I guess I don't really enjoy baking things like cupcakes. Yesterday I tried out a recipe for peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes. It started with a cake mix where you add some peanut butter and then you put a mini peanut butter cup candy in the center of the cupcake. That part wasn't so bad and they came out okay but a little dry. Then for the frosting you bring some whipping cream to a boil and pour it over semisweet chocolate that you've chopped up and then stir it around so that the chocolate melts and then add some peanut butter. And then you have to wait for all that to cool off and firm up and that seemed to be taking forever so we put it in the fridge and then of course forgot that it was in there. By the time I remembered it was so firm that there was no way to spread it so it had to sit out for about an hour to warm up. Then after you frost the cupcakes you chop up some peanut butter cups and sprinkle them on top.
They look kind of cute but really don't taste all that good.
I'm thinking bakery cupcakes after all for the barbecue. Way easier than this baking nonsense. We are going to try cupcakes from Smith's bakery, a downtown bakery that's been in business since 1938 or something like that. I've had donuts and cookies from them before and they are quite delicious so maybe their cupcakes will be, too.
Anyway. Aside from baking cupcakes. We are promised a week of summer weather after a weekend of rain and actual closing of the interstate over the Grapevine because of snow. Yes, snow in the mountains in the middle of April and then this weekend is supposed to get up to 90. Weird, but this week so far has been absolutely beautiful so I'm not complaining!
We watched the movie Cars last weekend. I don't know why I've never watched this movie before but when I saw that Cars 2 was out and it looked kind of cute I thought maybe I'd better watch the original Cars. It was WONDERFUL and so entertaining. I'm always amazed at all of the little details they include in Pixar movies, like the part at the racetrack where they show cars going to the restrooms and the men cars are zipping in and out while the lady cars are waiting in a very long line. And then the bugs. The flying bugs. So cute! I really enjoyed watching this movie and now can't wait to see Cars 2.
The bugs. One of my favorite things, at first you don't realize what they are because they are tiny and the scene moves quickly but then you realize that these are actual bugs.