Friday, November 26, 2010

Where Do the Hours Go?

 Happy late Thanksgiving! :]
This post was actually my plan for Wednesday night, however.. I just ran out of time. I promised to help with my aunt's dogs while she was out of town, and I was trying to get ready to go to Doug's mom's house for Thanksgiving festivities, and trying to bake a cake to take over there with us (which you will see more of in a moment..). Do other bloggers know about some extra hidden hours in the day that I'm not seeing? haha. By the time I get off of work, it would be too late for me to shower and get changed and ready and have time for me to take pictures before the sun goes down, so I apologize for the absence, I just haven't been able to find that time.. Anyway, enough complaining..

I only have two pictures of this outfit, because.. I'm not gonna lie, the across the street neighbors were in and out of their house, carrying things to and from their car, and staring me down. I am an awkward person, and I like to do things with.. not other people around... haha. So I got nervous, and said.. "Oh, this will be good enough", and went back inside. To make my cake. And clean. :]

I made a rum cake to take to Doug's mom's house, because apparently it is rude to show up without something. haha. When I had told my grandma my Thanksgiving plans.. her first words were "Well, what are you going to take with you?" I had no idea. So, we used the ol' fail safe. This is a ridiculously easy cake to make, and it requires little ingredients, really. So I thought it would be fun to document, and share the recipe with all of you. It's really great for the holidays, and although I didn't get this up in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas is right around the corner! So, here we go..
I hope you can see that first picture clearly enough. But I'll still do a quick run-down of everything. 

1 package of butter golden cake mix
1 package of instant vanilla pudding
(the recipe says you can use actual rum, but it really doesn't taste as good, so just go with this..)
1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon of rum extract
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix all of that together until you get most of the lumps out, while also preheating your oven to 325 degrees, and greasing a Bundt pan. Pour the mixture in, and bake it for 50-60 minutes. I put mine in for 52 minutes, and it came out perfect. :]  

Then, when it is nearly done, you will make your glaze.. it requires:
1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract.
Boil that for about 3-4 minutes, and then pour over the cake after poking a bunch of little holes in the top with a toothpick to help it soak in, also.. do this pretty soon after pulling it out of the oven.
Let it cool for about 30 minutes, and then...

You have a gorgeous cake, that not one person has ever said is gross. Well, no one that I know. Unless people just think my feelings get hurt too easily to tell me the truth. But seriously, it's delicious. 

whew! So, there you have it.. you are free to cook at will, and impress important people with your amazing baking skills like I enjoy doing. :D 
And then hopefully people will bring you presents and flowers because of the love they have for your newfound baking glory!

Yes, Doug showed up with flowers. Not because of my cake though. :( He's just a really good guy. haha.
Anyway! We had a wonderful day together, being lazy, and eating way too much amazing food that his mom made, watching football, and Christmas movies.. And then we went out to see MegaMind 3D. It was an exceptional movie, I must say. So, overall a very lovely experience this year. And then right back to work today, and another double tomorrow. And I won't be off again until Thursday. I will try my best to not disappear this time, but I can't make any promises. haha.

So, if you do decide to try the rum cake recipe, let me know how it turned out!
And, I would really love to hear about everyone's Thanksgiving day festivities!
Have a good night. :]


Linley said...

that looks delicious!! i love making and eating rum cake!!!!

Natasha said...

I'm totally the same way with taking my pictures...I think it gets better over time...but the only way I will do pictures in the public is if I have my hubby to take the pictures.
I love the metallic accents in your outfit...I never think to wear a belt lower..must try it!

Emily said...

Yum - I love rum cake!

Linda W said...

It is so awkward taking pictures, right? Whenever someone walks by, I tell my man to put down the camera and we just act like we are talking. Totally awkward!
That cake looks delicious.

Col said...

Love this belt! I also feel awkward taking my pics and make my husband drive around our neighborhood until I find somewhere where no one can see us taking pictures!

Sarah said...

Belting everything at the waist is "in" right now but I really like how you did it at the hips! Love the outfit!
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