There are weekends when, all you want to do is hang out with your friends, do something adventurous, eat out and then there are weekends like these where all you want to do is stay at home to the point you swear that you will never want to do it again. So this weekend, I decided to stay in and enjoy the joy of doing little things, which we tend to miss out on during our busy routines. Today, I did a bit of everything and guess I’ll need to continue doing so every once in a while.
1. Slept: Caught up on my much-needed beauty sleep. Sometimes, all you need is a few extra happy hours of sleep in the weekend to make up for lost sleep during the work week. It might not do wonders for your body, but it will do wonders for your mind.
2. Baked red velvet cupcakes (or so): Most of you would by now know that I am a food-mad, but little do I know cooking. But baking being the sweeter and simplest version of cooking I enjoy doing it. I am not an expert but neither am I a beginner. So this weekend, I tried some red velvet cupcakes for evening and that helped my daily dose of sugar rush. You can find a quick recipe at the bottom of the page here that you might find interesting, I haven’t invented it but was taken from Laura Vitale website (tried and tested)
3. Enjoyed a good read: Though I enjoy a good read every now and then and I have 5 books that I haven’t touched, it gets very difficult to find some time to indulge in reading. But this weekend, it was different, it’s great to have a book in hand that gets hooked on to you (you will automatically find some time to read). The better man by Anita Nair is a story of a man named Mukundan who is haunted by his past. The story line is set in Malabar regions of Kerala and he said determination to conquer the ghosts from his past.
4. Movie time with some popcorns in my couch: After all these above I still found some time to enjoy a good movie with some popcorn by the side with lights off. Nothing like an evergreen Amitabh Bachan movie – Satte pe Satta! Can never get enough of it (unless its an SRK movie of course)
How do I feel now? Relaxed and may be I’ll do it quite often now. A weekend out and a weekend in always leave you refreshed and ready to take on the coming 5 days at work.
Red velvet cup cake recipe
1 ¼ cup of all Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
½ tsp of Baking Powder
½ tsp of Baking Soda
¼ tsp of Salt
¼ cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
¾ cup of Granulated sugar
¾ cup of Buttermilk
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
Red food Coloring
For the frosting,
2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
4 oz of Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
2 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
1 Tbsp of Milk
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
2) In a small bowl mix together the first 5 ingredients and set aside.then Then, cream together the sugar and butter, add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined and creamy.
3) Add half of the dry ingredients and half of the buttermilk, make sure its combined and add the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk making sure to combine everything together but not over mixing. Add enough food coloring to get the desired red color for your cupcakes.
4) Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop the batter evenly in your prepared pan and bake until when you insert a toothpick in the center it comes out clean.
5) Frosting – simply put all the frosting ingredients into the bowl and mix until well combined and it has the consistency of a thick frosting.
6) Frost your cupcakes and let city ool before serving