How to be Famous Part 2

Part two of Sali Hughes’ In The Bathroom interview with Caitlin Moran is up on her YouTube page! Her make-up drawer is as messy as mine!

Also I’ve finished Moran’s book (yes I read very fast-it’s my only super power) How to be Famous.

Can I just say that it’s brilliant! And it’s such a timely story even though it takes place in 1995. Hilarious and heartfelt. The chapter in which Dolly writes the letter to her rock star friend about how he shouldn’t discount his teenage girl fans is amazingly important.
Although a grown woman, I became weepy at the words:
They are a power grid of energy-they are splitting their own atoms with love and exploding over and over…
The rest of the letter to John is amazing and if you haven’t figured it out yet I highly recommend this book and it’s predecessor How to Build a Girl It isn’t necessary to read first to enjoy Famous but it is the story of how Dolly met John.

University Survival Guide

Yes this is coming in at the 11 hour. Sorry! I’ve been moving my own university student into his first teeny tiny apartment. I didn’t cry (much) this time, promise! Below is a wealth of great advice for incoming university students. These vids and links helped us get an idea of the reality of student life and what living away from home was like. I will say, the advice givers are very honest about student life and do not sugar coat.

Freshman year dorm move in day was crazy! Less stuff next time!

University by The Londoner

What to Bring to College by Sage-Brush Mama

Getting Ready for Dorm Life (a Pinterest Board) by Jessie Higgs

Finally this from me: It’s not lethal if they don’t have every single thing on the list. Rosie was right when she said save some things for them to go get on their own. They’ll have the satisfaction of figuring it out and fetching it on their own, gaining a big boost of confidence.
Also, don’t be heart broken if they aren’t homesick. He/She has been anticipating this their whole teenage life! Good luck Freshman and good job parents!
Hey parents? I’m no expert, but I did learn a lot this past year about parenting a college age teen. Any questions?
Ask me anything!

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake

It’s Kellen’s birthday! We all know what this means….

kellen bday cake

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and line the bottom of a 9 inch springform cake pan and set aside.

9oz. Dark Chocolate
1/2 cup Butter (room temp)
2 whole Eggs
4 Eggs (separated)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Coffee or Orange Liquor (optional)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (for dusting)

Chop the dark chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl, add the butter. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir the mixture and place it back in for 30 seconds or until the butter and chocolate are just melted. Whisk the mixture to combine and set aside to cool slightly.

Separate the 4 eggs into two large bowls. Set aside the egg whites.
Into the bowl with the egg yolks add the two remaining whole eggs and the sugar. Using a hand or electric mixer whisk the eggs and sugar until well combined.
Check the chocolate mixture, it should be cooler now. Warm, but not super hot (think baby’s bottle temp). Test with your (clean) finger.
If it’s still too hot let it cool for a few more minutes before slowly whisking it into the egg and sugar mixture.
Add the liquor; stir well to combine.

Making sure you’re using a clean whisk or electric mixer attachment, whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy and firm.
The eggs whites won’t fluff if there is even a speck of fat on the beaters.

Take half the egg whites and stir them into the chocolate batter. This will help lighten the batter and make it easier to fold in the rest.
Gently fold the rest of the egg whites into the batter trying not to deflate the egg whites.

This takes some patience. Just…meditate or something.

Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and place into the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
At the 30 minute mark give the cake pan a little shake, if it’s still a bit liquid in the center, bake for 10 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely before removing the outer ring.
The cake will have fallen and cracked while cooling, this means you’ve done it right! It’s rich and fudgey inside!

Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder or fill the cratered top with whipped cream.

Birthday dude is gonna be stoked!

P.S. Here’s a picture for lining the cake pan.

cake pan

Best Day in NYC

My favorite day in NYC, by far, was our picnic and bike ride through Central Park.



First, we went to Grand Central Market and bought all sorts of picnic goodies. Baguette, fruit, drinks, salads and some lovely runny cheese. Then we hopped on the subway and rode to Central Park.


We found a bench near Umpire Rock and ate, and people watched.


The boys swore this was the bridge in the final scene from the movie “Cloverfield”. We had fun spotting all the places in the park which we recognized from a favorite movie.

Then we rented bikes and set off around the bike paths. This is the best way to see the park! The boys took off on their own and did the whole park loop! Jef and I stopped for an ice cream along the way and another people watching session on a park bench. It was the best day!

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