You’ll never believe it!!

Hello, lovelies! You will never guess what I had the sheer LUCK of getting today!! I’m so excited to tell.

But first I would like to introduce you to some of my daily interactions.

Meet TJ!

She’s my not as fat as she used to be kitty that I switched to weight controlled food. She’s my 6 a.m. snuggler and one of my favorite cats, ever! Though nobody else but me sees her personality, it’s quite colorful πŸ˜‰

Meet Mo.

His butt gets filthy. It's quite a pain!

Named after this cutie from Wall-E by my BFF Sara.

Mo is currently breaking. Oh boy, is he breaking. The front wheel bearing is sooo loud and needs to be replaced and his poor little exhaust pipe broke off a few weeks ago. Broke off and made my car sound like a motorcycle/semi truck! Poor Mo. Β I hope my grandpa can fix him!

Not to mention he has some problem where he constantly smells like burritos! (I don’t eat burritos!) Hmmm.

Meet my Skates!

It's okay to have a waffle iron in your car with your skates, right?

These are my skates that are in my car to use at any given time I feel like roller blading. I planned for them (or my bike) to be my main source of exercise until I can run again. However, I’ve been quite a slacker. Not only have I started eating terribly but I’m pretty sure I can win an award for the amount of excuses used to not exercise.

I’m hoping this bloggy can help keep me motivated to use them! πŸ™‚ They’re dying to be used!

Meet my tard foot.

This is tard foot. You can see one of the two scars from my surgery. What you can’t see is how much of a pain in the butt this foot is! The weather changed and my tendons decided that they didn’t want to stretch so I was in agony for about 2 weeks! Eeesh.

It’s okay though, exercise will help it! πŸ™‚

Meet my Mother’s chickens.

Little beasts, I call them!

Hear me out.

One of those two roosters (the other hens are sitting away) is out to get me! He attacks me all the time.

And let me tell you, it is not very easy to kick a rooster. They are much heavier than they look!

Meet my Hanson.net Fan Club Member Card!

This card got me to my exciting news today!!

I asked BFF Sara if she wanted to go to a Hanson concert in Ft. Lauderdale and she said of course she would go with me (she just started digging on Hanson!) Anyway, I bought the tickets a few weeks ago and clicked the special fan club “request a meet and greet” button and didn’t think anything of it.

Low and behold, I got an email today saying I won a meet and greet with Hanson!!!! AHHH!!! You have no idea how pumped I am!! I’ve been in L-O-V-E with them for 13 years and have never met them! I can’t believe it, I’m so pumped up. It’s surreal πŸ™‚ I cant’ wait to share the pictures with y’all!
Hopefully I can find some time to cook some food in the next few days. I miss cooking but I’ve been so swamped with school that I may just need to make quick and healthy meals instead of time consuming tasty treats πŸ˜‰

Picture update!

So over the last few months of my non updating I have been up to a few things.

Including an AMAZING trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga. We also saw “Love” the Cirque Du Soleil show and it was one of the best things I have ever seen in my life. Not only did it reignite my love for the beatles, but it was so wonderful that I insisted we see it again. The food we ate was so delicious! It was such a great spur of the moment trip, I still cannot believe it happened. I also fell in love completely with one of the performers in the cirque show. Sad that he will never know it! (If you ever see it, the guy with the flowers /swoooooooooooon!!!!)

Covered in streamers from the end of the Love show!

We hit up the Bellagio buffet and check out our dessert haul, hah!

Lady Gaga was one of the most amazing concerts I have seen or will ever see, hands down. It was like a crazy amped up theatrical performance, I loved it! Β She also said how much she loved her fans about 50 times and it made me love her even more.

our VIP tickets were so great! πŸ™‚

We also ate at the most A-MAZING burger place I have ever tasted called BLT Burger. Omg. If you are in vegas, go to the mirage and eat there. The burgers are to die for, as are the milkshakes and the sweet potato fries. Nothing was bad! Oh my. We ate there twice!

Such an amazing trip! Though we didn’t win big at all, which was upsetting. 😦

 

We did see a guy walk right into a fountain and start stealing change….we named him Water Coins. Hah!

 

Since then there has been a lot of fantasy football (my team BLOWS), lots of sleeping over at Kevin and Alex’s house, and lots and lots and lots and lots of homework. Planning to go to a great grad school I’m super focused on my grades so I’ve got lots of work to do always. Sadly this makes for not a lot of cooking time 😦

 

I’ve also taken to absolutely hating my face-greased iphone 3G because it is the SLOWEST most awful phone ever. It keeps freezing and not loading anything about 50% of the time.

 

I may just smash it.

 

I’ve taken to using my amazing Love blanket I got in Vegas. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t decide what to get at the store but decided on a throw at the last minute because I’m perpetually freezing.

 

The same BFF of mine that got me the awesome lady gaga seats also got me a ticket to a great Rays/Angels game. πŸ™‚ He’s pretty freakin fantastic πŸ™‚ And he’s supposed to be here at the end of the month! I’m so excited!! I hope he has fun here in the O, we have plans for Universal and lots of movie watching!

 

The family next to me left when the Rays were down in the 6th.

Ahaha, my mouth looks crazy! I love it!

My moms chickens are also starting to lay eggs! Our fridge is filling up! She’s super excited. She actually just got 10 more chicks that lay fancy eggs. By fancy I mean they are dark chocolate brown eggs and sell for some serious $$.

 

Since a few months ago when I started using our cast iron pan to start seasoning it my Dad took an interest in it. Then when I made my restaurant steak he got REALLY interested in it and wanted to get some more pans. He took a trip with my mom up to North Carolina a weekend or two ago and they had a mission to find used cast iron pans at a flea market. They ended up finding quite a few and brought 3 back home in different sizes. Super exciting! They learned a lot about which ones are the best to get and which are the oldest American made ones and also how to tell if they weren’t made in America.

He’s really excited that one of the pans, which was really rusty, needed to be scrubbed and seasoned so he did that tonight.

 

The boys were really interested because of the...

Lard! Yum.

 

Phew! I think I covered mostly everything. If not, c’est la vie. πŸ™‚ It’s great to be back, my darlings.

Chocolate Pants Cake

Intrigued by the title? I sure hope so!

So remember a few posts ago (I tried to find it to link it but alas…I cannot! I type too many words per entry.) I told y’all I would be documenting my cooking triumphs and failures?

Well, I have another failure for you! πŸ˜‰ It seems like I post those more than I post triumphs! However, I think it’s more fun this way. I’m still learning! I know a lot of others out there in blogger/internet world are, too. I also know that I get frustrated and scream to the heavens (in my head) that these people who wrote the recipes never had to deal with these failures!!! Why me!?!?

Which of course we all know is false. Still. I wonder it.

Onward we shall go with my tale of chocolate pants cake.

The other night I was in my amazing google reader and I saw that Smitten Kitchen had updated. Now, I love that blog. It drives me to go bake things all of the time because her pictures are beyond amazing and she is so fun. So, she posted a wonderful chocolate cake recipe and I was amazed that I had the book she had gotten the recipe from! Hooray, so exciting!! So I vowed to make it the next day.

Her directions are very simple and require a very small amount of dishes so I was even more pumped up. That’s my least favorite thing about baking.

So here I am, mixing my ingredients, looking smug about how great the batter tastes and how it’ll be done before it’s too late in the evening.

Also smug about the batter I got on my counter.

I popped it into the oven and was ready to kick back for an hour when I realized….I forgot to add baking soda.

Well, poop.

Quickly, I whined to my Papa who told me to toss it and start over otherwise I’d just be more upset.

Onto cake numero 2!

Added everything!

Kicked back.

Chilled.

Wondered to myself “I wonder why the middle isn’t rising? Oh well. It will, it’s only been in for 30 minutes.”

Wondered again “There’s only 15 minutes left and it’s still not rising.”

Papa says “Your cake fell.”

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” I cried. (In my head)

And this was the result.

😦

Sinkhole Cake

How upsetting!

I thought maybe I could get away with frosting it and covering the hole.

My cat judged me.

To the icing!!

See?! You can’t even tell. Kind of. Just that it bends a bit with the plate. Hrrm.

The foundation is crumbling!

Now, just because a cake doesn’t rise doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good! This cake honestly tastes like rich brownies and I’d recommend baking it. However, mine cooked a little too long because my oven runs very hot. So keep a check on it after about 40 minutes.

And if your cake falls and you cover it in icing then eat a piece? Be prepared for a plateful of chocolate cake pants. πŸ˜‰