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!"
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!!