I love my Sunday mornings. I'm doing a few loads of laundry while I write this. The smell of coffee floats in the dim sunlight that creeps through my window, and my toasted peanut butter sandwich is being casually nibbled on.
This past week has been very enjoyable. My family went out to dinner to celebrate my Mom's birthday on New Year's Eve. We ate out at the Rainforest Cafe. With plants and vines hanging from the ceiling, the sound of water cascading down into a sparkling pool, and a rhinocerous asserting itself in a dark corner, it was a memorable place to chow down. My current addiction to hamburgers has not abated. I had a big fat BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with fries. Oh so yummy!!
The staff came out singing Happpy Birthday and presented my Mom with this decadent dessert called a "Volcano". Encased within a scaffolding of rich milk chocolate brownies, mounds of sweet vanilla ice cream and whipped cream wait to delight your taste buds. All the while, chocolate and caramel sauces ooze down around this entire volcanic structure. We all shared it, and it was divine. My Mom made a wish as she blew out the solitary candle atop this delicious delight . . . .
The celebration continued as my sister and I took my Mom out to see the movie Marley and Me on New Year's Day . . . .
It is a very sweet movie about a rambunctious but impossibly endearing dog and the family that raised him. You'll need a box of tissue for this one. If you love dogs and animals in general, this is the movie for you.
2009 has finally begun. I've mostly just chilled out over the latter half of December. This week, aggressive promotion for my album "Seahorses" starts up again. I've just taken over the reigns for my website from my friend Ben who redesigned it for me, and it will now be loaded with a ton of new content over the next week.
I just reorganized my workspace here at home. My keyboard sits by my window now . . .
Here is central command . . . (Notice O and B mugging for the camera!)
There's so much work to do. I need to all of it situated first.
On Wednesday, I'll be going out to see the new movie "Milk" with a few friends. I've been ecstatically looking forward to seeing this one, and I'll be offering up a full review of it as well.
Have a flower . . .
More to come soon.
It's been a wonderful week. I spent Christmas Eve and Day with my family. A hearty meal with our own traditional Turkey Adobo dish was deliciously decadent. Um-Um GOOD!!! I watched my niece and nephews squeal with delight as they unravelled each present. They received toys, clothes, and more toys!!! They are too precious. These days, I rely less on others giving me what I want and am more active in just getting what I want for myself. While shopping for the kids, I accidentally came across something I wasn't planning on buying but desperately coveted nonetheless. It was a Transformers t-shirt from Target. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Transformers!!!! Imagine my inner dork also squealing in delight as I discovered Optimus and the gang ready to fight an intergalactic battle!!!! This t-shirt allows me to walk around with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and a whole slew of other folks emblazoned on my Asian chest!!! AWW Yeah!!! There is one more wee little gift to myself that I will get. It is something I came across while I was in Charlotte doing my shows. I'll be ordering it within the next week. New Year's Eve is coming up next, and it is also my Mom's Birthday!! We'll be celebrating together as well and probably cook up a huge dinner. This morning, the big project has been to rearrange my room. I've positioned my keyboard in front of my window where my bed used to be. I now have a cozy little music nook next to my desk. (It's a complete workspace now with plans to connect my keyboard to my computer in order to transcribe my music. More on this later.) I've had to rummage through a lot of accumulated junk--sorting through it all and making different piles. There is a pile of stuff to keep and stuff to throw away. Thankfully, the throw-away pile is the taller of the two. I am trying to make a habit of doing this every couple of months because before you know it my room will become a heaping, cluttered glob of mostly useless stuff. I have too much to do without having to deal with a disorganized workspace. I'll post pictures as soon as I am done. In another hour, I should be finished. Yeeehawww!! I have a few other things to announce, but all of that will have to wait. There's some big news to come. Hope you all have a lovely Sunday! Have a flower . . .-g
This is an idea of cupcakes which came to me in enjoying the good the bluberry muffin of special T, this tea is so good that it gives us the impression of Munch a muffin.
For the base I keep the same recipe of my cupcakes, this is a soft recipe because I've tested bases with butter but I remain faithful to mine that I find more airy and light on the palate.
Flickr: snowpea&bakchoi - CC
Ingredients (for 24 cupcakes):