Living for the Revel (catvalente) wrote,
Living for the Revel
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Stuff I've Made

So I was still feeling glum this morning, since it's my second full day of being a Sexy, Dangerous Divorcee.

So I decided to make muffins. I may christen them Divorce Muffins.

What they actually are are Mango-Coconut Marscapone Muffins, my own recipe, and holy mother of three-legged turtles they are amazing. So impossibly moist, and the mango is tart, and the coconut is toasty on the top....ZOMGYUM. Easily the best muffins I've ever made, or tasted, or anything.



These muffins are pure unadulterated (ha!) win. I probably need to double the recipe, since I think these are also, secretly, Amazing Vanishing Muffins.

1 (8 ounce) package mascarpone cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger
1 heaping teaspoon honey
1 cup chopped Asian Mangoes (these are sweeter and softer and better but only available in summer)
1/2 cup shredded coconut

The usual: combine wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine. Do not over mix. Add mango and coconut, put in muffin tin with liners leaving some room for expansion, bake at 400 for 20-23 minutes, or until fork comes out clean. At 10 minutes, sprinkle coconut on top for toasted topping.

In addition, elisem  gave me a bunch of marvelous beads while I was at Fourth Street. I immediately thought, since they were so brightly colored, and there were so many of them, that I ought to make myself a Fairyland necklace, to wear while I'm writing. I occasionally dabble in the jewelry. (In fact, alankria wore the Cat-made Omikuji necklace she won to the IAF Salon last night and deliasherman  and ellen_kushner  both remarked on how much they loved it!) Then, a pendant arrived with a ton of pumpkin imps from rubymulligan . It was too perfect--how could she know? After a lesson from kythryne  and some quality time spent with pliers, I have a necklace I love--and the Goblin Fruit party at Readercon seemed to love it too!



You may notice the six pomegranate-seed like beads, which were gifts from parrish_relics , as well as a kythryne  bead to denote she who taught me to wrangle wire. There's a lot of tribe in this necklace!



On my person. Also, cleavage. I love how bright and beautiful it is, just like Fairyland, full of color and movement. (Speaking of, there is an Ask the Author thing going on over at onaleopard today. Go forth and query!) I am very proud of myself, that I learned a new skill and forged my own mantle for the writing of the book. I wear it while I write every chapter, now. Also it has a pumpkin on it. I have a couple of tiny ceramic pumpkins I kind of wanted to put on there, but I can't wire wrap well enough to deal with things that have no holes in them. Next necklace, I guess.

This is just to say I made stuff, and am proud of self, because the Making of Things is an important Human Activity. Tonight I think I am making posole again, because it is awesome. I am a Witch. I wield a Spoon.

Tags: baking, cat's cookbook, divorce, jewelry, making things
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