So Many Pictures

October 27th, 2008

I had a very busy last couple of days!  I’m looking at another one today…and tomorrow!  I have lots of cooking planned for today.  It’s hard to tear myself away from the TV, though – Sci Fi is showing Stephen King movies and The Stand just started.  I love that book and haven’t seen the movie yet, though I guess I’d better leave most of it for another time or I’ll be sitting here for several hours!  Before that I watched the remake of Carrie, which I liked.  Carrie is another one of my favorite books by King and I never liked the original movie, but I adore Angela Bettis and think she made the perfect Carrie.

I spent a couple of hours of quality time with the printer on Saturday and some time yesterday with the nice people at the local Staples copy counter!  Can you guess why?

That's the cover...I colored one of the pages and we scanned it, so it still looks like crayon!

That's the cover - I colored a copy of page one and scanned it so it looks crayon-y.

I’ve been working on this coloring book since last winter, and it’s finally “published!”  It will be up for sale on Etsy once I get the shop started (maybe tonight if Z and I have the time and energy).  I’ve sold a handful already, mostly to family and close friends.  It’s 24 pages of silly, fat little animals doing things that silly, fat little animals would do, like playing tennis, reading, riding mopeds, having parties…

I also spent some time with my best friend yesterday since she was up visiting for the weekend.  We made more pumpkin cupcakes, this time with spelt flour and margarine since my friend has food allergies.

One had some weird sugar caramelization on top, and in the background you can see MONSTER CUPCAKE.

One had some weird sugar caramelization on top, and in the background you can see MONSTER CUPCAKE.

They turned out just as moist and tasty as a normal batch, and, like the regular cupcakes, get better after a little time in the fridge.  Instead of plain melted chocolate on top, I decided to start my journey into frosting-making with a simple ganache.  We used soy milk and some melted dark chocolate (I think they were Ghirardelli 60% cacao bars…it was determined that there weren’t enough allergens in it to matter).

It tried to intimidate the other cupcakes with its size, but ultimately was the first to be devoured.

It tried to intimidate the other cupcakes with its size, but ultimately was the first to be devoured.

I definitely need some more practice with the ganache.  It was nice and shiny once it had cooled and thickened, but quickly got too thick and had to be reheated.  However, it wouldn’t return to its previous shiny consistency.  I realize that 8 oz. of dark chocolate and a cup of soy milk barely make a ganache, but it was just a first try.  It did taste pretty good with the cupcakes, though.  I’ll be trying again either today or tomorrow with regular milk and some dark chocolate chips I have.

You can see which ones got frosted first, they're the shiniest!

You can see which ones got frosted first, they're the shiniest!

I’ve got a lot to do so I’m not sure if I’ll update with a recipe later or not, but if I do it will most likely be for a spicy banana bread I made with baby bananas a while ago, since I probably won’t get to the new recipes until tomorrow.  I do have a couple of giant pomegranates and a bar of 100% cacao that are screeeaming my name, and I also picked up some adorable cupcake wrappers last night that very badly want me to make “hunny” cupcakes in them.  Up first, though: MORE pumpkin cupcakes, a teriyaki stir fry, homemade mojitos (maybe I’ll remember to put my camera on the right setting this time so I can get a picture that doesn’t look like I’ve already HAD a few mojitos)!

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