Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Home Cookin': Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Sometimes you just need to eat a cupcake. I'd adopt this as my life's motto but my hips and my kids' hyperactivity levels won't allow it. This is a regular ol' yellow cupcake with a delightful cinnamon-sugar filling. Eat them for breakfast; I won't tell.


Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
(makes about 18 cupcakes)


Yellow cake batter; use a box or a homemade version such as this one from Wilton
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature, cut into cubes
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extra cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: Baby Shower Books

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

For nearly a decade, my book club — a group of about 10 women — has been meeting monthly to chat about what we’ve read, catch up on each other’s lives and quaff wine. When the club first formed, we were all childless. Now, there are over a dozen kids between us, ranging from newborn to age 7.

We’ve established a tradition over the years when a "book club baby" comes into the world. In lieu of gifting moms-to-be with onesies and baby blankets, each book club member picks out a children’s book for the little one.

It’s a great way to help moms build up their children’s book libraries. And it’s fun to see what everyone else picks out.

Last weekend, we gathered to celebrate not one, not two, but three book club babies. Two beautiful boys had been born the previous month — these cuties both made cameo appearances at the get-together. Another little guy was scheduled for arrival the following week. 

It was great fun picking out books for each new baby. Since two of them had older siblings already, I decided to select books that the older kids could enjoy now and the newborns would grow into.

Read on to find out about my "book club baby" picks. 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Winooski Fifth Grader is Vermont's Doodle 4 Google Competition Winner

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Penny Ly's winning doodle
  • Penny Ly's winning doodle
On Tuesday, Winooski fifth grader, Penny Ly, was announced as one of 50 state winners in Google's seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition. This year, the contest — which asked students in grades K-12 to redesign the Google logo — was inspired by the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."  

Ly's doodle, which she called "Double A: Artificial Air," depicts bright green artificial plants, which she imagined could convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. 

On May 21, Ly will be among the honorees at an awards ceremony at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, where an overall contest winner will be crowned. That lucky kid will win a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 grant for his or her school to improve their technology program and an opportunity to work with Google's professional doodlers to animate his or her doodle for Google's homepage.

Want to see Ly win? From now until May 9, you can vote for your favorite doodle online at The public vote will decide five national finalists, one in each age group.

Good luck, Penny! Kids VT wishes you well.

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