Archive | February, 2011

#56: Bedazzle my world

24 Feb

Rufus gave me a bedazzler last night. I can’t wait to glam up my wardrobe.

#46-55

23 Feb

46. Two of my very best Thailand buddies George and Sean came to visit. George is from England, finishing out his travels in LA, CA, which is where Sean lives. They road-tripped it up to SLC to visit little ol’ me. After a snow storm stopped them for 2 nights in Reno, they made it to SLC. More about their trip in a later post.

47. I got to go see Brian Regan last weekend. One word: HILARIOUS. Even the supremely irritating, demon-laugher next to us couldn’t spoil the fun.

48. Buying reject Milano cookies in bulk at the Pepperidge Farm factory in Logan.

49. On Glee last night the principal announces the Glee Club’s Ke$ha number like this: “Today the Glee Club will be singing Tik and also Tok by K dollar sign Ha.” It killed me.

50. I found this Albert Einstein quote today and I really liked it. He might be the historical person I would hypothetically go back in time and have lunch with.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

51. The Rocky Mountains. Seriously, there is no better view. They are truly stunning. Showing them off to the boys this weekend rekindled my love affair with those beautiful peaks.

52. Pizza at Stoneground restaurant. Always delicious.

53. This new shirt I bought at Down East. Mine is actually a light pink, but I like this one too.

54. I read today that Keanu Reeves gave away $50 million of the money he earned from the Matrix trilogy. It almost makes me overlook his terrible acting.

55. Practical jokes with my family. Whether it be BYU tortilla chips or 57 lawn gnomes, it’s always a good time.

#45: Who knew you could grill angel food cake?

14 Feb

Today you get a delicious recipe that I’m SUPER thankful for. It’s both delicious and sort of low-cal, as desserts go anyway. I found it on Eat This, Not That and made a few alterations. I made it last night for Sunday dinner and the fam was super pleased.

Ingredients:

  • 1 angel food cake
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • Pinch fresh ground black pepper (optional)
  • Fresh whipped cream

Directions:

Mix together balsamic, agave nectar and pepper. I used Sepay Groves blackberry ginger balsamic and Xagave brand nectar. Feel free to use less agave if you want to cut sweetness and calories. I also omitted the pepper due to the unadventurous inhibitions of my family. Pour mixture over sliced strawberries and marinate for at least 15 minutes.

Slice angel food cake into wedges. Spray non-stick griddle with Pam and pre-heat to 300 degrees. Grill cake wedges on each side until caramelized and toasted.  Top generously with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

#43-44

13 Feb

43. I got a new phone. Finally! After many many years of bottom of the line and hand-me-downs, I have something that’s both nice AND new. So far, with the exception of not having a Pandora app, I really like the Samsung Focus. 44. Both items today have to do with the new phone. Yesterday while Molly and I were at the AT&T store a couple came in looking for looking for a car charger. When they told the salesman what they needed, Molly promptly (and LOUDLY) responded that they should buy one on ebay. “They’re like $.99 and shipping is almost nothing, I swear.” This was much to the chagrin of the AT&T employees. One suggested she go sit on the benches outside the store. The other, who was helping me, just laughed. It definitely made my day.

#41-42

11 Feb

41. I ran across this picture of the Stockholm city library. It’s beautiful in a way that I rarely associate with books. The photo itself is stunning as well. Another reason to love libraries, and another place to add to my list of must-see libraries. One day I will take a world tour. 42. Molly and all the wonderful things she says. Last night she was mocking me and I make a gesture like I was going to punch her arm. Her response: One day I’m going to slap that violence out of you! Priceless.

Red Devils Food Cupcakes with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

10 Feb

I ran across this cupcake site the other day. They all look amazing, but I made these ones today.

I was really excited about them because we’ve been talking cupcakes at work for the last 2 weeks. I’ve never made a red velvet cake before and I was intrigued by the sour cream frosting. I was babysitting Tavia and Blake this morning, so I figured it would be a great time to try them out. After a trip to the store to buy cake flour and buttermilk (no short-cutting for me), I dived in.

The cakes: The batter was the fluffiest cake batter I’ve ever made. Very whipped, like meringue almost. Now that I’m looking at the recipe, I realize that it’s a devil’s food cake, which explains the lightness of the batter. I kind of want to try it with regular all-purpose flour instead of cake flour and see how they come out. Anyway, I made the recipe exactly as it said, except that I cooked the cakes for 17 minutes instead of 20. I think they were still a tad over-baked. Definitely not burned or anything, but a bit dry. I think it may be the high altitude cooking. Anyway, next¬† time I would reduce the cooking temp to 325 and check after 17 minutes.

The frosting: Wow, this frosting is amazing. I always love using a little bit of coffee in everything chocolate because it makes it taste so much more chocolate-y. And I always use really high quality chocolate for baking. It makes so much difference. This time I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking chips. I was worried it wouldn’t set up, but as the chocolate cooled it got much thicker. Now it’s almost like a thick pudding. The sour cream gives it a different and interesting flavor, which I love. And it’s not too sweet. It goes nicely with the cupcake, but I feel like I want to just dip fruit in it. Or eat it alone by the spoonful. Amazing.

The verdict: I would give the cakes a solid 6 and the frosting a 9. With a few adjustments (and depending on how the cheaper/easier ingredients work out) I think the cake has potential to improve.

#34-40

9 Feb

I’ve been out sick for the last few days with ear infections. Yes, that right. BOTH ears are infected. This is my first experience with them and I have to say I’m not a fan. Not at all. Anyway, I have a lot of catching up to do.

34. My ear infection is better. Well, mostly. But at least now I don’t feel like I’m going to fall over or throw up every time I stand up.

35. Kneaders red velvet cupcakes. Generally I think red velvet is an overrated flavor, but these are amazing. Truly.

36. stumble upon. This has revolutionized the way I waste time online.

37. Nutty Guys yogurt pretzels. They saved me from hating my life on the couch these past few days. Although I think I’ve gained a few pounds as a result.

38. I finally figured out (most of) the logistics of my upcoming trip to London. I have been freaking out about it for a couple of weeks. My original plan was to come back early and spend the weekend in Boston with my friend Julie. However, it quickly became apparent that that option was going to be painful, time consuming and expensive. After MUCH deliberation and two flight changes, I finally decided to extend my stay in Europe and play with my good friends there. Even with the change fees, it will still be cheaper I think and much more convenient.

39. I FINALLY got the new Katy Perry cd. Thanks Kyle for letting me steal all your music!

40. Chatting with friends via facebook. I don’t know what’s changed. I’m sure you all remember that Facebook chat used to suck. Bad. But lately I’ve been using it all the time with no problems.