Happy 2023! I hope this new year is fulfilled with better things for all of us. I have been MIA for the last 2 weeks of 2022 because the holidays hit in a different way to me. It was the first holidays that my dad was not at home, covid hit my mother’s caregiver and we were all afraid that my mom gets it, but thanks God that she did not. So, as you can understand my holidays were quiet at home with my husband and my dogs. I baked some cookies and made special dinner for Christmas and New Year’s Eve; we watched the ball dropped but that was “different” comparing to other years.
Also, I’m getting ready to travel to Peru sometime next month because we just sold my parents’ house, and we are in the process of buying a smaller place for my mom to live with her caregiver. I’ll be going to help with the move and to make it as smooth as possible for my mom due to her Alzheimer’s which has been progressing a little lately. I will be there for about a month or maybe more, and it will be exhausting for sure, but it is what it is, so I have to tough it up and keep going with this “special” journey with my parents.
My 40th birthday is next Saturday (January 14th) and really, I don’t have any special plans. I would have loved to maybe go on a trip with my husband or do something fun but because of everything going on I might just go to dinner or maybe brunch.
Before I forget, for my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Alzheimer’s Association. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you’ll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. You can donate HERE.
Anyway, those are my updates and now it’s time to talk about my first recipe of 2023. Because my birthday is next week, I decided to create these cupcakes that have mocha flavor which is one of my favorites for sure. These mini cakes have chocolate and espresso, soft and fudgy. The frosting is a light and delicate chocolate espresso buttercream that is perfect for this kind of cupcakes.
Let’s start baking and if you would like to watch how I made these, don’t forget to visit on Instagram @pastry_tales
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