Friday, October 14, 2011

Missing my yellow cakes

Today I was doing my usual reading of the articles on Yahoo. I came across an article about the best Yellow Cake mixes.

All I know is it really made me miss baking. I started thinking about all the things I am going to bake when I get home, and cake is definitely one of them. Here is 2  pictures of the last yellow cake I made :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Little things

I was missing home more then usual so I decided it was time to decorate my dorm room. I figured I would buy some posters or something when I moved in but I never found ones I liked enough to buy. Instead I looked through my computer and found some pictures I had saved from the internet, ones I had taken myself, and pictures of family and friends. 

wall of inspiration

quote wall

I just printed out quotes and pictures and created some wall art. My wall now makes me feel a little more at home while looking towards the future. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sugar creeping into my mind

Living in a dorm is a little tricky. I do not have access to a real kitchen, so one of the main things I am missing from home is being able to cook. I have been keeping track of recipes to try when I get home for break. I have been eating healthy the last few weeks and cutting out desserts, so my sugar tooth is raging for some chocolate at the moment. Here are a few Sweets that caught my eye the last few days! 

Twix Cheesecake Pie

Looks so YUMMY!
  • Ingredients: 2 8-ounce cream cheese bars, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 16 Twix bars, & 8 inch Chocolate Cookie Piecrust.
  • Oven at 325 degrees
  • With a mixer, beat 2 8-ounce bars of cream cheese, at room temperature, with a 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 large eggs. 
  • Mix in 10 chopped Twix Bars. 
  • Pour mix into an 8 inch Chocolate Cookie Piecrust
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes; let cool. 
  • Sprinkle with 6 chopped Twix bars while it cools.
  • Chill until pie is firm
  • Enjoy a piece of pie :)

Devilishly Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Heaven

  • Ingredients: 4 oz. Nestle Chocolate bittersweet chocolate baking bar (broken into pieces), 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup of water, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3 large eggs, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oven at 350 degrees
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Paper line 14 muffin cups
  • Microwave small chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds, then stir. If piece still retain shape, put in microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time until melted. Remember to stir. 
  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl. 
  • In a measuring cup, combine buttermilk and water. 
  • In a different bowl, beat the brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract for 2 minutes on high. Beat in melted chocolate. 
  • Beat flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture. 
  • Spoon into muffin cups, 3/4 full. 
  • Bake for 18-23 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. 
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack.

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Starting Off

Hi, I'm Nat. 
I love the little things in life! 
Reading, baking, and photography are my hobbies.
I would love a job with anything to do with crafts or baking. 
An Art major that loves the ocean and the animals that live in it. 
Right now I am away at school missing my family and friends, my home. 
I hope this blog if a fun and helpful way to have your own home away from home. 
Thanks for checking Home Away From My Sweet Home.