When my son receives a Monday Box, his assigned task, as he happily munches, is to critique the contents. Along with tried and true favorites, I often send him cookies that I consider to be a works-in-progress. These are cookies that meet my deliciousness and care package worthy standards, but are missing a yet to be defined something. I don’t know what most moms talk to their 21 year old sons about on the phone, but as my son walks through campus, going to or coming from class, we often talk about cookies.
Periodically, I sing the praises of 3-2-1 Magic Mug Cakes such as this 3-2-1 Strawberry Lemonade Cake. What started as a quick vacation post has, by popular demand, become a regular feature. These magical microwave marvels are adored for many reasons. They are by nature, instant gratification. What other dessert cake is ready to eat, in all of its gooey splendor, in under a minute? Mug cakes are painless portion control, unless you choose to make and eat them by the dozen. There are an infinite number of 3-2-1 cake variations to zap and enjoy. For the care package purposes of The Monday Box, countless amazing variations can be made with shelf-safe ingredients (more about this in a moment).
Vanilla Bean Balloon Cookies are celebration cookies filled with hope, strength, and love. Decorate the cookies in colors to match your celebrations of birthdays, new babies, graduations, or special events. These particular Vanilla Bean Balloon Cookies are decorated in “breast cancer awareness pink”, in celebration of my friends Lisa and Diane; amazing, vibrant, caring women who are breast cancer survivors. I am so thankful that Lisa and Diane are part of my life.