Monday, May 2, 2011


John and I had another fun weekend. Last week, we had so much fun getting lost in St Louis, our itsy bitsy town got hit with a tornado. We spent all week fixing up our house, getting it back to its normal state again, John spent a whole day putting back lose shingles on our roof, while I took advantage of the rain and planted wild flowers where I could. This is something you have to know about me, I have such a green thumb it is disturbing. LOL I will elaborate on this later. :)

So since we spent all week working on our house, John and I decided to go out of town in the weekend and visit our favorite stores and get lost... just go where we feel like going. We even went to a golf store just because... and I think John really wants to start golfing. He thought he was going to fool me by telling me he just wants to go in the store because he thought it would be fun to bother salesmen. 

He is just that way. When there's something he wants to do but he isn't sure if it would suit him, he starts acting crazy and I think it's funny so I just let him be. It is entertaining. 

We went to the Apple Store for an important appointment at the Genius Bar. I have not gone to that place and been treated like a fool even when I am acting like one. NEVER! Since we bought our Mac computers, I don't think we will buy anything else or from somewhere else again. We have had a bad experience with Best Buy with a PC computer {a couple of years ago} and we have vowed since then we are not buying anything from Best Buy or buy a PC ever again. I am just really impressed at the Apple customer service in-store and online. They don't leave questions un-answered. We went there for something that Apple Care or my warranty didn't cover but guess what, they gave me 100% service for free that could've cost us around $700! No questions asked. They didn't make me look like I was crazy either. They said they will call in an hour and a half after they have serviced my laptop. I didn't even take an hour and a half and I got the call. When I got back in the store to pick up my computer, it was there, it was ready and in perfect shape. :) They even took John's iphone and checked it out and showed him how to use some of the things he didn't know about his iphone. That totally made our day!!! : )

The rest of the day was spent walking around. We had iced coffee and fraps at Starbucks, Auntie Anne's pretzels, Orange Julius, looking at Adidas Originals and Nike+ shoes, some more eating... store hopping and a little bit of shopping. John and I love Adidas and Nike shoes. One thing I love about my husband is that he knows why some shoes are expensive, and some are not. So when it comes to our mootsies tootsies, we buy only what feels good and pretty too... and if they are a bargain, that makes it even better. :)

I don't really remember what we bought, it was all mostly for John. He is getting ready for marching season, and he's got a book to write and a whole lot of great things are getting ready to happen career-wise. I'm wanting to make sure he is dressed and well-equipped for the part. :) These past few weeks I have been making sure John is taken care of. He's got a lot going on in his head these days and I know that can't be always fun. So these fun weekends we've been having has helped him keep his balance between work and life outside work. 

We don't head home until we are so tired our feet hurt. :) It's just nice to be tired from having so much fun sometimes. It feels good!

We got home that night and had enough time for milkshakes before going to bed. And started a countdown until we start all over again. :)

When You Get a Bad Chocolate Craving...

Make this!

I am not one to count calories, I don't diet either... We only live once, why waste my time stressing over what I should and should not eat. When I want to eat something, I just go ahead and make it or go buy it. Last night I had a really bad craving for chocolate, but I didn't want to dive into the un-opened package of Oreo Fudgees in my pantry. (Those are really good by the way! They are good dunked in coffee.) So I looked through my overloaded [with recipes] clipboard. And down at the very bottom of the pile, I found a recipe I had printed out months ago!!! 

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE. I remember I printed it out because one of the Food Network cooks made one, but I didn't like it because she put spicy stuff in it... and I like my chocolate cakes sweet and decadent, NOT SPICY. So I scoured the internet for a recipe (without spicy things of course) and found one that got lost in the pile and got forgotten. 

So last night, when I found it, I just had to make it. I even drove in the rain to get the makings for it. I didn't need much. I just needed butter because I had used up all my butter to make swiss meringue buttercream to store in the fridge for future use. :)

Here's another look at this chocolatey heaven I made... John ate it his with moose tracks ice cream.  He was very very pleased. And I especially LOVED it. Sure gave me my chocolate fix!

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Adapted from
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Oven: 350 degrees
8 1-ounce squares coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup cocoa
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 1-ounce squares coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate squares
1 ½ Tbsp unsalted butter
1 ½ tsp milk 
1 ½ tsp honey
⅛ tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 7-inch tart pan, in my case I used an 8-inch spring form pan. You can use any pan that has a removable bottom. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray the paper. 
Melt 6 oz of chopped chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. 
Add sugar and salt and reduce heat to low. Cook while stirring for about one minute, until sugar starts to dissolve.
Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. The mixture will look smooth and glossy. 
Use mesh hand sieve to sift cocoa into mixture. This prevents lumps. Whisk until the cake batter is smooth
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes. The center of the cake should be just firm to the touch or it springs back to the touch. Be careful not to overbake the cake or it will come to dry. 
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Inverts the cake on a plate.
To prepare the glaze, melt 3 oz of chopped semisweet and 1 ½ Tbsp of unsalted butter in the same saucepan you used to make the cake. When melted and smooth, remove the pan from the heat. Add milk and honey and vanilla and stir until smooth and glossy. Let the glaze cool for 3 minutes before pouring it on to the cake.
Pour all of the glaze in the middle of the cake. Use a silicone or rubber spatula to spread the glaze evenly over the cake allowing the glaze to evenly run down the sides. 
Serves 6 

Hope everyone has a great week!!! :)

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