Thursday, March 17, 2011

All Is In Flux ... Except When It Isn't

Taken March 9, 2011.

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  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all who love the greening of the beer. :)

  2. Slainte mhaith to all you with the Irish!

    I'm not wearing green b/c I actually don't *have* any. Not a color that I buy in clothing. :)

    Looking forward to my Charlottesville, VA outing tomorrow & the book fest.

    Happy Thursday and don't imbibe too much green beer!

  3. Top O the Morning All.

    Was at Cherokee for a couple of days. Blissful quiet.

    Jen, such cute kitty pics. The fun will begin when they can hide and play and plenty of purrrrrring.

    Happy belated BDay Mary!!

    Have a great time at your Va. Book event, Maria.

    Farf, glad Mason is healthy and past another shot poking.

    Fm, hope the computer issues clear up so you can visit when you please.

    Nicky, glad you are healing!!

    Andi, Glad Spring is giving you and the Pups water and new adventures.

    Jim, I know you're enjoying every day of Spring Break. Can we slow it down a bit?

    Waves to Dina, Beth, Nancy, B, Janet, and all others that may drop by.

  4. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    Unfortunately I am wearing gray and black because we are burying Angelo today. The heavens should weep.

  5. If I understand Irish history correctly, shouldn't those of us who are professed Protestants wear orange? /pedant But I'll drink green beer anyway…

    Lisa, Mrs. Fetched tells me that Mason remembered what happens once he's laid on a table covered with paper… and he let everyone know! Something I wasn't aware of until I'd closed the laptop lid: Mrs. Fetched has been working on alphabet with him, and he can identify most letters now. Not bad for 18 months, maybe he will be writing soon!

    {{{Dina}}} :-(

    Working at home today, so able to get in. The Boy wants to grill & "share" a beer or howmanyever tonight… hey, why not?

  6. made Guinness Stout Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey "cream cheese" frosting. Turned out good but I need an oven thermometer to make sure the temp is right as I don't think it is. Oooh. Husband just came in and said he biked over to the store and got me one. He must like me baking. :)

    Tonight I'm going to a CP sign making party for the Peace Rally on the 19th that won't get any newsplay unless 2 or 3 Teabagghists show up. Everyone still remembers that anniversary riiight? I doubt it anymore. Anti-War activism has declined since it's okay for Democrats to do it.

    So... If "Liberalism is a disease, does that mean Beck and Rush are what? Just heard what those arsehats have said about the tragedies befalling the Japanese. The American Taliban, Beck, Rush, Palin et al... really are an embarrassement to this country.

    But I think some are waking up since the Republicans are attacking so much. It's finally sinking into some that they are being raped by the GOPigs.

    Maybe it's Japan, but I've been having horrible, upsetting nightmares for the past couple of days. One was wear I woke up with some fingers bitten off. The others have mostly been "zombie-apocalyptic type. Where I'm trying to board up my house. Not enough food. Military and militia in the streets. feeling the sleep debt big time today. Thankfully it's my friday after two days off.

  7. So... If "Liberalism is a disease, does that mean Beck and Rush are what?

    Cancer? It's spreading through the body (politic) and killing the country…

  8. Or it's sewage that needs to be flushed.

    Gotta run. xoxo to all

  9. My favorite thing in Charlottesville, Maria, is the serpentine wall at UV. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

    Being at Cherokee seems like a great way to slow it down, Lisa. Did you take any pics?

    Hugs and more hugs to you, Dina.

    Knows most of his alphabet already, Farf!?! Why in no time at all, he'll be helping you write blog posts. ;)

    Oh my Janet, those cupcakes sound positively evil ... in a very good way.

  10. Thanks for the support - it has been a really hard day.

    Now, Janet, about those recipes for the cupcakes - share???

  11. (waving) Hi Everyone -- Sorry I'm late but, I finally made it.

    Good to see everyone!!

  12. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow, Dina.

    Hi kb! Night kb!

    Night everybody else.

  13. Sending strength, Dina. Long days ahead, but your friend is lucky to have you with her.

    My favorite place in C'ville is the Commons. There was a place called Vavino that specialized in VA wine. The best vigonier ever was at a winery right outside town, but it's closed. Are you driving the Blue Ridge to get there, Maria? My favorite road in the whole world next to the PCH. Enjoy!

    Guinness and corned beef and cabbage tonight at an Irish pub. Even found a green shirt I forgot I had. Now watching - what else? Men's basketball. Dancing through March!

    Wish I could have spent some time in Cherokee with you, Lisa--

    Hugs to all -

  14. For Dina :)

    Makes 11 to 12 cupcakes

    The dense, spicy cupcakes taste even better the next day.

    1/2 cup Guinness or other stout beer
    6 tablespoons molasses
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1 egg yolk
    4 ounces cream cheese
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 cups powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream liqueur

    To make cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake wells with paper liners. In a medium saucepan, combine the stout and the molasses and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (watch closely so the mixture does not boil over). Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda; the mixture will foam up. Set aside until cool, 20 minutes.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter, orange zest, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl, add the egg and egg yolk, and beat until combined.

    Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the beer-molasses mixture, stirring in between additions with a wooden spoon. Fill the prepared cupcake wells with batter so that they are two-thirds full. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

    When the cupcakes are cool, make the frosting.

    To make frosting: In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Sift half the powdered sugar over the frosting, and beat to combine. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar. Add the Baileys liqueur, and beat to combine. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes.