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Birthday cupcakes

(I’m going to need lots of help with these.)

Pear, Cranberry, and White Chocolate

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Chocolate Peanut Butter
(These turned out a lot more like brownies than what I expected)

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And now I’m going to try to get in as much being-lazy time as is humanly possible. ;) And cast on some Monkey socks in birthday celebration

If YOU could cast on anything you want today, what would that be? (pretend time, money and ambition are no object.)

::kisses::

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This week’s cupcakes

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After all my hemming and hawing, i went with basic chocolate cupcakes and vanilla buttercream frosting. May yet try a bit of garnishing with some mini-chocolate chips, but damn. That is some fine frosting action if I do say so myself. These will be accompanying me to knit night, by the by ;)

How long will this cupcake jag last, you might ask? (This is my 3rd batch of cupcakes in 3 weeks.) Well, at least one more week, because next week is my birthday. And also, I have a twin. So surely I could not be blamed for baking a different batch for each of us, right? and because it’s our birthday, gluttonous and indulgent recipes are required, right? Good. I’m glad we’re in agreement.

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After the revolution everyone will have cake

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I made this carrot cake cupcake recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop. The only things I did differently were to substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 cup of the oil, and I didn’t use the candied ginger or pecans. (I like my carrot cake without any edible land mines.) The candied carrot sprinkles didn’t quite turn out – I should have cooked them in the sugar syrup a bit longer and then they would have reached crunchy texture. (They are nicely sweet as-is, though) ;)

Most of these will be coming with me tomorrow night to knit night, because I have realized that the key to eating up 2 dozen cupcakes is to have 2 dozen people around to help you. I might try more again next week, perhaps something vegan-friendly. Dudes, there is a world of cupcake recipes out there and that is a world I would like to be a part of.

Now I have to get back to the ol’ thesis. It’s so close, in that I have a lot of pages written. But also very far, in that those pages still need more organization, and more backup with some literature. Oh yeah, and I also have to make sure I have an “argument”, or whatever. Psh. Such a small detail…

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We interrupt your Sunday broadcast…

…for just a little bit of gratuitous food picspam.

Saturday was all about the kitchen, for me, and indulging in some new recipes. First, I assembled some S’mores Cupcakes:

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They are delicious – but very sweet. Tooth-brushing and flossing is very much required. The only thing I missed in the recipe was the sprinkling of graham crumbs, and I wish I’d had them (or crushed graham crackers), it would have completed the s’mores flavour. I suspect this recipe could be made vegan with a different chocolate cake recipe and an icing alternative – but sadly for the s’mores flavour it is hard to avoid the marshmallow.

(A propos of cupcakes, I suspect that this site may be my undoing.)

Then there was dinner. Salad Nicoise and Dave Liebermann’s Foccacias with caramelized onions. MMM.

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Oh yeah, and I finally sewed up the straps on that Honeymoon Cami as well… ;)

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It’s simple but comfy and perfect for this time of year. As with the first Honeymoon Cami I did a year ago, I added about 2 inches of length before starting the waist shaping decreases and it sits much more suitably on me than the original pattern length would. it took just over 4 balls of Luna overall for the 36″ size.

And now, to get back to that nightie and conquer the lace edging…And find people to help me eat up 2 dozen cupcakes… ;) Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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