If you recall, I was asked to bake some cupcakes for the school bazaar. They asked because they know I bake and they've been to a few of my parties at my home, where I made the cupcakes. Like the Easter party last year, remember? I said sure. One good thing about me is that I will always jump right in and help, whenever I am asked. Also, I always want my son to be proud of me. I would be embarrassed for my son, if they said or thought, "geeze everybody's mom helped out or did their share for the bazaar but Branden-kun's mom didn't help." He'd be embarrassed, I'd be embarrassed and I'd *never* do that, so I will always help with the school like this and so does Noboru. Also, I want to bake something my son would be proud about. That he'd say, "wow mommy, you made something really cool" or "gosh mommy everyone liked what you brought", so long story short, yes I love to help for various different reasons. So first thing Friday morning as soon as I got the obento made and Branden sent to the bus stop. I raced back home. Preheated my oven. And got cracking on those cupcakes. I didn't procrastinate, I wanted them fresh, that's why I made them first thing this morning.
Good thing, I bought the bags and plates, etc, the week before. Also my girlfriend, Noriko-san reminded me to make sure they were pretty and packaged nicely too. She said, "mom's wanna buy pretty stuff." And I agree with her, she's right. And I kept that in mind a whole lot. : )
Here's a close up picture of the cupcakes I made. Obviously I made more then 3 packs. However this just shows a bit more detail. I put 4 cupcakes per pack. They were yellow cake, for the cupcakes. And the frosting was a delicious cream cheese based frosting, so not all overly sickly type sweet. I decorated 2 with the silver ball sprinkles, the ones that look like pearls, if you remember I made Noboru these same type of cupcakes with the silver balls last Valentine's day. And the other 2 cupcakes, I put on pastel little colorful candy pieces on them. I placed them in a nice sized clear bag. Tied a pink and red ribbon on them, because I knew I was making pink cupcakes, hence the pink based ribbon. And I even added a bow on each of them. They came out really really cute, if I don't say so myself. : )
I got a lose recommendation to bring 20 cupcakes, however I brought 24 to be safe. So 6 little beautifully wrapped packages of cream cheese frosted cupcakes. Meanwhile I ran upstairs, jumped in the shower, threw on my face, put my hair in hot rollers. Slapped on a pair of jeans and a black sweater and threw some clothes on Noah and before you know it, I was driving down the street with Noah and the cupcakes. I was on a roll now. The Go-go's, "we got the beat' playing in the car while I drove. Quickly parked the car. I was ahead of time, for once. Bazaar started from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. Yet I arrived at 12:30 pm. Which gave the PTA ladies upstairs time, to decide a price and get them ready for sale. Noboru would be getting there by motorcycle later to stop by to have a look.
So many baked goods for sale! I really liked the fact they sold a lot of baked goods at this school bazaar. In the US, at my Catholic school that I went to, we also sold baked goods to increase donations for the school. Homemade baked goods are always yummy! : ) When I walked in, the other mom's ohh'ed and ahh'ed at my cupcakes. They really genuinely liked them a whole bunch! It made me happy they approved! Phew! : ) I was equally impressed by all the things the moms/my friends, had baked. I was shocked actually. I saw, homemade brownies, homemade banana bread, homemade cream pan, seriously, how yummy is that? Homemade everything! Man these mom's can cook! They are fantastic with their baking, they really are! : ) I really love this school! And the mom's are awesome too!
The principal, she bakes the best cookies. Branden actually asked me to buy some of her cookies this morning. Which of course I did. Some of the baked goods were priced from 50 yen, then 100 yen and then a few were priced 200 yen. It varied in price. They also sold handmade sewing stuff, like yochien bags and obento sets. Old uniforms that kids outgrew, which I thought that was a smart idea!
I had wanted/wished to buy 1 of each kind of the baked goods. However there was just too many. I did however try to buy as many as I could. Everything just looked so delicious. Plus the money goes for a good cause. It goes to our Catholic school. And, with Noah entering this school next October, after undokai is over with, so this school is going to be a part of our lives for the next 3 years. So, I have absolutely no problem buying baked goods, especially if it helps out my 2 son's school at all.
They put my cupcakes in the 200 yen section. Man was I embarrassed, actually 100 yen woulda been fine with me. But since they are the ones who decided the prices and not me, I didn't mind, I guess. If you check this pic, there are no longer 6 bags of my cupcakes. Some are missing in this picture, right? And yet the bazaar didn't even open yet. Two of the mom's selling the goods at the baked good section bought some before the bazaar opened, ha ha ha. Made me smile and happy, someone picked them up even before the sale. : ) The bazaar opened at 1:00 pm. By the time it opened, there were only 4 packs of the cupcakes I made left. And, I can safely and honestly tell you, my cupcakes were completely gone/sold out by 1:13 pm. I swear to you, my cupcakes didn't even last the 13 minutes after opening. I knew Branden would be very proud of his ol' mom, when I told him, the cupcakes sold so quickly. Noboru was there at the bazaar and he told me, "hey honey your cupcakes are all gone, way to go honey", I told him..."ohh stop" and smiled. But he was proud. My husband is such a dork, ha ha ha! Meanwhile I had to hurry, because all of my friends stuff were selling so quickly too. I knew if I had any hope of buying any of their yummy stuff, I better hurry. So, I bought Kaya-san's banana bread right away. Her stuff sold out *really* quickly too. I bought some cookies that the Principal baked. And my friend Noriko'-san's brownies, her brownies just looked so yummy! And I cannot resist brownies! I bought a few things, quickly. Again I wished I could have bought more. Meanwhile Noboru wanted me to buy instant curry. He said he wants to eat them for a late night snack. : )
A lot of the mom's brought so many good things to donate to the bazaar. This little section or area was of house ware stuff or misc. stuff. I found that crazy/fun toy watch for B in this section.
I really liked this vegetable corner and food corner for some reason. Didn't buy any veggies, but I did appreciate that they sold them. The curry packs in the background are what the hubby bought.
Here are the baked goods, we bought. Well, my husband also bought a whole bunch of baked goods himself, but he took those to work, to have with some coffee when he's at work. But this is what I bought for the boys and I, to munch on Friday evening after dinner! What do we have here? Homemade brownies, Homemade banana bread, homemade cheese cake. Two packs of homemade cookies that the principal baked. And 1 bag of homemade Disney cookies, there was 1 Mickey cookie, one Minnie cookie, one Marie cookie and one other, but I forgot what character it was. The boys and I shared everything. We each had bites of everything. We had a few things after dinner. And then a few hours later, we had the rest and boy were all of these things delicious! A really good dessert that went perfectly with my coffee. All these woman are all such fantastic wonderful cooks and their baking was phenomenal! I can't wait until next year, to buy more of their baked goods and hopefully I will be asked to bake some cupcakes for next year's bazaar as well! I'd love to bake some and help out! : )
The instant curries the hubby wanted. And this crazy watch, we bought for Branden. Branden actually really likes it and he's been playing with it all weekend! Anyway, that's how the bazaar went at our school! And that's what we were up to on Friday in our little corner of Chiba! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! : )