Friday, November 30, 2012

10 Things I want to see before I die... preferably much sooner

So these aren't in any order, and I am not taking into consideration what Paul wants to do here, however, this is my list of things I really want to see in this lifetime. Seeing how Paul and I want to travel a lot before we settle down for good it is highly likely one or two of these might actually get checked off, at least I keep telling myself they are.

The Art Institute of Chicago - To see this painting :)
The Tate Modern Museum
Sistine Chapel - I feel like this is a priority
This one speaks for itself

Sagrada Familia Barcelona - I am so fascinated with this architecture I want to see it in real life!
The School of Beaux Arts in France - I've been here, but I want to go back!
Kinda just need to make this one happen.
I would love to see any artwork by these two... where ever.

Hofburg Imperial Palace - I would feel like I was in Heaven :)
The Hermatage Museum Russia
Well there are plenty more places to put on here, but this is a start... 
good thing Paul likes ART!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sharing a Birthday

Today is my 25th Birthday and I am super lucky to be sharing this day with my twin brother Andy. We've been through a lot together, and the whole twin telepathy thing... totally true.
We were actually born on Friday the 13th...
I would say I'm pretty lucky though.

We celebrated together with my nephew Colton at the Rainforest Cafe' and it was so fun to see Colton so enthralled with the fish tanks and the lighting storms.

Colton helping us finish our Birthday Brownie.

It's funny I hear so many people talk about having a "quarter life crisis" ??? when they turn 25 and I just can't imagine this. I feel so so blessed to be where I am and to have accomplished and done the things I have in the last 25 years. I can't wait for the next 25... Paul and I are already creating our check list, or if your a fan of "UP" well then we are creating our own "adventure book".

My greatest blessing so far in my life has been by far meeting and marrying Paul Eric Miller.
I'm so in love with him
Stay tuned for posts on Paul's sweet birthday gift... 
it was so fun! I really am one of the lucky ones.

Friday, November 9, 2012

German Chocolate Cake Recipe

I like to bake as a way to relax... so... I decided to make Paul the German Chocolate cake he has been dying for. I made mine straight from the box but here is a good recipe if you want to make one from scratch just click here, or I pasted it below... have fun!

what you need

pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate 

1/2 cup  water
4 eggs, separated
cups  flour
tsp.  baking soda
1/4 tsp.  salt
cup butter, ssoftened
cups  sugar
tsp. vanilla
cup buttermilk

how to make it

HEAT oven to 350°F.

COVER bottoms of 3 (9-inch) round pans with waxed paper; spray sides with cooking spray. Microwave chocolate and water in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

BEAT egg whites in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside. Mix flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition.

ADD egg whites; stir gently until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.

BAKE 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Immediately run small spatula around cakes in pans. Cool cakes in pans 15 min.; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Spread Coconut-Pecan Filling and Frosting between cake layers and onto top of cake.