A Loving Welcome (and Brown Sugar Pound Cupcakes)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach this morning for an article I am doing for Her Life Magazine. You have probably seen Rabbi Shmuley around the major morning news shows lately promoting his book The Kosher Sutra.  I first became aware of  Rabbi Shmuley through his show on TLC Shalom in the Home. He was on Oprah talking about a couple who had a father who was “broken”. My husband and I started watching Shalom in the Home soon after that and it was like having a weekly marriage therapy session. The issues were real, the families were relatable and the advice Rabbi Shmuley shared was invaluable.

When I was talking to Rabbi Shmuley today, I was reminded of something I had learned a couple of years ago when I was watching Shalom in the Home. Yes, my husband travels a lot, but when he is home one simple little thing that can turn his evening around when he comes home from work is to have the family greet him at the door lovingly when he walks in. I’ll be honest with you… when Nick walks through our door, half the time I am in the middle of making dinner and barely look up at him to say hi, not to mention walk over to embrace him when he comes in. Our relationship is really good, we love each other dearly, but I know that making that one simple gesture when he gets home from work could make a huge impact on the rest of the evening. I would stop whatever I was doing to welcome a guest into our home… why shouldn’t I do the same for my best friend/husband?

This week, Nick is not traveling, so I am going to do a little experiment. I am going to drop everything I am doing and have the kids do the same when he comes home from work. We are going to greet him with hugs and kisses and show our excitement to see him when he walks in. Tonight, he’s going to be greeted with hugs, kisses and these yummy Brown Sugar Pound Cupcakes with Brown-Butter Glaze. He works hard all day long to give us a wonderful life. Welcoming him back home at the end of the day is the least we can do.

What is one small thing you do to help keep your relationship alive?

Brown Sugar Pound Cupcakes with Brown Butter Glaze from Martha Stewart Living

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Make cupcakes as directed in Basic Cupcake How-To, using buttermilk for wet ingredient. Fill each cup 3/4 full, and bake for 25 minutes.
  2. Set rack with cupcakes over a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon glaze over tops, and let stand until set. Serve glazed cupcakes immediately.

Brown Butter Glaze

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  1. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour butter into a bowl, leaving sediment behind.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk to butter, and stir until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. Use immediately.

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  1. says

    What a great post and good reminder! I usually try to make sure I give him a kiss right away and tell the kids that Daddy is home so they can come great him. My hubby majorly helps w/ housework, so I also try to at least have some of the dinner mess cleaned up before he gets home so we can sit down in a clean kitchen and enjoy eachother’s company.

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  2. says

    Nice! Sometimes, when my husband comes back from travel, I get those little butterflies all over again. Thanks for the reminder to express this more often!

  3. says

    Early in our relationship, my husband expressed the need to be greeted when he came in the door. At the time, I thought it was silly, but it can really color our evening. If I do it, things go more smoothly – if I don’t, we are more distant. I also need to just look up from what I am doing and give him the kiss he needs.

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  4. Nikki says

    A great post! I have been really working on telling my husband how much I appreciate him lately. He is a “words of affirmation” guy. We also kiss and hug each time he leaves and comes home. I do have to remind myself though when I am in the middle of dinner to make an effort to acknowledge him when he walks in the door.

  5. says

    That’s wonderful! It really brought a smile to my face. I will have to take this to heart, and do it. My hubby works at night, and as we are getting up in the morning he is just coming in the front door and ready for bed. As I’m sure I do not wake with a choir of Angels around me, I think this would make him feel much better when he comes home!

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  6. says

    I like making brown sugar loafs but your glaze/frosting looks even more tempting. And you’re right…baked goods are simple gestures that brighten up anyone’s day.

  7. says

    At my bridal shower I was given little cards with “advice” on them. The one that stuck was “greet your spouse with a kiss.. that lasts at least 10 seconds every night.” I did it for the first 3 years… but have slacked off a little the last 3 years. Thanks for inspiring me to do it again.

    PS: Soooo glad he’s home for the week!

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  8. says

    Thanks again for the inspiration you share! Each morning I make sure to kiss goodbye my sleeping man and our pup. He once mentioned that there will be a day when I will no longer make this “stop of affection,” but each day I strive to prove him wrong! :)

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  9. says

    let us know exactly how he reacts–i’m anxious to know!!
    and clearly, i’m anxious to wrap my teeth around something with such a lovely glaze as these. :)


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