Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cake in a Cup

I gave the cake-in-a-cup recipe that I found a whirl (I had written it in a notebook but not where I had found it-sorry). I'm not a baker. I also have a hard time following directions and I tend to want to do my own thing. A splash of this a dash of that and then cross my fingers and hope it's edible. Thankfully, it usually is.

Cake in a Cup Recipe
4 Tbsp Flour
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp baking cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp oil
splash of vanilla

-Combine all dry ingredients & mix. Add egg - mix well. Add milk, oil, vanilla and mix
-Microwave 2 1/2 to 3 minutes (I'd recommend 2 1/2 minutes)

Buttercream Frosting
Powered sugar
Butter softened

(I don't remember my exact measurements, i tend to "wing it")

For my first try I followed the directions perfectly and left it in the microwave for 3 minutes... and the center burnt. The second time I didn't use as much oil and I left them in for only 2:30 minutes, that worked out WAY better. I also made my own frosting. The first time with cocoa the second time I melted chocolate chips both versions were delicious. I just used what I had on hand. The second time was a delicious success!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Skittle Theory Version 2.0

I posted a while ago about my skittle theory but it wasn't a very good explanation. So I'm going to give it another whirl let me know what you think: Like any bag of skittles there is a variety of colors. So you try a red and it's good but not great, a green is just not for you, yellow's are a lot of fun but too much drama, another red just for kicks, then you come across an orange and they're the perfect fit, just right in every way. Then some cosmic kick-in-the balls occurs and they are no longer in your life. Does that mean they weren't the one for you? No, it means that you're perfect match is an orange. It's just digging through all the other colors to figure that out. There's not one person for everyone, there's a handful :) That's my skittle theory, hope you enjoyed.
 Love is like a bag of skittles...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eisley has a new Video out!

Just released 'Smarter' from The Valley album. This is my FAVORITE band (tied with Red) of all time!!!

I love that it's siblings and a cousin. Makes me wish my family was more musically gifted, but to each his own.

Beautifully done as always Eisley.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Favorite Girls

I'm a very proud Auntie and I just wanted to share some cuteness overload.

The girls had their pictures taken by Caitlin Terpstra in Grand Rapids. The pictures are beautiful! You can see more of the girls here. Now I'm thinking Christmas gifts for the grandparents having all the grandbabies together on a HUGE poster sized, matted, framed, and professionally taken photograph. Since Caitlin does such great work we might be coming to visit her...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Michigan Love Monday

Well, this was SUPPOSED to post on Monday but you know how that goes, the best laid plans of mice and men *sigh* Anyhoo, this weekend in Michigan was PHE-NOM-E-NAL! Beautiful, warm weather (warm means not snowing) and an abundance of wildlife. I had a fox in my backyard! Unfortunately, it was quicker at slipping away than I was a grabbing my camera. Next time Mr. Fox, next time…

I also went for a run at a local park. Seriously, how cute is this gazebo? Many a couple have been married here. True story. Here's the link if you're interested.

They have a bunch of nature trails that I love for running and kiddie wrangling. You can change you're route a gazillion times so you don't get board. They have benches and descriptions of trees and other flora. Wanna hear the best part? It's not paved! It's WAY easier on my joints.You may snicker and laugh but I want everything to work when I get even older than I am now.

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