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Chocolate Mug Cake: Heaven in Two and a Half Minutes

Today I’m having a serious craving for chocolate covered shortbread cookies. Sadly, though, we don’t have butter. Sigh. But then I remembered, what about mug cake? It doesn’t require any butter, and it’s super delicious…. so I decided to stop by Ariel’s blog and check out the recipe that she posted a while ago… but I decided to change it up a bit.


  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 3 tbs of sugar
  • 2 tbs of cocoa powder
  • Half a ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbs of milk
  • 3 tbs of oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a little vanilla
  • 15 or so chocolate chips


Combine ingredients in a mug and stir for a minute or so, making sure all the ingredients are mixed – you don’t want to end up with lumps of flour (uh, I wouldn’t know this from personal experience. Nope.)  Next, microwave for about two and a half minutes – I have a 1150 watt microwave and it worked perfectly. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from http://www.lotsofloveseattle.wordpress.com


Until next time, Em 🙂

C is for Cookie Exchange

This year at my church, we’re having a cookie exchange, and since I love to bake, I decided to join in.

I’m making these yummy homemade snicker bars.

And of course, I’m packaging them in cute homemade cloth bags, which I featured in one of my DIY projects.



Until next time, Em 🙂
Jenny Matlock

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog and Vanilla Syrup

This is a recipe near and dear to my heart. I drink this whenever I want a flavored drink that isn’t coffee and isn’t tea. A Dublin Fog is steamed milk, concentrated tea, and syrup mixed together. Here’s my favorite recipe!

Recipe Time: Dublin Fog

¼ cup hot water

1 Irish Breakfast tea bag (I use Stash Super Irish Breakfast)

1 cup 2% milk

1 tbsp vanilla syrup

  1. Take a glass measuring cup and put in ¼ cup of water. Microwave until hot enough for making tea, or use a hot water dispenser.
  2. Pour the hot water over the tea bag and let steep 3-5 minutes, depending on the strength desired.
  3. Microwave 1 cup of milk for around 48 seconds, using the glass measuring cup from step one.
  4. When the tea is done steeping, take the tea bag out and pour in the hot milk.
  5. Add 1 tbsp (or as much as desired) vanilla syrup. Stir.
  6. Enjoy!

Inspired by the London Fog recipe on wikibooks.org

Recipe Time: Vanilla Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3/4 tsp vanilla extract (1/2 tsp if a lesser strength is desired)

  1. Heat the water and sugar over low/medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or bottle and cover. Refrigerate until needed.

Inspired by vanilla syrup recipes on A Beautiful Mess and Annie’s Eats

Until next time, Em 🙂

FADS: Day 13

Day 13: 10pm

So… since I’ll probably be asleep by 10pm (let’s see how long this lasts), I decided to take a picture of what I’m doing right now. Namely, homework. That’s due next week. Don’t judge me, I’m bored and have watched thirteen Lizzie Bennet Diaries videos today so… yeah. I have a right to be sick of procrastinating.


Oh and here’s the recipe for the homemade chai tea latte! Go try it, it’s delicious! I used Stash chai spice tea and it was so good!

Until next time, Em 🙂

I wouldn’t call it an addiction…

One of my recent… hobbies… is recipe-ing (okay, that’s a totally lame verb, just ignore me). It all started one day at school when we had a free period and I thought “hey, I should do some ‘research’ for when I have my own bakery” (aka find delicious recipes of cupcakes and bookmark them)… now this may have gotten out of hand when I had… oh 80 or so recipes. I then decided to go over to ZipList and make a recipe box for holding all of my delicious recipes. Well, I sort of got… carried away. I now have 138 recipes. I mean, who knows when I’ll get a craving for Microwave Potato Chips or Homemade Croissants or Hot Fudge Sauce? It pays to be prepared, as the Boy Scouts say.


Right now the song Stacy’s Mom is stuck in my head. Why is it so catchy and wonderful while at the same time oh so terrible?! I may or may not have put it as my ringtone in true Elodie fasion. I’m sure it will be funny when it rings, as long as it’s not in any of those aforementioned situations. I should probably go turn my ringer off right now, but my phone is off and I never get calls (I’m not a loser, I swear. I just text people) (read: I’m too lazy). I feel like it’s gonna ring some day after school and everyone will be like “what the haystacks is your ringtone? that is so weird” and I’m gonna be secretly rocking out to it.


I have a very serious problem that needs to be touched upon. I HATE MY HAIR. It’s now long enough to curl up in the back, which 1) looks terrible and 2) looks like a mullet in training, which brings us back to #1. I’m too lazy to get it cut, so I’m hoping it will grow out by the time school comes around. Wait, I have orchestra camp next week. Let’s bring out the hairbands and look like weirdos with super short ponytails yes yes yes. I’m getting off topic here. The very serious problem that needs to be touched upon is that I am mistaken for a guy because of my aforementioned (such a fun word) short hair. I volunteer at the library, and anybody who is anybody, aka anybody who has been there for as long as I have knows that I recently got my hair cut. Now, people who don’t know that, aka patrons, are the meanest people alive (or just stupid). I was helping out a patron, when one of the workers who for some reason was in a snit (all the other workers said this too, so it wasn’t just me) came up to us and asked “are you okay?” and I said “yes” and the patron said “yes he’s got it”… WAIT HOLD UP A MINUTE I AM NOT A GUY. I don’t even look like a guy. You have to live under a rock to not know that some girls have short hair. Maybe it was just this guy, because he didn’t know how the books were shelved (by author)… he didn’t even know what the 3 letters were on the side of the book (THE FIRST THREE LETTERS OF THE AUTHOR’S NAME, HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE?!)…. ugh this is what is wrong with this world.

Until next time, Em 🙂