Tie-Dye Cupcakes & Community

That's right- it's a TIE-DYE CUPCAKE
they look like sesame street!
Okay enough of the artsy pictures I can't help but take and onto the awesome, fun, community, and laughter filled night. Our small group came over to our place to hang out we made pizza, mulled wine, yummy tea, and tie-dye cupcakes (ironically I think the guys did most of the cupcake making)

It is one of Joshua and I's favorite nights in Seattle so far. We felt surrounded by people that genuinely liked us and were excited to be a part of our lives. When they all left Joshua and I probably just sat around smiling for like half and hour. In an earlier post I said it was really nice to have such a direct blessing and answer to our prayers for community and this amazing group of people have only continued to pour hope and community into our lives!

These amazing people are what is making Seattle into a reality and a home for us that we feel like we fit into. I think they will challenge us and we only hope to do the same for them. A lot of us are searching for community and what that looks like in our small group and, as you can tell, I just can't say enough how encouraging it is for us to be on that path with them!

So please enjoy our amazing artistic crazyness of cupcakes:

(O and I made vegan icing and cupcakes from scratch for the first time, recipes are at the bottom)

Suzie actually ate the batter! HAHA her toungue was so blue it was awesome!
Another girl was cranking out spiced/mulled? wine on the stove amidst the craziness. I've never had it before but it was so delicious! And the epidomy of fall
Ryan took his icing job very seriously! But his wife couldn't come so he put an "M" on one and sent her a photo of it and brought it home to her- come on say it -awww!
Everyone was actually very into the icing part, some people had themes, others were more interested in eating them. On of our friends was smart enough to put on more icing after each bite!

Then we had a fun game of telephone pictionary- we don't have any games for groups (we'll have to work on that) So we were reduced to using paper and pens to entertain ourselves. But it was fantastic some people had some really great drawings. Our game included ninjas and owls, cows and fireworks, A proverb turning into babies and guns (I think Joshua is to blame for the turn- that boy :)

Vegan Cupcakes-
The batter was drier and thicker than normal batter but it bakes just fine! So don't over stir or add more liquid

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
2 tbs melted vegan butter (I use earth balance)
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1   In a bowl mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda
2   In a separate bowl mix water, butter, soy milk, oil, vanilla, lemon juice
3   Then add wet to the dry and only mix until incorporated
4   Bake 20-25 minutes

In order to make them tie-dye cupcakes separate the batter into 4 cups and mix in food coloring
Then drop a spoonful in each cupcake wrapper DON'T MIX
Fill them 2/3 full and put them in the oven!!

Vegan frosting-

1 cup vegan butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup soy milk

1   Beat butter until creamy
2   Add sugar and beat a few more minutes
3   Add vanilla and soy milk and beat a few more minutes

To make it tie-dye do the same as with the batter and then spoon them into separate icing bags

I still love the night I first made the tie-dye cupcakes with Jessica & Ashley. In Cincy there was neon food coloring and I think we squeezed every last drop of dye out of those. They came out like highlighter colors. We wore tie-dye shirts to honor the occasion. Love you gals and miss you oodles!!!

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