Difficult recipe? Nah!

Melomakarona (Greek Xmas Sweets)

I haven’t been cooking as much as I would like, but so far there hasn’t been a recipe that has been too difficult for me. Some take more time than others, yes. Some require more attention and care. If this is an indication of what is difficult, then I can give a few examples.

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Who doesn’t love cupcakes?

I made cupcakes for the first time today! πŸ˜€ (Yay!)

I always loved them, they look so colorful, and vibrant, and delicious, and happyful.

I was afraid of screwing them up since I’ve never sifted flour (I didn’t know it was so easy πŸ˜› ). I’ve been looking at them for weeks, thinking of how much a beautiful experience it would be to eat them. πŸ˜€ Finally today I gathered up the courage and made them for the first time!

I took the recipe from Allrecipes, my favorite site for recipes!

What did I make? Red Velvet Cupcakes! πŸ˜€

Here is the process shown:

First, was mixing the batter, to make it smooth, light, and fluffy… This is with added food coloring. πŸ˜‰

Next, putting the batter into each cupcake holder… That was a little difficult to do since I’m a beginner. I guess it shows. πŸ˜›

20 mins later… yay! They look as they should! πŸ˜€ Step one, success! πŸ˜‰

(Although it seems I didn’t put it evenly πŸ˜› Oh well!)

(Emmm, please excuse the state of the oven top, but I was cooking before baking and didn’t clean it yet. πŸ˜‰ )

So, the frosting next! As I was making it, I thought that the recipe wanted a lot of sugar, but I considered that this is how cupcakes are and did the whole thing.

I put the frosting on top, but I refrained from posting it here because the frosting on top flopped on the cupcake with no shape, and it doesn’t look good. πŸ˜›

Done! πŸ˜€

M. tried one. He liked it, but added that it was a killer, that there was really too much sugar. I told him that’s what the recipe said, that’s what I did, and next time I’ll look up a different recipe.

He couldn’t believe that one recipe could be such a “killer” in sugar, so he went to the pc and see the recipe himself. And…. it seems I made a mistake….Whoops….

The recipe ingredients list is for 30 cupcakes. I made 12. Allrecipes converts immediately the necessary amount… But it seems not the numbers in parentheses. I didn’t know this…. Whoops. So, basically, I used 16 oz. (473 ml) of confectioner’s sugar for 12 cupcakes…!!!! O____O

Yikes!!!!

They really are a “killer”. I ate ONE, and my stomach is in such pain now. 😦 X_X It sits like a rock in your stomach.

While I was mixing the batter, he noticed that I had used the whole bottle of red food coloring, and commented that it was really a lot, but I told him that this is how Red Velvet Cupcakes are. Well… guess what. πŸ˜› That amount was also in parentheses. Whoops. So, half a bottle wasted. 😦 And it was so expensive… 1 oz. red food coloring (which is how much I put in total when I should have put half or less), was 5,50 euros!!! O_O Goodness, Finland is so f$%#ing expensive. :/

Oh well.! πŸ˜‰ It was my first time making cupcakes after all. Plus I am a novice cook. πŸ˜› Plus I didn’t know this “bug” in the Allrecipes site. Next time I’ll know!

As a tribute to the wonderful world of cupcakes, I present to you photos that I found off the internet (= no, I did not make these πŸ˜› )

Lets – ee – gooooo! Super Mario!!! πŸ˜€

These are so CUTE!!!

Have you started to drool yet? πŸ˜€

FireΒ Emblem!

Hello hello!

Recently I’ve gotten stuck again on Fire Emblem. πŸ˜€

I had played it some years ago, and had really liked and enjoyed it then. I’d played the two GameBoy Advance games, Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (Blazing Sword) and Fire Emblem: Seima no Kōseki (The Sacred Stones). One day as I was searching for some image, I stumbled on the image of one of the characters and it re-ignited the flame! πŸ˜€

Woot!

It’s fun! Even though on Normal mode it is pretty easy to beat, but I like very much that it is more personal, not cold and impersonal as many games are. You get to know the characters, get to feel affection for them … Along the lines of normal and not obsession for fictional characters, I mean. πŸ˜›

Here are some screenshots from the cover box art, and the gameplay:

This is when there is a fight:

This is from Sacred Stones, but looks almost the same as the previous, Blazing Sword:

Here are some of my favorite characters!

Lyn, because I can just imagine her being a real-life close friend of mine… She is compassionate, friendly, generous, helpful, kind… Plus she looks cool!! πŸ˜€

Eliwood… Because he’s a Lord like Lyn, and they go together! Plus he’s hot! πŸ˜› Well yes, he’s also kind, generous, etc. etc. πŸ˜›

Joshua, because he’s a Myrmidon, plus super cool and hot! I mean, come on, look at that stance… The billowing cloak, that confident look… That flaming red hair… It just re-ignites my Reno fancy πŸ˜€

Erk, the mage!!! Because, he’s a mage, and he has purple hair!!!!!! End of discussion! πŸ˜€

Hector as well, because he’s Eliwood’s best friend and a cool guy to be around. πŸ˜‰

Damn, there are many others, but I don’t remember them yet because I haven’t played the whole game of Blazing Sword yet (and more will be recruited), and I haven’t re-started to play Sacred Stones, so I cannot remember characters that I liked years ago. πŸ˜›Β  (Except Joshua πŸ˜€ ❀ )

Here are the “mug shots” of the characters in Blazing Sword (the one I am currently playing). You can clearly see Eliwood, Hector and Lyn in the first three sprites πŸ™‚ Erk is in the third row). I just think this image is great, colorful, pixel art, and vibrant! πŸ˜€

I mean, come on, how can you not like the good guys (and girls)?! They are all so good-looking, beautiful, with amazing outfits and vibrant-colored hair!!!! Sniff…. Why can’t real-life hair be like that…. 😦

πŸ˜›

It’s an unrequited wish, I know.

For much more information on the games and characters, visit Fire Emblem Wiki!

Off-topic: I made Sloppy Joes yesterday!!!! YUM! πŸ˜€ I haven’t eaten it in yeaaars, I had missed it a lot! My mouth is drooling just thinking about it again. πŸ˜€ Maybe I should visit the kitchen. πŸ˜› I took a picture of the dish I made, so when I transfer it to the pc I’ll post it here! πŸ˜‰

Have you played Fire Emblem? πŸ™‚ If yes, let’s share our passion together! πŸ˜€

Happy NewΒ Year!!

Happy New Year to you all! πŸ˜€

I wish you a very happy year, with good health, close friends, joyful times and peace of mind. And may you get over your troubles, fears, problems, anything that set you back in 2009! πŸ™‚

How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? πŸ™‚ For New Year’s Eve, M. and I made finger food (yum!) and it was sooo good! πŸ˜€ And we watched Lost while the firewords were shooting in the sky… πŸ˜› A pair of addicts, don’t you think? πŸ˜› xD It’s quite thrilling, making you want to watch more and more! Now we are at the second season.

For New Year’s Day, I cooked πŸ˜€ I did my best, since I haven’t been much of a cook so far. I made Chicken Salad (substituting the turkey for chicken) and Chicken Broccoli Roll. Both were very good!! πŸ˜€ Yay! I made it. I also made brownies, but I left them a few minutes extra then they should have been, so they weren’t as soft as I would have liked. Damn, brownies can be so sensitive and difficult to make.

I haven’t written for 4 days… I know. :/ So now I must write 3 more posts today…! O_O Eek! It’s just a way to make me to be disciplined and be on it every day. Maybe even once a week could be good, but for the beginning I want to make myself write, thus forbidding myself to quit… And then after I reach a point when it’s become a part ofΒ  my life, I can change the frequency, have better quality maybe, or have it more concrete.

About the question I had here, I was thinking about it again… (I do appreciate your comments btw. πŸ™‚ ) But why would someone want to visit my blog again, just to read my thoughts? If we take it cynically, doesn’t everyone just care about themselves? Well ok, I don’t want to insult my friends so let’s take strangers. Someone stumbles on this blog… Why would they want to spend time to read someone else’s ponderings? Some people have enough with their own as it is, let alone knowing others’ as well. I just would like your opinions on this since I was thinking about it …

I have another 3 extra posts to write, but I will do them during the week! I’ve got dishes to wash, time to spend with M., and maybe to watch Lost. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Have a good evening!!! πŸ™‚

Let it Snow … !

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Yo ho ho!!! πŸ˜€ May you have a White Christmas this year, with lots of snow! =)

Today I am baking… I tried a recipe for the first time yesterday, and after a mistake I made (because I was very, very tired), I had to re-do it today. The mistake? I forgot to put a whole bunch of ingredients in the mixture!! O_O πŸ˜› No judging, please. πŸ˜› I was indeed exhausted that day.

But today it seems to be going well so far…! πŸ™‚ The mixture smells good…. I just hope the rest goes well too. πŸ˜›

I am making melomakarona, as I mentioned in my other post, Christmas is almost here. πŸ˜‰

I will post pictures when they are done!

I apologize for not posting yesterday (I said I’d be posting every day), but I was baking (or trying to πŸ˜› ) and was quite busy… So today I must publish 2 posts! xD

I love the sound my boots sound on the snow…. ❀ It’s such a nice feeling.

It’s been snowing all day today… So I will have a White Christmas. πŸ˜€ ❀ Which is great! Listening to Christmas songs, and looking outside the window to see the snow falling softly on everything, gives a very peaceful feeling. ^_^

I would like to dedicate this post to snow.

For anyone who is interested, here is some information from wiki. πŸ˜‰ All About Snow

P.S. So they don’t hunt me from DA, because I used to be a very frequent visitor and I know, I must say that all these images are from DeviantArt. πŸ˜‰ Well, the ones that have links to them at least (the last three images). Go to their page, check the rest of their artworks. =) DA artists are truly magnificent. (Not all of them of course, but quite a few of them with monstrous talent reside there.)