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Cooking Tuesday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are dessert of the season, we can all agree on that. And as cute and pretty as they look, they are just as delicious.

What we need:
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
24 miniature peanut butter cups
FROSTING:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup peanut butter
Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped

What to do:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
24 miniature peanut butter cups
FROSTING:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup peanut butter
Additional miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
Method
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, peanut butter, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes or until smooth.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cupcake. Cover each with 1 tablespoonful batter.
Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until mixture reaches a spreading consistency, about 10 minutes.
Spread over cupcakes; immediately sprinkle with additional peanut butter cups. Let stand until set. Yield: 2 dozen.

Enjoooy!! I’m sure you are going to love them 🙂

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Learning time: The Angel’s game

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Right now, two minutes ago I have finished The Angel’s game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Man, that is some work. I can’t even express what this book did to me.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of it??
This is one of the best pieces of art I’ve ever laid hands on. Seriously. The story .. It just feels real. I’m smiling between tears because I’ve lost a friend I have been in love with for over 400 pages, just as I am happy that I can turn to those 400 pages any day and live his adventure all over again. If you haven’t read it yet do so immediately. It will change your life, I promise you. I envy you the thrill that you will discover in the story.
Because to me it’s not even just a book anymore. It became a friend, a fortune, a bliss.

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Learning time: The picture of Dorian Gray

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My throat hurts horribly, so I was stuck at home for the day. I can’t complain, though: being sick has its advantages. Whenever I get a day off school is a day of celebration, despite the finals approaching quickly ( Fridaaay, fridaaaay ).
To make time fly quicker I decided to watch Dorian Gray. I have read the book before, and I am a huuge fan of it. Huge. Immense. So I had quite high expectations from the movie. In vain, it appears, because the movie had absolutely nothing to do with the book. I can’t even review them together for instance.

The Book

Everybody knows and has heard of Oscar Wilde. Every page that I was reading I tried to store in my memory and never forget. That is how he writes. He is sarcastic, has a lot of monologues, all as memorable.

Expectations

I was waiting to see a blond, angelic, blue-eyed Dorian with a superior and always sarcastic Harry. I was waiting for a movie that actually followed the plotline. Last but not least, I was expecting more quotes from the book!! The scenery was… Just wrong. All those quotes I had underlined didn’t even appear in the movie.

Oh, oh and the end. Why…why would you change the most perfect ending a book has ever given to you? Why??

Reality

Dorian was played by a very talented actor, it was all good and nice. Except that the actor was brunette, with dark eyes. And had absolutely nothing to do with the description in the book.
Colin played… Well, flawless, as always a character that did not suit him at all.

Bits were changed, the ending was changed and it was a bit too..much.

I mean… We all got that Basil was obsessed with Dorian. That's the beauty of it. The not knowing if something ever happened between them.

You don’t just make them kiss and..!!

Buuuuut, this is just how I see it. Maybe it’s a little harsh. But that’s just because I’m a big fan of the book and the movie changed it too much.

Anyone read it/ seen the movie? What was your opinion? 🙂

Learning time: The Hobbit

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So, I have decided to do some posts ( Learning times) where I can post about books I read, opinions on them or sometimes, movies. Why? Because I want to share with you those I find great and maybe make some of you read more, a thing everyone should make a routine out of.
So, as you all know, on the 14th of December the big premiere of the Hobbit appears and I hate seeing a movie without reading its book. That is why today I bought J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel and started it immediately. You can judge me for not having read it until now, but better late than never. So far, so good is all I can say. I can always admire a writer who creates a whole world by himself, who leaves reality behind and focuses on a fictional universe. The start is definitely promising and I am sure the rest will not disappoint me.
Of the movie I have heard a lot lately and I am far too excited for it. I’m just very curious to see little Martin as a hobbit. I’m sure I’ll have a good laugh, then I will be amazed…
Hmmm, well, until the 14th of December( after, sooner,..anytime really) let me know what you are reading, what books you like or what you are planning to see in the near future 🙂

More information about The Hobbit you can find on:
http://www.thehobbit.com/

Or on old, trustworthy Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit

Have fun! and read as much as you can!

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