Freaky Friday

Well, since it looks like this may be a record week, I think I’ll keep up with my dream.

Freaky Friday is pretty simple. It’s about the CRAZY! 🙂 Crazy things people do, crazy things people say, crazy things I do or say, crazy images, crazy news… you get it, right?

This week, I’ll start off with a quote that gave me quite a laugh:

“I HAD A BOYFRIEND WHO TOLD ME I’D NEVER SUCCEED, NEVER BE NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY, NEVER HAVE A HIT SONG, AND THAT HE HOPED I’D FAIL. I SAID TO HIM, ‘SOMEDAY, WHEN WE’RE NOT TOGETHER, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO ORDER A CUP OF COFFEE AT THE &@#%*€£ DELI WITHOUT HEARING OR SEEING ME.” – LADY GAGA

Yes, you read right, Lady GAGA! Love her or hate her, that is one messed up ex… 😀

Next up is one of my favorites by Angelina Jolie:

“IF BEING SANE IS THINKING THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH BEING DIFFERENT, I’D RATHER BE COMPLETELY &@#%*€£ MENTAL.”

I don’t think I need to say anything about that. Actually, that isn’t a quote that belongs in Freaky Friday. It belongs in Thoughtful Thursday. But, I like being different, so, it stays…

I’m in trouble, that didn’t belong in Freaky Friday either… I think that should be part of some sort of DAY OF NOTHING BUT THE COMPLETE TRUTH. I mean, yeah. I’m not crazy.

Oh, come on! I’ve been staying away from Twilight references for a LONG time… Cut me some slack!

This one might just make me smile more than it should...

And of course, my post wouldn’t be complete without…

Rickrolled!

Thank you, thank you… 🙂

Now everyone, go off and have a beautiful weekend.

And THANK you for reading and humoring me. I love you.

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Thoughtful Thursday

 

So, In keeping with my dream sequence, Thursday is Thoughtful Thursday.

Now, Thoughtful Thursday can be many things:

  • Sharing my pointless thoughts about anything and everything
  • Getting serious about issues
  • Ranting and Venting about important or unimportant things
  • Sharing others thoughts

For this, my first Thoughtful Thursday, I’m going to stick with sharing others thoughts. What this means for this week, is sharing some quotes that have made a difference in my life this week. Now, some of these quotes, I’ve already inundated you with on countless other social networks. So, Please forgive me if you’re just too tired of them. 😀 I mean well, I do. And more importantly, they help me.

 

‎”Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Until today, you may not have been aware of how unkind, impatient, unsupportive, critical, angry, frustrated and tough you can be with yourself. Just for today, be aware of how you treat yourself. Remember, awareness is the first step toward change.

Today I am devoted to becoming more aware of how I am with myself!” – Iyanla Vanzant

“Simple faith, grounded in Simple trust, grounded by Simple prayer, will yield Simply fantastic results!” – Iyanla Vanzant

 

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

“Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting a falsehood, isn’t it?”  -Anonymous

 

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.” – Unknown

 

“Sarcasm: A literary device for identifying the stupid.” – Unknown

 

That’s it… Some of these quotes have helped me through the days these week. They’ve helped me grow and learn. Some of these quotes have helped me laugh and not take myself (or others) so seriously. So, I’m keeping them here, close by, where I can come back and use them for my own benefit.

I hope you all have a wonderful, thoughtful Thursday. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday

Tasty Tuesday

I’m NOT going to be following my dream everyday! I don’t think so, at least. 🙂

Tasty Tuesday was a part of my dream. It was my way of sharing the food I love to eat, love to make or would love to eat or make. So, it’s a way to make myself work on something else I love: Cooking and Baking!

Today, since I haven’t been on many cooking adventures lately (and since I forgot to take pictures of The Pioneer Woman’s Coffee Cake – Literally, which was to die for, by the way), I’m going to be posting the recipe I chose to showcase a beautiful gift from my husband – two pounds of GOOD chocolate! YUM!

Since I’m all about chocolate, I wanted to bake a decadent chocolate cake, and believe me, this Chocolate Truffle Cake fit the bill perfectly! First, here are some pictures for you. This was my first try, I think it looked pretty good, if I do say so myself. 😀

I was very scared to try it, and yes, there were many steps, but it was MUCH easier than I thought. And the results? AMAZING! I NEED to buy some more good chocolate to make it again. 🙂

So, here’s the recipe, it’s from Epicurious – I found it through an iPad App (Oh, iPad, how I miss thee)

Ingredients

For cake

10 1/2 ounces Valrhona* or Lindt bittersweet chocolate1

1/4 sticks (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar

5 large eggs

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For ganache

6 1/2 ounces Valrhona* or Lindt bittersweet chocolate

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup brewed espresso

1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened well

1 tablespoon triple sec or other orange-flavored liqueur

3 half-pints fresh raspberries

Preparation

Make cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter a 10-inch springform pan.

Chop chocolate and cut butter into pieces.

In a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt chocolate and butter with sugar, stirring until smooth (sugar will not be dissolved).

Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and cool mixture to room temperature.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl.

Separate eggs, putting yolks in a small bowl and whites in a large bowl.

Add yolks 1 at a time to chocolate mixture, whisking well after each addition.

With an electric mixer beat whites until they just hold soft peaks.

Sift flour over chocolate mixture and with a whisk fold flour and half of whites into mixture gently but thoroughly.

With a rubber spatula fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly.

Pour batter into pan, smoothing top, and bake in middle of oven 40 to 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out with moist crumbs adhering. Cool cake completely in pan on a rack. Cake may be made up to this point 2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

Make ganache:

Chop chocolate and in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water melt chocolate, stirring frequently until smooth.

Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat.

While chocolate is melting, in a small saucepan bring cream just to a simmer and add espresso.

Add cream mixture to chocolate with butter and liqueur and stir until smooth.

Assemble cake:

Remove side of pan and cut cake into 8 wedges.

Invert wedges (so that top sides will be flat) onto a large rack set over a large shallow baking pan, spacing them at least 1 inch apart.

Pour enough warm ganache evenly over wedges to coat them and let stand 5 minutes.

Scrape excess ganache from baking pan into bowl of ganache and pour ganache over wedges again, making sure they are coated completely. (Remaining ganache may be chilled, covered, and reheated for using as a chocolate sauce.)

Let wedges stand at room temperature until ganache is set, at least 1 hour, and up to 6.

Just before serving, pick over raspberries and cover top of each wedge with raspberries.

Things I did differently:

  • I did not use a double boiler, I NEVER do. I melted my chocolate at 30 second increments in the microwave. Remember to stir in between! Chocolate will normally keep its shape. When it’s close to completely melted, microwave in 5 second increments. Note: If your microwave is very powerful, OR if you’re scared of your chocolate, microwave at 30 or 50% power.
  • I did not use liquor. Didn’t have it, didn’t miss it.
  • I used less coffee. I was using very strong Puertorrican coffee and didn’t want coffee to overpower the chocolate. It gave a nice touch. (maybe next time, I’ll add a bit more)
  • I didn’t have the raspberries. Please, DON’T be like me, get yourself some berries! I just KNOW that it would have made a great cake even better!

If you’re patient with your cake and with your steps, you will do great with this recipe. It was chocolatey and delicious. I will definitely be making this again.

Hey! The very sweet Lisa from Sweet as Sugar Cookies has honored me with an invitation to her Sweets for a Saturday feature post! I think that it’s not only amazing because there are SO many outstanding posts linked up and I LOVE new recipes, but also because it makes me want to link up EVERY week! 🙂 And you know what that means? An excuse to bake! So, if you’re looking for some amazing sweets and recipes and just an all out amazing blog, head on over to Sweet as Sugar Cookies. I know I’ll spend all week going through those posts! yay!

Me! Monday

I had a dream this past Saturday. I was a “blogger”! I even had specific posts I did for every day of the week and you guys?!? The blogging? It made me happy! Crazy, huh? The dream had nothing to do with anyone actually reading my blog, it had a lot to do with how blogging made me feel. The healing power it had.

It’s incredible that my dreams are speaking to me now. I guess that since I’ve done my fair share of ignoring what I know to be good for me, my mind and everything good in this Universe keep finding alternate ways to reach me.

On this dream, Mondays were Me! Mondays. The day where I only wrote about myself. Anything and everything.

And so, I figured, today will be Me! Monday. We’ll see if I keep it up, though.

This weekend, I had me a Girls Afternoon Out. Just three great friends and I. We went to a cheesy girly movie. (Beastly – the things I liked about it? Neil Patrick Harris and Mary Kate Olsen- yes, that’s it!)

Ok, so it wasn’t awful. But, that’s not important! The important thing was the therapeutic effect of being out with girls. Giggling uncontrollably, laughing at anything and everything and just hanging out. It was great. It was healing. It felt good! (I might have abandoned my husband for this expedition, but it was all his fault! He recommended some silly girl time – gotta love him! 🙂

I don’t think I ever “get it” that I deserve good things. Every day I thank God for my husband, my family and my friends. In my mind, their love for me is an undeserved gift. No matter how many times my husband scolded me, telling me how wrong I was to not see the good in myself, I just couldn’t see it. It’s not that I didn’t believe him, I just thought that his love for me was blinding. That it didn’t let him see the truth that I so clearly knew. That I was broken. That I wasn’t good enough. That it was all just a fluke.

But. Something is changing. Someone told me that I’m not broken. My first response? Ja! What do you know!? Because, of course, my first response is usually to sabotage myself. But, I kept reading. And, you know what? It’s all true. If I keep believing that I’m broken, I’ll never be whole.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I’m perfect! Far from it! I’ve got lots of learning and growing and healing to do. But, I now know. My husband? A genius! He wasn’t lying to me. How blind was I? I never lie when I speak of how amazing and smart and talented and funny and handsome (ok, I’ll stop! 😉 he is. And my love for him is huge! And growing every day. So, why was it okay for me to think that HIS love had blinded him? Why couldn’t he be as truthful as I was. Well, because I was keeping myself down. I was down, I still am in many ways, but I was kicking myself while I was down there! Keeping myself down and not allowing myself to come up, not even for air.

And now? I am trying to stop kicking. Consciously so. Some days? I kick ass!!! Others? I kick myself. But! I’m working, recognizing, growing. Coming out of my shell and making myself uncomfortable in the process. But, you know what? It’s GREAT! Being out of my comfort zone? Hard!

But Feeling better? It makes it all worth it.

So that was a Monday about Me!

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