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November 7, 2012 · 3 Comments
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September 28, 2012 · Leave a Comment
I am not much for sweets. Given the choice, I will always pick savory over sweet.
I have a short list of cakes that I like and will eat: carrot cake, pineapple upsidedown cake, cheesecake (not really cake but cake is in the name), pound cake, and tres leches.
In fact, the only dessert that I prepare on a regular basis for birthdays and holidays is tres leches. You’re about to see why; it is the easiest dessert to make (that is, if you have a mixer).
Willa’s coconut tres leches cake
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup shredded coconut
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups coconut milk (the good fatty canned type; mix well first!)
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
heavy whipping cream
seasonal fruit (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Beat the eggs, sugar, and salt until they are pale yellow and have tripled in volume.
3. Sift the flour and fold it into the egg mixture.
4. Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. It should be a light golden brown when done. Set it aside to cool.
5. Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, coconut extract, and vanilla extract.
6. When the cake has cooled (it will shrink a lot when it cools – don’t worry, it will spring back to life with the milks) poke a bunch of holes in it with a fork. Pour the milk mixture over the cake and allow it to sit for at least 2 hours before serving, overnight is even better.
7. Whip-up the heavy whipping cream with sugar and vanilla to taste. Top the cake with the heavy whipping cream and fruit (if desired).
August 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment
Technically, fall does not begin until September 22, 2012, but for many the hallmark end of summer is the return to school and the end of the state fair. So, it seems like an appropriate time to do a summer check-in on my wish list.
1. Make vichyssoise, gazpacho, and other cold soups.
Complete! I made both vichyssoise and gazpacho. Unfortunately, my timing with these endeavors was a bit off. I made gazpacho when I had a cold and only wanted warm foods and I made vichyssoise when the weather temporarily took a turn for the cooler. No matter – they were both delicious and enjoyed.
2. Go to the beach, enjoy the water, and the sun.
This was a major success with thanks to my lovely husband. He took me to Charleston, SC and we went to the beach! It was wonderful to be ocean-side and in the sun.
3. Wear a lot of dresses.
Another great success. Dresses have been my best friend this summer, especially with my growing belly.
4. Support my friends in their races.
This is an ongoing effort. I went to Brette’s half ironman and to Jen’s triathlon both of which were amazing. This weekend I will watch a few friends run the Team Ortho Women Rock half and full marathon.
5. Eat at Izzy’s once a month.
While I haven’t fulfilled my monthly visit quota, I have had more than enough of my fair share of treats. Baby and I are doing just fine in the treat department.
6. Visit the farmer’s market every weekend possible.
Check! Amazing, as usual.
7. Make and eat BLTs.
Another success! I made BLTs with the best bacon ever from Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm. So good!!!
8. Clean our covered patio.
Are you surprised that this isn’t complete? No, me either. I did clear away some of the random junk but have not cleaned the patio. Maybe in the spring 🙂
9. Hang out outside.
Whenever I haven’t been melting, I have been outside.
Without doubt, I have fulfilled this goal.
How do you mark the end of summer? Is there anything you are looking to squeeze in before the leaves fall?
August 1, 2012 · 4 Comments
When was the last time that you reluctantly tried something thinking that you would hate it only to discover how much you like it? Regardless of if it was an activity, article of clothing, or food the result is the same – you took a risk, pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone, and discovered something new.
Recently, my adorable husband bought Zico coconut water only to discover in the moment of desperate thirst that he had purchased the chocolate flavored coconut water instead of the natural. He hates chocolate. Well, hate is perhaps a bit strong – he doesn’t care for chocolate. Naturally, his first reaction upon discovering his error was disappointment. Nonetheless, he drank the chocolate coconut water and discovered that it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was quite good.
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July 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment
This is my top 4 list right now. The great thing about 3 of these items is that they are not maternity specific. Give them a whirl; you won’t be disappointed. You will also appreciate the affordability of some of the pieces.
As soon as I felt human again, I was excited to return to running. Unfortunately, even before pregnancy I had gained enough weight to be pushing the seams on my regular clothes. This was especially true with my running gear.
About two years ago, I was in the best shape I had been in a long time. I felt great and stocked up on the clothes to show it. Even as my weight began to climb, I refused to expand my wardrobe with, er, expanding clothes. I was adamant that I would return to my smaller size.
As you know, my life has taken a turn in another (wonderful) direction. When it came time to suit up and hit the treadmill, I was at a loss for what to wear. Did I mention that I also favor slim fitting clothes? This preference, combined with my already expanding waistline left zero room from the new pregnant me to “grow into” my clothes. Bummer.
Alas, it was time to acquire some new clothes. It is a good thing that I love shopping. If you think that it is hard to find the perfect pair of jeans, try finding real athletic wear for pregnancy. I prefer to shop brick and mortar because I like the experience and then instant gratification. It did not take long for me to realize that I would definitely need to do some online shopping.