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Monday, February 15, 2010

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake


Sometimes I need chocolate. I need it in a sound the alarm, get out of my way, is it possible get this in IV form? - kind of way. They say that your body craves what you're lacking, so maybe I have a high threshold for the cacao bean (I actually read somewhere that your body craves what it lacks. But because I come from a long line of exaggerators, in my family if you're going to spout off a fact that you've read you'll be immediately met with "site your source!" to ensure you're not creating random bits of information to support your argument. I can't remember where I read that your body craves what it needs. So, I am going to stick with the very vague but important sounding "they say" argument).

What was I saying? Right...chocolate. This past weekend was one of those times when I needed it. Since there weren't any IVs to be found, I decided to test out a recipe that I've been seeing different versions of for awhile now. To be honest, I always kind of thought that baking in a crockpot was a little uncouth. I am usually of the "its better from scratch" variety, but people, listen to me when I tell you, I would eat this cake any day of the week. It couldn't possibly be easier to make, its super chocolatey and moist, and it smells divine while its cooking!

1 Box of Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Package Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 cup Chocolate Chips (but really any kind of chocolate will work)
8oz Sour cream
1 cup Water
4 eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
Cooking Spray

In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until relatively smooth. Spray the inside of the slow cooker really well. I apparently didn't get one side completely coated and it burnt a bit. Pour all the ingredients into the slow cooker, place the lid on and cook on low 6-8 hours (or high 3-4 hours).

You can certainly eat it plain (and while its still warm is best) but it also goes well with a little whip cream or ice cream, of course. You can loosen the whole cake with a knife and turn it over onto a cake stand, but who has the time? Once you smell that thing cooking for four hours, if you're capable of anything other than scooping it out of the slow cooker and onto a plate, you have my unwavering respect!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meet My Planner


I've embraced the age of technology - I blog, I tweet, I pause live TV. But despite the fact that I walk around with a blackberry in my purse, I still have to have a planner! I usually begin the hunt in November, as I've yet to find one that I've liked enough to purchase two years in a row. But this year I think I might be on to something...the adorable little houndstooth number above is currently in my hot little hands!

The planners are from Pretty Chic SF, and you can get one for yourself in their etsy store. They're perfectly sized (in my opinion) and you have the option to get a matching notebook! One needs a matching notebook for list making, don't you know. I probably should have told you all about this earlier because they have a free shipping offer going on right now,
but it only lasts through tomorrowextended through Friday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Key Largo


Our short jaunt to Key Largo was exactly that (too short) but also very relaxing. I rang in my thirties by lounging on the beach all day and then toasting with the husband as we watched the sun set. I think that's pretty much all a girl can ask for, no? We took a ton of pictures - I think we're to the point where we've been in the cold so long, the sun and warm weather had our heads spinning, "Oh look, we're wearing sandals! The ocean is so blue! I am not wearing long johns!" Sigh. I won't subject you to all of them, but here are a select few that pretty much sum up our trip...

Aside from a beautiful little beach, the hotel grounds had this great walking path that was scattered with adirondack chairs, hammocks, etc.

Whenever we go somewhere new, Brad scopes out a local diner where he can drag me to have breakfast. That man loves breakfast more than anyone I know. This particular diner was known for its pancake & waffle batter, so the picture below is Brad's answer to that. It was called "The Tower" and resulted in a large group of women pointing and laughing at us (and yes, he ate it all):

"If you like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain..."