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John Lemon meets the Poppies

John Lemon meets the Poppies
Hey there Cutie Pies! :baburukeki:
How have you been doing all week long? I had some pretty busy days but am looking forward to a few days of snowboarding now! I don’t exactly know why but last week I spontaneously decided to actually give it a try and bake something myself. If you’re a reader of this blog, you probably know, that I’m not the most diligent baker and that I always fail at sticking to recipes, but since it was Valentine’s day I felt like overcoming myself and make muffins for my love and family.

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Since I didn’t have any chocolate but many lemons, I looked-up a simple but tasty recipe by looking at the most mouth-watering pictures when entering “lemon muffins” in google pics. (Kudos to you MomGrind!)
You can imagine how happy I was to click on the image and get to the real easy recipe behind it! A recipe with an instruction of four steps and a list of basic ingredients that probably everyone has at home sounds foolproof enough to me!
Here’s what you need:
1 cup butter (225 g)
1 cup sugar (225 g)
1 + 1/2 cups flour (180 g)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt

The actual recipe says three large eggs and another three egg yolks but I found this to be a little too decadent for my habits so I just took three common Swiss eggs and lemon juice instead of lemon extract. To give it a little twist, I also added a handful of dried cranberries and some poppy seeds.

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Here’s what you need to do in four simple steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C°) and line up your muffin cups (silicon or tin) with a paper cup inside.
2. Mix together the softened butter and the sugar with a wire whip until creamy and add the three eggs, salt and lemon juice. Gradually add the flour with the baking powder and whisk everything until smooth.
3. Take a handful of dried cranberries or something similar and stir in.
4. Fill up the cups with the creamy batter and sprinkle some poppy seeds on the surface of each one. Bake in the oven for about 25 min. or until until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out, without any batter sticking to it.


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That’s all there is to it! We ate a few while on the road and even had some left for breakfast the next morning. They didn’t turn out like the original ones but that’s probably because like usual, I didn’t completely stick to the recipe. The cranberries were so yummy and fun inside and given that it’s the first time ever I tried baking something all alone, they turned out pretty nice I think. :etone:

Tomorrow I’ll already be on my way to Zermatt to finally see and feel some snow!! I can’t tell you how excited and happy I am about it. This winter was really sad and there was nearly no snow at all in the city and since I love snow and deep winter it kind of bothers me.. a lot!
Stay tuned for some more entries about Japan and maybe a short update from Zermatt :nekopaw:

byebye,
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Happy poppin’ V-day!

Happy poppin’ V-day!
Hey there Lovebirdies! :heartame:
I know, Valentine’s day is almost over but here’s something for my lovely Readers. :ii:


I drew this with the Paper53 app again. I kind of got used to the fact that you have to draw with your fingers and I even got more colors now. Don’t know why cake pops came to my mind but lately they’ve been everywhere in the Blogosphere. So Valentine’s day seemed like a perfect excuse to try doing them myself. If I had to tell you which step is the most fun, I would tell you that every step is! From baking the cake and crumbling it afterwards to choosing the different coatings and sprinkles there’s nothing about the procedure that isn’t fun. :raburabu:

Cake Pops

I baked these with my Valentine (his second name actually really is Valentin :miam: ) and now I’m sharing them with you.
We didn’t do anything special except of baking cake pops but I’ve never been an exemplary Valetine’s day reveler anyway. We only came back yesterday evening from our stay in a cottage with Silvakun’s friends and lots of snowboarding again. After almost two months university will start again on monday. I’m a little bit excited and curious but also slightly scared. Oh, I didn’t tell you yet but I passed the first semester! :iida: It took them ages to give out the results but now it’s finally official. Nevertheless I still have to book the classes for this semester but I haven’t decided yet.. :jupp:


If you care for the recipe, let me know! It’s really simple though and you can find them anywhere. The next entry will finally be about Milan, or at least a part of it. :totorosmile:
Lots of love and see you real soon. :on:

byebye,


PS: There was so much dough that we did cake pops also today! :ghihi: And now we’re giving them away because they’re too many.. the chocolate ones are the best~ :tanoshii:

Planning, Ranting, Drawing & Hauling

Planning, Ranting, Drawing & Hauling
Hello Everyone! :jumpingrabbit:
What have you been up to this week?
I diligently skipped school and have been drawing the whole time. If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve impulsively bought a graphic tablet about a month ago or so. I usually don’t draw and I can’t call myself an artistic person but I wanted the graphic tablet to personalise pictures I upload and to make my own smiley collection. :starlove: It turned out that smilies are more difficult to draw than I thought so I started to draw other things. But first, let me show you how I decorated my 2012 planner! :swirlheart: Since the art exam about two weeks ago, I’ve been feeling creative and have been doodling whenever I could.

I can’t wait for the Polymanga convention in April! But there are also a lot of nasty exams.. :crying:

I’ve never been an eager agenda user because I never wrote down homework assignments since I rarely did them. I’ve always had one because everyone had one and because I love decorating them but I didn’t really use them. This semester however, I feel under the gun so I’m actually making use of a planner for the first time in my life! It’s a strange feeling to confide all your appointments and assignments in one tiny, single red book but this is what is called being organised today and I guess it’s more convenient than having dates and numbers scribbeld all over loose papers.
And now, back to my graphic tablet.

This is the WACOM Bamboo Pen Touch and although I have no experience in graphic tablets, I have to say that I really like this one. :blinkheart: The reviews I’ve read were all fairly good but of course it’s not a professional tool. There are a few things you have to get use to in general while drawing with a graphic tablet but the second day it already felt very natural and easy to use.
If you’re following nekoblog.ch on facebook, you’ve probably already seen two sneak peaks of my drawings but here is the whole one!

Inari 稲荷大神, the goddess of rice

This is actually the second drawing, I will feature my first drawing in the next entry. :nyan: Those of you who know me personally, know that this is totally not my drawing style and I was rather surprised myself.. I guess it’s the graphic tablet that makes you draw manga style! :totorosmile:
The first thing I drew was the head with the fox ears and since I’m really bad at drawing people and especially bodies, I decided to draw a Kimono. I’m really fond of Japanese mythology and folklore so I made her the goddess Inari. Inari Ōkami 稲荷大神 is the Japanese goddess of rice, fertility and agriculture and is one of the principal Kami in Shintoism. The fox is her messenger and some times even she herself is described as fox.
I’ve always been fascinated by any kind of folklore and mythology so it seems natural to draw characters I know from fairytales and sagas. :twinkles:
I’m very happy to have the graphic tablet and I hope I can increase my drawing skills with it. Of course I will also use it to give my entries a more personal touch. :tongue:

Fairy cupcakes! :miam: Unfortunately they came out a little too hard..

Two more things and then I will finish this tremedously long entry!! Remember my March Wishlist? Well obviously I didn’t get most of the things or to be honest, I didn’t get one single item until now but March is still long so we’ll see.. :wink:
I went for a little spring haul nevertheless! Nothing really special but here it is. :smile:


I’ve read about Topshop’s makeup one several blogs contemporarily and couldn’t resist to try it! And I’ve been looking for ages for a velvet bow like the one in the picture above. I also really like the loafers!
Read on to take a look at my graphic ranting about the site I ordered my cosplay costume from!

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