I forgot to mention that last weekend, I bought a new mixer. (Excuse the crappy iPhone pics. I am obviously quite rusty in the food photo department…) I had lost one of my beaters from my old mixer when I moved to Japan, and kept thinking I’d find it…..alas, months later I still have no idea where it went. So I bought a new one. It’s a very basic mixer that I bought on sale at Sears, but hey, it’s better than mixing by hand!
I was feeling under-the-weather on Easter Sunday, but didn’t feel like being totally anti-social. After an Easter meal – which was my favorite breakfast foods – Jen and I made an Eastern European Blueberry-Almond cake.
We went right by the recipe, except couldn’t find almond filling (which is different than paste), so we made our own by following this recipe.
And we added twice the amount of blueberries.
After baking, we dusted the cake with powdered sugar, and the final product was deliciousness. My first homemade cake that I’ve had in a while, since I’ve been baking either cookies, boxed brownies, or Funfetti cake all year. We ate, like, half of it while watching the movie Chocolat.
Oh, and we ate our slices on Santa plates. Ha!
Picture #1: Merlin, indulging in his favorite activity: watching birds out of the window.
Picture #2: Chartreux cat that I found on the web.
Now, Merlin was a homeless, stray kitten found near the lake in Vermont when I took him home, but wow, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the rare-French breed cat called the Chartreux.
My family hears me say this often and they like to tell me he’s NOT really a Chartreux, and NOT that it really matters, but the above photos that I recently found look like the same cat. Merlin is also large and powerful (but with short legs). Affectionate and a good traveler, he stays mostly silent. He rarely meows and will only silently purr when pleased. Just.like.the.Chartreux.
I’ve browsing street art murals lately because of our big mural project at work (which JUST finished!) Our mural is quite long, but here’s a tiny pano at the moment. It’s been raining too much these past few days to get some good finished photos.
Anywho, here’s some of my favorites street art murals from around the world that I’ve browsed this week. These artists must have awesome arm muscles…..just sayin’.
New York City, NY
Woodstock, South Africa
Sources: Complex/Bored Panda
Errrrr….a snowy/icy walk on my way to Penny Cluse Cafe for a “work” breakfast yesterday morning.
A quick breakfast before yoga this morning – Ojai Pixies and a Balance Bar. It’s Ojai Pixie time at City Market, a short but sweet citrus spree for me. I eat like 8 of these a day for as long as I can! Teeny tiny but super juicy and sweet. If you see them at your store, TRY THEM!