Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cake decorating

Someone in my group of friends was throwing himself a birthday party and I volunteered to make a cake. Then he decided he wanted the party to be Batman-themed, and somehow I convinced myself that meant the cake must also be themed. The problem is that I've never decorated a cake. The internet told me I could frost the cake yellow, print and trace a Batman logo, then fill using a star tip.

I knew Mystery Man's mom decorates cakes, so I asked her to give me a crash course and loan me the supplies. She was kind enough to do so a couple days in advance. I forgot to print the logo at work, so I pulled it up on my laptop, held wax paper to the screen, and delicately traced the outline with marker.

I'm very proud of my first attempt at cake decorating! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Provo Cop at Desert Star

Mystery Man and I went to see Provo Cop at Desert Star on Monday.  It was cute but I have never seen Music Man, so I missed all the song references.  He picked up on all of them and enjoyed it more because of that.

More importantly, here are my thoughts on the food!  We shared a raspberry smoothie, which was quite tasty. I definitely recommend it.  The meat lovers pizza was more like cheese lovers.  Not much meat at all, but loaded with delicious cheese.  The crust was perfectly crispy.  I was too busy chowing down to take a picture, but try it if you're there and hungry. :-)

Monday, April 7, 2014

My first flash mob

I agreed to help with a flash mob proposal on Saturday.  I had gone to the rehearsal the week before when only two people (including me) showed up and we hadn't actually practiced.  Because of this, somehow I got chosen for lead female role when the lead female role couldn't come.  Not much practice and the poor guy proposing messed up on his timing at the end, but oh well.  Here you go.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

1-2-3-4 Cake

Last weekend I made birthday cake for my friend Drew.  He had mentioned he liked funfetti cake, but by the time it was decided to have the party, I had finished grocery shopping for the day and refused to go again.  I have mixed feelings about food coloring.  It's fun but I know it's bad for you.  Anyway, I decided to make a plain cake with swirls of colored batter.  My newer cookbooks didn't have a white/yellow cake recipe, so I resorted to a cookbook published in 1930 and a recipe called 1-2-3-4 (Measure) Cake.  I made two colors of vanilla-flavored batter and one color of almond-flavored.  Older recipes assume basic cooking knowledge.  This one at least listed a temperature but not how many pans I'd need.  I guesstimated two large round pans, which was correct.  

My round pans aren't non-stick and I don't have much experience with cakes that have to be removed from the pan.  I lost a little to the edges.  Also, the cake fell in the middle, so I threw in a bit of Nutella and fresh strawberries before adding frosting and the next layer.

I dug out my 1985 chocolate cookbook for a delicious chocolate frosting recipe and added almond extract.  It was delectable and I wondered, yet again, why people buy frosting.  So easy to make and much tastier!

Forgot to take another picture until it was half-consumed.  The cake was a little dry around the edges, but the flavor was good.  I put it on the most colorful plate I own, to add to the effect.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Great finds today!

Weird sleep schedule..I was wide awake at 4:15am so I started laundry at 5am and didn't fall back asleep until about 7:15.  Anyway, I don't know whether my thrift store finds or grocery store finds made me happier today!

I found an unadvertised sale on baking chips of many flavors.  I re-stocked the freezer with milk chocolate, semi-sweet, butterscotch, cinnamon, toffee, and peanut butter chips.  I also found Asian pears for 69 cents, yum!  A 5-pack of toothbrushes for $1 was nice too.  My poor toothbrush was looking sad.

Puzzles can be so expensive.  The trouble with thrift store puzzles is that you never know if they'll be missing pieces, but I decided to take the risk.  I want to do a puzzle during the LDS General Conference broadcast next weekend.  I found a 750 piece puzzle for $2 and a 5-pack of 500-750 piece puzzles for $3.  Surely one of them is complete!  I browsed for clothes before hitting the puzzle section.

I loved how I looked in this top, but the neckline was wider and lower than I feel comfortable wearing.  I would have been adjusting it non-stop, so I settled for taking a picture.  I did go home with a pair of $6 jeans (always a challenge to find ones that fit my ghetto booty), $3 stretchy fuzzy jammy bottoms, a $2 shirt, and a $3 flared white skirt that I plan to dye a different color.  They're in the washer right now and I'm very happy!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Saturday in numbers

  • 1/2 chapter of marketing homework
  • 1 room of carpet cleaning thanks to the cats' prolific puking during the week
  • 1 West Coast Swing dance lesson
  • 1 chick flick watched
  • 1 chapter of econ homework
  • 1 starfruit consumed
  • 1 overheated vacuum
  • 2 eyebrows threaded
  • 2 sore muscles from learning how to play Frisbee golf the day before
  • 2 Arby's roast beef sandwiches devoured
  • 4 loads laundry
  • 4 Pyrex containers purchased on clearance
  •  75 degrees of warmth in my house, thanks to the sun

Friday, March 21, 2014

S'mores Bars

A few birthdays ago, my biological father and his wife gave me the most fantastic cookbook.  It only contains appetizers and desserts.  Dip and dessert...does it get any better?  Last night I crashed guys' night and watched a basketball game.  We had chili cheese dogs and tots, plus a recipe I hadn't tried before from this cookbook.  Well, as we were assembling S'mores Bars, I realized the instructions didn't mention one of the ingredients.  I did some googling and found the complete recipe in a few places.  My cookbook has a handwritten addition.  We have a new favorite dessert.  You get to drool over the pictures and make these rich treats for yourself!

I didn't set a timer or notice the time I put them in the oven, because I was trying to start eating real food at the same time.  Mine ended up a little burned on top in a few spots, but that's okay because I prefer my marshmallows to be caught on fire twice rather than carefully toasted.

S'mores Bars

3/4 C butter
3 C graham cracker crumbs
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C butterscotch chips
1 C baby marshmallows
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together butter and graham cracker crumbs.  Press into bottom only of 9x13 pan.  Evenly sprinkle chips and marshmallows over graham crust.  Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over top.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the marshmallows look bubbly.  

Cool 15 minutes on cooling rack.  Then chill in fridge until cool.  You must wait until they are completely cooled to slice into bars or you'll make a mushy mess.  Once chilled, they hold together well in bars.

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