Chocolate Bundt Cake

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In another life, I would be heading to the beach this weekend.

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That other life is just a pre-COVID-19 one.

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I’m not a huge beach person anyways, so it’s not a huge loss.

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It’s more of the principle of a mini vacation. It was really just an excuse for all of our pals to get together before we all move this summer. I suppose we still could have made it work if we all wore masks inside our AirBNB and disinfected the toilet seats, showers, sinks and really any other hard surfaces after every single use. But alas, we canceled. It’s probably a good thing considering we’re in the midst of some sort of tropical storm and if we had any intention of not passing germs back and forth the ENTIRE weekend, we would need to be outside soaking up some rays. Which, now that you mention it, I desperately need……..maybe I’m down about not going on this trip after all…..

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You would understand if you saw my pasty skin.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 bundt cake

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of white cane sugar
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine flour + sugar + cocoa + baking powder + baking soda + S
  • Add in milk + 1 cup of water + olive oil + whisk until combined
  • Mix in vinegar + extract
  • Pour into a greased/sprayed bundt pan
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center relatively clean
  • While it cools, combine coconut milk + chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl + microwave or 30 seconds, stir, repeat until softened + combined
  • Once cake is cooled, flip onto a plate + shake it loose
  • Pour glaze on top + serve
  • Recreate the chocolate cake scene from Matilda

 

Adapted from here!

Lemon Pound Cake

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So about this packing thing.

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We’re two days in and I think I’m over it.

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I mean, not that I’m helping. But my supervisory role is really weighing on me.

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I’ll remind you we are possibly months away from moving. With that, I’d personally only like to pack things we don’t use often or that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Enter my knick knacks and wall hangings. Do I use them everyday? Not in a practical sense, no. Do they bring me joy and make our house a home? Most definitely. I turn my back for one second and this man packs ALL my knick knacks and starts taking down my wall hangings. Is he out of his mind?! Apparently.

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He also tried to convince me to get rid of my books and get a Kindle. Again, I’m not sure we’re going to make it through this.

 

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + baking) | Serves: A family of two for about an afternoon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of lemon extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. of S
  • 2.5 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • dd butter + sugar to a mixer, cream together
  • Add in vanilla + lemon extract, mix
  • In another bowl, combine flour + baking powder + S
  • With the mixer on low, add flour mixture a little at a time until it combines with butter + sugar
  • Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in a measuring glass + add almond milk, mix + let sit for a couple of minutes
  • Pour in the milk to the other ingredients + combine
  • Fold in lemon zest
  • Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray + add batter
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove + cover with foil, bake another 20 minutes
  • While the cake cools, combine powdered sugar + remaining lemon juice
  • Once completely cool, pour on glaze
  • Serve at any time of day + try not to eat entire loaf in one sitting, I suggest serving slices to neighbors to ensure self-control

 

Adapted from here!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

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My panic disorder is one of my most charming qualities.

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Like, to myself. If other people have to see it, it’s a catastrophe.

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Common folk can handle life circumstances with clarity and a level head. Not I, the overreacting girl!!!!

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I’ve told y’all I run the cafe at church once a month. I was closing up shop yesterday, getting everything put away and organized. Every single time I forget that I’m supposed to lock the keys up because obvio that feels counterintuitive. Who locks keys INSIDE something else?! But this time, I did everything correctly the first time. Gold star for me! I start to leave and realize I don’t have my bag. It’s inside the closet. And I just locked the keys inside said closet. Wave of nausea comes, but I swallow it back – I know where the spare is! I go rifling through the drawer and it’s not in the secret hiding spot. I check all of the drawers. Nada. Nothing. Panic ensues. I ask my team leader if she has a key. Nope. She enlists two staff members to help. No can do. I think by this time we have tried every ring on four key rings and one staff member has tried breaking in with a credit card lawlz. By now, I am having a full blown panic attack. My car keys are in that closet. I cannot even leave here. I will have to sleep in this church. At least I will be comforted by the Lord, but like the seats aren’t THAT comfortable. Finally I just said, “K, I’m going to call a locksmith,” because by this point 20 minutes have gone by and in my experience if something can’t fixed in 20 minutes, it’s time to call a professional. They were basically like hold your horses, a key has been found.

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I just HAD to take a 45 minute bubble bath to decompress and get my heart rate down after that.

 

 

Time: 6 hours (prep + freezing) | Serves: 12 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of packed dates
  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of cashews + 1 cup of almonds, quick-soaked (bring nuts to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes, drain) or soaked overnight
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of agave
  • 2 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter
  • Flaky sea salt, for serving

How to:

  • In a food processor, add dates + process until they form into one ball
  • Add walnuts + process into a meal
  • To a lightly greased muffin pan, place a strip of parchment paper at the bottom of each tin so the paper hangs out on either side (this will make lifting the bites out easier)
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop out some of your date/walnut mix + pour into each tin, pressing down + flattening in each – about two scoops of mix for tin
  • Place in freezer while you work on the filling
  • Meanwhile, combine cashews + almonds + lemon juice + coconut oil + milk + agave in the cleaned out food processor, process until smooth creamy (I then transferred mine to a blender to get it even creamier)
  • Add peanut butter + process again until all combined
  • Using your cookie scoop, scoop 2-3 spoonfuls on top of each crust in the muffin pan until almost full, spread it out evenly + tap the pan down to get out the air bubbles
  • Add back to the freezer, freeze for about 4-5 hours
  • To serve, sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top
  • In the middle of the night while your sweetie is sleeping, tiptoe into the kitchen + eat all of these by the refrigerator light, while you contemplate the life decisions that got you here

 

Adapted from here!