Schedules are good. Schedules add structure, we need structure in our lives. Well, at least I do.
Especially now being at home by myself a lot I need to set a schedule for myself every day of every week, discipline, structure and lists, every morning. At least I live for making lists. I am always making lists. I have stacks upon stacks of cute note pads from here and there – I think its an obsession. But I know the best of us have notepad and lists obsessions.
I am my own boss now and I need to be a damn good one, that’s what I try to tell myself every morning. It is also what I put at the top of my list daily, so I don’t ever forget. Get it girl!
That all being said, I missed my post yesterday and it hurt. Completion is one of my goals with having a blog and online shop. Follow your schedule and complete your daily tasks set out for yourself. It really isn’t that hard. It makes me feel responsible and strong when I finished what I set out to do, and nothing can beat that feeling, especially if you are making it happen every day. Baby steps leading up to giant leaps.
So I started the Inspiration and Motivation Monday post yesterdat, but then Fred (who can be a freaking nuisance in the evening) started jumping all over the desk, biting things and trying to knock stuff over (she must have seen a speck of the bottom of her food bowl). She managed to knock over a GIGANTIC jar of water, which I had set on the table next to the desk so it would be out of the danger zone, because I mean, accidents do happen. Well, apparently it wasn’t far enough away and the water went flying ALLL OVVEERRR EVVERYTHINGGGG…sooooo much waterrrrrrrrrrrr. It took a good amount of time, some bickering, some tears, some venting, a little this, a little that and it was eventually all cleaned up. By this time it was so late and I had become exhausted, I had to tell myself it was okay to miss a post. “BUT DANGIT I HAD PLANNED IT OUT AND EVERYTHING!” I argued with myself for a while then just decided to go to bed. I was upset and tired, and I felt like It was better left undone than to do it poorly. Kind of like how you should NOT drive when you are really upset and teary and your emotions have taken over…it’s dangerous. That was how I felt last night.
(Drama Queen alert)
Guess what? I lived. I am here now, and it’s all good. I am just glad there was no serious damage done to the computer and all of the electrical do-dads at and around the desk.
There is Fred, being Fred…and yes I took these pictures on my bed.
Let’s not judge … photos are all about that lighting and the white snow outside made everything brighter and prettier inside the bedroom. (If only I could find that light everyday)
>> LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS CAKE! IT DESERVES ALL THE ATTENTION <<
No one would ever suspect that this dark, delicious, insanely moist cake was both, egg-less and dairy-free. Chances are you have all these ingredients in your pantry or cabinet, so you don’t have to go buy anything fancy. One of my favorite perks about this cake is that you can make it with your left over morning coffee! (no pun intended) Also, it is one of those magical, mix everything in one bowl type of cakes. You know those recipes sent to us from sweet sweet cake heaven. Thank you cake heaven.
I made this cake the first real day of Winter Storm Jonas. The snow had been falling all night and all day and I was in the process of making chili, a sweet tooth hit, and honestly what else was I going to do but keep cooking and baking?! So I pulled out my messy binder of recipes I have torn from magazines, printed off the internet and made copies from cook books and pulled out this baby. I have no clue where it came from, who originally made it, but I have before and knew it was delicious. I knew it would be quick and that Ory would love it as he loves just plain simple chocolate cake. No frosting, no muss, no fuss – just a simple chocolate cake and that boy is pleased. It made him even happier when I said there was no milk. Simple vegan baking at it’s finest.
If you are not familiar with vegan baking, don’t be surprised by the addition of vinegar. There is usually vinegar in vegan cake recipes, it is the combination of vinegar and baking soda that helps the cake rise!
This cake is also very versatile. You can top it with a nice chocolate glaze to make it even more indulgent. Sprinkle a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, or even a few dollops of fresh whipped cream topped with berries. You can even double the recipe if you wanted to make a more elegant layer cake. A great cake recipe is like a blank canvas, have fun and create something beautiful.
Happy Tuesday! Now go eat some cake!
- 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cooled coffee or water
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line and grease an 8 or 9 inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar.
- Add the vegetable oil, coffee (or water) and vanilla and whisk until combined and smooth.
- Add the vinegar and whisk quickly. There will be pale swirls in the batter as the baking soda and vinegar react. Stir just until the vinegar is distributed throughout the batter.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Set aside on rack to cool.
- Once cake is cooled turn out onto plate and add your yummy topping of choice.