A lot of people thought it was my hair & that I loc'd up. Haha.. I let them in on the secret though.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Ragamuffin style mi deh pon. BOOM!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Her debut album "Our Version of Events" will be released in early 2012. I will most definitely be getting that.
Who isn't pumping her single "Heaven"? Get on it.
Her 2nd single "Daddy" is out and there is a music video for it. I fell in love with this track when I happened upon a vid of her on Youtube singing an acoustic version of it.
Peep the official music vid for Daddy & the acoustic bit.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
It's the week before Halloween! When I lived in the BVI, the custom of Halloween was definitely a tradition to look forward to! Dressing up, door to door trick-or-treating; I certainly miss it! That part of Halloween isn't that active in Jamaica; however there are several Halloween parties...
Look! A Pumpkin Cupcake Patch!
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 1b. 10X powdered sugar
1 teaspoon milk, half and half or cream
Separate the buttercream - majority in one bowl (about 3/4) the other in a next.
Mix equal parts yellow and red food colouring to the 3/4 buttercream. If you want a lighter orange, add more yellow. A darker orange, add more red.
Pipe unto cupcakes (you really don't have to do this; seems like a waste of piping to me), then smooth down. Roll the sides in sugar (optional).
Colour the 1/4 buttercream with green food colouring then pipe on top of the orange frosting. Dip the tip into sugar. Use a toothpick to create the lines up the sides of the pumpkin cupcakes.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I see recycling bins next to regualr waste bins and most shoppers with their own reusable shopping bag.
I'm very impressed.
I need reusable shopping bags or just one big one especially when I go grocery shopping. I dislike getting plastic bags (even though I reuse them as garbage bags) but I notice I accumulate a lot.
In comes, BAGGU.
I came across them via ourcitylights.org <--- AHmazing blog.
They have a wide selection of resuable shopping bags, different prints and colors alike.
The bags are cute enough to use as a regular day bag!
They also stock backpacks & kits that you can use to store knick-knacks.
|the one I'm looking at|
Check out the site. Really, really good!
Monday, October 24, 2011
|Ev'Yan & her husband - Photo by Kylie Springman|
- The colors of the leaves as they turn from the season.
- A steaming cup of coffee with the perfect amount of creamer.
- Handmade things (my readers gave me a slew of gifts in exchange for my book).
- Portland; I was made to be in this city.
- How long my hair is getting! Sometimes I forget that it's actually growing.
|Photo by Kylie Springman|
Thursday, October 20, 2011
I wanted to get some other oils into my regimen because I'm looking to switch it up.
Couple weeks by i had passed a health store called Holland & Barrett so I googled them (naturally) and saw that they were having a Buy One, Get One for a Penny Sale on select items.
Went in and got some Sweet Almond Oil
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I love it. Probably her best music video ever. Kudos to Melina for a well directed vid.
The car scene... Deja vu??
CHECK IT OUT!
Rihanna on WhoSay
There was the story of a girl who baked a lot.
A whole lot; over 300 cakes, cupcakes, and other yummy treats.
*skip a few pages in the book*
This girl had a lot of friends, who loved that she baked, but were very sad that she did not have a bakery because sometimes they only wanted one cupcake, but she couldn't bake just one cupcake for them. They were, however, very happy when she came to school with yummy treats and they could have their one cupcake and not be destitute to the terrible fortune that this girl had sometimes; several cupcakes around her and no one to eat them but her. This made her very happy while eating the cupcakes but sometimes, rarely sadly actually, afterwards. Okay truth be told she never felt bad about eating more than one cupcake
Anyway. This girl came across a website called Chocolate Covered Katie and her problems were solved! Katie was a vegan, healthy baker, unlike the girl, but Katie had created a recipe for 1 cupcake! You see, the problem was that to bake 1 cupcake meant to try to split 1 egg for 6 cupcakes into 1/6th to make one cupcake, and to divide the entire recipe which would then render it recipeless!
She was so happy she was about to make the cupcake right then and there to test it out but then realized that it was night time and that she wanted to share it with ALL her friends and blog-readers (friends too!) so they could make one cupcake themself! And it would be "healthy"! Say, 120 calories per cup.
Caramel not included.
She decided to do a Caramel Apple Cupcake inspired by a cupcake post she had seen earlier that morning by The Girl Who Ate Everything since it was in theme of HALLOWEEN and FALL! and majority of her readers loved those seasons! Hehe.
She had so much fun and tweaked the recipe a wee bit and added the caramel-y part to make it even more sugar-coma inducing! Yummy!
She baked the cupcake, managed to save 1/8 of it after begging herself to stop eating it so quickly in the fridge for after breakfast. She is thinking about that piece right now. The cupcake was so yummy and cinnamon-y and she decided to do a blog post on it with full picture-by-picture details. Then she ran back to her fridge to eat the last piece!
Make one yourself and ENJOY PLEASE!
One Year Ago: Missing in Action
Caramel Apple Cupcake
Original cupcake recipe adapted from (tweaked only slightly) from Chocolate Covered Katie
You'll need 3 tablespoons of flour.
1 1/16h tsp salt (aka a shake in a salt shaker).
1 tablespoon to 1 1/2 tablespoons of delicious brown sugar.
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1 tablespoon oil or butter.
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (or less, I love cinnamon).
Mix it all together with a fork.
Wait something doesn't look right...
Oh yes! 1 tablespoon of milk
Pour into a cupcake liner which is inside of a foil cupcake liner (the ones that can bake without the pan) and put it in a ramekin to keep the shape! Smooth the top of the batter (oops forgot to do this).
Or, if you're going to bake it in the oven just put the liner in a pan whole.
I didn't want to warm up my oven for one cupcake, so I put it into my handy dandy microwave.
Cook for 90 seconds.
Look it's GROWING! OMG!
Meanwhile, make some caramel in pan. I used a brain recipe and put two tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. You won't need all of it I promise! Let it heat up a bit, stirring until it becomes a little more sticky like regular caramel.
Remove from heat and stick it in your freezer to stop it from cooking (free Go-Gurt advertisement).
Your cupcake is finished! Let it cool a bit,
Then pour the caramel on top...oh yes...
Then put some chopped nuts on top (like pecans)...
Stick a Popsicle stick in it...