Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This guy I married

The more I talk to other people, the more I realize Robert is a surprising genius. 

Other people are always telling me how great his solutions are, how he fixed something no one else could, how he was way funnier than they thought. {I'm allowed to brag about him, right?!}

Today, I am grateful for the fact that Robert is a financial genius. And he is a financial genius that married a financial idiot.

In a room of co-workers today, I was the only person who did not assume a car payment was a permanent way of life. That, my friends, is financial genius. I knew more about financial planning than any of them. Me, the financial idiot -- all because I married him!

A few weeks ago, I told Robert I could not handle the way we did our budget anymore. Like, I hated it.

Robert, who hates change and has been doing the budget the same way for 10 years, re-vamped the whole system for me. And now, I am excited (which almost never happens when it comes to the topic of budgeting). It's a great system, and we are making it up together, and doing it together, which is awesome. He never complained or dragged his feet - he just fixed it in a way that worked for both of us.

I had an awful day yesterday. Robert was so patient, kind, and really encouraged me.

He always ends up making me laugh. Even after the worst days.

So even if he's not a genius, he's the perfect one for me. I am so, so grateful.

Friday, March 23, 2012

This face

We've been busy.
We've had repair people coming through the house.
We've had a lot go on.




But this face.
Is so sweet.
Is always loyal, trusting, and faithful.
Never holds a grudge.
Makes me forgive him even when he's been a pain.

Somedays, this face gives me just a little bit of sanity when I can't find any.

PS: As a doggie-momma, I constantly amazed at how much people love Otis. Family, friends, guests, the repair guy, people we walk by in the neighborhood adore this dog. I guess he's one of the many things I take for granted. Sorry, buddy. I'll try to be better.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Irish Cooking

Once a month, we have a dinner with Robert's cousins and siblings here in town, potluck/pitch-in style It's fun. This month's theme was Irish, since we held it right after St. Patrick's Day.

I made a Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake. That was healthy. I KNOW, RIGHT?! For the record, I don't like beer, and a stout has no appeal to me, but I didn't mind the cake. It did take a lot of will power to dump in beer to a cake that looked perfectly fine on it's own. The cake was little dry since it's low fat, but not too bad! I did throw in a 1/3 cup powdered sugar and milk (instead of Guinness) into the glaze to make a butter cream chocolate glaze, but I figured the cake wouldn't be very rich and would need a boost. Though it wasn't a life changing cake, it wasn't bad!


Have a lucky week, friends!

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake
Serves 8 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:  



For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup Guinness
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (semi sweet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Liberally grease a 6 cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda and stir well. Add in softened butter, applesauce, vanilla, egg whites and egg and beat with a hand held mixer until fully combined. Using a wooden spoon, fold in Guinness and chocolate chips until batter thickens a bit.
  3. Pour mixture into the bundt pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out dry. Let dry on a wire cooling rack before glazing.
  4. Prepare glaze by microwaving chocolate, butter and Guinness in a microwave safe dish for about 1 1/2 minutes, stopping to stir at 30 seconds. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over the cake and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Guilt free cakes are my favorite. Especially when they have beer!

Nutritional information per 1/8 slice: 

Calories: 165
Fat: 5.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 35 grams
Fiber: 1.8 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points:  6 points