Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dangerous Cake Walk

I am exhausted.

I made the cake. Dobosz torte. It was complicated and difficult and dangerous, but that sucker's done! Complicated was knowing how long to beat the egg whites. If you think its enough, guess what? It's not! Difficult was cutting out the circles. The box I have to hold it is exactly 9 inches and the cake pan is 9 inches. I cut a little bit off the circumference of each layer, making them even. I measured each layer exactly the same, laying the batter out the same way each time. People kept calling while I was in the middle of making this cake. Each layer can only cook for 7 minutes. I would be on the phone and scream, "Oh no! I forgot the cake again!" None of them burnt. The cake, not the people.

There was something that burnt though. Cheesecake. I NEVER want to see cheesecake again ever in my life. We don't really get along. Although I love love love the taste, cheesecake does NOT listen to me. In the end, I scrapped the recipe, started over and used my mother's recipe, which is not baked. I prefer the baked kind. But cheesecake and I broke up. No more. Kaput. Cheesecake, don't go away mad, just go away.

The icing for the dobosz torte is to die for. It's a cream with yolks and bittersweet chocolate and icing sugar. It's so smooth. I put a tiny bit of hazelnut in it and it is the layers and the outer icing. Then I put toasted almonds on the outside of the cake. This is quite a feat to make a perfect dobosz torte. If I had say what I could have done better, the only thing is the glass top. Sugar is so hard to work with! I burnt my knuckle when I dripped one drop on my knuckle. I immediately put my mouth on it and burnt my tongue. But my hand instantly went red and the whole hand throbbed. The skin came right away where I burnt myself. Dangerous stuff. Just like me. I am the girl who eats an apple without washing it and leaves tips off of highlighters.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Midnight Moscow

K so I admit, I have been neglecting my blog. I have been busy. Sleeping and cleaning and stuff. And watching movies. Right now I am watching Bride Wars. It's so good. Emma sends Liv butter from International Butter Club. Liv sits around eating butter. HA. Gross. But funny. Liv changes Emma's tanning color from caramel to orange. Emma changes Liv's hair dye to blue. She looks like a smurf. They make up in the end. I like movies with happy endings. I haven't seen Avatar but lots of people have told me to see it.

I also watched Fireproof. Amazing movie! One of my favorites. Everyone should see it. It's about a couple who goes through a hard time and then the husband learns how to love his wife. Everyone should watch it, not just couples.

Hmmm, what else...

I have been organizing this man's office. It's a lot of fun and completely frustrating at the same time. I am making a lot of headway but he wanted me to organize for his tax accountant. I had no idea what I was doing. I sat and stared at the pile for about 20 minutes. Then started organizing by month and created a labelled system for him. He was extremely happy with that. Whew! He now wants me to organize for the international component. So completely thrilled! It starts in 3 months. I have no idea what I am doing. Ha ha ha! By then, I will have more of an idea. This is what I am good at.

As you all know, I quit my job. It is nice to not have to go to a mall and work. Or be in a box and work. Or have a boss. Or have a rude boss. And I get to still organize. Which is what I did a lot at my job.

p.s. Liv's fiance is so much nicer than Emma's fiance. SPOILER ALERT ** Thank God Emma and Fletcher don't get married! Who has the name Fletcher? Seriously? Sounds like a jerk name anyways. I am done. Gonna go paint my nails.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Oh How He Loves Us

This is my favorite song lately. It's amazing. I heard it for the first time at Crave a few weeks ago and I play it over and over, Favorite lines are about a sloppy wet kiss and not having time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way he loves us. Here is the story behind the song:

The song came following the death of a dear friend who, during a church staff meeting, prayed out loud "If it would shake the youth of a nation, I will give my life today." John McMillan was awoken in the middle of that very night by a phone call. His friend, who had mentioned those words during his church's staff meeting earlier that day, was killed in a car crash. The song took a couple years to surface in the Christian mainstream, but has gone on to become one of the most played worship songs.

What's that you say? You want lyrics? Here you go:

He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.

So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

That he loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves

-John Mark McMillan

What? You want to hear it? Well, okay, here you go. Hope you love it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Warrior Princess Daughter

So, here I am, at my table, with my laptop. Our relationship is back on. I have him precariously perched on a pile of books so as to not overheat. Also the charger is tucked around to stay plugged in. All this just to blog! Woo hoo.

So, lots is new.

1. I quit my job last week. I was grateful for it while it lasted, but on to other better things. That will be a blog on its own.

2. I joined twitter. I found some of my mentors there. They don't know they are my mentors, but it's kind of like an afar thing. Like, how I stalk guys, but now it's mentors, and this time I don't care about! (I knew those stalking skills would come in handy one day). Christine Caine, Lisa Bevere, Jon Bevere, Max Lucado, Laura Silletta, Randy Hein, Chris Synesael, Darin Phillips, Caleb Delamont. Also, kids that I mentor are on there and I am blown away by their tweets. It's way more effective than facebook. You get to see moods and stuff on there.

3. I am starting a business. More on that later.

4. I am listening to U2 right now. I love Bono. He was pretty nerdy when he was younger. He has grown into his face. And his hair. With or without you is on right now.

5. And you give yourself away, And you give yourself away, And you give and you give and you give yourself away. My hands are tied, my body's bruised, she's got me with nothing to win and nothing left to lose. Oh Bono, if you like that kind of thing, it's gonna be ok buddy. Let's talk. Wanna come over?

6. Anyways, back to blogging. I found my purpose in life. I am amazed. God is good. He is God, I am not. Duh, obviously. So there was this girl named Laura and she told me her story. the verse she taught me about was my life verse! Coincidence? I think not. It's from Esther. She was made queen and helped her people overcome. She was made for more than mere beauty. She was made to win battles. That is me. Warrior Princess Daughter. I am here to win the battle for hearts for girls. (I like boys.)

7. I am here to stay. Maybe Bono will come and visit me.

Friday, January 1, 2010


K so I once dated this guy that was addicted to World of Warcraft. I didn't really care because I was busy in my own way. But it got annoying that our dates consisted of us ordering pizza and getting a movie and watching it while he played. Or how he was proud of the fact that he played 30 hours in a row, taking breaks only to use the bathroom or get food or drink. Boys are gross. I found out that WoW is the #1 reason for divorce as of 2008. It used to be...(drum roll please) A friend of mine was telling me how her and her husband are having marital problems and she said it started when he started playing WoW. Says he is addicted. But she has found support online and is trying to cope. Interesting links:

WoW Addiction Breaking
WoW Widows
Gaming sucks

Is there a happy medium?