What comes next
This is where I am at.
As you can see, I am studying for my exams. Studying so hard I have decided to listen to an audio book rendition of Virginia Woolf”s Mrs Dalloway because I might go blind if I read it again. I have hit the wall of ‘college burnout’ and can now totally understand ‘why’ people drop out.
College.is.hard. and for me, seemingly never-ending.
The thing is ….. when a girl is burnt out….one can tend to drag the whole family down so I have to do my best to keep my head above water.
I should try harder to stay calm and just make make some tea to have with these delicious muffins that I baked.
Yes. Do not adjust your screens or volume control …
I did in fact bake them but I got the chef to decorate them.
That is why they look so tasty.
If you are getting ready to ice some Christmas cookies or a gingerbread house then watch this video first …. then go over and follow the tutorials on this blog and then send me some photos to share of what you are baking and decorating this Christmas (on Twitter or on Facebook or right here on the blog).
Note – I have not shared what mine look like . . but if want to turn this into the ‘worst’ decorating job ever then I am so there.
A copy of our book (or maybe two copies if y’all are fabulous like) goes to the winner which the Chef will choose by December 15th.
(on a side note – Kenny’s is still shipping our book for free worldwide so if you want to send a fabulous present to your loved ones abroad – please keep us in mind).
This recipe is an easy one and the mascarpone cream cheese frosting is sinful. As in, one might eat it by the spoonful it tastes so good.
- For the muffins:
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking/bread soda
- 140g cherries (from a tin)
- 100g white chocolate chips
- 100g dark chocolate chips
- 100g raw cane sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150ml vanilla yogurt
- 100g butter, melted
- For the frosting:
- 250g Mascarpone cheese
- 60g powdered/icing sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Line your muffin tin with some muffin cases.
- Sift the flour, and baking soda into a bowl, then stir in the chocolate and sugar. Add the beaten eggs, yogurt and then the butter and mix until it has formed a good batter-like consistency. Add in the juice from the tinned cherries if you wanted added sweetness. Then add in the cherries (cut in half) at the last minute.
- It doesn’t matter if the mixture looks a bit lumpy. Over mixing might make your muffins a bit tough. On a side note we made ours with Spelt wheat flour and they were pretty kick ass.
- Fill the muffin cases and bake for 20-25 mins until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool. If you eat them warm, the chocolate is all melty and messy. And, I’m told, delicious.
- While they are cooling, mix the mascarpone cheese, sugar and vanilla together using an electric mixer until it fluffs up nicely. Add colour if so desired and ice away!
Yesterday, I gave a lecture ‘on blogging’ to first year students at NUIG. This was one of the best experiences I have had thus far since starting my blog in 2007. I gave a one-hour presentation and had a Q&A session afterwards and I brought these muffins in for all the students.
So. College is hard. Damn hard.
The decision as to whether I should carry on to do an MA or take a year off is impossibly hard because it affects more than just me. It affects the kids, the husband and of course, my Mum. And we all know that she is ‘the boss’ so we have to keep her happy.
I hate having to make decisions like this … but all the paperwork and applications have to be submitted in December / January … so a girl has to put her thinking cap on and make a decision.
What would you do?
Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,
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