Friday, June 26, 2009

i heart ... cake wrecks

cake heads. why???

i love the website cake wrecks
it's called "cake wrecks" for obvious reasons.
i cannot believe some of these cakes...
funny, scary, gross...
who are the people that came up with these?
they should be fired.
but then again,
if it were not for their lack of talent and taste
we wouldn't be able to laugh at them.
here are some of my favorite cake wrecks:




this is my very favorite! all my lavender cousins will know what i'm talkin' 'bout.
remember when our moms were mean and we would call them "mommy dearest"?


who had this idea? "let's make jessica a 'clown massacre' birthday cake..."




if you've ever wondered why i'm scared of clowns...
now you know.
isn't it hard to look at???


one angry leprechaun.



yay! let's eat oprah's head!


or worse - yay! let's eat this guy's head in a football helmet!



who had this idea?
how could they ever think shrimp and a t-bone made of icing
could ever look appetizing???


ummm...
why does the horse have a baseball in his mouth?


there's nothing to say.



i don't have anything bad to say about this one.
it's cute!


i like this one too.
my nephews would love it!





Monday, June 22, 2009

i heart ... sticky toffee






on saturday brook and i had our most recent recipe exchange.

i made "sticky toffee dessert".

i found the recipe in a nigella lawson cookbook.

i loved it!

it was like a caramel bread pudding.

i made extra for my family

and they loved it too.

(although, kaitlyn said she likes german chocolate cake better.
but whatever!)




sticky toffee dessert
nigella lawson

cake:

1/3 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup + 2 tbls. self-rising flour
1/2 cup whole milk
1 egg
1 teas. vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup + 2 tbls. chopped rolled dates
(yes, dates... i hate dates, but i went for it anyway and it totally worked!)




sauce:

3/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
2 tbls. unsalted butter, separated into little blobs
2 1/4 cups boiling water




preheat oven to 375 degrees. butter a 1 1/2 quart capacity baking dish.


combine sugar and flour in a large bowl. pour milk into a medium sized bowl, beat in the egg, vanilla and melted butter and then pour this mixture over the sugar and flour, stirring with a wooden spoon to combine. fold in the dates, then scrape into the prepared baking dish. don't worry if it doesn't look very full.


sprinkle the sugar for the sauce over the cake batter and dot with the butter. pour the boiling water over the dough (yes, really!) and transfer to oven. set timer for 45 minutes, but may need 5 to 10 minutes more. top of dessert should be springy and spongy when it's done;

underneath, the butter, sugar and boiling water will have turned into a rich, sticky sauce.


serve warm with vanilla ice cream , crème fraîche or heavy cream.


serves 4








Monday, June 15, 2009

i heart ... brook

brook and her husband joe

this is my cousin brook.

but she's more than just my cousin.

she's one of my best friends,
she's my favorite travel companion,
she would be my twin if i had a twin because we like the exact same things,
and she's my favorite baker!

i'm always happy when i'm with her because it's always the best time ever...

but what makes brook happy?

10 things that make brook happy:

1. joe

2. makeup

3. trying a new recipe

4. going on a road trip

5. radiohead

6. chocolate

7. europe

8. paula!

9. anything that relates to france!

10. scottish accents




scottish accents!

i concur!

see, i told you we're twins!







Sunday, June 14, 2009

i heart ... london


i love london.
oh, how i love london.

it's my favorite place in the world!
one time i was explaining why i loved london so much,
and i realized,
it sounds like i'm talking about a person.
like a person i'm in love with.
can you love a city the way you can love a person?

so, with the way that i love london,
you can imagine how i just about died
when i read this post by my favorite blogger c jane.
she is such a wordsmith!
in my dreams i could write like her.
reading her post i could feel her descriptions of london -
actually feel it!
i'm being so overly-dramatic,
but that's what london brings out in me.




london,


i love you.


xoxo









Saturday, June 13, 2009

i heart ... arizona sunsets

arizona sunsets are one of my favorite things.
breathtaking.
here are a few great sunsets i've captured.