Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

I'm continuing my newfound appreciation of cake with some cupcakes!

After making this Mint Chocolate Chip Checkered Cake a few weeks ago, it lead me to think about making a Neapolitan Checkered Cake which lead me to wonder how to make a strawberry flavored cake. Sometimes the paths that lead me to things of inspiration are very, very random. 

To celebrate strawberry season even more, I did some research and stumbled upon Sally's recipe which seemed to encompass all of the baking ideals I hold dear. This means no artificial flavored anything. All of the strawberry flavor comes purely from the fruit itself. The cake batter contains a strawberry puree and the frosting incorporates freeze dried strawberries. 

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones

Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones

These scones are long overdue but are also now currently appropriate because strawberries are in season. 

When this idea first came into my mind, strawberries were far from being in their prime. I was at work and strawberries were due to be on the ad cover as they quite frequently are—just wait for April 20th. It was one of those rare moments where the words just flowed so I jotted this down...

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Weekly Wander #4

Weekly Wander #4

It'll mostly be photos today as the flowers speak for themselves.

Yesterday, I took a solo photographing adventure to the ArboretumI used to go there all the time when I was a freshman because my dorm was across the way. It's one of the best places I know to just escape from everything. Or course, it was exceptionally gorgeous after the rain. 

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Lagoon Valley

Lagoon Valley

The drive up and down 80 can either be one of utter torture or easy breezy depending on the time of day and whether or not you are heading towards or away from Lake Tahoe. 

In the last few weeks, I've come to greatly appreciate the stretch between the hills that surround Lagoon ValleyThese hills are a brilliant green and dotted with oaks that cast dramatic shadows against the rippling indentations created from landslides. This is my favorite part of the drive whether I'm going down to the Bay Area or coming back from it. I'll inevitably sneak longer than necessary glances at those hills as if they are calling me to go to them.

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Weekly Wander #3

Weekly Wander #3

In a post-rain / Daylight Savings / California springtime kind of Monday, a bike ride and photography adventure seemed like an appropriate way to unwind the day. 

From getting up at 5 a.m. to compensate for being on the critique panel for this design class I only took last year, to providing many compliment sandwiches to nervous-looking design students and finally to realizing how daunting our next project at work is going to be, it was nice to be immersed in yellow for a while and try to be stealthy around some birds.

As usual, they always fly away as I try to get closer.

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