Monday, February 15, 2010

The Cake Project part 2

So I ended up eating almost the whole practice cake, (how many calories is that?), and thought i wonder if how it would taste if I made it chocolate? 

OMFG!!!!!!!  It's HEAVEN!  It's (almost) ORGAZMIC!  Yup! If I could marry a chocolate cake....THIS would be it!

So the changes I made were to take out 1/2 cup of flour and replace it with 1/2 cup Hershey's Cocoa.  I had to add a handful of sugar to it tho.  So I think I will scale back the cocoa to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of white sugar.

I think I'm gonna have to do doublr time at the gym this week!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Shoe Whore's Dream

WOW!  How have I not known about this store before?!?!?!?  I am in complete amazement and utter awe at how incredibly delicious these boots and shoes are!!!  If these were an orgasm I'd be cumming OVER and OVER and OVER!!!!

Check out this site for more awesome shoes and the great thing is that they are avaliable in Canada!  YIPPEE!  Now to convince the hubby I need another pair of shoes....LOL!  Maybe I should just buy them and then ask for forgiveness?

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Cake Project

So a friend of mine wants to comission me to make a cake for her for a friends birthday and I accepted. I love a challenge and this is definately a challenge. I'll post the progress here.


To make an eggless cake with rolled rondant in the shape of a Luis Vuitton purse AND have accessories to go with it also made outta fondant.

Oh and it has to be done by the 20th of February! You wonder "How is she gonna make a Luis Vuitton cake while taking care of 4 boys, going to the gym, keeping up the house and doing errands? Will she EVER sleep?"

Fear Not my young deciples! I, the Master of my Universe, will show you that it CAN be done!

I may go crazy a few times, but I will get it done.....LOL

Step 1: Find an eggless cake recipe that does not taste like crap! (oh I guess I forgot....Why an eggless cake? Because the lady whose birthday it is, is allergic to eggs and I don't realy like killing people. Its bad for business and friendship....VERY,VERY BAD!)

So In my quest to find the perfect and elusive eggless cake that tastes good I happened upon a few pages of recipes at  I came across a recipe called Plain Eggless Cake. It had 91 reviews and a 4/12 of out 5 star rating. So I read through the reviews and since most of them sounded quite positive, I thought, what the hell lets try it.

So I printed off the recipe and read the ingregient list and thought orange juice? in a cake? Hmmmmm. Okay I'll roll with it. Here's the recipe....

Plain Eggless Cake

2 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup orange juice
1 cup melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees C. Grease and flour a 9x13 cake pan
2. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda together and then make a well in the center. Add condensed milk, orange juice, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix until batter is smooth. Pour into the cake pan and put in oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

In all the while that I have been making cakes I have had yet to find a scratch cake that could measure up to the box cakes in the store. The scratch ones were always either to heavy, to crumbly, to gross tasting, to labour intensive and tricky, to this, to that, etc, etc. But I can't believe how easy this was to make.

The trick in this batter, and it's such an easy trick that we learned when we made volcanoes explode, is that the acid from the orange juice mixed with the baking soda creates a chemical reaction that makes bubbles form in the batter. This is why it is so fluffy and light. OMG, How incredibly simple is that! It just astounds me!

Look at all those holes!!!!!

My next experiment is to take out say 1/3 cup of flour and replace it with cocoa powder to make a chocolate cake, but that will be for another time.

EDIT: I have made this cake a billion times now, and I have made a few changes to the recipe.  I have cut the melted butter down to 1/2 cup and increased the orange juice to 1 1/2 cups in order to have the 2 cups of liquid.  I have also substituted oil for butter successfully.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Costuming Addicts Rant!

I am in complete and utter dismay at the fact that there is no costuming events to go to here in Fort McMurray. As a girl who loves costuming and wearing costumes, I feel that there should be. I wonder if anyone else feels the same way I do? I wonder in my mad and crazy world if I could actually pull it off and plan something. A huge Mardi Gras masked ball or Jane Austin Tea or SteamPunk soiree, not the trashy costume balls like they have at halloween in the bars with two strips of fabric barely covering a woman's boobs and butt! The return of glamour and yards and yards of lace and silk.....Marie Antoinette style! Then I could justify my obsession with making costumes.

My husband challenged me one day after watching the movie The Secret of Moonacre, to make one of the frocks the main actress wears and to wear it downtown into the stores and such. Part of me screams YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS, I"LL DO IT!!! The other part is what's the point nobody would appreciate the skill and time involved in making of it!

Here are a few pictures of some of the costumes.....Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Yummy Morning Smoothie

So I'm anorexic....and it started in highschool. I slowly got into the habit of skipping breakfast, and then lunch, but I would eat supper every night. Some days I would eat lunch, but most of the time I would ignore the hunger and it then became an after thought. I got so used to ignoring it that I have gone for years not eating.

I didn't even realize I was anorexic until I started seeing a shrink and she told me I was. I didn't believe her, but after I started thinking about the pattern she pointed out, I agreed with her. At the time I wieghed 107 lbs and I'm not a short girl, I'm 5 ft 8 inches tall. Even at that wieght I thought I was fat....I had the jiggle in my ass and thighs, blah blah blah. I could go on and on but I won't. It turned out I had control issues, (still do), and I was subconciously controlling what I ate as a way to feel in control of my life.

So over the past 2 years I have been learning how to eat...Its super hard! I will now eat lunch and supper and when I feel like snacking I munch on carrots and such, instead of eating chips and junk. My biggest problem is still breakfast. I hate eating in the morning...HATE HATE HATE HATE it! But I know I have to in order to be healthy and IN CONTROL! lol

Smoothies have turned out to be a really easy and yummy breakfast alternative and so easy to make different ones so it's not the same boring old thing every day. I've started using Hemp Hearts in them....It gives me everything I need in a balanced meal.... they are a complete protien source, Essential fatty acids, Omega #3 fatty acids, calcium, fiber, etc. The list goes on.

For more information check out this site's my basic recipe...feel free to add or change any ingredients to suit your taste buds.

Katy's Super Smoothie

In a blender combine the following:

4 tbsp hemp hearts
1 individual serving size of vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen mixed berried
1 cup tropical citrus juice
1 cup ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy! Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Busy Busy Busy...the life of Super MOM


So these past couple of weeks have been crazy hectic busy! I feel like I haven't been able to relax at all.

I'm very excited to announce that I will have some of my paintings in an art show at MacDonald Island for the Winter PLAY festival February 26th to 28th! YAH!!!! Now the hard part starts...I have to construct easels to display my work as there is no hanging system in place yet and there may not be by the time the show opens. Mmmmm, Maybe I'll get the hubby to make those. I'll have to post pictures of the show for all you wonderful followers.

I have been cooking up a storm too. I tried this new recipe from my ALL time FAVORITE recipe website of all time....

This is my version of the recipe

Hunan Kung Pao

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips
4 tsp soy sauce
4 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let the chicken marinate for 20 minutes.

vegitable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced

16 dried red chili peppers
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 green bell peppers, cut into chunks
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, cut into pieces
1/8 c soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/8 c water or chicken broth
3 tsp white sugar
1 pkg chowmein noodles

In a large sauce pan on medium, heat oil and stirfry the chicken until no longer pink. Remove from the pan and drain off any liquid.

In the same pan heat some more oil and stirfry the vegitables till tender crisp. Add the chicken back in and then add the wet stuff cook until the sauce cooks down a little bit.

Meanwhile cook the noodles as per package directions. Serve the meat mixture over top of noodles and garnish with roasted peanuts, sliced scallions, and a dash of sesame oil (optional)
I hope you enjoy...because I sure did...I couldn't stop eating it as it tastes awesome cold later that night and for breakfast the next morning! LOL
If you want split the meat and vegitables in half and do one with the chili peppers and one without. That's what I did since the kids don't like spicy food.