Thursday, September 23, 2010

Goodbye Grandpa Madsen

Wednesday afternoon Justin's Grandpa passed away. He had been in the ICU at LDS Hospital for over 2 months, battling complications from Pancreatitis.
He meant a lot to so many people....especially Justin.
No matter how much time you spend with someone you love, its never enough and you will regret not spending more time when they are gone.
Here are some of our recent memories with Grandpa:
Elk Hunt 2009. Justin's first Elk hunt
We stayed with Grandpa and Sandy at the end of June (just 3 months ago) and
Justin fished with his grandpa all weekend.
Kenlee really enjoyed this trip and loved Grandpa's sparkly boat!

We loved him very much and he will truly be missed. You can't sum up his life in a few short words, so I won't even try. His memories and stories will always live on through those of us that were fortunate enough to be a part of his life.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Black Forest Cupcakes

1 box Devil's Food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
1 large can cherry pie filling (set aside)
1 C filling for topping

MIX cake mix, eggs, sour cream, almond extract, and pie filling until cake mix is moist. Do not overmix. Pour batter into paper liners 3/4 full.
BAKE at 350 degrees for 17-19 minutes, until barely done in center. allow to cool completely on rack.
FROST cupcakes with chocolate ganache, making a slight edge around cupcake to hold the pie filling.
ADD 1 tablespoon pie filling to top of each cupcake.

1 C heavy whipping cream
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

HEAT cream in a saucepan until it comes to a boil.
REMOVE from heat and pour over chocolate in a mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. Cool in fridge until it reaches a thicker consistency for icing.