Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mint Chocolate Bundt Cake

So I mentioned in my earlier post that I made my Mom a mint chocolate bundt cake. Mom has always had a thing for anything chocolate and mint. I remember when I was little that when we would go to dinner and they had those small peppermint patties, she would buy one for each of us. Now that I think of it, it was probably because secretely she didn't want to have to share hers with us. Oh and because she loved us, of course.

That's why when I came across this receipe for mint bundt cake from The Food Librarian I just knew I had to try it out. The biggest change I made was to add more chocolate, one should always add more chocolate. It turned out very moist and just the right level of mint.

Chocolate Mindt Bundt Cake

1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup semi chocolate chips

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/4 t peppermint extract

1/2 cup Andes Creme de Mint baking chips

Glaze and topping
2 spoonfulls of buttercream frosting
1/8 peppermint extract
1/4 cup Andes Creme de Mint baking chips

Bring to boil the water, oil, butter and cocoa.

In a seperate bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt and baking soda together.

Add cocoa and the flour mixture together well.

Add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract together in seperate bowl. Add mixture to batter.

Mix in the baking chips.

Pour mixture into well oiled and floured (I cheat and use the flour spray) bundt cake and bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on oven. Let cool.

To make glaze, add frosting and peppermint extract and microwave for 30 seconds. Pour over bundt cake. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Best Day Ever

Monday was my mom's 50th birthday.

The night started out with Mom and A. playing in his newly decorated playroom. Oh and yes, I know A. doesn't have pants on. I know, I know but I wasn't in the mood to wrestle with him, I had dinner in the oven.

This was A.'s birthday present and card to her. Mom insisted that she didn't want any presents or to have it turn into a big deal. But I knew she wouldn't say no to "art" from her only grandbaby.

She also won't say no to a dinner she doesn't have to make. So I made her her favorite, pork tenderlion stuffed with a spinach, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoe filling. It might not look fancy or even that great in my picture (I am not a photographer, not in any sense of the word) but it sure was yummy! I also made red skin potatoes cut thin with a mandalin, but forgot the picture.

She also won't say no to birthday cake. So I made her a mint chocolate bundt cake. A. loved the candles because while it's hard to see, they have sparkles on them. Overall dinner went great. My brother and his new wife (so crazy to say that!) as well as my Aunt came over and we all had a nice dinner.

But as self centered as it sounds, Monday was a very emotional day for me. And as much as I hate to even think the next thought, less say it or type it, I wasn't sure if Mom would make it to her 50th birthday. I'm not sure how many more birthdays she has. I'm bitterly aware of the survival rates of stage 4 bone/breast cancer. But Monday, I got to make my mom dinner and her 50th birthday cake.

 Monday I got one more picture with her. Monday I got one more happy family memory of her. Monday my son got to hug his Nana. And that's why Monday was the best day ever.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Newest Crack Like Obsession

So, I could begin this post by saying how busy I've been, but meh, that's kinda a lie. I mean, I have been busy, just not with anything important. Instead, I've found my newest crack like obsession.

Oh yes. I am addicted to this as much as I was to The Sims, the first one, back in middle school. It is my newest obsession and I have fallen in deep. Look at my beginning page. I've been on here for less than a month and I have 10 boards and at this moment in time, 639 pins.

See? I'm in deep. But it's one of those web site ideas I'm kicking myself for not coming up with. I adore keeping hundreds of websites of things I'll never actually do. I even already blogged about this before. Grrr me and my lack of knowing how to launch a full scale website. Oh well. I'll have to figure out how to become a billionaire another way.

Pinterest aside, I've been up to other things. Besides being up to one forth of my case load, 203 cases to be exact, I've been blowing money finding awesome deals around town!

First up, we upgraded! We have a grown-up bed finally! One that doesn't make me want to just fall asleep on the floor instead. 

We ended up getting a king size Tempurpedic one, the tempur-contour. And as much as I think their commericals are corny, it really is that wonderful. My hips and back don't hurt anymore. My wallet, that still hurts and will for a while but my back feels great! Yay!

Oh and then the purple bed spread you see was one of my awesome deals of the week. It was a $100 bedding set from Target that was marked down 75% off so I snagged it for $24.98. I'm only currently using 1 out of the 4 pieces it came with, the comforter, but it came with two shams and a bed skirt. It all looks kinda um, purple, right now, but eventually the color scheme for the room will be grey walls, a white headboard (so you know, check back in five years when we have that), white furniture and grey and purple bedding.

Then I found the perfect chair, marked $450 off. Yes, $450 off. That brought the chair down to $247! Which is good because while I love our new chair for the living room, I wouldn't have loved it for it's original price. The reason it was marked so low? It has a smudge on the front of the cushion.

See? There on the left? It's a grey smudge. The best part? When I had it scotch guarded the lady took it out! They marked down a chair they could have fixed! Good news for me!

And by the way, for whatever reason, the chair looks like it has a pink tint to it in this picture but it is actually a creamy butter yellow. It matches perfectly with our brown couch. Which is good because I can't replace the couch for a beautiful grey one. Why? Because The Husband says it's only 2 years old and it's not his fault I'm no longer in my brown, teal and green phase. I guess he's right.

So that's what I've been up to. Now to figure out how to add that freakin pinterest button on here? It just keeps yelling at me the URL isn't right. Hmmm... anyways, I'm on there!