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Cherry Chocolate Trifle

13 May

I experimented on some friends a week or so ago and made them Cherry Chocolate Trifle. It was a spur of the moment thing, mostly I came up with it because I needed to do something with a bunch of left over chocolate cake.

The cake was also a bit of an experiment…what can I say, I was in an experimenting kind of mood, shrug.

So the trifle!

I’ve never made a trifle without alcohol in it but the only alcohol I have ever used in a chocolate trifle is either Baileys or Kaluha and since I don’t like either of those, nor have them on hand, these trifles ended up being non-alcoholic.

I ripped the left over chocolate cake in to small-ish pieces then mixed in cherry pie filling. This is normally where the alcohol would be added, instead I just used all the cherry pie filling, which full disclosure, I was lazy and bought a can of pie filling instead of making some. Hey, don’t judge! We’ve probably all been there at some point!

Once the pie filling and cake are well and truly mixed I put equal amounts in to these clear plastic cups I had on hand. I bought them from the dollar store for a different layered dessert I was going to try and commandeered them for this instead. You could put the entire cake & pie combo in to a large serving dish, preferably one with clear sides so the layers can be viewed, but I wanted these to be easy for my friends to take home, hence the individual cups.

The next layer is chocolate pudding – fairly self-explanatory.

The final layer is whipped cream, which yes I whipped myself, I didn’t buy the stuff in the can or use cool whip. Not that I am dissing cool whip, I love the stuff! I know that not everybody does though so I went with whipping cream instead, seemed easier, even though I swear eons pass while you are beating the stupid stuff and turning it in to, ya know, whipped cream.

I was going to finely chop some chocolate and sprinkle it on top of the whipped cream, more for the visual than taste, but I was running late (thanks to how long it takes to whip the cream!) so it didn’t get done. Ah well, not everything can be perfect every time!

I forgot to take any pictures of the final product so my amazing friend kindly sent me a couple that she took. It is hard to see the different layers, but trust me, they are there! The feedback from all who ate it was two thumbs up, so I’m labeling it a keeper!

I would say don’t make your A-Level chocolate cake when doing this trifle, after all, the cake gets mixed with so many other things it stops being the main part of the dessert and becomes one of many parts. One of many yummy parts. Mmm! πŸ˜‰

Oh, and in case it didn’t work out I made my A-Level chocolate cake for the same night…and not to be all braggy or anything but it turned out amazing, as it always does. For such a delish cake it sure has an easy recipe…which is probably one of the reasons I love it so much lol I however didn’t have anything summery to decorate it with so the red and green sprinkles got pulled out and well, made it look a bit Christmas-y. Ah well, who says you can’t channel some Christmas vibes in May? Not me! After all, there are only 226 days until Christmas (as of May 13th)…not that I’m counting or anything. πŸ˜‰

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I Should Be Drunk…

26 Oct

I had a craptastic day lol It was one of those days that starts off ok and you think “sure, it is early on a Monday but things are cool, I can roll with this” and then boom! The day fully hits ya and it is a doozy, ugh.

It wasn’t one big thing that happened that made it harsh, it was a bunch of little things and a never ending line of people wanting something. One of those days that for every 3 things you accomplish 10 more pop up and it just seems like you are a hamster on a wheel, moving fast but going nowhere.

It is not a fun feeling.

By the end of the day all I wanted to do was drink lol which is very unlike me! But yeah I just kept thinking this is a day that is meant to end with some form of cold, alcoholic drink.

And yes, before you judge, I know that isn’t a healthy way to deal with stress *rolls eyes*

I got waylaid from my plans to go home and drink alone by a friend who needed to run a fun errand and asked me if I wanted to come along. I said yes because I know she just sold her car and is still adjusting to taking transit everywhere and I thought I’d do her a favour and save her the multiple bus trips she would have to take.

On the way to pick her up I stopped to fill my suv’s gas tank and popped in to a Tim Horton’s and got us each a Pumpkin Spice Muffin – she was having a bad day also and I figured an awesome Timmy’s muffin could only make things better lol πŸ˜›

Our fun errand was hitting up a Toys R Us. Yes, two grown ass adults who do not have children were going shopping at Toys R Us. Oh, and not only did we linger and have a blast I hit every button on every noisy toy I could and basically made the store come alive with sound! There is a reason people don’t go to stores like that with me but jokes on my friend cause she didn’t know! Bwahahahaha! πŸ˜‰

She had an actual mission for what she was looking for, I had a vague thought about checking out the dinosaur toys to see if there was something I thought my youngest nephew might want for Christmas. She found what she was looking for. I didn’t see any interesting dinosaurs but I did find this…

Its Toothless! Awwww!

Its Toothless! Awwww!

Its Toothless! From the movie How To Train Your Dragon (1 & 2). He is sooooooo cute! I’ve always had a fondness for this little cutie and when we were wandering the store I saw this little figurine, it was only $6 so I decided to treat myself and buy it. Sure it seems like a silly thing to treat myself with but it made me smile, every time I look at it it makes me grin and if making me happy isn’t a good reason to buy something then what is?

In the end we spent an hour and a half meandering through Toys R Us, which surprised us when we realized it, which wasn’t until we were at the till and we discovered there was practically nobody else in the store, only one till was open, and it was so quiet all the staff were congregating and chatting, lol. Oops? πŸ˜›

Such a better way to spend my evening! In the company of a good friend, pushing endless buttons so I could make alllllll the toys make noise, and bringing home an adorable Toothless. Much better than going home after work and having a drink, or two! πŸ™‚

Burnwater

17 Sep

For those of you not in to dragon boating you’re probably wondering what the hell Burnwater is. Well, lemme tell ya, it is a company that makes amazing dragon boat paddles and accessories.

Something else amazing about them? Their customer service!

My paddle got damaged towards the end of this season and had to be sent back to Burnwater (they are in the States) for repairs.

Here is what my paddle looked like…

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I had to drive over the border and take it to an American FedEx because FedEx on my side of the border said they aren’t legally allowed to ship the paddle to the States. Annoying but oh well, I got a little road trip out of it so yay! lol

My contact at Burnwater knew I needed it back for a race festival and it seemed like I would get it back in time. If I couldn’t get it back in time for the festival it was to be shipped to my parents place because I was going to be staying there while on vacation and I wanted it for a guest paddling session I was doing with a friend’s team.

The paddle didn’t arrive here or at my parents, it was mia.

The tracking information online said the package had cleared the San Francisco sorting facility and was en route but it had been saying that for a ridiculously long time.

Arin, my contact at Burnwater was so nice about all the harassing and annoying emails I kept sending him asking if he knew where it was and when it was obvious it was not going to show up he said he would send me a new paddle!

Can you believe that?! I mean, how awesome is that?? It wasn’t his fault USPS lost my paddle but he, on behalf of Burnwater, took ownership of the situation and fixed it.

Best customer service. Ever!

My brand new absolutely lovely and perfect paddle arrived this past Monday and I am not exaggerating when I say I hugged it. I hugged the box it was in when it arrived because I realized what it had to be and then I ripped the box open before even signing for the package and hugged the paddle directly.

I had it shipped to my work because there is always somebody there and it was just fluke it arrived on my shift. A friend of mine at work was there when I opened it, she now thinks I am a little crazy, as do the other staff and residents who saw me hugging it lol but that is okay, they suspected I was a certain level of crazy anyways, now it is just confirmed for them lol πŸ˜‰

I can’t seem to take a good picture of my new paddle so here are pictures I stole from the internet so you know what it looks like…as if you care lol πŸ˜›

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I have a T Grip Handle

I have a T Grip Handle

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If ever you need to buy a dragon boat paddle (or accessories!) I highly recommend going to Burnwater, their website is http://www.burnwater.ca Not only will you get an excellent product but if ever you need to contact customer service they definitely know how to threat their customers! πŸ™‚

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