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A Birthday Dinner

Today was a cookin’ kinda day! With the rain falling outside & a warm house, it was a perfect day to spend in the kitchen. But, it being Saturday, I did sleep in! 🙂 Ahh, the joys of the weekend! Anyyyways…. here’s the menu [& actually, a lot of the credit goes to my mom]:
Spicy Pop Pulled Pork (Recipe from Ree Drummond a.k.a. “The Pioneer Woman)
Au Gratin Potatoes (Recipe also from Ree Drummond)
Brussel Sprouts
Rolls
& the very best part… Grandma Gorman’s Chocolate Cake!!!! Yes yes! You heard me! Chocolate cakee! Mmm mmm!!!
So pretty much what we did with the pork was cooked it for a few hours with some onions, carrots, & red chili peppers! 🙂 It was very good… yes! It was delightful! There was a little kick of spice to it, but not too much. Just enough to make your mouth go *POP*!
As far the the Au Gratin potatoes go… well, just try to recipe. It’s worth it!
What we did with the brussel sprouts was we put a little grapeseed oil on top of them & baked them in the oven. They were very good!
So… lets get real you guys… the cake! What I did was started with melting down some unsweetened chocolate & butter. As that was happening, I whipped up some eggs & sugar into a creamy little sugary goodness [:)]. Then I got a bowl & mixed the flour & salt together, then in another bowl, I got the milk & baking soda stirred together. Once the chocolate was melted, I added that into the egg & sugar mixture. Then added the flour & milk into that. Divided the batter into two pans & popped it into the oven!
While the cakes were baking, I cleaned the kitchen (twice!) & helped out with some other things. Then the cakes come out & cooled. While they were cooling I made the  frosting! So, before I tell you how I made it, I’m going to write this as a note to self if I ever make this again… even if you don’t think it’s big deal about sifting the powdered sugar or not… just go ahead & do it. I didn’t sift the powdered sugar before I started mixing everything together, but I should have. You ALWAYS have to sift it. Anyways, so I mixed powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder, & heavy cream, & made a wonderful, gorgeous, delicious frosting!
Then, I frosted the cake! 🙂 & it turned out GAWGEOUS BABY! (even with the un-sifted flour!) 😉
Sooo… you’re probably wondering what we’re doing with all this good. Well, my grandpa’s birthday was last Thursday, so we had my grandparents over for dinner! It was quite a good dinner, & we had a great time with them. 🙂 & an upside… there is a TON of leftovers! 😀 Have I ever mentioned I love cooking?! Well, I do!

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So much for being back at it, right?!

Okay, so here we are. It’s 2012, I’ve done so much since the last post, yet haven’t written about ANYTHING!!!

So here’s a short summary: Ham Tortellini has been a favorite around our  house lately. I’ve made it at least 3 times since I last wrote. It’s so delicious! As far as the New Years party goes… this year was definetly  the best! Some friends from church live next door now, so we had a two house party with them, & had lots of people over. So, we pretty much had two parties going on! It was pretty cool. I did prepare food for it! I made the famous Buffalo Chicken dip, peanut butter swirl brownies, & chocolate chip muffins!  So, the guests were very much satisfied. 😉

So, since that’s taken care of, now it’s time to say what’s going on in the present! 🙂
There’s pretty much one word. Music. Yeah… violin, violin, & MORE violin! Tonight was actually the Young Artists Showcase with my violin studio. What we did was for the past few months, we’ve prepared music for a warm-up concert for the Virginia Symphony at the Ferguson Center [hope you got all that!(;].  So I’ve been practicing, going to many rehearsals, & working hard to get all the music ready. It was very advanced. More advanced than before. But, all us kids got it together, & put on a veryyyy good show tonight! & even better… I got a free ticket to see the Virginia Symphony play! Score!
Also in the topic of music… it’s that time of year again. ODACS! [Old Dominion Association of Christian Schools, for those who don’t know] Yep! Except this year, I’m not working on a trio, or duet. I’m going all out with a solo this year! I’ve been working very hard on a concerto for Level 2! & I’m hoping it’s Regional’s & State material. It’s a very advanced song, & nothing like I’ve played before. So in probably a little more than a month, I’ll be playing it for In-House competition, which is just my school, because I am going up against another kid from my school. & if I beat him, then I go to Regional’s, then if I win Regional’s, I’ll go to State! & hopefully win that! 🙂

Sooo, I tend to use this excuse as often as possible, but I really have been focusing on music a lot more, especially with ODACS, so… again, I apologize! But I am making a cake tomorrow! Grandma Gormans Chocolate Cake. It was in Get in There & Cook, so if you were a regular reader, you know what I’m talking about. But for the new readers [shoot, WHAT readers?!] I’ll blog about it again tomorrow! 🙂

Thanks for reading!!!
Until tomorrow,
Dana