Pretty Things for Pretty Girls

I grew up in a house full of women.  A chicks only house.  A house led by a strong independent woman.

Our anthem was “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child.  If a picture needed to be hung, we hung it.  If the driveway needed to be shoveled, we shoveled it. If a bug needed to be squashed… well we would put a bowl over it until it suffocated and then draw straws for who had to dispose of the body.  The point was, we didn’t need a man to do anything for us.

From a very young age our fierce leader taught us that we were smart enough, strong enough and brave enough to do anything we wanted in life.  We were also taught that if we felt good about ourselves other people would feel good about us too… and there was nothing wrong with seeking a little help on the feeling good front.  So, I started to find value in the pretty things in life.  The things that made me feel good about myself.  The lace, the dainty jewellery, the eyebrow waxing and the maybe-a-bit-too-expensive lipstick.

We didn’t need any of these things to validate our our place in the world but we deserved them;  the little things that take our bravery, strength and smarts to the highest level.  Every girl deserves pretty things.

For my friend Jordy’s birthday, a very pretty girl before the pretty things, I made these white chocolate berry buttercream cupcakes.  They are girly and floral and pink.  Everything that might catch my eye as I  walk by a store.  If I could wear this on a necklace I would (for more than just the aesthetic appeal…)

I got the delicious recipe for the white chocolate cupcakes from The Fig Tree and the frosting was a basic buttercream recipe with the strawberry blueberry puree I made here, all topped with white chocolate shavings.  The berry flavour in the frosting is not overpowering but it lends a pretty in pink tint to the top of the cupcake.

When I can’t get to the mall or need to pay off a pile of bills I will sit and look at this picture and all of the delicate deliciousness that it holds to me and smile, because these strong, independent hands were brave enough to make this.



Berry Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp milk

2 tbsp berry puree

Beat butter with a mixer for two to three minutes on medium speed {till fluffy}. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time on the lowest speed.   Once sugar is incorporated into mixture,  increase speed again and add vanilla and salt.  Add milk and berry puree and continue to beat for another 3 minutes. Add more sugar/milk until your frosting reached the desired consistency.

Link to Berry Puree


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