Monthly Archives: October 2011

The nicest place

Last week I spent the better part of two days at a training seminar for work. While those two days were mentally exhausting, it was definitely nice to be out of the office and inside the likes of a nice hotel. Although it was just the Hilton in a nearby suburb, there’s something about being in a hotel that makes you think about exotic places and new travels. And after a busy day like today, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

The London NYC – New York City

Waters Edge Hotel – San Francisco Bay Area

Madison Hotel – Paris

The Hatton – Melbourne

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Rainbow Butter Cake: Take 1

For months my mom has been telling me about the rainbow butter cake my grandma used to make, and how delicious it was. The concept seemed intriguing and I began to feel jealous that my gram had never before made it for me. So in an attempt to learn myself we scheduled a baking day with my aunt for this past Saturday. Although we never got around to making the cake and will have to reschedule, I can only hope it will turn out something like this:

Check out the recipe!

1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs (5 if small)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 ¼ cups flour
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons single-acting baking powder
1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and beat five minutes or until fluffy. Add flavoring. Add combined flour and baking powder alternately with milk. Beat only until smooth – do not overbeat.

Separate batter into three portions and color with red, green, and yellow (or colors of your choice) food coloring.

Grease angel food cake pan well on bottom and around tube – lightly on sides – sprinkle with flour.

Pour red into the tube pan, then green, then yellow.

Pan should be a little more than half full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Then raise to 375 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer – or until a cake tester comes out clean.

If anyone out there feel ambitious enough to make this cake, I would love to see photos!

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Weekend in photos

This past Saturday was October 1, which means all things fall and all things Halloween can now ensue. Although I’m not so eager to dress up each Halloween and I can’t handle scary movies, I was somehow motivated to purchase tickets for a historic, haunted walking tour through downtown Naperville. While I didn’t have any nightmares, I was sufficiently spooked.

Yes, we all had to wear glow sticks.

My ghost meter, which reads electromagnetic field emissions around the human body. Yes. True.

The Naperville Metra station, the site of a particularly gruesome train accident decades ago, which now makes for an equally spooky story.

Orbs: according to one of the tour guides, an orb can be considered an invisible spirit or aura.

Amazing how much a difference a day (and sunlight) can make. Western suburbia is normal once again.

Well, maybe Frasier isn’t though.

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