Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dresses, Camera, Chocolate, Ireland!

My sis sent me a link to a really cool blog that this girl is doing! It's called New Dress A Day with the premise that the girl creates a new stylish dress, one every day, for 365 days straight, with a budget of $365 (most of the dresses come from DI I'm thinking). Check out the site! I literally just spent an hour looking at all her creations! SO inventive. :)

SOooo... my silly little camera (that I wasn't too fond of from the get-go, Best Buy practically forced me into purchasing it...) decided to break. At first I thought, no biggie! My old camera will just have to come off the shelf. Well, my old cam came off the shelf alright, ALSO not working... so I suddenly find myself camera-less for the first time since 2004 when the only cameras I ever used were disposable! Remember these? They still exist.

The reason I bring this up now, approximately 1 week and 4 days since I realized my camera was busted, is because this evening there was an experiment/incident that I would have liked to take a picture of! On that website about the dresses there was a recipe for making cake in the microwave! Crazy and brilliant, I know... well, it seemed so easy, only 5 minutes start to finish, so I gave it a go! I'd just mixed all the dry ingredients and was about to add the egg when catastrophe! I managed to knock over the mixture and in a puff of cocoa power, sugar and flour, my counter, floor and left foot were covered in the mixture! I think I stood there for about ninety seconds thinking "this is unfortunate" while considering how I could remedy the situation and STILL be tasting chocolate cake in 5 minutes. Enter broom, stage right. This is the sad part, my perfect cocoa powder footprint could not be cataloged. The good news though is that within about 6 minutes I took a bite out of fresh microwave chocolate cake and it was strangely delicious! Doesn't replace the real thing mind you, but definitely a fab option if you're in a crunch and must have some chocolate cake satisfaction. Here is what it looked like (thanks to that website):
And here's the recipe!
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (Microwave Safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly before pouring in the milk and oil in. Keep mixing. Add the optional chocolate chips next (who makes that an option!) and vanilla extract, and mix again… Put your mug in the micro wave and cook for three minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow it to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. Def enough for two.

So my next step is searching for a new camera! Any suggestions? I want something a little better than basic because, if you haven't heard, I'M GOING TO IRELAND! Notice my handy countdown clock to the right. I'm pretty much so excited I can't stand it. :) It will be my first trip to Europe, and I'll be traveling with a good friend. We are going to have a blast.


sanpinney said...

I've stood on those cliffs in Ireland you have pictured there. :o) I almost blew over the side, it was so windy.

Courtney and Matt said...

I've been to those cliffs too!! And we rode bikes around the island it was awesome. And I actually met a guy whose parents live behind our parents while on the ferry from Galway to the Aran Islands - SMALL WORLD!!! He went to a private high school that's why we hadn't met before. You are going to have an amazing time!!

Stephen and Debbie said...

So random but it all makes sense! How exciting for you! Ireland would be awesome! Take lots of pictures (with the new camera!)

Brenda said...

So sad about your camera!! I love mine but it's just a point & shoot so it might not be talented enough for what you want it to do (Sony cyber-shot DSC-W90, 8.1 megapixels). You're going to have the best time in Ireland! And I love your blog-header!!!! (I hope this is recent and I haven't just been missing it when I've looked at your blog!)

Kara Laszczyk said...

Business or pleasure? I am so jealous!

Ashley said...


Lindsay Brummer said...

If you are looking for an SLR, I have many opinions and lots of knowledge. Let me know.