Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No Egg - No Oil Chocolate Cake

Now that it is getting colder I am getting into baking mode.  I decided to try something new since I was low on ingredients.  I had no oil and no eggs so, I consulted my old friend Mr. Google and I found this recipe ... Not exactly low cal ... but no fat for sure.  I have to say I was skeptical but it wasn't too bad .. it turned out to be a bit like a brownie.  Moist and a bit chewy.  I will say this is very rich so a small piece goes a long way.  But when you are having a chocolate attack and no sign of chocolate in the house this came in very handy. ☺  I do adore a bit of chocolate now and again ♥


3 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
6 tbs Cocoa powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vinegar
2 tsp Vanilla
3/4 cup Applesauce
2 cups cold Water

Mix dry ingredients.  Make 3 wells in the dry mix.  Pour vanilla in one well, Apple sauce in the other, Vinegar in the 3rd well and then pour water over all.  Mix until just blended and pour into a 9 x 13 pan.   Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.  I used a glass pan and I went the full 40 ... I think I could have pulled it out at 30 or 35 and gotten an even moister cake.  I'll try that next time. 

Ovens and pans will always vary a little.   

This cake is so rich a small piece really is all you need so this will serve quite a few people. 

Enjoy! ♥

Sunday, September 26, 2010

2010 Adirondack Balloon Festival

Another year ... Another Balloon Festival. I go each year weather permitting in the hopes of seeing a huge lift off. Once again Mother Nature would not cooperate. I woke up with huge hopes. NO RAIN!!! I was still hopeful waiting in line for nearly 2 hours of stop and go traffic.

Seeing the sun coming up on the horizon ... seeing a few clouds but not too many ... I thought this is the year! So did every other person from here to Canada. I saw license plates from Canada, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts & New Hampshire. Traffic was horrendous. For those that live here we promptly came to a standstill in front of Glens Falls Animal Hospital. We have always been able to make it to at least Cronin road before the crawl begins lol! But that was ok ... There was excitement in the air.

Everyone walked around with huge smiles just waiting for the balloons to hit the field. There had to be 1000's of people on that field, I haven't seen so many in a few years. Then as the wind picked up those smiles waned. It was not to be.

Once again another year with no balloons

...... but wait!

Some pilots took pity on us poor balloon fanatics. They decided to at least fire up the burners and bring a few of those magical Balloons to life. It was wonderful to see them rise against the odds. Even though a few handlers nearly went flying while holding on to those lines.

So, we didn't get to see them all .. but we got to see a few and that made the wait worthwhile.

And yes .. next year I will trundle out the house half asleep at 4 am in hopes of seeing a full flight once again. ♥

The first kiss of the morning sun




A kind gentlemen asked if I would like a picture of "my daughter" and me .. who am I to argue ☺


My sister and her whole crew ..... a good looking bunch I would say. ♥


I love this pic ... the little Pirate giving an approving Arrrrrrrr!!!





Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Coming Back!!

I'm sprouting hair!!! I just wish my eyebrows and eyelashes would start to fill back in .. it's getting increasingly harder to pencil the brows in lol ..I'm going to look like bozo the clown pretty soon lol!



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Treatment 5 Down ... One More To Go!

I am just getting around to posting this today I have been down for the count after this one.  I'm not sure if it's because they ramped up the Taxol ... I got it in 3 hours this time vs the normal 4 hours. 

I have been so nauseous and wiped out.  I spent most of the last 3 days in bed.   I just started feeling human today.  The pills help with the sickies .. but I've taken more over these past 3 days than I have taken all the way through this I think.

But, today is a new day! I managed to get up, take a shower, get dressed and go shopping with my sister this morning.  I did pretty good but once again .. yep you guessed it ... I'm beat now. 

I am just so excited that I only have one more treatment to go on Oct. 7th.  Then I will have some testing and get the word as to what is what.  Hopefully it will mean I am good to go ♥

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I had a burst of energy...

I felt like making Lemon Squares.  I cheated and used a box mix .. but they were still good :)