with her sick baby. so i decided to take both of them with me.

there was a long line at the counter at the bank. i made Achu  and Aku to sit on a bench near the line. Achu sit there quietly but Aku didn’t. so Achu was sitting on the bench all the time without any complain and Aku was standing with me in the line. they first tried to make excuses to escape the boring atmosphere by saying they want to go to toilet. but as i said that we’ll go to the toilet at home they agreed about it. (i knew it was an excuse only not an emergency) hence all went well in the bank.

we bought bananas and oranges from a shop and medicine from the medical store. and both the girls were sitting in their stroller all the time without any fuss.  i made banana cup cakes at home to say thank you to them. and they love it.

banana cupcakes
banana cupcakes

i love these cupcakes, they are delicious and remain moist after cooling down as well. for 12 cupcakes all i need is

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup oat meal

1 1/2 banana (mashed)

4 tbsp curd

6 tbsp oil

6 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

a pinch of salt

just mix all the ingredients well, pour into the molds and bake in preheated oven at 180 degree centigrade for 18-20 minutes.