I volunteered to make cupcakes for a friend at work. His son recently turned 1, and they were doing this really snazzy sock monkey theme that his wife first saw on this blog. That doesn't really play into the cupcake bit, but I thought it was cute.
So on Friday evening before the long weekend, I broke out my trusty cookbooks (Magnolia, Buttercup Bake Shop, Martha) and a recipe or two from this awesome blog called Smitten Kitchen. I had already set out my butter and eggs before I left for work that morning, mind you.