Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Story....

Here's what I quickly came up with, I think it covers it pretty well without getting bogged down in too much detail. I don't tend to remember specific details very well and I am horrible with dates and things.

He is one of my younger brothers best friends. They met at school when they were in 6th grade and 11 years old. I probably met him for the first time when he was 12 and I was 16. I went to a lot of my brothers school functions, not like dances but family things. I would also pick my brother up from school almost everyday, I had a car and it was one less thing mom had to do. My brothers school was very small, his graduating high school class was 32 people, it was a charter school, my mainstream high school had 400 in the graduating class, well more but a lot didn't actually graduate. Basically I knew my brothers friends because it was a small school and I was around a lot.

In 2002, after my brother graduated high school, his girlfriend and her friend, facilitated our first date. He had just turned 19 and I was 23, we had known each other as friends kind of, we talked on the internet for a year or more, I spent a lot of time instant messaging with my best friend who had moved to Oklahoma and spent time talking with my brother and his friends on a message board on the website for my brothers band, you know how we did it before social networks. He was one of those friends and we had seen each other here and there as well over the years.

Our first date was a movie, Brotherhood of the Wolf, on January 20th 2002. We went to a little Mexican restaurant afterwards, he made fun of me for the way I ate my taco, I ate the insides out first then ate the tortilla. I got my revenge a week or so later when we went on our second date, another movie, The Count of Monte Cristo, and dinner at Islands. This time I laughed my ass off at him when he burnt the crap out of his mouth on his chicken tenders. Seems from day one we set the tone of our relationship, humor and silliness. I was quite busy with college and 3 jobs at the time. It was a few weeks later we went on our third date, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

We were living together by late spring 2002. In early 2003 we decided we wanted to go to Vegas for his 21st birthday in December so naturally we decided to get married too. It wasn't a spur of the moment thing, we made the plans a good six months or more before hand. December 20th 2003 we got married at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. The day after our wedding we went and saw the final Lord of the Rings movie. February 15th 2004 we had a reception/party at The San Diego Zoo. It was pure fun and totally our style, much like the wedding where I wore a black dress, just a normal dress, not a black 'wedding' dress.

Here we are now, 9 years later. We don't really celebrate Valentines Day or even our anniversary for the most part. We sometimes buy gifts on birthdays and Christmas but I decided to write this since it is Valentines and that's kinda what it's about, right. Oh and also 7 years ago we had our reception/party too. So there you go, our story.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

I don't usually blog recipes I get from cookbooks because that's kinda the point of cookbooks and I don't want to reprint the books without permission I guess you could say. However these cupcakes are in high demand so here it is.

The recipe is from the book below. If you want a good dessert book, vegan or not, I highly recommend this one. There are a lot of pretty simple and delicious recipes. It is definitely worth picking up if you like baking.

Self-Frosting Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cupcakes:
2/3 cups plain soymilk (I used rice milk)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons flax seeds (recipe calls for whole that you grind but I used pre-ground seeds)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup dutch precess cocoa powder
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
1/4 cup plain soymilk (again I used rice milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In mixer combine non-dairy milk and vinegar and let sit for a few minutes before whisking until frothy. Mix in both sugars. Grind flax seeds into a powder with a spice grinder and whisk them together with the water. Stir flax seed mix, peanut butter, applesauce, and vanilla into your mixer and beat until thoroughly combined. In separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the batter. Mix until there are no more lumps but don't mix more than necessary.

In separate bowl combine all frosting ingredients and blend until completely smooth.

Divide batter equally between prepared muffin tins. Drop a dollop of frosting into each cup of raw batter and swirl it around with a toothpick covering the entire top. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, avoid a spot with frosting as it may cause toothpick to appear wet. Let cupcakes cool 10-15 minutes.

Recipe says it makes 12, I made 16 and I had to thin frosting a bit, it was too thick to properly swirl on my first batch. I also had A LOT of frosting left over. Now I have to find something to do with peanut butter chocolate frosting besides just eating it because I will make myself sick.

I've also made the peanut butter bomb cookies from the book, picture of them in my previous post, and the root beer float cupcakes, yes ROOT BEER FLOAT CUPCAKES!!! Seriously you will not be disappointed when you buy this book. And if you thought all vegan food was healthy, you will no longer believe that either!

*any mention of specific products and my opinions on them are all my own and not influenced by anything other than my personal experiences