photo of figurines of Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase standing in front of a display of blue cupcakes

Chapter 28: I Throw a Fictional Birthday Party

“Hey.” Annabeth slid next to me on the bench. “Happy birthday.”
She was holding a huge misshapen cupcake with blue icing.
I stared at her. “What?”
“It’s August 18th,” she said. “Your birthday, right?”

The Last Olympian (pg. 372)

This is my third time rewriting this introduction, and this time I’ve decided that I’m just gonna be as weird as I want because this is MY blog and I do what I want.

Anyway, last weekend, my friend Rachel came up to visit and we threw a birthday party for a fictional character.

Now to be clear, this wasn’t just any fictional character, but Percy Jackson, hero and protagonist of the The Lightning Thief (which was recently named as one of Time‘s 100 Best YA Books of All Time), its sequels, and many spinoffs. For longtime readers of Maggie’s Musings, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series. I grew up with these books, and even now as an adult, I still love re-reading them. They hold a special place in my heart.

I usually don’t remember dates like this, but Percy’s birthday just so happens to be the day after my brother’s birthday (speaking of which: Paul, if you’re reading this, IOU one (1) birthday gift and a cake or other treat of your choice). And since Rachel was already coming to visit that weekend and she also happens to be a Percy Jackson fan, we thought, why not? Let’s live the lives our twelve-year-old selves would’ve wanted us to have.

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2nd Blogiversary Celebration

With even more (virtual) cake!

I’m sure you’re a little bit surprised to see me posting on a Thursday, but today is a very special day for my blog because today, Maggie’s Musings turns 2 years old! I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by since I first started this blog, but I’ve loved every second of it.

So what are you waiting for? Read the rest of the post to begin the celebration!

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Baking Adventures: Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

I like baking. Have I talked about that before? I can’t cook an actual proper meal to save my life, but I do love baking, especially when it comes to cupcakes. Although I don’t do it as often as I used to, just because of school and life stuff, I still enjoy getting out the mixer every once in a while.

I’ve wanted to share some cupcakes on my blog for some time now, and now that I’m finally home from school, I had access to a proper kitchen. And with summer being just around the corner, I thought it’d be appropriate to share some raspberry lemonade cupcakes! That wasn’t entirely my decision – I used a Twitter poll to see what people were most interested in – but these were definitely the perfect cupcakes for the season, and they were a lot of fun to make!

The cupcakes and frosting were all made from scratch, although I didn’t create the recipe myself. I adapted the cake recipe from an cupcake recipe book (if you love baking, this is definitely worth checking out), and the recipe for the frosting comes from Wilton, the baking company. I’ll be sharing everything below, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Are you ready to get baking? Grab your apron and mixing bowls and let’s get started!

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