Christmas Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

25 Dec

Like this post if you liked my use of alliteration in the title 😉

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Ingredients

  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  2. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  9. 2 cups unsweetened cherry sauce
  10. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  11. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  12. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  13. One 12-ounce bag semisweet-chocolate chips
  14. Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  15. Crème fraîche, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 12-cup round pan. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves and pepper. Whisk in the cherry sauce, eggs, oil and melted butter. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  3. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool for about 30 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the cake, slice and serve with crème fraîche (or if you live in a warmer climate, you can serve with vanilla ice cream).
Already half eaten ;)

Already half eaten 😉

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Hope you all have a happy holiday! I would love to know what kind of dessert your making this holiday season 🙂 Let me know in the comment section below.

-Caitlyn

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Christmas Party Playlist Ideas

24 Dec

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Some of you might remember that, back in October, I shared a Halloween music playlist with you. I have decided to put together some Christmas songs for all of you as well. Sometimes it’s hard to pick and choose songs that everyone likes, but I am sure you will find some interesting songs on this list. 

  1. “All I want for Christmas is New Year’s Day” by Hurts
  2. “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
  3. “Frosty the Snowman” by Jimmy Durante
  4. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Hillary Duff
  5. “Last Christmas” by Wham!
  6. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
  7. “Santa Baby” Taylor Swift’s version, Kylie Minogue’s version
  8. “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson
  9. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
  10. “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney

I would love to know what your favourite Christmas songs are! Leave a comment and let me know what they are 🙂 

-Caitlyn

 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

8 Dec

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So it’s that wonderful time of year again and you’ve bought all the main gifts for your friends and family, but then the thought hits you: What about stocking stuffers? Well if you’ve run out of ideas or need some inspiration, I have just the list you need!

  1. Gift cards (Starbucks, H&M, iTunes and -if you live in Canada- Indigo)
  2. FUZZY SOCKS!!!! (for your mother, sister, daughter, and best friend)
  3. Scented candles
  4. Body lotions/ shower gels
  5. Hand sanitizers (There are some great ones at the Bath and Body Works – my favourite is Winter Candy Apple)
  6. Make-up
  7. Nail polish
  8. Accessories
  9. Perfume/Cologne
  10. Different kinds of tea
  11. Travel sized board games
  12. DVD’s /CD’s
  13. Ear buds
  14.  CHOCOLATE (You can never go wrong with chocolate!)
  15. T-shirts
  16. A tie (for men)
  17. Sports gear
  18. Shaving cream
  19. And of course you could always make a DIY stocking stuffer

Make sure to check out Forever 21 and Topshop. They have some really nice gifts for her and some for him as well (you just have to look around).

Let me know in the comments what gifts and stocking stuffers you’re getting for your loved ones. Also, I would love to know what you’re looking forward to this holiday season! (Don’t forget to follow) 🙂

-Caitlyn

Songs For Your Halloween Party Playlist

29 Oct

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The title says it all.

It’s that time of the year again. I’m sure many of you are invited to some sort of Halloween party and eagerly preparing your costume. But what about the people who are HOSTING the party? They have a lot to prepare, and one of those things is the MUSIC! Sometimes it is hard to choose which music to play at your party. Let’s just say that I am here to help. Here is a list of songs to play at your Halloween party (most of them are pretty old, so bear with me).

  1. “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band
  2. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater revival
  3. “Boris the Spider” by the Who
  4. “Clap for the Wolfman” by Guess Who
  5. “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  6. “I Want Candy” by The Strangeloves
  7. “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
  8. “Scary Monsters” by David Bowie
  9. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell (super cool!)
  10. “The Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett (one of my favourite Halloween songs)
  11. “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas
  12. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (same goes for this one)
  13. “Witch Doctor” by David Seville (Love this one too!)
  14. “Witchy Woman” by the Eagles

And there you have it. I would love to know which songs you will be using at your Halloween party (let me know in the comment section below)! 🙂

Reading List (October 2013)

27 Oct

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I have been quite busy this month, but I have still managed to get some reading done! Here are the books I have read so far this month:

  1. Haunting Violet – Alyxandra Harvey
  2. The Lives We Lost – Megan Crewe
  3. Halloween Trivia – Tonya Lambert

Haunting Violet

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I found this book rather interesting. One thing that I didn’t like is the overuse of the word SWOON. I hate when words are repeated too many times in one chapter! Drives me crazy.

Summary:

Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

The Lives We Lost

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As I mentioned in my last reading list, I was trying to get my hands on a copy of this book. Now I finally have it! I have not finished reading this one yet (I am near the end), but I love it!

Summary:

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can’t look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Halloween Trivia 

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I absolutely adore this book! It is the cutest thing ever! I contains folklore, jokes, customs passed down through out the ages, and much more! It was definitely worth buying.

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Halloween is one of the most celebrated times of the year among North Americans. Find out in this fun-filled, fascinating collection of little-known facts about all of the odd customs of Halloween and where they originated.

(All summaries from Goodreeds )

That’s all for now! Feel free to leave some suggestions on what books I should read. Who knows, maybe it will be in next month’s reading list (plus credits to you for the suggestion). 🙂

Make sure to follow my blog 😉

-Caitlyn

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

26 Oct

As some of you might know, I have taken a 7 day tip to Hamburg. I’m back and ready to blog 😉

I managed to take some good pictures for this weeks photo challenge. Make sure to let me know what you think in the comment section below and if you’re not already, make sure to follow my blog 🙂

 

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Update: Trip to Hamburg

19 Oct

*UPDATE* I am on a train to Hamburg as I write! I just wanted to ask all of you what you would like to see on my blog while I am there. Videos? Photos? 5 top restaurants to visit if you end up travelling to Hamburg? A Haul? Make sure to let me know in the comment section. 

When I get back to Toronto however, I have another Book List planned for all of you! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the books:

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