Yikes, time has seriously gotten away from me. I feel like I’m almost like a stranger here!
But I’m back here to check in with my favorite little readers :)
Updates from school here at U of I… My parents visited me about a week and and a half ago for Dad’s weekend! It was so fun getting to see them. My mom, unnecessarily, felt like she was intruding on Dad’s Weekend so she stayed in the background for a bit and hung out with my sister. My dad and I had fun at “block” in the morning with my sorority and our frat that we “block” with.
I’m sure, unless you went to U of I, you all don’t know what “block” is. “Block” is something all sororities and most fraternities at U of I do during football season, it’s where they get together and have a small little party before the football game, and then head off to the football game. When I say it like that it sounds weird, but I swear it’s fun!
So after my dad and I went to “block”, we headed off to the game. Illinois was beating Miami of Ohio pretty badly, so we left at the fourth quarter and hit the tailgates. My roommate’s family comes for every home game because they have season tickets, so they always have an awesome tailgate. We went to theirs and a couple other ones nearby, then got picked up by my mom and sister. From there we headed to dinner.
Let me tell you guys, there is nothing like a nice dinner out with your family after a month of eating college dorm food. I actually felt like I was in Heaven.
After dinner we took a long walk through campus where I got to show my parents my sorority and give them a small tour of the house. It’s so great to see their reactions to my sorority house compared to my brother’s 3rd world-esque fraternity house he lived in when he was in college.
Sorority houses look just the exact same way in real life as they do in movies. True story.
Anyways, on Sunday I got to take my dad to my sorority’s brunch before he and my mom headed back home. It was so great to see them and hug them!! My mom left me with 6 jars of her homemade black bean soup, broccoli cheddar soup, and vegetarian chili. Trust me, I protected those bad boys with my life and did not let anyone in the dorm sneak a bite!
Let’s talk about this chocolate magic cake though…this is maybe one of the coolest recipes I have ever made!! This chocolate cake is almost like a chocolate pudding, but then cake at the same time. It’s suuuuper rich and chocolatey and delicious. This baby did NOT last long!
Chocolate Magic Cake
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used dark)
4 eggs, separated
1/8 teaspoon white vinegar
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly butter or grease a 8″x8″ baking dish.
- Melt the butter and set aside to slightly cool. Warm the milk to lukewarm and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa powder for 20 seconds. Set aside.
- Whip the egg whites with vinegar to stiff peaks and set aside.
- Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla extract until evenly incorporated.
- Mix in the flour/cocoa into the batter until evenly incorporated. Gently whisk/beat in the milk until everything is well mixed.
- Fold/gently-whip in the egg whites, 1/3 at a time. Repeat until all of the egg whites are folded in.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until when you gently shake the cake, it is slightly jiggly but is no longer runny jiggly.
- Allow cake to completely cool before cutting and then dust with confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!
Random Fact of the Day: In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.