The Anthropologie Gift Guide may not contain the finished Mueller report, but it does have dog shaped cookie jars, so that’s not nothing!
For Easter, I was craving something fresh and spring-like. Also, chocolate. Dark chocolate to be precise. I usually make a lemon pound cake around Easter, but this year I wanted to switch it up. Feast your eyes on this fluffy cloud of deliciousness.
After scouring the interwebs, I came across this recipe for chocolate cake and this recipe for coconut buttercream. I modified both recipes a bit. For the chocolate cake, I used strong black coffee, instead of the espresso powder and dark chocolate cocoa powder, instead of regular. For the buttercream, I used the remaining of my coconut extract, instead of canned coconut milk. I just couldn’t justify opening an entire can of coconut milk for a few tablespoons. Both the cake and buttercream turned out great and I used some organic coconut flakes to finish off the cake.
There’s something so relaxing about baking. It helps me destress when the world has got me down. And lately, I need a lot of activities to help me destress. Plus, unlike, say yoga or walking around your neighborhood, when you bake, you get to eat it when it’s done.
It is officially Holiday season. You know this because every store you walk into now has a Christmas tree up, wreaths on the doors and windows, and there’s a faint trace of sugar cookies lingering in the air. So, now that you’ve finished the last dregs of the Halloween candy, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving, Hannakah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. The important questions that need to be answered start to arise: a)What will you wear to your best friend’s party after work? b)What sweater will best disguise the after dinner pooch you’ll definitely have after chowing down on Aunt Bertha’s cranberry-apple- sausage stuffing? c)Will everyone be offended if you just knock back a few hours of sleep in the guest room after you exchange presents? d)Did your boyfriend really just ask if he can show up at your parent’s house in cargo pants and a hoodie for Thanksgiving dinner?
No worries, I got all the answers you’ll need:
a) Wear something flirty and sassy. I’d head over to Alice & Olivia for a nice festive frock.
b) Look for something with ruching.
c) No one should care if you sneak out to sleep off the present opening hangover you’ve occurred.
d) Introduce your boyfriend to my dear friend VINCE:
Trust me, your boyfriend will thank you later. Preventing your mother from making a passive aggressive comment about his lack of appropriate attire, yet plethora of college basketball sweatshirts, will keep
the your world from spinning off its axis.