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Found a great post at designyoutrust.com! A perspective sculpture of the Simpsons family!

Look at more of his scupltures at http://www.geekiz.com/perspective-sculptures-by-james-hopkins !

I just stumbled over a cookingbook at modcloth.com thta was called “whoopie pie”. I have never heard of it so I started googleing.. They are a baked good made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, sometimes pumpkin cake, with a sweet, creamy frosting sandwiched between them. I thought “YUM!” right away! They look like hamburgers, but in a dessert version! Here are some pictures of those good looking delights.

I found a recipe that I will try this weekend. I just have to give the pies to other people so I dont eat them all 😛

RECIPE

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Whoopie Pie Filling (see recipe below)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2) In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugar, and egg. In another bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3) In a small bowl, stir the vanilla extract into the milk. Add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture, alternating with the milk mixture; beating until smooth.
4) Drop batter by the 1/4 cup (to make 18 cakes) onto prepared baking sheets. With the back of a spoon spread batter into 4-inch circles, leaving approximately 2 inches between each cake. Bake 15 minutes or until they are firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
5) Make Whoopie Pie Filling. When the cakes are completely cool, spread the flat side (bottom) of one chocolate cake with a generous amount of filling. Top with another cake, pressing down gently to distribute the filling evenly. Repeat with all cookies to make 9 pies. Wrap whoopie pies individually in plastic wrap, or place them in a single layer on a platter (do not stack them, as they tend to stick).

To freeze, wrap each whoopie pie in plastic wrap. Loosely pack them in a plastic freezer container and cover. To serve, defrost the wrapped whoopie pies in the refrigerator.

Makes 9 large whoopie pies.

Whoopie Pie Filling:
1 cup solid vegetable shortening*
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups Marshmallow Fluff**
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

*Butter may be substituted for all or part of the vegetable shortening, although traditional Whoopie Pies are made with vegetable shortening only
** Marshmallow Creme may be substituted.

Cinderella by one of my favorite artist; Loish.

http://loish.net/

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I’ve been following Marta Dahlig for 3 years now and I think her artwork is amazing! Her beautiful, curvy and realistic women are truely a great inspiration when I sit down and draw women. Hope (and wish and pray and BEG) to be half as good as her 😉 Dive into pure beauty, look at her deviant page at http://blackeri.deviantart.com/

“Moths”

“Oracle”

One of her most famous pieces.. The seven deadly sins, this is just one of them, VANITY

I love cities that dares to show of street art on the walls of buildings. If only street artists in Oslo was allowed to let their creativity loose on a boring wall all over Oslo, I personally will be smiling wider when I walk out the door 🙂

Here are some pictures of some street art and some cute buildings.

Why can’t all cities of the world be as colorful as this street?! I bet we all would be a little happier 😉

I love the Alice in Wonderland art, colors and characters…

Check out Andreas Preis portfolio at http://www.behance.net/designerpreis

Love his sketches!