Thursday, September 24, 2009


I really, really want a slice of this right now.

That isn't my confession, though. My confession is in regards to my favorite chocolate cake, one that I haven't had in a long time and wish to have sitting in front of me right this second.

Since middle-schoolish days, my all time favorite chocolate cake is the version bought at Johnny Carino's (I think now it is just Carino's??).
Don't give me the stink eye.... Don't do it.
I love, love, love the not-too-sweet warm chocolate cake topped with oh-my-gawd sweet frosting and Heath pieces. So moist and fantasticly rich. While I love the scoop of icecream next to it, I could do without.
Even Shaela's Guiness Chocolate Cake recipe, while outstanding (and the cake that made me like beer) does not measure up.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sometimes I steal.

My dad made this planter thang.
I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day.

My mom is a busy lady and did not use it for several months.
I stole the planter thang from her garage and brought it to Austin.

I planted stuff in it.
I think I did pretty well.... Although one plant is already dead (it's been a week).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Food Moods

I am quickly discovering that my job at Central Market should be that of a Foodie.
After every training session or shift completed in the past week, I spend well over what should be my allotted food budget (I can't say for certain what that is) on foods to take home. It is my only solace after an 8 hour shift on my feet.
I also get a free cooking class (up to 45 dollars) each month, which I have already picked out for the next two months.

Aside from spending way too much money on groceries (at least it's not boos or boobs??), I HAVE been attempting to eat healthier.

And I am trying to turn my grocery store job into an educational experience. It really is better than reading a book and almost like free culinary school.
New foods discovered this week: Black quinoa, and fresh Bahri dates.
The Bahri dates are almost good enough to pass as a dessert for me. I'm trying to eat more fruit, but with my roomy making brownies and me having an itching to bake every week it is quite hard to substitute the butter with sweet produce.

Last Thursday I made these little guys-

Maple cranberry, walnut, oatmeal cookie sandwiches (with maple cream-cheese frosting).

It's all the frosting's fault, really.

I had a bucket of it left after making cupcakes last week, and had a desire to get more rave reviews from Randy's colleagues (since I don't have my own teaching co-workers).
So I made maple flavored sweet, sandwich, deliciousness.

I think it made a few people very happy.
I know the cookies made me happy.

And now I'm all out of sweets and frosting and must bake something tomorrow on my day off.
'Til Then, friends.