Monday, January 30, 2012

Rewind: Rum Balls

This year is supposed to be a good year.  Since New Years' Day, I have been happy.  I like where my life is and where it's going.  I have felt free of stress and worry and drama.

Today, the stress came back.  It hit me that I am a second semester senior, I am fighting my way into classes, I don't like any of the ones I am enrolled in, I can't find a space for my Zumba® class, and a 4-hour Monday shift in the mail room starting at 8am will kill anyone.  Today I felt a tug away from the good place I've been the last few weeks.  Then, after dinner, I decided that this time, I'm just not going to let it happen.  Nope, I'm going to hit REWIND and not let it get to me.  I've come too far to break down so early in the semester.  I've found my happiness, and I plan to keep it.

So, in true Hannah-fashion, I decided to combat my emotional problems with a mixing bowl.  Instead of doing my homework and letting my anger build up, I poured all of my frustration and stress into a batch of rum balls.  My friend, Justin, asked me if angry baked goods taste better than regular baked goods.  I answered yes, I think they do, because there is more passion in them.  I am a firm believer that nothing in life is worth anything without passion.  That being said, these are going to be some freaking good rum balls...

My friend and Zumba® sister, Carol, gave me the recipe for her grandmother's rum balls.  Because they combine two of my favorite things, cookies and rum, I've always been a huge fan of the things.  I've been waiting for just the right occasion to make them, and I figured that since I was stressed and just happened to have all of the ingredients for a slightly adapted version in my cupboards, that tonight was the night.  So, without further ado, my adaptation on Carol's grandma's recipe.

Chocolate, Coconut & Cashew Rum Balls
Recipe adapted (a lot) from Carol's grandmother's cookbook

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ben's Belated Birthday Cake

To celebrate our last semester at Wes, the new year, and the birthdays of two of our friends from VWM, I decided to throw a little get-together to start things off on the right foot.  I made a cheesecake for Tess, and a cake for Ben.

Ben is probably the nicest, most genuine guy you will ever meet in your life.  You can't spend a minute with Ben and not smile.  So, to celebrate the sunshiney feeling you get from spending time with a wonderful human being, I decided to go a little tropical/springy with Ben's cake. 

Coconut Cake with Coconut Rum Syrup, Cream Cheese Frosting, and Strawberries
Recipe adapted from Culinary Cory

A Baileys Belated Birthday

Well, here we are.  I am back at Wes for my final semester.  I am healthy, happy, and in love with my life.  It's going to be an amazing end to an amazing four years.

To start it off properly, some of us from the VWM crew got together to celebrate the birthdays of two of our own that happened during break.  The first birthday we missed was that of Tess.  When I think of Tess, I think of fun, happiness, and she'll hate me for this one- alcohol.  Nothing says those three things better than a Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecake.

Bailey's Chocolate Cheesecake
Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven.