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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Never ever go to Busch Gardens during Howl-O-Scream and expect to be unsurprised. Never go into a “maze” thinking you wont scream or jump. And never ever think that it wont scare you. Whether it be a shadow, a wall, a skeleton dangling from the ceiling, or a guy standing with a chainsaw and blood ozzing down his face. BECAUSE IT WILL! These guys are serious about their jobs. They do not break character, they are not relentless or pity the weak, and they freaking know how to make you jump.

For the past seven hours I have been scared like never before, chased and threatened and growled at. This Halloween has officially become one of my best.

It makes me happeh!


Chocolate Harvest Cake


  • One-Bowl Cake:
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1 cup  water
  • 2/3 cup  cooking oil
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp.  baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pumpkin Cream Filling:
  • 1 8-oz. pkg.  cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup  canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup  sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.  ground cinnamon
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 cup  whipping cream
  • 4 oz.  semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • Cake Toppers:
  • Seedless red grapes, whole blackberries or raspberries, toasted hazelnuts, or shredded orange peel


1. PREPARE OVEN AND PANS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x 1-1/2-inch round baking pans; set aside.

2. COMBINE INGREDIENTS: In an extra-large bowl combine buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt. Using a large wire whisk, whisk until well combined. Add flour and cocoa powder; whisk vigorously until smooth. Divide batter between prepared pans.

3. DO THE TOUCH TEST: Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until top springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

4. PREPARE PUMPKIN CREAM FILLING: In a medium bowl whisk together cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon until thickened. Place one cake layer on plate. Spread filling over top. Top with second cake layer.

5. MAKE CHOCOLATE GLAZE: In a saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over cake, allowing glaze to drip down sides. Chill until set, about 30 minutes. Top with desired toppers. Makes 14 servings.

nutrition facts

  • Calories431,
  • Total Fat (g)23,
  • Saturated Fat (g)8,
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g)11,
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g)4,
  • Cholesterol (mg)60,
  • Sodium (mg)254,
  • Carbohydrate (g)53,
  • Total Sugar (g)37,
  • Fiber (g)1,
  • Protein (g)6,
  • Vitamin A (DV%)0,
  • Vitamin C (DV%)1,
  • Calcium (DV%)10,
  • Iron (DV%)11,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


I have a passion for gorgeously designed cakes. I watch Cake Boss obsessively, but I always wonder if they taste is as great as the looks. I know Fondant (the hard sugary putty stuff) can be a bit much sometimes, and these designs require loads of Fondant. Is it worth the money? Who knows. I think for my wedding I want a crazy cake like this!

Is it bad that I have an obsessive need for these shoes? I want them so BADLY!! I don’t care if I’ll look more the dork than I already am walking around campus. They just seem freeing. All my life I have suffered containment by shoes, and now I will be able to flex my monkey toes and run around almost barefoot, but safely protected from glass.

Vibram Five Fingers

Today I spent the entire day outside, hiking through near-forgotten land. Fall has come to the mountains and I awe in the dramatic change from summer.  The temperature is perfect, the sun is more radiant than ever as it swings low in the horizon, and the leaves have just begun to change color. They are most brilliant right before they die. Not only is there the smell of fall that whips around the nose, but there are the sounds, the soft fall of leaves, the whispering chime of coming snow.

Walking around with my parents (my father intent on finding new deer to hunt), I found myself much quieter than usual. I wasn’t blabbering on about some experience in college or asking questions; instead, I was silent. It took a few moments, but looking at my mom’s smiling face and feeling my dad’s callused hand on my shoulder, I realized that I was happy. Completely content. Even with the onset of exams and midterm grades slapping me in the face, I’m in a good place. College is perfect for me and I think I’m growing more and more to like it everyday.

I say that now, though… while I’m on fall break.


The above picture is of a Fruit Tart Cupcake that I make. I might start posting more recipes and photos I’ve taken, like the ones below. I tried to capture the same leaf, but unfortunately couldn’t find it… I fail.



I’m going home for the weekend. Hell yeah! Unfortunately I can’t have a car this year, so I am left to wait for my dad to come pick me up. If I know anything about him, he’ll be three hours late.

Oh well, I can wait. I really want to take a shower where I don’t have to wear flip-flops, or worry about making strange noises when I use the bathroom.

I skipped all my classes! Yeah, you know it, I’m so badass.


credit for photo


October has finally rolled around, teachers are whipping out their midterm lashes, and the excitement I had for college is slowly subsiding. For the longest time I was euphoric for college, the new lifestyle, the new people, and places. I was even excited to learn, to feel the rippling cogs in my noggin’ spinning to a new tune. But this week I learned my lesson. This week I finally joined the train of apathetic, venting college students.

It began with my first C on a midterm for Microeconomics. And it wouldn’t be all that upsetting except for the fact that I was completely confident that I had aced the test. I walked out of that room, head held high, swinging my bag with grace that would put the Queen to shame. What went wrong? I still have no idea. I guess I fudged, or had some strange brain spasm that I was completely unaware of. I guess I never fully understood the material. But that’s OKAY (!), I don’t plan on being an economist and a C is still passing. So i shaped up and dawdled on through my week, still feeling at ease with myself.

Then the Middle East happened.

Okay, well, then my Arab Culture class happened. A test that I “did not need to study any names or dates for”, as my professor put it. 50 questions! All of them detail oriented, all of them spliced with names I barely even recognized. Grade for the day? A 70. A freaking 70. Holy beejibus, my self-image dropped by fifty points and I think I drained into a puddle like that girl in “The Secret World of Alex Mack.”

What do you do in a situation like that? Angrily shake your fists in rage? Crawl onto your bed and sob? No. I decided to make a blog. So here I am, venting against the world in written word as I slowly sink from the Dean’s list.