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Just a little note for you to keep in mind. Hope your weekend is filled with love, laughter, and a million wonderful things. <3
To get into the spirit of Halloween (pun intended) I’m sharing a great recipe from the FoodNetwork.com.
(ALL CREDIT BELONGS TO THE FOODNETWORK.)
Please be sure to check out their site for more spooky treats to trick your guests with. Did I mention they’re red velvet (brain) cupcakes? YUM YUM YUM YUM. Okay, so here are the BEST ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE CUPCAKES EVER: <333333
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups canola oil
- 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
- 1 teaspoon white wine or cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring (recommended: Select natural food coloring)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons natural cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- Red and black food coloring
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with 12 paper liners (preferably silver).
For the cupcakes: Crack the eggs into your mixer. Add the canola oil, buttermilk and vinegar. Drop in the food coloring and vanilla. Let it stir up until well mixed.
Put the sugar, flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Whisk together until well mixed. Then sift this right onto a big piece of waxed paper, it makes it easy to transport to the mixer. Make sure there are no clumps.
Turn your mixture on low and slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients as it’s mixing. Turn the mixer up just a bit and combine well. Stop and scrape down the bowl.
Use an ice cream scoop to evenly dish the batter out into the cupcake liners, about 3/4 full.
Pop the cupcakes in the oven until a cake tester comes out nice and clean, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting: Add the softened butter and confectioners’ sugar and cream together in a mixer. Add the milk. Stop and scrape down the bowl, getting all the confectioners’ sugar incorporated. Add a couple drops of black food coloring and then some red food coloring. Mix in the vanilla and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
Fill a pastry bag or snip the corner of a zip top bag. Fill with the frosting. (To fill the bag easily, wrap the bag around a cup and wrap the edges of the bag around the top to keep the bag open while filling with frosting.)
Frost the cupcakes, making a little squiggly line down the middle, and then filling in little swirls to look like the brain. Repeat on the other side and for the rest of the cupcakes.
This was such a good read. SUCH A GOOD READ!!! I pre-ordered it and am so glad I did. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s a little visual stimuli. Happy reading, and happy Wednesday <33333’s.
Here’s the book blurb followed by the video:
“Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
VIDEO CREDIT: Simon & Schuster’s Youtube (SimonSchusterVideos)
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Happy autumn! <33333333
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
Steve Jobs has changed so much for us in such a short amount of time. Even as I type now, I’m using one of his products. He was an amazing man, visionary, and dreamer. Find your passion, and live it without fear. Steve Jobs would want that. Thank you Mr. Jobs for changing the world I live in.
The following video contains a quote that means so much, for so many reasons. RIP to those who’ve gone too soon.
Video Credit dogtownmac’s youtube channel