I do a lot of happy birthday wishing to a lot of different people on my blog. This entry is a 100 per cent self-indulging birthday post to ME. That’s right. It is my birthday today and I am now 21.
I wish I had time to post this earlier, but I’ve had an absolutely exhaustingly busy day. Today in my television class we had our first same-day assignments due. For those of you who don’t understand the j-school lingo, this means that we had to interview and edit a news feature piece on tight deadline. It was a tad stressful in the end, but thanks to my two awesome teammates Ariel and Christine and a little birthday luck (also found wicked lucky quarter on the bus this morning), we got through it.
I didn’t actually intend to bake or cook anything special for myself, so when my class was cancelled yesterday morning, I spontaneously made the decision to spoil myself. While I’m glad I did, my spontaneity left me with several kitchen dilemmas. First, I had to rush to the local grocery store to buy milk, whole milk and raspberry jam. Second, I realized after the oven was preheated and the cupcake batter was mixed that I was out of cupcake liners. Oh terrible misfortunes! THANK GOD I live in the best neighbourhood that has ever existed. I quickly got changed out of my pajamas and rushed around the corner to Grace in the Kitchen where a speedy visit provided me with these semi-ugly but completely effective unbleached muffin liners. Beggars can’t be choosers. Also, while I was there I met one of the workers, Andrew, who says he has read my blog! So what if this is mostly because I shamelessly plugged it to him when I bought a massive amount of white chocolate, it’s still neat.
Anywho, I got this fantastic recipe off of Tastespotting. The blog is called A Spicy Perspective, and the original recipe was named “zingy raspberry lemon cupcakes.” Two reasons I liked these: (A) the blogger totally made up the word “zingy” and (B) they were completely adorable. As a half asian, I 200 per cent fulfill the stereotype of liking cute things. I squealed with delight when taking the pictures you see below.
PS: Britt got me a brie baker for my birthday! BRIE. BAKING. Need I say more?
Finally, can we please just appreciate the cool and creative qualities of iPhone photo apps (thank you Hipstamatic!)