Happy Halloween!

Today, all I want to do is watch scary movies. And eat candy. And dress up. And carve pumpkins. I just love everything about Halloween.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Oh October, Where Have Thou Gone?

I cannot believe how fast this month has gone by. It seems like yesterday that everything was green and blooming and now, it is cold and I am spending way too much time writing a paper on Shakespeare. Yuk. Despite my negative attitude towards the changing weather and to school, I have thoroughly enjoyed the month of October.

I had the chance to write (although sparingly), bake, cook, and I was able to snap a few more pictures of fall before the colors withered away…

Animals in Wiaparous…

Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

Quinoa Mixed Greens Salad

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins with Cinnamon Crumble

Latte art from Kawa

Outdoors…

I will most definitely be enjoying the last few days of the month: Cannot wait for Halloween!

Do It Anyway

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it my never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.”

My Dear,

I see her, late at night, pacing the lonely streets at a lonely hour in the dark, in the rain. As I strain my eyes to see her, she strains her eyes to hold back the tidal waves behind her eyes. Perhaps this is why she walks in the dark, in the rain.

I once knew this person—this girl—with locks of gold and sun-kissed skin. I’d look at her empty soul through the windowpane and only see a reflection of my own empty eyes. I too once walked these lonely roads when I loved him more than I loved myself. I too disguised the tidal waves behind my eyes amongst the rainy nights and starry skies when only the moon’s reflection would reveal my dreary drops. Those drops of heartless heartbeats fell not from my eyes but from my heart. She is wishing she had her heart back, had his love back, had her life back. Ah, my friend, do you not know that your love is unshakable? I will tell you that you cannot lose something that you never had. But you, my dear, had it and he never did.

Yes, I know you. I know that you held on to this man when no holding on was necessary. No holding on was wanted, don’t you see? You can’t make someone love you, my dear. I know that as you fall, you will hurt the deepest and the longest and feel the strongest. That love, clinging like a leech, will be there eternally, my dear. You cannot shake first love.

I will reach out to her. I will rid her of her pain and like a mother, tell her that one day these tears will make her laugh. But, my love, I would be a foolish liar. For looking back on laughs will too, make you cry.

Walk on, my lovely. No one will see you crying in the dark, in the rain.

I write. I read. I listen.


One of the most exciting things in life is finding something that you have lost. In my case, I was very happy to have found my iPod which had been MIA for months. How nice it was to listen to my old playlist again…

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • Read My Mind/ Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • Australia/ New Slang – The Shins
  • Strange and Beautiful – Aqualung
  • Dice – Finley Quaye ft. Beth
  • Undisclosed Desires – Muse ( Thin White Duke Remix)
  • Rebellion – Arcade Fire
  • Lupe Fiasco – Superstar
  • Everytime We Touch – David Guetta
  • Wonderwall – Ryan Adams
  • Wonderful Night – Fatboy Slim
  • Wasted – Andy Duguid ft. Leah
  • Blue Light – Bloc Party
  • All At Once – The Fray
  • Hey Soul Sister – Train
  • Carry You Home – James Blunt
  • Ride – Carey Brothers ft. Tiesto
  • Breakeven – The Script
  • Volcano – Damien Rice

Haven’t heard of some of these? Each and every one is deserving of a good listen.

Music is what feeling sounds like: Music is art.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttercream Icing

After not feeling so well this past week, I managed to accomplish very little. As a consequence, last weekend’s baking plans sadly went down the drain. I do plan to bake and cook the things I had planned to, but for now, I am quite content with a cup of tea and a bottle of Cold FX in hand.

Although I have been rather lazy (as I should be at a time like this, no?), I did manage to assist Laura in making a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttercream Icing. Not only was it easy to make, but it was rather delicious. Nothing like comfort food…

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttercream Icing

For Cake:

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for greasing bundt pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting pan
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15-ounce can; not pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs

For Icing:

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Directions:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter bundt pan generously, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.

Whisk together flour (2 1/4 cups), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together pumpkin, 3/4 cup buttermilk, and vanilla in another bowl.

Beat butter (1 1/2 sticks) and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, then add eggs and beat 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth.

Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top, then bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 15 minutes, then invert rack over cake and reinvert cake onto rack. Cool 10 minutes more.

Make Icing:
While cake is cooling, whisk together buttermilk and confectioners sugar until smooth. Drizzle icing over warm cake, then cool cake completely. Icing will harden slightly.

Although the buttercream icing on this cake was nice, I do wish that we would have tried cream cheese icing. How nice would that have looked? Imagine this cake with white icing, dusted with cinnamon or allspice…Yum!

Giving Thanks

The other day I heard that “nothing is a coincidence”. It’s true, isn’t it? Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn how to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Real love knows. True friends know.

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.”  – Samuel Johnston

Dostoevsky’s “Notes From Underground”

I truly did not know what to expect from this novel. Given that it was an assigned read from my History professor, I didn’t imagine that it was going to be all that engaging. Well, I was very wrong–I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite its small size and stream-of-consciousness narration, I found this book to be extremely funny and different from any of the other books I have read.

A couple of my favorite portions of the book:

1. “Some women, the more they’re in love, the more quarrels they’ll pick with their husbands. Really, I knew a woman like that. ‘I love you so much,’ she’d say, ‘it’s out f love that I torment you, so you feel it.’ Do you know that it is possible to torment another out of love? It’s mostly women that do it, thinking to themselves, ‘I’ll make it up to him afterwards with all my love, with the tender caresses–it doesn’t matter if I make him suffer a bit first.’ And everybody admires you in the house, everything is sweet and gay and peaceful and honest..”

Perhaps this quotation is so humorous simply because the Underground Man himself is saying this, or partially because every women thinks like this!

2. “There is also this, Liza: people like to count only their troubles, not the good things in their lives. If they looked properly, they’d see that everybody has his share of happiness allotted to him.”

True, and well said. I can’t help it that I’m on a quotation kick at the moment…

Next Book that I am reading is “Mars in Aries” by Alexander Lernet-Holenia. By the looks of it, it is either going to be really good or really, really, bad.

Laughs and Love

When people tell me they spend hours on Pinterest, they aren’t kidding. Im pretty sure I just spent the last three hours looking at pictures instead of going for a run…

Here are my favs…

Need I say more?

Just because it’s adorable

Beyond cute

I know for a fact I’m not the only girl who loves Brotips. Hilarious. English Majors understand.

Beautiful.

I was born in the wrong era and can’t help that I’m a hopeless romantic.

Anyone tried the Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks yet? Heaven.

I Love You, Pumpkin Spice

You know those crazy Starbucks regulars that flock to the scene upon the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte once a year? Yup, I’m one of those crazies. There is something simply delectable about the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Whether it’s the perfect blend of spices, or is simply symbolic of fall, I just love them. In my mind, a good Pumpkin Spice Latte makes everything better. Given that my family is abandoning me for the Thanksgiving long weekend, I believe I will have to drink many Pumpkin Spice Lattes and/or bake away my pain. Sigh.

I can feel sorry for myself all I want, but in reality, I am super excited to do some baking this long weekend. In fact, I believe that I may just try making a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home! I came across a delicious looking recipe, and I cannot wait to try it. Does it look complicated? Yes. Will I screw the recipe up? Probably. But since I have the entire house to myself, I cant help but to think about how I will take advantage of this space: I can make a mess and bake/cook as many things as my heart desires. Since no one will be home, I guess I will have to eat them all myself…

What do I plan to make, you ask?

1. Honey Gingerbread Cookies

2. Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing

3. Chai-Spiced Cheesecake with Ginger Crust and/or Rice Krispie Squares (with Halloween candy!)

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte, of course.

As for what I will make myself for Thanksgiving dinner? Not sure yet!