Monday, February 6, 2012

weekend memories and Kahlua Lava Cake (oops).

Saturday morning, after some all-star procrastinating, I was frantically packing up things for the girls and I to stay overnight with my mom and sister.  I can't figure out how two small people require so many things, but combining that with fleeting of thoughts of a possibly apocalypse happening, I like to be prepared.  Because likely, extra burp cloths, outfit changes, and diapers will do a lot of good in a situation like that.

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time - we met my sister for shopping and a movie.  We took Ruby to Beauty and the Beast in 3-D.  It was mostly an excuse to eat my weight in extra buttery popcorn and candy, and to relive the magic of my eight year old self.

Prior to our fifteen minute wait in the theatre concessions, we had lunch at a place I know well.  I can't say just how many times I ate there when I was pregnant with Ruby.  It's embarrassing.  The pretzel place in the mall, where workers all have holes the size of small people in their earlobes, and I'm never certain they have worked there for more than a day.  Two toppings on the pretzels = massive confusion.  The only table left in the entire food court was one of the fun size variety.

We found ourselves at Kohl's and eventually out for sushi - we had the best time!

After dinner, where Eisley generously decorated the floor with yakisoba noodles, we headed for Meredith's quaint college town for a girl's night in away from home.  Cards, food, and a midnight order of pizza.  Sock buns, puking baby, and teasing.  It was much needed, and a night full of memories.

Post Starbucks run and Antique shopping full of many moments, we left for home, and shortly after found ourselves at such a fun Superbowl party, reminiscent of junior high where the boys are on one side, the girls on the other.  Eisley was sort of less than thrilled that we weren't spending the entirety of the night in bed somewhere where she could have me to herself.  I think I ate my weight in football truffles and sub sandwiches.  Such a fun night with sweet friends.

Six interrupted hours of sleep caught up to me by midnight, when I started speaking deliriously and Jimmy insisted I go to sleep now!

I had to get up early, anyway, to try a new recipe.  Is Kahlua Lava Cake not a suitable breakfast?

Kahlua Lava Cake

8 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 c. unsalted butter
3 eggs + 3 egg yolks
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Melt butter and chocolate chips in small saucepan, stirring often.  As soon as the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and allow to cool.  Place the three whole eggs and three egg yolks in mixer with sugar - mix on high for about eight minutes.

Prepare six ramekins with oil and flour - place on a cookie sheet.

Add vanilla extract and cooled chocolate.  Gently add flour in increments.

Fill each ramekin about half full - place in preheated oven for 7 minutes.  You can place whatever treat you'd like in the semi-done cakes - I used Hershey's Drops because I can't stop eating them and knew they'd add an extra chocolate element in my cakes.  Use chocolate chips, white chocolate, caramel candies, kisses, etc.  Or do nothing at all!

Place back in the oven for 6-7 additional minutes.  Pull each dish out and allow to cool.

Kahlua Chocolate Sauce
1 c. whipping cream, divided
1/2 c. granulated sugar
8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp. Kahlua

Bring 1/2 c. whipping cream and the sugar to a boil in a small pan.  When it is boiling, add chocolate chips and stir until smooth.  Remove from heat, and add the remaining 1/2 c. of whipping cream.  Stir in the Kahlua.  The Kahlua is definitely an added flavor - feel free to skip if if you prefer.

Make a slight indent in the top of each cake - serve with the hot chocolate sauce.

Eat for breakfast - it will definitely start your day off on the right foot.

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