Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yummy deliciousness...

Tired of the same old scoop of ice cream for dessert? Crazy for chocolate? Have I got the receipe for you! Thanks to Nigella Lawsonof the Food Network, I give to you Chocohotopots...

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 eggs
3/4 cup superfine sugar (I just put 3/4 cup regular granulated sugar in a food processor for a couple of seconds)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Butter 4 ramekins with 1 tablespoon butter.

Either in a microwave or in a bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water, melt the dark chocolate and 1 stick butter, then set aside to cool a little.

In another bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar and flour with a hand whisk, and beat in the cooled butter and chocolate mixture. Divide the mixture between the 4 buttered ramekins. Bake for about 20 minutes, by which time the tops will be cooked and cracked and the chocolate ooey-gooey underbeath.

Place each ramekin on a small plate with a teaspoon and serve. Make sure to warn people that these desserts will be HOT!

I found this recipe to be simple and able to whip up in a snap. So fast, you don't have time to think about all of the butter you're about to ingest!

But seriously...if you love chocolate, you will absolutely fall in love with this recipe!

I hope you try it is SOOO good!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Seahawk Magic

I had a really great opportunity to go to the Seahawks game against the Rams last weekend. A good friend of ours, Marcus, was invited to sing the national anthem, and he killed it. It actually brought tears to my eyes how amazing he sounded...I was so proud!!!

The view from our seats
Bri, Jenn & Jacob

(tear) My favorite player from last season was Josh Brown who wanted more money and left the Seahawks for the Rams. I've never heard such loud boos!

Jacob had completed a triathalon earlier that morning so he wound up catching some zzz's.

Tiffy, Jenn, myself & Bri...all hopped up on garlic fries and Bud Lites

It was such a fun time...I truly love these ladies!

Oh, and the Hawks won too, so that was the icing on the cake!

Erich's little heroes...

Erich's helping coach a pee-wee football league this fall...and I gotta tell ya, there's not much that's more adoreable than 9, 10 & 11 year olds playing football.

Oh, except for Erich interacting with them. That's pretty cute, too!

So far, they're 2-1 and playing pretty good. I have my favorites...Matthew, the happa with a heart of gold; Nathan, the other asian kid who practices so hard be throws up in his helmet but keeps playing; and Calvin, the tiny co-captain who has more spirit than the rest of the team combined.

Go Lake City Braves!


It's been a long time, I know. I have no excuses except that life has been crazy and I've been too tired to post. But, per Christie's sweet insistence, I've dragged my sorry butt off the couch to post some pics about life in the past month...

First off, Anna's wedding spectacular. I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I'd taken, but here's a small glimpse into the wedding weekend.

First, for Anna's bachelorette party, we had a low-key night with a few close gal pals spent enjoying mexican food and margaritas before going to see a late night showing of Mamma Mia! Anna is a huge ABBA fan and really wanted to see this film together, but up until a couple of days before the festivities we weren't even sure if it would still be in theaters. Luckily for us, it was and we had a blast! Singing along, dancing in our seats, laughing hysterically at how obnoxious we must've appeared to everyone else in the was perfect.

Just a few of the gals (from left to right) Emily, Danae, Anna, Melissa & Abbi

Me & Abbi

Emily & me

Anna getting ready before the rehearsal & rehearsal dinner

Myself, Anna & Emily

Emily making it happen

Finally the big day arrived and Anna was anything but nervous. Emily and I spent the night on a mattress in Anna's living room and were startled awake when Anna screamed "I'M GETTING MARRIED TODAY!!!" She headed off to have coffee with Eric to spend valuable time together and exchange gifts before getting ready for the rest of the day. The gals started arriving to get ready and visit...that's when time started to fly by. Before we knew it, we were all dressed and heading to the Daughter's of the American Revolution mansion to take pictures. In the blink of an eye we were headed to the church to watch this amazing couple take their vows in front of family and friends.

All the while Anna was composed, excited, giddy, and calm. I was amazed. All of the planning she had put into the day and everything went off without a hitch. And she looked beautiful.

The blushing bride

All in all, it was an honor to stand by her side on one of the most important days in her life.

I love you, Anna!!