Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zzyzx Road

There it is, the Zzyzx Road sign along I-15 in California. I knew I wanted to get a photo of this while we were traveling home from our vacation in Utah last year.

Did you know there's actually a place called Zzyzx in California? This unincorporated settlement was historically known as Soda Springs. Zzyzx is located about six or seven miles southwest of Baker, California in the Mojave National Preserve.

Googlemap for Zzyzx Road
California State University actually has its Desert Studies Center located in Zzyzx. You can see part of the Center in the photo below.

Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx Springs, California Wikimpedia Commons - No Copyright
What about you? Have you passed by Zzyzx Road before? And did you know about the Desert Studies Center located in Zzyzx? I didn't know about the Desert Studies Center until I did some research for this blog post.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Filling

Not too long ago, I made cupcakes for the bridal shower of a friend's daughter. One of the varieties of cupcakes I made for this event were Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Filling.

These cupcakes are basically a variation of the Molten Chocolate Cupcake recipe by Betty Crocker. You can find the Molten Chocolate Cupcakes recipe by clicking on the link below.

Molten Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
For the cupcakes I made for the bridal shower, I used a peanut butter cake recipe from the "Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor" cookbook. I've made this cake before and it's really delicious.

I happened to find the peanut butter cake recipe online. Here's the link for the recipe -

Cake Mix Doctor's Peanut Butter Cake

For the chocolate filling, I used the chocolate filling recipe from Betty Crocker's Molten Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.



3/4 cup whipping cream
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Pour whipping cream into small (1-quart) saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat. Do not boil. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate filling mixture into a bowl and place it in the refrigerator for one hour. Stir occasionally until thick.


To make the Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Filling, first prepare the chocolate filling. Place the chocolate filling in the refrigerator for one hour and stir occasionally until thick.

Follow the directions for the peanut butter cake recipe I shared at the top of this post. Instead of pouring the cake batter into two 9" round cake pans, place cupcake paper baking cups in cupcake pans. Then pour 1/4 cup of the cake batter into each cupcake baking cup. Place 1 tablespoon cold chocolate filling on top of the cake batter. Make sure the filling is in the center of the batter and not touching the sides of the baking cup.

Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 20 - 23 minutes until tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed. Carefully remove cupcakes from pans. Cool and then frost with your favorite frosting.

I decided to place a miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on top of each cupcake. This served as a pretty decoration and also let the guests know that these were peanut butter cupcakes. That way those with peanut allergies would know to choose a different variety of cupcake to enjoy.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Things Have Changed ~ Welcome to My New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog!

For some time now, I've wanted to expand the focus of my photo blog and not be restricted to just sharing my photos. I wanted my photo blog to become my personal blog.

So here we are! Jana's Photo Journal has officially become Jana's Place - a place to share my photos, recipes, my faith, family updates and anything else I find interesting.

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