I love my husband.  I’m sure you already have that figured out if you have been reading my blog for any length of time.  He’s not perfect (neither am I) but he is perfect for me.  He might be Grumpy but he can also be loving in a surprising amount of ways.  Like when I roll over and face the other direction in bed – and he reaches over to lay his hand on my arm.  And keeps it there.  Like when we are watching a movie together and he will come sit on the couch beside me, reach over and take my hand and say “You know, your not too bad for an old buzzard.” .  There is also the time I came home from work to find he had found the toothbrush holder and shower head to match our bathroom.  Or even the night he kissed me in my sleep.  🙂  How could I not love him?  When he obviously loves me.  He has a tough exterior and many wouldn’t know he has a soft heart.   Let me tell you all.  He’s not all that bad.  🙂

It has been almost 10 years since our first date….where I thought he stood me up.  We were meeting at the theater to go see “The Others”.  I got there and I waited.   I waited some more.  Then, I waited a little longer.  I got up and went to my car figuring he had stood me up.  I sat behind my wheel and thought why am I out here?  You see, I didn’t just go to be with Grumpy.  I also went because I wanted to see the movie!  I got back out of my car and headed into the mall.  As I was walking in from the back entrance, there was Grumpy-walking into the front entrance.  He had a flat tire on the way to meet me.  He wasn’t standing me up at all.  I guess we were just meant to be.

We have been married for 6 years now.  Not really all that long when I think about it.  But we have been through a lot together in that short amount of time.  Still going through a lot.  Through it all though, my love for him is still strong.  His happiness or pain, it is all mine too.  I will stand beside him for the rest of my life.  No matter what happens.

Happy Anniversary Grumpy.  I love you…….too.  ;o)
 These were supposed to be my first ever Red Velvet Cupcake.  Well, they turned out not so red because after I started to make them I found I didn’t have any red food coloring!  So, I added some pink.  Close enough.  Like these cupcakes, things aren’t always perfect with Grumpy and me.  But also like these cupcakes – I love him anyway.  Sometimes the best things in life come with some of the hardest times to deal with.  However, we can sweeten that pot some.  With love…..and cupcakes.  🙂
Not So Red Velvet Cupcakes
adapted from Allrecipes.com Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe
1-1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 ounce bottle Red Food Color (or be like me and use pink!)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 oz  cream cheese, softened
1/8 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour mixture on low speed until just blended.  Scoop batter into 12  paper-lined muffin cups.  I used a large cookie scoop – and filed the cups about 2/3 full.  Bake 20-25 minutes (mine went about 23 minutes).  Cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting, mix cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla until smooth.  Mix in approximately 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar.  Adding more if needed to make frosting the consistency you like.  Enjoy!