Friday, January 17, 2014

five on friday

one. I am heading up to visit the folks this long weekend. I kinda feel like I was just up there but it's already been 3 weeks and I prefer to see them as often as I can. I am really trying to take advantage of being a short train ride away because that will not always be the case....

two. I baked this yummy, scrumptious cake for my manager's birthday on Tuesday and it was a hit. For the cake recipe I used Ina Garten's Beatty's Chocolate Cake. It has coffee and buttermilk in it which makes it extra chocolaty and moist. And for the icing I used a traditional ganache (double this for your two layer cake).  Ganache is so very messy as you basically pour it over the cake. I had chocolate on my forehead, the door to the fridge, you name it. But if you use really good chocolate, an icing spatula, and have a ton of patience, it's just so decadent and rich and totally worth the mess. I recommend a giant glass of cold milk on the side and some willpower.

three. In other news, some more good food decisions...
I packed my lunch every day this week! I can now cross off #49 on my big list (that I have not completely forgotten about). Early in the week I did some prep so that in the mornings I just had to pack everything into my (new unabashedly pink and adorable) lunch box from Thirty One. I hard-boiled eggs, made a big bowl of my favorite pasta salad, stocked up on clementines. Now, I didn't eat everything you see below everyday. But they are all taste-tested and approved components for a yummy grown-up lunch box.
four. I can also declare that I resisted the urge to chase each tasty bite with diet coke and instead stuck to water all week! That's right folks... I am 5 days soda free which is almost a full week, which is a week closer to checking off #8- give up soda for a month.  Now this will totally be a lost cause the next time I go the movies (aka. probably this weekend) but I just have to have diet coke with popcorn. It's like a law.
five. Since it seems all the stores are decked out for the hallmark holiday, I thought I'd re-share the little craft project I did for Valentine's Day last year. I put together the below mini mailboxes with all kinds of goodies from the Target $1 section for the girls at my office. It was really simple and such a sweet little happy. See the original post here
I linked up this week over here today. Happy long weekend everyone!

7 comments :

  1. enjoy your weekend here in NJ! that cake looks so yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The cake looks so tasty and pretty! I love the sprinkles around the edges! Stopping by from the link-up. Happy Friday!

    Christa
    Forever Young

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love your grown-up lunchbox selections! I've been making an effort to pack lunch for work too, and maybe a pretty pink container is just what I need to stay motivated :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a divine looking cake! I'm impressed!

    And, what a cute Valentine happy! You are your Mother's daughter for sure!

    Enjoy the weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your parents! Awesome job on lunch and diet coke it's hard but kiddos to you!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Obsessed with your last years V-day goodies...so glad you shared again!! Just found your cute, lovely blog from the linkup...and so glad I did!! Just started following on GFC, duh!! ;) Hope your weekend was oh-so-fabulous, little beauty!!!! xx

    ReplyDelete