Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sitting, waiting, wishing

I thought it wouldn't be hard to wait to hear about our bid on a house. 


We should hear tomorrow- and I can hardly wait!! I have so many mixed emotions. If we DO get this house, it has happened so incredibly fast. We'll need to fix some woodwork, buy a washer, dryer, water softener, etc. 

Is this the right house for us? 

What if we don't get it? That just means more houses to see, more to do, more SAVING time! :) 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Video of our Apt!

The Flip camera I ordered just came in. I'm planning to use it mostly in my classroom, but thought I would try it out today. We are probably moving very soon, so I thought I would document our first place before we move out! Sorry about the incredibly poor quality. I did this in about 30 minutes, and the Flip camera isn't the greatest for this kind of video. 

Domestic Goddess

I love to cook. I love to bake. I love taking and measuring simple ingredients and seeing how mixing it together can make something spectacular. 

I haven't been able to cook and create as much as I would like lately. First it was just that I was too busy, so I made quick and simple dinners. But now, it's the money issue. We are saving to buy a house, and we are trying to use a little money as possible on groceries. But i've been ACHING to cook SOMEthing interesting. So I went on a hunt in my pantry. I decided I had everything I needed for an awesome breakfast meal, and a cake. 

And not just any cake. A black magic chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream frosting!! 

So I woke up this morning ready to go. I made the cake, created a breakfast for my husband, and finished two loads of laundry. 

Thus my title this beautiful morning- Domestic Goddess. 

Recipe for Black Magic Chocolate Cake:


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In large bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk (or milk/vinegar mixture), oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack. 

  • Peanut Butter Buttercream:

  • tablespoons butter/margarine, softened

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

  • 3/4 cup powered sugar

  • pinch salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter and peanut butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add confectioners' sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds. Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.

  • tablespoon milk

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    New last name, new blog!

    For as much of a planner as I am, I didn't plan my name change well. Oh, I finished all my paperwork correctly. I sent it in a timely manner. I changed all cards/mailings/Ids. I even changed my email account. Unfortunately, I didn't plan THAT process well. 

    See, when you delete an email account associated with a blog, it automatically deletes the blog along with everything else. So I not only lost my email account, but I also lost my blog, my Google+ account, my address book, and other things I should not bore you with. 

    So here I am, new blog and all. :)   I thought to myself, "Maybe I can keep up with this one better then my first blog!" I then remembered how my life is. Sorry, prooooooobably not happening. I'll update when things are important, or when I actually have time to sit and write. 

    Andrew and I were married on July 23rd, 2011. It was the best day of my life! It has been almost three months, and it has already been quite a fun journey. 

    Currently, my husband Andrew and I are looking for a house. We have been renting my grandmother's condo very (VERY) cheaply. Her husband just passed away, so she is wanting to move back. This happened quite a bit sooner than we were anticipating, as we wanted to pay off our student loans entirely before looking to buy a home, but it is exciting nevertheless. 

    We are making an offer on a home tomorrow. It is a super cute home, but that is all I will say for now. We are trying not to get our hopes up too high. When we find out if we have gotten the house or not, I will fill in on the details. :)