Because I was a girl,
I thought it was beautiful –
                        how bewildering.

I must have been crazy
when I went running West.
They gave me cigarettes,
six days a week.  Nicotine narcotic.

Daydreams kept me going.
Daydreams of being somebody –
the lovely actress or
the devoted playwright;
daydreams of being
brave – of being in love.

(Those things fade.)

I imagined it to be an innocent game
of hide & seek.
I masqueraded behind
A veil of mendacity

but men did not search for that beauty
that I so earnestly believed in.
Men prowled
to feed their curiosity.
My masochism must have been intriguing.
I came

to be a woman
when finally I escaped.  Leaving only a
vale of tears.

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Pistachio Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting
makes 12 cupcakes


for the cupcakes . . .
1/2 cup pistachios
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter (super soft)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs (whisked)

for the frosting . . .
1/3 cup Nutella
1/4 cup butter (super soft)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
*for thinner frosting add 1 Tablespoon milk

what TO DO

for the cupcakes . . .
preheat the oven to 350 F
line a baking pan with parchment paper
shell the pistachios
toast in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes (until they begin to brown)
remove & let cool
*leave oven on for baking the cupcakes*
use a food processor to finely grind the toasted nuts
(I used a coffee grinder . . . which worked just fine . . . )
add the sugar to the food processor (or coffee grinder) & process with the nuts

in a small bowl . . .
whisk the flour, baking powder & salt

in a large bowl . . .
add the pistachio/sugar mix
add the butter, mixing until fully incorporated
add vanilla, mix
add whisked eggs, mix
add the flour mixture & mix just until incorporated
beat high for 3 minutes

prepare cupcake pan . . .
(parchment paper works great if you do not have cupcake liners)
spoon batter into pan
bake on 350F for about 20-25 minutes, until they begin to brown on top
remove & let cool

for the frosting . . .
in a small bowl combine nutella, butter & powdered sugar
thoroughly mix, adjust quantities to taste  
if the frosting is too thick add 1 Tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is achieved
spread on top of the cupcakes

store in an airtight container for 3-5 days

- Coco 

08/07/2014 3:39pm

Oh my gosh. This looks so good! I love pistachio anything. This would be a great for parties. I am having a link party for back to school ideas, and I would love if you shared your link to this recipe on the link party. Who ever visits my site will get linked back to yours. Here is the link if you are interested. No pressure, this just looks too good to pass up. haha.

Dennis Link
04/15/2015 2:01am

You should write more. You have a gift. Also great recipes, make more with bourbon.


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