Fall Break Happenings

Last week, I had Thursday and Friday off due to education conferences, and my family was planning some activities for the weekend, so I spent my break with family and trying to get some stuff done.


3 Things From The Week

Something I Learned: Meat is “red/dark” or “light/white” depending on how much the animal used the muscle! Muscles that are used more contain more myoglobin (because myoglobin carries oxygen, and oxygen is necessary for a muscle to function), and myoglobin contains pigments that affect the muscle’s color. e.g. Chickens don’t fly much, so they don’t use their chest muscles much —> chicken breasts = white meat.

Something I’m Into: I’ve been binge-listening to the podcast “Stuff You Should Know”, which basically just takes any topic (Black Holes, The Great Depression, Chewing Gum) and spends an hour talking all about it. It’s where I’ve been getting a lot of my Something I Learneds from (yes I made that phrase plural and yes I ended the sentence with a preposition. You’re not the boss of me).

Something I Appreciate: I spent a lot of time with family this weekend, and I’m lucky to have a really great family.


attachment-1-33Children’s book illustrating.attachment-1-34Dollhouse in an antique store.attachment-1-24Family get together. It was 45 degrees outside, and we gathered at 10 am for lunch…? I don’t plan these things.attachment-1-259 Mile Creek, where my dad and his siblings played as kids.attachment-1-26

attachment-1-27Tiptoeing across this thin, rickety log became the activity of the day. No one fell in!attachment-1-28Those crazy Moen boys (my dad and uncle) trying to get a small toy boat out of the creek (see the little blue thing). Wasn’t our boat. Was there when we got there. Everything is a game. Yes, that’s my dad lying on his back, propping up the branch with his leg. He is 70 years old. #problemsolving #whateverittakes. …….They didn’t succeed. #goodtry img_0882My sweet girl.img_0898Scarf: Target (exact) // Shirt: H&M (similar, similar) // Skirt: thrifted // Belt: Target (exactsimilar, similar) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)
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Scarf: Target (exact) // Blazer: H&M (similar, similar) // Shirt: H&M (similar, similar) // Pants: H&M (similar, similar) // Shoes: Charlotte Russe (exact)

Happy Wednesday!

Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake

bundt-cake-recipeIt was my dad’s birthday the other day, and I often make him desserts for his birthday gift because he loves dessert, and because parents are impossible to buy for (am I right????)! So my mom gave me a recipe for a bundt cake she knew he had recently tried and really liked. The original recipe is HERE.


Ingredients

Cake:
  • 1 (15.25-oz) box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9-oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup canola oil (or vegetable)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Glaze:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350. Put all of the cake ingredients in a bowl, and mix.
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Spoon that pile of heaven into a (pre-sprayed)  bundt cake pan. The batter will be thick; notice I said “spoon”, I didn’t say “pour”.
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Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
attachment-1-18 Step 4:
Put a plate upside-down on top of the bundt pan and carefully flip everything over. If your pan was nicely greased like mine, the cake will ka-chunk out of there neatly onto the plate.
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Let cool and prepare the glaze by putting glaze ingredients in microwave-safe bowl and microwaving for 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
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Glaze will be runny straight out of the microwave, so give it a couple of minutes to thicken up. When cake is fully cooled, pour glaze over it. I poured extra glaze into the center so that people could add more to their piece if they liked. Why else would we make cake with a hole in the center?
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You can add chocolate shavings, raspberries, or whatever toppings you’d like. I used raspberries from my backyard (and I put extra raspberries in the center on top of the extra glaze…like a pool of deliciousness). Now add whipped cream, ice cream, whatever, and enjoy!
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Chilly Mornings, Warm Afternoons

I’ve still been enjoying our weather over the last week. It’s been very mild for us, and I’m trying to soak it all up while it lasts. This week is a shortened week, so I’m hoping to have some time during the break to work on my Halloween costume, get some things done around the house, sleep in, do nothin’ much, and have some festive fun with family.

3 Things From The Week

Something I Learned: Cats have “free-floating” collar bones (unlike our attached clavicles), which allows them to fit into spaces the same width as their head.

Something I’m Into: I decided to try to cut back on my paper towel usage (#itsnoteasytryingtobegreen), so I bought six small cloth napkins, and for the last couple of weeks I’ve used them anytime I wanted to reach for a paper towel. I’ve been doing a great job! I’ve only used paper towels a couple of times for removing nail polish (because cotton balls are the devil). Lifestyle change!

Something I Appreciate: I tend to resist enjoying fall because I know it’s the beginning of the end: winter. But this year, I’ve been trying to appreciate it more. The leaves have started to really turn their pretty colors now, and the other night there was a giant, low yellow harvest moon with wispy clouds rolling over it. Very Halloween-y.

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img_0894Smushing her face against my arm while I draw.img_0873I call this outfit “Super Lumberjack Girl”. Shirt: H&M (similar) // Skirt: Charlotte Russe (similar, similar) // Belt: Target (exactsimilar, similar) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)img_0885

Shirt: H&M (similar, similar) // Scarf: Target (exact) // Belt: (exactsimilar, similar), Skirt: Target (similar, similar) // Boots: Naturalizer (similar)

img_0888Sometimes you just want to be swallowed by a scarf. Scarf: Amazon (exact, almost exact) // Sweater: Target (similar, similar) // Shorts: Boom Boom Jeans (similar, similar, similar) // Boots: Top Moda (exact, similar)attachment-1-14

img_0895All-day conference on Saturday.

attachment-1-15Have a great week!

Busy Bee

The last month or so has been busy, always something to do. I hate being busy, but I like all of the things I’m doing (aside from stupid stuff like mowing the lawn and fixing house stuff).

3 Things From The Week

Something I Learned: The colorful outfits that jockeys wear are called “silks”. And they’re different for every race, chosen by the horse’s owner (I thought they were owned by the jockey himself). Also, the word “character” came from the name for a tool that was used to make stamps. Stamping—>impression—>character

Something I’m Into: I’ve been on an Eggo Waffle kick. I wonder if Eggo’s sales have gone up since Stranger Things came out. I’m pretty sure my craving has nothing to do with the show, but who knows…

Something I Appreciate: I just got a new blanket for my bed, and it’s perfect. It’s soft and thick and cute. I appreciate having a safe, warm bed. So many people don’t.
attachment-1-7My poor, battered tootsies from aerial.

img_0863Sweater: Derek Heart via Goodwill (similar)//Skirt: Charlotte Russe (similar, similar)//Boots: Naturalizer (similar)attachment-1-5Jane being super helpful while I try to work on illustrations.attachment-1-6She can sense the moment I think to myself, “Okay, time to get up now”, and she comes and sits right on top of me so I can’t move. Look at her face. She couldn’t care less about my plans.img_0870Scarf: Amazon (almost exact)//Sweater: Target (similar)//Skirt: thrifted (similar)//Boots: Top Moda (exact, similar)attachment-1-9Backyard raspberry picking.attachment-1-13attachment-1-8Found this plant while I was picking raspberries. Don’t know what it is. Anyone know?attachment-1-12It’s that tall, bright vine growing on my lilac bush. It has yellow flowers. Sometimes plants creep me out because they just take over, like in one of those cult horror movies. “Run for your lives!! It’s…THE VINE!!!!”attachment-1-11Oh, Autumn. (Shoes: Refresh, exact)

Fall Begins

3 Things From The Week

Something I Learned: Women go into labor when their metabolic limit is reached, when they can no longer produce enough energy to continue growing the fetus. Also, caffeine works by stimulating our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). Huh!

Something I’m Into: I’ve been binge watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix. I never watched it when it was airing, but everybody always talks about how great it is. Considering I couldn’t care less about football (or any sport, for that matter), I’ve been enjoying it.

Something I Appreciate: Our weather has been really nice lately, not too cold or rainy. I appreciate any day in October that I can open the windows.

In light of that, I went apple orcharding on Saturday.attachment-1-4

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