Saturday, August 29, 2009


This morning my mom forwarded an email for this 5 minute chocolate mug cake recipe and I can't wait to try it! I don't know who to give credit to since this was an email forward and everyone knows they have traveled the world! I plan to try it later today. Enjoy!

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (microwave-safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well..
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
(This can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

Why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sunflower Sentiments

Someone recently asked me how many pictures I take in a week's time. That was a difficult question in that I almost always have my camera with me and snap pictures without realizing it. If there is a scene I find interesting, before I know it, I've taken maybe a dozen or so pictures. The memory card in my camera has many pictures which are downloaded several times a week.

I recently attended the Party at the Lake (at Indian Lake) and thought, "Gee, I don't think I took many pictures." Well...later when downloading pictures, I discovered I had taken over 80! I also discovered when viewing those pictures I had snapped some sunflower pictures earlier in the day.

My husband had planted some "giant" sunflowers out by the water earlier this summer. Well let me tell you, our squirrels discover anything that we plant is fair game, sunflowers included. The stalk was about 18 inches tall when a squirrel decided to knock it over and have it for breakfast. My husband, duck tape in hand, applied a splint and wound duck tape around the stalk to support it. The leaves on the stalk were wilted and I told him, "NO WAY!" After tender loving care and much watering, the sunflower started growing and the most beautiful sunflower appeared!

The pictures of the sunflower reminded me of prints and cards I'd seen at card shops. I thought, "Well why not? I can turn these pictures into something different." I began by making a birthday card for my brother (posted here) so if he wanted, he could frame it. On the back of the card I put, "Sunflower Sentiments." Several days later when renewing a website domain for one of my companies, I thought I'd check to see if that domain was available. I doubted it would be because that seemed like a pretty common phrase. Imagine my delight when it was available! It was like it was meant to be. I still don't know what to do with it, so have made the site as digital designing...which it is.

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