Bibliophile Eats: Mother’s Day Cupcakes

So, Mother’s Day was this past Sunday the 13th of May, and my roommate’s daughter and I made her cupcakes.  Not just any cupcakes, but fantastic triple chocolate fudge cupcakes with cherry vanilla frosting.  Mainly because I was in the mood to bake, and she gave me the excuse to make cupcakes (though, I really don’t need an excuse to bake!).

That is what this edition of Bibliophile Eats is going to be, those fantastic cupcakes.  They were from a box, I did not bake them from scratch, and the frosting was from a plastic tub, I’m lazy like that sometimes.

All the stuff needed on the box (no you can’t see the other two eggs but they are there)

3 eggs, should have used 4 they were a bit too crumbly, but deliciously moist and sinful.  See, box, tub of frosting.  I’m using the new Duncan Heins Frosting Creations for the frosting and yes, that is a Betty Crocker cake mix *gasp* brand changing, some of people would have a cow, but I don’t care.  Betty Crocker had the cake mix that I wanted, Duncan Heins didn’t so there.  Oil and water in the same measuring cup (roommate’s daughter LOVED that little bit of science in our baking).  They are easy to make, just follow the directions on the box.

Baked and cooling, waiting for frosting!

Didn’t make quite 24 cupcakes, only made 21 (mainly because that was all I had).  Don’t they look absolutely AWESOME?! They were yummy, and I had to keep myself from nomming on them before the frosting was added.  While they cooled I’d mixed the flavor packet into the frosting starter to ensure that that was ready for when the cupcakes were cooled.

After about 30 minutes it was FROSTING TIME! YAY! This is my favorite part of making cupcakes, though I have to further educate my roommate’s daughter in the art of frosting cupcakes because the frosting is almost as important as a super moist cupcake! She went so skimpy on the frosting, it made me sad, but only for a minute because they were absolutely nummy!  Oh, right, you guys want to see the finished product! Here we go.

Don’t they look absolutely tasty?

Up close and personal with all that cherry vanilla chocolately goodness.

Now, the Cherry Vanilla frosting will be making a reappearance, but this time on classic yellow cupcakes (mainly so the roommate’s son isn’t confined to just one solitary cupcake like he is with the chocolate).  I think that’s all I’ve got for you today on Bibliophile Eats.  Enjoy!

Previous Editions of Bibliophile Eats:

Bibliophile Eats: Herb and Cheese Potatoes

Welcome to the Weekend!

Hiya!

This week, as most of you know has been hellacious for me and I’m still kinda sorta in shock and just kinda moving along numbly, and still trying to get donations together to replace my Kindle, any little bit helps in the form of Amazon.com gift cards.

I’ve got reviews to post, which I’ve finally managed to piece together without the notes that I had on my Kindle.  Unfortunately, I can’t access the galley copies of the books that I will be posting reviews on, so it had to be from memory.  I advise you to check out my art <a href=”http://caedy.deviantart.com”>Caedy’s Art</a> and see what I have been doing lately.  Despite being without my Kindle I still have plenty to read, and I am currently using Kindle for PC which isn’t as great as an actual kindle, but is allowing me to still read some of the books that I want (can’t get the galleys any more so my activity on netgalley.com is going to slow).

However, if anyone knows how to add downloaded .mobi files to Kindle for PC that advice would be greatly appreciated because I can’t figure it out.  Right now, I am in the middle of two fantastic books and they are complete opposites of each other.  On Kindle for PC I am reading, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales: A Story of Addiction by Marni Mann and in paperback I am currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, and I’m liking it thus far, though Clary has a tendency to get on my nerves.  I’ve also read the first two books in her Infernal Devices series as well, and I have to say I like them both.  I know most people have a preference of one over the other, but honestly, I like both of them.

Anyway! I have also just signed up for CampNaNoWriMo.  Yes, you heard me, Camp National Novel Writing Month.  Which is holding two sessions this year (June and August), on top of the traditional National Novel Writing Month in November.  Am I going to be psychotic and attempt to do both months AND NaNo in November, you bet your behind I am going to be trying to do all three!

Yes, that is 3 novels I will be attempting to cobble together by hook or crook.  One in June, one in August and one in November.  Oh, and there is also Flash Fiction Month which if I recall correctly is in July! Yeah. So, we shall see if my writing blossoms over the next handful of months or if I burn out and am so completely unsuccessful.  But, I’m hoping that the second does not happen!

I think that’s about it for me right now. Have a fantastic weekend and there will be art coming! I promise!

 

Current 2012 Reading Challenge update:

Goal: 200 books by 12/31/12

Current Total: 124 books

# of Books Ahead: 48 (24%)

# of Pages Read: 24,595

Longest book: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice at 1,036 pages

Thursday

I’m horrible. Just horrible.

It’s been 3 days since I said I would have reviews up and I do not have them.  I am trying to piece them together without the notes that I have on my Kindle which had gotten stolen 2 days ago on my way home from work.  Unfortunately, I cannot pull the galleys up on Kindle for PC and have wiped them from my archives and they’ve been pulled from my Kindle with the fact that it has been deactivated and deregistered.  I’m tired.  I’ve not been able to focus on anything for the past day or so, and I think it is mainly because I am still in a bit of shock because of what happened and the lack of care and concern from people in this world.  Or it could simply be that I’ve spent most of the week getting up for work at 3 am and finally have not one but four days off in a row and my brain has decided to turn day one into do nothing but watch Hulu all day…I’m game with that, but I don’t feel productive, and that is something that needs to be remedied.

So! I’m hoping to have those reviews pieced together today and have at least one of them posted today and the other two tomorrow morning.  I have once more hit a back log of reviews, and am drowning in them thanks to a bit of stress and my Kindle being stolen, and the bus system will be changing come Monday and I have to deal with that. So yeah. Things are crazy as of late.

On that note, I leave you, and hopefully will have a review for you, plus I also have my Mother’s Day baking issue of Bibliophile Eats to post, so that will be coming soon as well.

Good Day Gets Crappy

Hi dear readers,

Unfortunately, the frequency of my reviews will slow for the time being.  I still have a few that I will be getting done for galley copies of books that I managed to read.  But, beyond that, I only have one piece of new material to review that I’ve not yet read until I can replace my Kindle.

Yes, my Kindle was stolen today when it fell out of my bag on the bus ride home.  I’ve filed a police report with the UCF police (because I was on campus when it ultimately happened) and hopefully the idiot will be stupid enough to try and pawn the kindle, at which point I will be able to get it back, otherwise, I will be without for the time being.  At which point I will probably reread a few books that it’s been a while since I’ve read and do reviews on those, as well as finally start reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which has been sitting on my desk since January.

Just thought I’d give you all a heads up and let you know why there reviews may slow down for a little while.  It seriously feels like I’m missing a part of myself, with the time that my Kindle has been with me, I never go anywhere without it – ever. Had over 800 books on my Kindle at last count.  It has been deactivated and deregistered and will pop as stolen property if the individual tries to pawn it.

I think I’m done with the depressing blog entry for the time being.  Going to go destress and have a drink.

Have a fantastic day readers.

Love,

Your resident bibliophile

Sunday Afternoon

Good afternoon wonderful readers! Today has been a good day, and surprisingly I’m not in need of a nap considering that I’ve been up since 6 am and running only about 4.5-5 hrs sleep. However, it was productive and I’m quite glad for that fact, just called my mom (got her voice mail, silly mommy) and left her a mother’s day message, as well as posting on her facebook wall.  Love you Mommy, and thank you for being wonderful.

I got reviews done, as you all know from the mass blog posts between 6 and 9 or so this morning, set my review schedule for tomorrow, and then played a bit of Wizard101 and then took the roommate’s daughter to the park for about an hour and a half or so where she ran around like a little monkey, played on the swings, the merry-go-round thing, and even tried to climb the dome jungle gym but didn’t get very far.  After that, we came home and made cupcakes, which are currently cooling so that they might be frosted and then consumed for dessert after dinner.

Made triple chocolate fudge cupcakes, and they are going to be frosted with cherry vanilla frosting.  They shall be wonderfully delicious and there will be a couple of pictures in a blog post later (maybe, if you all are exceptionally good there will be some in with Bibliophile Eats).

What else do I have planned today, not much, going to play some more Wizard101 and just relax and spend my day nice and quiet at home.  I’ve errands to run tomorrow, including some long over due bloodwork (and by long over due I mean about 4 months late) and that means a Dr. appointment within 2 weeks after that point and probably a harsh talking to from my Dr. when I do finally get an appointment.  I will need refills on my meds (pretty much all of them because I’ve let them either expire or run out of refills) and that’s not good.

I do believe that is all I have for you in the way of this afternoon’s update, and look for Bibliophile Eats tonight 😉 Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Happy Sunday!

Good Morning to all of my wonderful readers! It is Sunday, and I’ve been productive, trying to catch up on the schedule that I fell behind on this past week.  I’ve done a good job so far, but I want to go ahead and take some time to share an update as well as a bit of a revised schedule, because I think I’m going to try and alter the remaining six books that I’ve failed to get reviews up for last week.

Things are going well, I’ve been up since 6am and that is an unfortunate occurance on my day off when I can actually sleep in, but it’s quite alright because it allowed me to be productive and I’ve gotten reviews written and I’ve got a load of laundry in the dryer.  Next will probably be a shower and then some time meditating because I need to do that as well, and my day wouldn’t be complete without it.

Today is also a special day, and there will be a Bibliophile Eats blog post a bit later as Mother’s Day cupcakes get made with help from my roommate’s nine-year-old daughter.  We are making Triple Chocolate Fudge cupcakes with Cherry Vanilla frosting, and they shall be tasty! Dinner tonight shall also be tasty (at least for the adults), gonna have savory garlic rice, chicken and carrots.  Yum!  Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and may your day be spectacular!

And there is your brief update, and a little glimpse into what is going to come today.  I don’t think there will be any more reviews, but there may be one or two, I don’t know yet.  We shall see what the day brings.

Review Schedule:
Monday 5/14
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
One Moment  by Kristina McBride
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

That’s as far as I’m going to go right now, and we will see how things pan out since I also have errands to run tomorrow (as I’ve also got tomorrow off!).

Book Review: The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris

Title: The Anatomists Apprentice
Author: Tessa Harris
Rating: 1/5

Summary: The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man—except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.

Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward’s corpse. But it is not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies… (taken from Goodreads.com)

Review: I. Could. Not. Finish. This. Book. Not even if my life depended on it. I could not stand it. Drivel, pure and simple. This book was not worth, in my opinion the accolades that it has received, nor anything higher than a one star rating (and even that may be too high in my opinion). There are a couple of things that rub me the wrong way with this book, and here they are:

1.) The man from Philadelphia constantly called “the New Englander,” if you are from Philadelphia you are NOT FROM NEW ENGLAND. If you are from Massachusetts (holy crap I’m pleased that I managed to spell that right the first time without the use of spell check), Connecticut (this one I butchered and it is easier than Massachusetts), Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine you are from New England.
2.) The Irishman in the story constantly exhibits “Gallic” charm and NOTHING ELSE! Dear god, find something else to describe him please and thank you and save my sanity.
3.) The murder victim, whose skin has turned yellow, is “livid.” Is he really now? Do we even know the definition of this word? Here, let me help you with it: having a discolored, bluish appearance caused by a bruise,congestion of blood vessels, strangulation, etc., as the face,flesh, hands, or nails. <- Tell me, does the color blue match the color yellow? No, I didn’t think so.
4.) On the same page a poor man is “distraught” more than once over a socially awkward encounter. Really? Does this need to be done on the SAME PAGE?

These are just a few of the points that rubbed me the wrong way with this book. Also, there seems to always be a “loud clank” made every time there is a chunk of a character dropped into the story. Seriously, I do not know what possessed me to even consider this book, I claim a lapse in my sanity and I will leave it at that. Will not be venturing into this world again, and I didn’t even take home the souvenir T-shirt that they offered.

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