Pumpkin Mudslide Cupcakes

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I was actually going to title this blog “Just call me a spaz in the kitchen,” but in retrospect I decided to be not quite so hard on myself. I wanted to try these incredibly yummy-sounded cupcakes, with a great twist on pumpkins that goes perfectly with Halloween. I found the recipe on The Cupcake Project blog, which is such an amazing blog I can’t even describe it. The author makes such amazing, delicious things I can only look at in awe. My stuff tends not to turn out exactly the same way.

To be fair, I think the biggest problem is I went with a gluten-free flour, in order to make sure my Celiac friends could help me eat them. I’m finding that gluten-free flour doesn’t tend to rise as well, which is probably why the cupcakes spread outwards, not upwards.* I had to cut the edges in an approximation of a circle, leaving the sides ragged, and the crater in the centre meant I needed more icing to fill up.

Also, this is the first time I’ve ever used a bag to put on icing (usually I just slop it on with a knife and be done with it.) My technique isn’t quite down, yet, leaving the cupcakes with what looks like a turd on top.
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Toasted seeds and pumpkin carvings

That is a mighty good looking pumpkin!

That is a mighty good looking pumpkin!

Pumpkins are fantastic – they give so much deliciousness and pleasure at the same time! I (tried to) entertain my baby with my carving skills yesterday, but he was much more interested with the guts of the thing then anything else. The big reveal of the jack-o-lantern later on that night was met with polite interest – not the delight I was going for, but it’s okay. He’s young still. He’s yet to equate burning pumpkins with candy.

The most fun thing about carving pumpkins is what you do with the byproducts, like toasting pumpkin seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds are addictive and also pretty healthy too. It’s better than snacking on a bag of chips, that’s for sure. Here’s how I went about making mine.
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Apple Buttermilk Pancakes

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I love apple and cinnamon pancakes. They are my favourite weekend breakfast food. I think it’s because they remind me of my dad – I don’t know if this was the recipe he used, but whenever he made breakfast for us it would be apple cinnamon pancakes. I remember eating the peels as he took them off of the apples – something I still do now.

This recipe is heartwarming, especially with the apple syrup to go alongside it. I have added the apples and cinnamon directly to the pancakes as well, because you can never have too many apples or too much cinnamon.
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Book review: Buffy edition

Today I’m going to indulge my inner geek. I went looking for different books based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of my favourite TV shows. I found a few different types of books, so here’s two that I read.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, #1), by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty

Book description: The first of a series of graphic novels, the creator of the cult hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, writes the official sequel to the show. This opening story introduces a mysterious threat known as “Twilight” and plunges Buffy and the gang into their biggest adventure – without the limitations of a small-screen budget.
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Culinary challenge leftovers: Pork Leftovers with Sesame Noodles

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Okay, it’s not exactly much of a challenge: “Oh, no! I have all this delicious pork tenderloin leftover. Whatever will I do?” But I wanted to find a good, easy recipe to add pork that’s already been cooked to. This one was a real winner – it was absolutely delicious. Like, I couldn’t stop eating it compulsively. It’s a pretty basic recipe – yummy Asian-style noodles with pork. Hard to go wrong there.
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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There’s something about Halloween that makes me think about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Is it the orange wrapper? The sinful sweetness of those soft little cups? Excellent marketing on the part of Hershey’s? No matter the why, I’m getting a craving.

I decided to try to make the homemade version. The up side is it is very hard to go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. Seriously.
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Book Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe, by Beth Revis

Book review: Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before¬†Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.

Someone tried to murder her.

Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense.¬†Godspeed’s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenager heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.
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