Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
i cannot believe that it is after 2 a.m. my internal clock is officially completely turned all around. its like i have jet-lag or something, but instead of it coming from a change in time zones, its really from me watching tv at night. boo... i stay up ENTIRELY too late, and then sleep til about 9 something (unless the boys are starting to get rowdy), and am still groggy when i get up. tomorrow i have a full day ahead of me, from laundry to delivering some dishes to my mother-in-law for my sister-in-law's wedding, to finishing some work projects for the office. not to mention my recent obsession with The Office. i'm so glad that jim and pam got together finally!!! i'm such a dork.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
so, i knew "the office" was a pretty funny show, and we've been sporting "the office" magnets on our refridgerator for about two years now (from a gift from my mom) but i had never really watched the show, only clips here and there. that is, until now. let me say, it is freaking hilarious. i cry. every episode. EVERY episode. and to just look at their expressions, especially the people in the background. especially anything dwight does. i CRACK UP! i just look for the people's expressions to see when they're about to crack up. its just about every scene. watch it from the begining. its funny sporatically, but it such a good show from the begining.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I got the technique from Bakerella. I have only tried this once, but it turned out Good. She has other variations of this that you can check out at her blog. This is just an overview.
In order to be more figure-friendly, I used half sugar, half Splenda.
This is the recipe that I vaguely followed. It is from Cooking Light, the Best of 2007. (By the way, I HIGHLY recommend this cook book. Great, great, great. One of the few I actually use, plus, LOTS of pictures.) Instead of adding coconut extract and butter extract, I used double vanilla and 2 teaspoons almond extract. I omitted the coconut and the nuts. I only did this because I didn't have them on hand. You could follow the recipe exactly, and I'm sure it would be equally good. My version is less like an "Italian Cream Cake" and more like "Cream Cake, or Wedding Cake." Very yum.
Just the butter, sugar, and 2 egg yolks. Look how yellow it is! I am able to use fresh eggs from my Mother-in-law's chickens.
Once you make the cake according to the directions, you let it cool, and crumble it in a big bowl. Mix it with one tub of icing from the store. I'm sure if you're adventurous, you could make your own, but I'm not that adventurous...at least not today. Mix it good until all the icing is mixed into the cake and it turns kinda like sticky crumbles. Once it is, its ready to be rolled into balls. When your cake balls are all made, pop them in the fridge for about 30 minutes or so.
When they are good and solid-ish, dip those bad boys in melted chocolate or white chocolate. I added food coloring to mine to give it the blue shade. This recipe that I used combined with the white chocolate (or blue chocolate) tastes like petite fours. Yum.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Right now I am missing Ecuador. The sites, the smells, the people, and, yes, even the food. I was browsing a friend of mine's amazing photos from Ecucador and instantly I was in awe of the beauty of the country. Its been so long that I had forgotten the details. But when I see those pictures, I'm brought back just as quickly as when I smell Purell or a diesel truck. Actually, one time in college, it was an overcast day, and I had just Purelled my hands when a diesel truck came by. There was no mistake, I was in Santo Domingo again.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I have become lost in a whirl-wind of Prison Break episodes the past few days, and all signs point to a few more days of it. We're trying to catch up before the new season starts in April. I am pretty sure that we will be able to do it with ample time to spare, at the rate we're going. It is really a good show!!