Highs and Lows: Chocolate Nutella Strawberry Cake, Dishes, and Dogs

You know that chocolate nutella strawberry cake I was mooning over?  Yeah, this one from The Pioneer Woman’s blog:


photo by Ree Drummond

It was in fact made for my birthday week, and it lived up to expectations.  Because it was going to travel, we made one layer at a time and consumed it at two different times.  It worked well that way, but man, one slice wasn’t enough.  I would have eaten that entire cake by myself if no one had been around to watch my shame.

Fortunately, I have friends who save me from myself.

The cake was actually so good that we made it again for family weekend a few days ago.  This time, we went all out and put both layers together at the same time.  It was more satisfying per slice, but definitely more prone to collapse.  Which The Pioneer Woman herself has experienced, but only when she made it into a four-layer cake.

photo by Ree Drummond

photo by Ree Drummond

Two was enough to topple ours.

photo-14Still, it was absolutely delicious and practically perfect in every way.  I would eat it again.  And again.  (Please ignore my poor photography.  Ours might have looked like the sad version of PW’s cake, but it did not taste like the sad version at all.)

In other news, I have washed dishes before going to bed several nights in a row.  It’s a major household upkeep accomplishment for me.

And Peanut was well, then he was really really sick, and now he is on the mend.  Whew.  I did not enjoy thinking about our household sans Peanut.  I know he’s a dog and his life expectancy is limited, but I’ll channel my inner Scarlett O’Hara for now and say, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”  I’ll worry about Peanut’s short life expectancy tomorrow.  Today, I will enjoy leftover chocolate cake and will simultaneously give my dog a pat on the head.

Spatula Day Fun

Okay, so the Pots de Creme idea was just that–an idea that Ree Drummond’s chocolate dessert would in fact be awesome if it ever made its way from recipe to actual food (and in close proximity to me).  Until I went to the grocery store on Friday night and got chocolate chips and heavy cream to make the theory into reality.  Very delicious reality.

pots de cremeI need to remember that in the future.  If I want to make an awesome dessert, I should post the recipe first, “just as an idea.”   Then I can think about the recipe for the rest of the day and get ingredients on the way home.  It’s much more fun than only making desserts for birthdays and parties.

So there was the original cute container goodness.

spoon de cremeComplete with eating apparatus (also known as a spoon).  But eventually the spoon wasn’t cutting it.

spatula de cremeAnd then came the spatula.

Which leads me to say, Happy Spatula Day!!!

In high school, a friend and I decided to celebrate Spatula Day instead of Valentine’s Day.  It was like an early alternative to Galentine’s Day.  And I think it was very successful.  Spatulas in East Texas (where we lived at the time) reported feeling quite celebrated.  Or something like that.  At the very least, we didn’t have to think about Valentine’s Day quite as much with our spatulas to celebrate.  And long story short, it’s nice to see an actual spatula on the spatula’s big day.  It warmed my heart.

Although I think the chocolate and coffee and heavy cream was really the heartwarmingest factor.

so much redOne co-worker decided to honor the humble spatula by giving all of the ladies at work a red rose.  That was pretty nice of him.  Not sure how it relates to spatulas, but I decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.