Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pake

When did life change so much? One kid become two? Stay at mom become stay at mom and worker? Errands become errands and more errands because they are never finished? Seven become seven and eleven?

Wait... I may have gotten a little off track with that last one.

Life is always so crazy it seems that one you finally get used to it, something changes. That's what pake is. Something you're not used to but it can totally work.

A pake: half pie, half cake. Don't worry, we're not talking apple pie with frosting. It's a pie crust with red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting.


Now this is a learning lesson. The original recipe I used is from Lifetime. It was originally made on a show called "Drop Dead Diva". Total chic show but it was fun. The only thing it that whatever world they cook in, cakes rise several inches. Here in the normal world? Not so much. I've modified the recipe slightly below.

Ingredients:
Pie Crust - Either make your own or walk down the freezer aisle like I do
Cake Mix - Here I used Red Velvet
Frosting - I used Cream Cheese frosting
Eggs and Vegetable Oil - As specified for your mix

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cake batter as according the directions on the box or recipe.
2. Line either your pie pan OR a cake pan with the pie crust. I used a pie pan but I think a cake pan would be way cuter on display. Once lined, gently poke holes along the bottom, taking extra caution not to poke all the way through.
3. Pour cake batter up to 1/2 inch from top. I would say you could go higher depending on how much you'd like it to rise above your pie crust.
4. The box mix "theoretically" makes two pakes but since I had 9 inch pie pans it was 1 normal size and 1 much smaller one. I include this as a step to warn.
5. Bake for 35 minutes then turn oven down to 325 degrees and continue to cook for another 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
6. Allow to cool completely and then frost.
7. Enjoy your pake!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Cookies for Two

A lot of you are gearing up for Christmas baking. Personally? I'm not so sure I'm going to do it.

Some of you may think that's absurd but I'm thinking it just might be practical this year. I work remotely from home, no workers to give cookies to. No holiday party at work this year, no platter of baked goods needed. I only know a couple neighbors and I actually don't know their names. We just smile and say hi and wave. Plus, of the family that's coming over, only a few of them eat sweets.

But lets be honest, can a 31 week pregnant lady go an entire holiday season without treats?

No!

What this means is that I will be trying lots of "Two Person" recipes. I can't promise you that I won't eat both servings but I can promise it's good news for you! Here is our first recipe:

Cookie in a Cup:
Makes one mug
1/4 cup flour
1 tbl butter
1 tbl sugar
1 tbl brown sugar
1 egg yolk (if you like egg white omelets you could save the white)
2 tbl chocolate chips (I only used 1 tbl but I'm all about the cookie and not the chips)
pinch of salt

Instructions:
1. Microwave butter until melted.
2. Add flour, sugars, and salt. Mix in egg yolk. Add desired amount of chocolate chips.
3. Microwave for 45-60 seconds. This is COMPLETELY a personal preference here. I like a crunchy cookie so I did it for the full 60. Brian likes a gooey cookie so his was only 45.

My mug is on the left and you can noticeably see that Brian's has more chocolate chips. Play around until you find the perfect amount. I won't judge if you eat more that one cookie mug in a night!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer Update

Summer is always SO busy. Why is that? I remember when I used to be in school and summer break was the best. No school, vacations, seeing friends.

Now it's vacations, weddings, trying to see friends and schedule playdates, checkups for Jaxon, and still work? What is that about?

Here is a little catch up from our summer plus some fun new news.

We went to a wedding of an old high school friend of ours. It was such a cute wedding in an old barn that was beautifully decorated. Plus how can you not love any wedding where you get to keep adorable chalkboard mason jars?



The routine checkups for Jaxon. That boy of mine is getting SO big. When did this happen?


We took some wagon rides around the neighborhood. Mostly so we can go play at the splash-pad.


4th of July was a great weekend for all the Tussing's. Brian's dad and mom rented a condo in Mission Beach for the family to go stay at. It makes me love Brian that much more when I see how great him and Jaxon are together.


Lastly, for the big news of the summer so far!


That's right. That's a box of my work belongings. 4 years working at a company, sitting at one desk, with a chair with an armrest missing a chunk on the left side. All of that time is put into one file box. Most of you know that I work two jobs for the same company. One was at a desk for 3 days a week and the other is mostly at home. You also probably know Brian has been at his job for just over 5 years and working at home for about 4.

Well today at 8:40am Brian left the house and started his new job! It's very exciting for us. I will now stay home with adorable Jaxon while keeping my "remote" job. So if any of you have been trying to see us but our schedule is just to hectic? Not anymore! We are very excited to start this new chapter of our lives!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DIY Chandelier

Last week I promised you a fun DIY project Brian and I did,

If you look back to this post, you'll see an awesome teal wall and then a not so attractive brown chandelier. Just to jog your memory, it looks like this.




Yes, the table is dusty and you can see some papers but I feel like it adds to the sadness of the picture.

No, how dare you assume that I was lazy and didn't dust. Sadness people, sadness.

Pinterest is a great resource for redecorating. I had seen a post once about how to paint a chandelier. They went from 1970's gold decor to a fun vibrant red and it gave me inspiration.

I don't think you can have too much fun color in a house so we went with Gloss Yellow by Krylon. Their spray paint has primer built in so we didn't have to do too much work. Less is better in my book.

We took out some links, put on 3-4 coats of Gloss Yellow and BAM! Beautiful dining room chandelier.



It added a great look to the dining room for the cost of 2 cans of spray paint. Great project in my book.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

House Updates

We like to redecorate our downstairs. A lot. We've added throw pillows and rugs, as seen here, and we've painted our dining room wall.

We've done more changes. Can you believe that? I'll share a little DIY project we did next week but right now the big change is we purchased a new couch! Brian was so excited to purchase it. We actually placed the order before Jaxon's birthday in March and have been patiently, or not so patiently depending on the day, waiting for it to arrive.

Last night I got the call that it was in and they would deliver it today.

Here is the before, taken late at night with awful lighting of course:




Here is what it looks like now:



Much better! Now unfortunately the 2 pillows that are gray are supposed to be blue on the other side like the blue one in the middle so they are going to send new ones. But how great does that thing look?

It is so comfortable. If you can't find me or had a scheduled date with me that I missed, I'll be here. Don't bother ringing the doorbell either, I won't be getting up any time soon.