Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review

Sleeping Naked is Green is a hilarious book. What I like best about it is that it understands that sometimes this eco stuff (while really important) is a pain in the butt. And sometimes eco people (while brave and wonderful) can be really self-important too. I think the point of the book is do your best, but don't take yourself so seriously that you make people want to avoid your calls. My favorite part of the book is when our heroine returns after a business trip and finds out what happened while mom and sis house-sat (all the while trying to keep the green rules). Highly recommended by yours truly!

And here is the blog the book is about. She no longer updates on a regular basis, but if you have never read it before, it is all new to you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I will post...I promise...

Just as soon as I can think of anything postworthy. I have blogger's block :)

Here is a random picture for your viewing pleasure.

And in the meantime, you can always check out my other blog.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Slight change to the original idea...

Invent a new cookie recipe is what the list says, but I suppose as the maker of the list, I have the option of improvising. I have tried to come up with a few cookie recipes, but basically I like chocolate chip cookies, and absolutely I don't enjoy any chocolate chip cookies as much as I like MY chocolate chip cookies. I have no need for a new cookie recipe, but I don't have a go-to for cake. NOW I DO. So I am checkin' cookie recipe off the list, cuz I think this idea was brilliant.

Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper Cake

3 cans Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper soda
1 dark choclate boxed cake mix
powdered sugar
chocolate chips

Mix one full 12 ounce can of the soda into the chocolate cake mix. Once you are good and mixed up, you are done. NO MORE INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE. Pour into a oiled and floured cake pan (I made a sheet cake) and bake as directed.
While the cake is baking, pour another can of soda into a sauce pan and add a bunch (I basically used half of my powdered sugar bag) of powdered sugar. Stir the mixture up until no lumps and boil until it is a syrup.
When the cake comes out of the oven, use a butter knife to put holes all over the cake, then pour the syrup on top. I made two cakes and this batch of syrup made enough for both, so if you are making one cake, either only use half or maybe half the syrup recipe?
Then put some chocolate chips in a bowl and moisten with some more soda (not too much or it will be too runny- better to have to add more soda than to have too much). Melt the chips and soda in the microwave till you get a smooth frosting texture.
Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the glazed cake. The chocolate does a nice job of hiding all the holes you poked.

Now you have a delicious cake. I took this to a birthday party at a restaurant last night and even the waitress had a fit over it. This is so moist and rich. You would never know that there is not butter or eggs involved.

p.s. Sorry for the approximated measuring. This is just how i cook.
p.p.s. Sorry that the only picture I have is of the "morning after" syrup sitting on my stove.