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Cupcake Madness: Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

31 Mar

{Singing} It’s peanut butter jelly time! It’s peanut butter jelly time! No baseball bat, only my third installment of delicious cupcakes in my March Madness Sweet Six Series.

I chose these cupcakes because who doesn’t like a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  When you’re hungry, PB&J’s hit the spot every time, and it’s because of this I wanted to make sure these cupcakes tasted just like the classic sandwich. I was a little worried that the peanut butter would make the cupcakes dry, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results. So was Jaime, a friend, and peanut butter connoisseur, who I commissioned to be my taste tester.  These cupcakes passed her test, and I hope they’ll pass yours.  Enjoy, after all, “IT’S PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!”

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Cupcake Madness

21 Mar

I woke up yesterday, and had cupcakes on my mind.  My Fiance, Mr. Donut, woke up with basketball on his.  While it’s March Madness for him, it’s Cupcake Madness for me.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been making cupcakes every Sunday, and I think it would be fun to fill my brackets with the best cupcake recipes I know.  Some new, some old, heck maybe even a wild card or two.

I know I shouldn't have tried the batter as it had raw eggs, but it was delicious! So much chocolate.

Mr. Donut is currently in first place in his NCAA bracket at work, and I’m hoping that these chocolate cupcakes will go all the way.  However, it’s all up to you and my many friends and family to make the final decision.  Like the games this weekend, I think it’s going to be close and unpredictable.  Mr. Donut is still in shock over the University of Pittsburgh upset.

So here’s how it’s going to work, after this weekend there are sixteen teams left, competing to win the NCAA Championship.  I probably won’t be able to make sixteen different cupcakes by then, but I’m going for a Sweet Six.

Here’s my number 1 pick to go to the final four.

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To My Sister with Love

14 Mar

 

When most people see me and my older sister they think we are twins.  It’s been like this forever, I remember being annoyed when people would ask, “Oh my goodness, are ya’ll twins? You look just alike.”  (That really is a direct quote, I’ve heard it so many times.) Our response, “Um, no.” How could you not tell the difference?  I mean she is three years older and there is an obvious height difference (at least when we were younger).  Even now, people sometimes mistake us for one another.

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Have a Gaudí Day

24 Feb

On days like this, when it’s cloudy and cold,  I wish I had a magic Genie that could grant me three wishes.  I don’t even need all three, I really just want one.  Take me back to Barcelona, Spain. I traveled throughout Europe last summer, and Barcelona was one of my favorite cities.  For one, I speak the language, well at least Spanglish, and two it’s the perfect mixture of an urban city and seaside town.  I live right outside of Washington, D.C. so that description can technically describe my area as well, but what makes Barcelona completely different is its atmosphere.  The culture is so unbelievably rich, filled with music, theatre, and some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve ever seen.

In fact, I dedicated an entire day, I named it my Gaudí Day, to the work of one of, if not the most influential Architects in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí.  His work is so amazingly detailed that I could barely capture the beauty of his art in one single shot.

I started my day at la Casa Batlló, a house situated on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, constructed for the Batlló family.  As I walked through the house I couldn’t help but notice all of its intricate detail, like for instance the beautiful blue walls that led up to the roof.  He framed the glass barriers around the stairs, so that at any given point it would give the appearance of moving water.  I still cannot believe that a family lived in this house, as it is like stepping into a fantasy world. Continue reading