Thursday, March 28, 2013

Laptop, Fire Dept., Glass Smasher, Bowling.

Toshiba SatelliteI have been without my laptop for a couple of days now. There was something serious wrong with it, so I understand. Trouble is I have become accustomed to being able to use it whilst sitting in my lounger with my feet up which is a necessary evil for me since my last vascular operation. Takes quite a time before my ankles settle down and stop looking like footballs if I don’t prop my feet up.

The Fire Department were supposed to come and inspect people’s apartmentsChandelier 001 Tuesday and Wednesday. Apparently they got as far as the second floor and said its bad, fix it. Many of the fuse boxes had  fuses which were more than 15 amp which is a no no so I guess the super now has to go round checking everyone. He removed one from us a few months ago, we didn’t know it was there. He also repaired our chandelier for us again. I thought we were going to have to get a new one, but not this time. I guess they will replace it one of these days whether we like it or not. He also was telling us about damages he had seen from propane tanks exploding in apartments which is another no no. We suddenly remembered we had a propane lamp. Decided to jettison it, just in case. We have only ever used it a couple of times here during a power cut. Guess it will just have to be candles in future.

Following my blog about getting out of a car, I was going to order a glass breaker from but the s & h was prohibitive so I guess I will check one of our local stores. We have a Canadian Tire nearby which will probably sell them as they are principally an automotive company.

Today we have our Travel League Bowling with lunch at the Red Lobster beforehand. Being just before Easter, not sure how many will be there. We also have bowling on Friday which is Good Friday when quite a lot of people will be in church so I don’t suppose there will be many at our league bowling that day either.

The moment I saw this recipe my taste buds just jumped up and yelled at me.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

12 cupcakes

Double Choc Cupcakes

1/2 cup (125 mL) low-fat (1%) buttermilk
2 teaspoons (10 mL) instant coffee
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cake flour
1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 mL) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
2 large eggs
1/3 cup (80 mL) canola oil (or vegetable oil)
1/4 cup (60 mL) non-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup (125 mL) light cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon (15 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons (30 mL) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
2 tablespoons (30 mL) non-fat, plain yogurt
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin or cupcake cups with liners, set aside. In small saucepan, heat buttermilk until warm. Add instant coffee and whisk until coffee granules are completed dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add SPLENDA® Granulated and whisk to blend. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add oil and whisk to blend. Add buttermilk mixture, sour cream and vanilla extract, whisk to blend. Make a well in dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and fold just until flour is incorporated. Add chocolate chips and fold to blend. Fill prepared cups and bake until skewer inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached, about 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool on rack.

Place all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl. Frost cooled cupcakes.

Have a great day


  1. Its amazing how 'lost' we are without our computers/laptops isn't it? We're having trouble with our travel laptop at the moment ... its just not quite powerful enough to do everything we expect of it. At the moment I can't view any pictures on my website Gallery pages ... although I'm told they are visible to others.

    Small price to pay though .... in no hurry to get back to the cold weather in Kent (even if my home computer is better than this one)

    1. Yeah, I feel really sorry for you Sue, sitting in the sun there with a badly working laptop!!!

      When do you go back to the UK?

  2. sounds like an awesome recipe. thanks for sharing! Hope you get your laptop back :)

  3. It's chocolate, its gotta be good, right?

    Yeah, I hope so too.

  4. Sorry to hear you are without your laptop. But your headline hooked me! What a mix!

    Can't tolerate Splenda. (Trust me. You don't wanna know.) But your chocolate treats sound scrumptious, otherwise.

    Ready to go with EIGHT blogs in the April A-Z Challenge! Mine are 475 - 483 on the A-Z list.

    Two of these blogs (Simply Snickers and The Meme Express) will offer DAILY writing/blogging prompts and A-Z words throughout the month of April. The Meme Express welcomes A-Zers to leave daily comments, linking back to their alphabetic posts.

    Thanks for helping with the hosting of the A to Z Challenge! Here we go-o-o-o!

    1. Got my laptop back tonight thanks. I guess you could always use real sugar.

      Haven't had my blogs allocated yet, am awaiting instruction.

      Didnt know about Meme Express.

      Thanks for dropping by.