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Diablo Fever

Published May 21, 2012 by cookinggamer

As most gamers know, Diablo came out scant a week ago. All hail one of the greatest gaming franchises in history. Loyal fans have waited years if not a decade for this gem of a game to arrive so naturally the much anticipated game has garnered the attention of many far and wide.

While most gamers faithfully sit in front of their computer screens to beat out their fellow enthusiasts in a leveling, loots, gold, and sort, another group of people have sprung up. They are what I call gamer widows. They girlfriends, wives, boyfriends, husbands, etc who sit there pining away at loved ones gone into frenzy. It has once again stolen dinner times, date nights and all other activities except for gaming time.

I went out with my boyfriend and his friends this weekend for nachos and beers at a local pub they frequent and we go to when we are in town visiting the in laws. It was surprising to see how much of the topic of conversation always diverted back to the game. Now granted, I play the game as well. However, one of his friends brought along his girlfriend who was not a gamer by any means. It was interesting to watch her reaction to the topic of conversation. She is an amazing girl, and she is quite indulging when it comes to her boyfriend’s interests. But even someone as sweet tempered as her wrinkled her nose and showed a slight cringe when it came to the topic. I think that sometimes, as we are in relationships, we need to realize that our own personal needs are not all that we should be looking after. When we are in a group setting, there needs to be more topic than just what’s in.

Tho, I have to admit my view still stands. If you can’t beat them, join them! I started playing WoW because my boyfriend was itching to play again. I learned how to deal with gamers. If i want to spend time with him, sometimes it’s best not to argue and just log in. However, gamers, please remember your significent other as well! Take them out and spend time with them away from the screen! Makes a world of difference!

What hobbies does your significent other have that you wish they would calm down on? How do you deal with it?

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Diablo 3 Cupcakes (aka Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing)

Published May 17, 2012 by cookinggamer

Sorry I haven’t written in a while… the game I have waited for YEARS finally came out. If PC gaming is your thing at all and you haven’t been living under a rock then you would know that the most highly anticipated game, another installment in one of the popular action online rpg ever came out on Tuesday. Diablo 3 is a game that has been at least a decade in the making. It boasts upgrade graphics and a storyline that picks up 20 years after the events that occurred in its predecessor. Now they are saying there is no cow level… oh we will see, Blizzard, we will see!

I won’t lie, the gamer in me, wanted to play all the time. I may have even contemplated playing hooky on Wednesday to stay home and play in my jammies along with my fellow hooky players. But I forged on, I went to work. Another chore I really would love to neglect, is cooking supper. I’m usually super diligent about cooking supper but Tuesday after work, servers were finally up, so I will admit… pizza it was. Yesterday, it was heating up pasta sauce I froze for such an occasion as this along with angel hair pasta. Tonight, bbq burgers with grilled veggies.

But in honour of this glorious game, I named a cupcake I made recently at work after this awesome game. The word Diablo always evoke the colours red and black to me and the diabolically delicious blend of chocolate and strawberries. So this is perfectly fitting in my little world! Hope you guys enjoy it!

Cupcake base:

2 cup sifted flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup salted butter softened

1/2 cup milk (try to use whole milk, skim milk doesn’t do this recipe justice!)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

12 frozen whole strawberries

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Make sure to grease top and sides of pan well so the cupcakes come out easily. Add in flour half at a time. Add milk and beat until smooth.

Using a hand blender, cream sugar and butter until pale yellow and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla. mix well. Batter may look curdled but it’s not.

Divide the batter evenly between the 12 cupcake liners. Drop in the strawberries into the middle of the batter and let the batter cover the strawberries.

Bake in oven for 18 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean from the batter.

Let cool completely before icing.

 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

1/4 cup butter room temperature

8 oz (1pkg) cream cheese

2 1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pkg hot chocolate powder (secret weapon)

3 tbsp -1/8 cup cocoa powder (depends how dark you want the icing)

With hand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla extract until smooth.

Slowly add icing sugar and hot chocolate powder mixing as you go.

Add cocoa powder 1 tbsp at a time until right chocolately depth.

Let chill in fridge for 1 hour before using.

I topped mine with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry slice.

What is your favourite type of cupcake? What filling would most appeal to you in a cupcake?