We’ve Got Spirit…

Ok, I'm coming clean.

I was a cheerleader. For one summer. I never got to wear the uniforms, do stunts, or even cheer at a game. But I took the cheer clinic over the summer and learned all the cheers, and I still remember almost all of them. Why did I never get to be a "real" cheerleader?

Honestly? Because I HATED IT! It was so cheesy. I hated having to cheer for a crappy basketball team full of boys that made fun of me! Besides, I was a band nerd and proud of it! So, any other band nerds out there can attest to this: when we got to high school, the band nerds BECAME the cheerleaders! We sat in the stands, screamed cheers to the stands, the team, and had a favorite call-and-answer cheer with the opposing team:

"We've got spirit, yes we do, we've got spirit, how 'bout you?"

They rarely answered.

This "spirit filled" nerdiness is what inspired the subject of today's post. Once a month, one team of teachers at school organize a "pig out" where everyone brings something to share with the staff. You can tell where this is going, can't you.

In addition to healthy chili, my friend Jeanne and I along with the help of students Savannah and Anna, made school spirit cupcakes! Our school colors are blue and gold, so Wilton gel food dye was our friend.

We used the same recipe as the duckie bites, and we made 51 of them... and they were gone by 10 a.m.!! We used the same method of layering as I did for the rainbow cupcakes, and I have to say... it was SO FUN to bake again!

So, the process:

First, the batter


And Savannah's beautifully whipped marshmallow frosting


All baked up in beautiful, school spirit-filled layers



Anna doing the frosting


And the finished product...


I told you there were a lot!


And they were DELICIOUS!


The best part of my day was when my coworkers walked into the lounge, saw the dozens of cupcakes on the cute cupcake trees, and said "Mara? Did you do these? How wonderful!!" I made sure to give credit to Jeanne too, as she was just as big a contributor!

To continue with the school spirit theme, Adam and I are heading to the school where he's student teaching for their homecoming football game!! I wonder if I can break out any of my old nerdy band cheers...

"Kaopectate them! Kaopectate them! Stop those runs!"

Nerd? Yes.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support on Project Food Blog! I've been selected to advance to the next round!!!!! Be looking for a post and instructions in coming days... I'm both nervous and excited!!

Happy weekend!



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9 Responses to We’ve Got Spirit…

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    I request video footage of this cheerleading, ma’am! 😀

    Looove those festive cupcakes.
    VeggieGirl´s last blog post ..The Fun Never Stops

  2. these are by far the brightest, most brilliant cupcakes i’ve ever seen! gorgeous!

  3. Those are so cute!
    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog post ..Spicy Smokey Cashews

  4. Suzy says:

    Congrats on reaching the next round in Project Food Blog! I love reading your blog and, though I’m not the best with comments, I’m always happy when a new post from you shows up in my Google Reader. Good luck in the next round…I’ll be ready to vote for you again!

    Oh…and the cupcakes look awesome…yes, you have spirit!

  5. Wei-Wei says:

    That is the cutest thing ever! And cheerleading is way overrated for me. 😛

  6. Filled with spirit!! Very cute:)
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  7. Lizz says:

    All those years of you making fun of my Vikette faces, and you never told me that you were a summer-lovin’ cheerleader!! HA! I was always very proud of the fact that I made the cheerleader/poms by day, uber-band-nerd by night thing work. But you know my true loyalties were always and forever with the band. And THE HEAD!!!

    I heart your cupcakes. They make me smile, and make an o with my mouth, and bop my head. Do you have any poms that I can spell out some letters with??

  8. msgigglepuss says:

    Band geeks unite! My high school band was much more spirited and had better cheers than our cheerleaders…I do think our cheers that mocked our own team were the best though.

    I LOVE those cupcakes. The bright colors…fluffy frosting…I am drooling.

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