Monday, February 22, 2010

Chocolate Crinkles

My sister has been requesting (more of insisting) that I bake chocolate crinkles or snowcaps whatever you want to call them. So I made them last night with her help. HELP = yelling the instructions to me. I was unsure at first coz the recipe calls for very little sugar compared to the amount of chocolate (mostly unsweetened).

Here are the crinkles while in the oven. At first I'm not sure how far apart I should put them on the pan so I only put a few. Each crinkle is 1/2 tablespoon of dough.
They were a success! They came out great. Just the right consistency and flavour. They are not too sweet which is good! Family loved them!
Here's a close up! All of us brought some to work and school. So far all the feedback are good! :)

We Are The World

57 YouTube artists for Haiti! They are sooo good! Arguably better than the mainstream artists' version.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Canadian Saint: Brother Andre

The Pope attributed an inexplicable healing to him December last year. I'm curious! I wonder what it is. I'm not too familiar with the process of canonization but it's super interesting.

You can read the story here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These are cupcakes from today. I baked another batch coz I have lots of extra ingredients. I might make more. LOL Like last time, I decreased the oil and put extra cocoa. The cakes are now heavier. I put more batter in each cup so I ended up making only 22 cupcakes. I have lots of left over cheesecake frosting. I shouldn't have used all the cream cheese. But I saved it for next time.
And yeah, I still have the red sugar. It's cute. My sister loved them. I still need to practice putting the frosting on the cupcakes so it doesn't look messy. Haha! I'm improving!
Here's what it looks like inside. I noticed that last time there are some brown spots so what I did this time was I doubled the red food coloring. The outside still looks brown but the middle part is really red. I'm not sure what will remedy that.
The family likes them. My lolo's teasing me that I won't study anymore and just have my own bakery. HAHA! I just wish!!! Anyway, tomorrow will be the start of READING WEEK for me but I'll probably bake something tomorrow after all that studying.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I'm a Baker Hahaha

More like, FEELING BAKER. I'm in the mood to bake stuff recently. Don't ask why. Friends think I'm possessed or something coz I don't normally cook. I only have a little idea on how the kitchen works. Baking is the extent of my domestic skills. Yun na!

So anyway, I made Cheesecake Brownie last Friday. It came out great! It looks like this only messier. LOL The shapes are not perfect rectangles. I don't have pictures because they were gone before I can even get the camera. I think I might make another tomorrow.

I found the recipe by accident. It's by David Lebovitz. I was trying to look for something to bake for the supposedly Valentine's Day baking date with the HKs, which didn't happen because Lem had to work. Caught my attention because the name sounds yummy and then the pictures... You can find the recipe here. David has more interesting recipes that I might try in the future.

Today I tried Red Velvet Cupcakes. I got obsessed with Red Velvet cupcakes from Starbucks that I wanted to try and make them. I was super nervous because I'm not sure if it will come out right. The recipe is relatively more complicated and this is the first time I'm baking cupcakes from scratch. Luckily, the cupcakes survived!!! They're delicious!!! I love them! The frosting is the best. I also bought colored sugar to put on top. I had my brother take pictures but they're still with him. I'll update this entry as soon as I get them.

Tomorrow, I'll try and make Snowcaps which looks like Chocolate Crinkles really and the Cheesecake Brownie. And maybe bake some Red Velvet again. I'm not sure. But yeah, more baking tomorrow. I'm getting addicted! This is just a phase, I know, but I have this stupid dream of having my own bakery even when I don't know how to cook and bake. Baliw ako, I know. But yeah, more baking tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Here's the photo!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Irrelevant. Everything is.

Interest is fading. Recently, I don't care if I'm missing a lot. Everything is slowly becoming irrelevant.

I want something and it casts a shadow over everything.
It's as if every waking moment is just for one. One thing that is not entwined with everything else that exists before it. It's hard to explain this new occurrence but it's slowly taking over every part of my life. Irrational, yes, in more ways than one but it's effect is real...and good.

I don't really know how I will go on with this. Let's see.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dear Diary

I just finished reading DOP's entry about giving her daughter a diary. I can't help but reminisce. Back then when I was 10 or 11 I had my first diary. "Diary", yes, as opposed to "journal", diary seems so young, cute and full of dreams. I remember, mine was blue and had a pink lock to secure it. I have skimmed through it more than once. And every time I read it I can't help but be amazed. It's magical how that little notebook gives a peek on how an 10 (or 11) year old me dealt with life. How my little problems seemed so big then, how I fussed over things, how I defined friendship and love... everything was frozen in time and free for me to experience over and over.

And one diary lead to another, and another. My Diary not long after became a Journal. Ideas, frustrations, craziness filled every page. There were times that I would just sit in one corner and write about all the things that flutter in my head. I wrote everywhere. In our garden, in my old university's lobby, the old hallway,... everywhere where something bothers me, I write. A lot of the thoughts are things that I do not have the courage to say, some are ideas that are too progressive, and some were possibilities that were then waiting to happen. It was fun writing. This will sound so romantic but it is like I'm pouring a piece of me on that piece of paper. A picture captures a moment, but a journal entry captures the soul when it is sad, happy, or mad.

But the larger reason why I wrote before is to keep myself sane. I wrote to organize my thoughts when my mind is a clutter. Writing helped me a lot when emotion was getting the best of me. It was also a creative outlet. Those diaries and journals, in a way, were friends that were there for me through these years. I think every little girl (or boy maybe) should have a diary just like me before and DOP's daughter. Really. Even just a little notebook. It doesn't even have to be fancy.

If you're going to ask if I have a journal right now, I don't. All I have is this blog. Life right now prevents me from being reflective. I miss it though. Also, I miss writing on paper. Recycled paper to be exact. My later journals are always made of recycled material from Papemelroti. Maybe, I'll go back to the tradition again. Someday.