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Soooooo, it’s Thursday night and I’m making shortcakes. I’ve been trying to make these adorable little Strawberry Lemonade Shortcake’s for days, but every time I try, something comes up.
If you’re my internet bestie, you know that I have a wild love affair with Foodstirs (just go with it). I’ve had two wonderful adventures using their baking kits – the first, making Chocolate Chip Easter Egg cookies + baskets with my little lady. And, the second…well, grandma was in town so I put her to work with the little and, OMG the Darling Daisy Cookie Bouquet was pretty much perfection. The only work I did that time around was raising the cookie to my mouth and eating it without sharing.
Anyway – this time around, I wanted to cook up another little adventure with my sweet pea, but nothing and I mean nothing has fell into place. She didn’t take a nap and was atrocious, she took a 3.5 hour nap and was a zombie, it rained for days straight and the light in my house was too dark for good pics. It’s legit been one thing after another.
But not tonight. Tonight, Daddy’s watching the little lady and I have a new little helper (hello my wine!). I’m happily baking the most adorable little sweet treats for my family all by my lonesome and it’s pretty fabulous.
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I was lucky to receive the Strawberry Lemonade Shortcake Kit (available here for $14.99) and when I opened it, thought it was quite possibley one of THE MOST adorable things I’ve ever seen.
I really wanted to nail this creation too. Not only because I’m totally competitive in all areas of life, but because they looked so darn cute, I wanted to show them off! We’ll get to how I epically failed at that mission shortly, but first – feast your eyes on the goodies included in the box.
Okay, let’s talk baking.
BAKING FOR MY FAM
One of Foodstirs mottos is “Bake it Better, Together”. And, while I agree with this whole heartedly, life happened, so I’m baking these bad boys solo and for my fam, not with my fam. You might say I’m a total “Whisk Taker” that way (hee-hee…see what I did there?).
Anyway – Out of the three baking kits I’ve tried, these looked the most complex, but were actually the most simple (my kinda party!). First up was the shortbread. You plop just four ingredients into a bowl (the Organic Shortbread Mix and Lemon Packets from Foodstirs) and some milk and butta (from my fridge).
The trick with this recipe is to “not over mix”. Does anyone else totally panic when a recipe says “Don’t over mix”. I mean, how do you know? I took my chances when I thought it was mixed just right, and totally ignored the fact that there was a bunch of flour still floating around in the bottom of the bowl. Did I mention the week I’m having?
I also accidently put a packet of lemon powder stuff in before I was supposed to but I took a sip of “mommas little helper” and decided to live my baking life on the edge.
As I was mixing everything up with my hands (as per the instructions, ps) I couldn’t believe how much of it was stuck on my fingers. I tried to get as much off as I could, but my hands were covered and looked like a baking experiment gone horribly wrong. Yet, somehow I had just enough to fill my cupcake liners! Hooray for me! I’m a baking goddess (sip, sip) !
I popped my adorable little shortcakes in the oven and set the timer for 17 minutes. They baked. I cleaned the kitchen and played with my little love before she was off to bed. Then I started prepping the frosting. And, this is where all the epic fails began.
I poured the Foodstirs Organic Vanilla Frosting Mix in the bowl and added the organic greek yogurt. Buuuut, when it was time to add in the Freeze Dried Strawberries, I realized I had probs. Like, big ones.
I tried to crunch them up with my hands like the recipe told me to, but I couldn’t get them to break into little pieces. So, naturally I crammed them all into the bowl and turned the mixer on full blast. Rut-roh.
When I finally got the frosting mixed I knew it was going to be horrific. It was runny because I had overmixed it hoping the larger chunks of strawberry would turn to powder and I knew then, that my hopes of showcasing my fabulous creations to all the neighborhood moms was history.
But, that’s life right? I tried to beautify these sad little shortcakes as much as I could for purposes of this post, but oh, dear lord these are so not cute.
There was as a silver lining though…or shall I say “Icing on the Cake”? Ha ha. I kill myself. Maybe it’s the wine.
Anyway – The finished product looked nothing (and I mean NOTHING) like the picture on the recipe card (as evidence above and below), but those pesky little shortcakes were DELICIOUS. And, after all was said and done I realized that baking is way more fun when you’ve got your kiddo helping you laugh at your mistakes (and, also pointing them all out and telling you how to do it the right way, let’s keep it real).
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