ok, enough of depressing talk. look what lonnie surprised me with!

happy balloon

happy balloon

jackie and i like it a lot.. it’s a cheery addition to the room. although the helium is all gone and it’s hanging upside down now.

i tried baking in the horrible oven again. it’s a gas oven from the 18th century, so i don’t really know how it works. i usually bake it for about 1/2 the time stated on the instructions. the texture of my cakey stuff usually comes out weird, i don’t know if it’s me or the oven, because i usually pick the recipes with good reviews.

chocolate mint cake with mint frosting

chocolate mint cake with mint frosting

chocolate mint cake

ingredients:
1 1/4 cups flour (i used all-purpose)
1 cup sugar (trader joe’s brown sugar)
1 tsp baking soda (do i really have to change it every 30 days or is its lifespan longer if refrigerated?)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil (the oil was floating so i poured a little out..)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
extras: 1 tsp peppermint extract (i did not taste any peppermint in the cake though)

instructions:
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt with a fork in pan. make sure it’s really blended.
3. add water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar. mix till very blended and scrape down the sides.
4. bake for about 30 minutes or till knife comes out clean
5. cool completely before frosting

mint frosting

ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar (it was 1 cup and then i added more to get the desired consistency)
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 tbsp rice milk

instructions:
1. mix all ingredients till smooth, add more or less milk/sugar till desired consistency

the cake was not as sweet as i like, and i would prefer it with a lighter (but still densey), moist texture. i like my cakes pound-like. this seemed a little dry and bland. : ( i liked my frosting though.. probably cos it’s all sugar. and i definitely didn’t wait for the cake to cool completely before frosting. well after refrigerating it, it turned out rather nicely with all the sides covered by frosting (i took the picture right after i frosted it, so it looks melty but i still think it looks cool).

jackie and i went to my very first pumpkin patch on friday night! we picked out our respective pumpkins and carved them yesterday evening. it’s my very first jack-o’-lantern : )

jackie's scary pumpkin

jackie's scary pumpkin

my pumpkin!!!

my pumpkin!!!

mine took forever! it was bigger so everything was tougher and took a lot of energy. plus i didn’t think about the rounded patterns being hard to carve. we did everything with kitchen knives btw! and my pumpkin had about 200000 seeds and was all pulpy. we kept some of the flesh and the million seeds so we can make yummy things next week. i’m thinking of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin garlic soup.

i’ll be taking another set of pictures when we get tealights to put inside! we already placed them on our porch.. hopefully no drunken college asshole destroys them because i will be a very angry girl. i’m going to disneyland later with the boy! i’m excited for the halloween decorations. i really wanna buy zero (jack skellington’s pet), it’s so cute and has a light-up nose!

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