Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Lion, The Witch and a Cupcake

I have been absorbed in a world of magic that is filled with talking badgers, 4 British kids, a white witch, dwarfs and or course a roaring Lion... or I guess I should say The Roaring Lion. I have never had a desire to read the Chronicles of Narnia, mainly because I wasn't into collecting swords and for some reason I thought that fact hinged on reading and liking the books. Maybe the sword collecting thing applies more to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy...

I did see the Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe movie that came out a while back. I went, not because I was excited about the movie, but because all my friends were going which meant a late night run to Steak 'n' Shake and let's be honest, I'm a sucker for their milkshakes. However, the book turned out much better than the movie (surprise surprise). And to say I am sucked in is probably an understatement. I am almost through the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (it's going to be the next movie made, or so I've heard) which leaves only two books left (7 book series, number of perfection, way to go Lewis).

The other day Bradley and I went for a walk after dinner through our neighborhood and there was a lady walking her white fluffy dog...I guess I could say the dog was walking her (more appropriate if you have read the Horse and His Boy...little Narnia humor.) Well, this fluffy white dog comes walking right up to me and Bradley causing us to stop and stoop down to say hello. His master ("master" is a much more Narnian term than "owner") said, "Beethoven wants to talk to you." To which I practically laughed out loud and half expected and half imagined the dog to say, "Excuse me, but you are quite in my way." (imagine in a British accent, which is how one must read and hear the Narnians converse.) When I told Bradley my thoughts he said that either I've been reading way to much about Narnia or I should write fantasy. Hmm, most definitely the former. I could not write fantasy because I don't wear a cape, nor do I want to. All fantasy writers, I am most certain, wear capes.

All in all, a great children series and one that I will read to my kids one day.

Oh, speaking of babies...It's a baby cupcake. Actually, it's a babycake!
The perfect new mommy gift. These mini cakes are really yummy with a white chocolate topping that sets and makes for easy transport.

Vanilla and White Chocolate Babycakes
From Cupcake Heaven

-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
-5 tablespoons granulated sugar
-1 egg, beaten
-1/2 cup self-rising flour
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-1 tablespoon milk

To Decorate

-1/4 cup white chocolate morsels
-food coloring
-pastel candies or white chocolate chips
-a 12-cup mini-cupcake pan, or a baking sheet with mini cupcake liners.
*if you are not using a mini-cupcake pan, make sure you double up the cupcake liners so the cupcake will hold it's shape.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg a little at a time. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the vanilla and milk.

Bake for about 15 minutes.

To decorate melt white chocolate slowly in microwave, in three separate bowls. Add a drop of desired food color to each bowl. Top with a candy. Serve while the chocolate is still soft, or let set and package up as a gift.

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