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09 June 2007 @ 05:25 am
Dec 2, 2008  
Next year I will turn 50. I still remember the heart surgeon who told me I wouldn't reach 50 if I didn't get to my "normal" weight. (Honey, I left normal behind a long time ago.)

So I want to do something special for it and would welcome ideas. I wish for the zillionth time that my birthday didn't come during depressive winter. (Huh, maybe I should head south for a week or so before my birthday to get out of the winter blues.)

My mom used to make cupcakes every year and send them to school for my birthday in a cool tupperware container made just for cupcakes. I saw the cupcake cookbook and blog and then saw this picture for yummy pistachio rose cupcakes:

Mmmmmmm, I would die for the recipe!

So whatever else I do, I want to find a good bakery that is happy to do fancy cupcakes, maybe a variety. I have also toyed with the idea of a retreat at a B & B, or hiring a band and having a big party somewhere. I figure that all those people who would come to a funeral ought to come to this party so I can enjoy their presence while I'm alive.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on June 9th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
You will not be 50! Then again, people don't think I look or act my age, either. People try to make me not a day over 30. :P
Tapatitapati on June 9th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
People are always asking how old my kids are, as if they are still living at home as minors. Then I tell them that they are 28 and 29, and they are very surprised, and still more so when I add that I have grandsons. They tell me I look like I'm in my 30s.

The funny thing is, I am not doing all the creams and potions women do to fight wrinkles, just a sunscreen moisturizer before I go outside, and mainly because the lasix makes me sun-sensitive.

I like to joke that I have a picture in the closet that ages for me...
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on June 10th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I like to joke that I have a picture in the closet that ages for me...


Nah, you just have good genes - like me! :D
labrys6 on June 9th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Pistachio Cake or Cupcakes
I have not tried this, but it looked yummy. It is more like the German torten---very little flour, mostly nuts.

Pistachio Cake (9" springform) or paper lined cupcake pan--for 12

1 1/2 c pistachios
1 c sugar
3 lg eggs, separated
2 T. lemon zest
1/3 c. cornflour (or possibly arrowroot?)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (perhaps unnecessary with salty nuts)

Preheat over to 350

Plunge pistachios into bloiling water for 30 seconds, Drain and rub dry to peel off inner skins.

Process pistachios and 3/4 c. sugar in food processor...chop very finely. In a large bowl, mix this together with egg yolks, lemon zest, cornstarch or arrowroot, leavening, and salt.

Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. (I prefer to keep about 1/4 c sugar to whip in as a stabilizer, but if you don't want to bother---put all sugar in with nuts, above)

Fold egg whites gently into egg-nut batter and gently scoop into prepared pan. (Butter the springform)

Bake at 350 for 20-35 min (lesser time for cupcakes) until a toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool completely and ice with favorite icing. Decorate with more chopped pistachios and the roses? ..Well, I have made those with royal icing and it is a royal pain in the butt. You can also shape fruit roll ups, or roll and shape gumdrops.

Happy Birthday to be!
Tapatitapati on June 9th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Pistachio Cake or Cupcakes
I believe marzipan was used for the roses, and rosewater or syrup in the icing. I'll have to experiment with this! Thanks!
Mari Adkins: dork in a bonnetmariadkins on June 10th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Pistachio Cake or Cupcakes
OOOoh. I think I ruined my diet just reading that! LMAO