#TBT… the New Camera Edition

So it’s been officially two weeks since I had my new camera and it’s been so much fun playing around with it (and frustrating my parents, The YIA, and The Cat by taking numerous photos of them ALL THE TIME).

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But seriously…

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I think they are loving the attention!

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(especially The Cat!).

Oh and I might have taken some pictures of food too…

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(this is a photo of a special project coming soon!)

 

It’s been a fun couple of weeks with the camera… now what should I photograph next?

Your shutterbug friend,

C

Breakfast Thief

Going through my camera this morning (I’m on a huge cleaning binge right now) and I stumbled upon these two photos that I snapped of The Cat at breakfast this past weekend (because who doesn’t love an adorable animal photo)…

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Clearly someone loves Challah French Toast as much as the rest of us do! (clearly I found the situation funny enough to snap photos instead of stopping her – my mom had to lay down the law).

 

Happy Wednesday, kiddos!

Love,

Human who takes photos of their cat trying to eat french toast

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, The Cat!

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Happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate! Wishing you all the best today as you relax and enjoy your family and friends.

My Easter is officially next week, but today we are celebrating two big events – Palm Sunday and The Cat’s 11th birthday!!

And you cannot have a birthday without cake… it’s an ancient rule written somewhere. Promise.

I decided to whip up Williams-Sonoma Devil’s Food Layer Cake (in cupcake form) for The Cat’s big day. It is a super simple cake that is full of chocolate flavor!

It has four different components.

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A chocolate mixture, which is a combination of unsweetened natural cocoa powder and boiling water.

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A dry mixture, which is a combination of flour, baking soda, and salt.

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A milk element – it is supposed to be buttermilk, but I never ever have buttermilk in the house. My easy substitute? I put one tablespoon of white vinegar in a liquid measuring cup and fill the measuring cup with milk until it reaches one cup. I let stand for 5 minutes and tada, a good buttermilk replacement.

Finally, you need a bowl with room temperature butter and some sugar.

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The WS recipe calls for the batter to be made with a hand mixer, which works fine… but if you have a stand mixer, break that baby out of the cabinet. Using my hand mixer, I got butter and sugar (and then chocolate cake batter) all over my cabinets, walls, counters, and floor… so please, if you have one, use your stand mixer.

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When the butter and sugar are all combined, add in the eggs one at a time. Splash in some vanilla too!

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Then slowly drizzle in the cooled chocolate mixture. When it’s all combined, alternate adding in the flour and buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour. (forget to take pictures of said steps…)

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All that’s left is to dish them up into cupcake tins lined with cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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The best birthday treat ever!

You can frost the cupcakes with the recipe’s frosting but I was impatient and used a little bit of leftover canned frosting I had in the fridge. You can decorate with sprinkles, chocolate-covered candies, or just leave them unadorned… you have total creative license! Just make sure you have room for the birthday candle.

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Happy Birthday, The Cat! I’m so glad that you’re mine. Now make a wish!

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, kiddos.

Your chocolate cake- and cat-obsessed friend,

C

This recipe can be found at Williams-Sonoma’s blog, Taste. I substituted the buttermilk with 1¼ skim milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

To Be A Cat

E and I went home last week so that she could go to an interview, we could start bringing home the mountain of stuff that has magically accumulated in our apartments over the school year, and I could sit and actually start studying for my finals.

But every time I go home, something distracts me temporarily from my to-do list. Like The Cat.

Oh to be a cat.

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Sleeping in the sun.

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No Medical Nutrition Therapy final to worry about.

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No thesis to edit.

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Just a pillow and the sunshine.

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If I didn’t love graduate school so much, I would be jealous.

Okay, just kidding, I’m jealous (and slightly sleep-deprived).

 

Happy Tuesday, kiddos.

C