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Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

For Valentine’s Day this week, Little C and I did some baking together. We made some pretty cupcakes (the easy way – with a mix),  iced them with buttercream icing (here’s my simple tip on how to ice them rosette style), and finished them with a little heart gummy candy perched on top.

Valentine's Day Baking by The DIY Mommy

And how could we forget heart cookies? Using my favourite sugar cookie recipe, we made heart cut-out cookies and iced them with buttercream.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

While I thought the cupcakes were festively pretty and the cookies were uber-cute, here was my favourite cupcake:

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

Little C smudged the icing on it gingerly, grasping a spoon ever-so-carefully. “It’s for Daddy“, she said as she worked, “because he doesn’t like all of dis sugary icing.It’s a cupcake made with true love from a four year old to her daddy.

My favourite cookie? This one:

Valentine's Day Cookies by The DIY Mommy

There’s a couple of wee fingerprints on the bottom of this cookie, the icing is haphazardly spread and there’s a gummy heart in the most random position one could think of… but it’s a work of art.

As a mom with perfectionist tendencies, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make pretty things, have well-behaved children and look put-together.

But that’s not the goal, is it?

While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to make my home beautiful and enjoy creating things for and with my babies, none of that matters without LOVE (there’s a Bible verse about that).

When my children grow to adults, will they think of me as a busy, impossible-to-please mom who’s too tired to devote some time in the day for a cuddle or a story? Gosh, I hope not.

I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally by their mother. I want them to know that I am not perfect and that they don’t have to strive for perfection either.

Like this fingerprinted, lopsided little heart cookie I’m a bit of a mess some days. But, somehow God uses messed-up moms to shine His love through too.

The Goal is Love - Free Printable by The DIY Mommy

When it comes to motherhood, I am still learning that the goal is NOT perfection, it’s LOVE.

(Click here to download a free printable version of this reminder.)

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9 Favourite Things to Bake With Pumpkin

9 Favourite Things to Bake with Pumpkin by The DIY Mommy

I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!

I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?

  1. Pumpkin Caramel Pretzel Bars by Sugarcrafter – There’s something wonderfully addicting about sweet + salty and this recipe has just that!
  2. Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting by Two Peas and Their Pod – Um, need I say more?
  3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Blessed Life – This is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.
  4. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake by Something Swanky – A relatively low-fat coffee cake that looks delish!
  5. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheetcake by Picky Palate – If there’s anything I like more than pumpkin, it’s vanilla. What do I love more than vanilla? Cinnamon rolls. This looks amazing.
  6. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Pretty. Good. Food. – A brown sugary coffee cake with a crumb top – yum!
  7. Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts by Blue-Eyed Bakers – Aren’t these cute and tasty looking? And they’re baked, not fried.
  8. Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies {with Chocolate and Walnuts} by Lauren’s Latest – Pumpkin, chocolate, chips and nuts in a buttery bar with whipped cream on top… sorry, dieters!
  9. Cinnamon Mini Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting by Gimme Some Oven – I’m most excited to try these lovelies. I love the idea of a pumpkin flavoured icing!

Which pumpkin recipe is making your mouth water?

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