Thursday, May 29, 2008

Diet Coke Chocolate Cake

Welcome to my 51st blog!! It hardly seems possible. I actually had no idea that I had reached such a mile stone, or should I say 'Mild" stone; (I mean in the world of blogging, 51 is probably not even a drop in the bucket, but for me Queen of Less and Less Free Time Lately, I think 51 is impressive.) Anyway, I logged on just to put this little and I do mean "little" post and there it was, my profile, and it said 50 posts - who knew?? SO yay Queen of writing a blog once and a while !! Happy 51st blog, and may it not take me another 15 months to post 50 more - LOL

Anyway, on to my little post...
Earlier tonight I sent an email to many of my friends, so most of you are probably going to feel REALLY cheated right now; because all I'm going to write about is the Diet Coke Chocolate Cake. Sorry for the tease friends; but on the off chance that anyone who reads "The Bumpy Ride" isn't on my personal email list; I want them to know about this AMAZING cake; cause you know me, I'm ALL ABOUT the GREATER GOOD.

OK, so yesterday I ran into my friend Mari in the Super Walmart parking lot. She mentioned my previous blog, or should I say mine & Michelle (.....K's) previous blog, and we were talking about weight loss. Mari told me that she's been doing Weight Watchers for 2 weeks and she had made this Chocolate cake with Diet Coke, and it was D-Licious. I was fascinated and since I was heading into the Super Walmart I felt compelled to buy the ingredients.

It really couldn't be any easier. All you do is get a Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix (she specified Duncan Hines, so I bought Duncan Hines; if you want to try something else; let me know how it works - see again there's that Queen of Following the Rules thing in full effect. Anyway, you add 1 can of Diet Coke (and yah, I don't know, I asked if it had to be DIET COKE per se, and Mari couldn't really say one way or another - and so of course I had Luis buy 1 can of Diet Coke - you know why. ) I personally prefer Diet Dr.Pepper; which actually might be pretty tasty in the cake; Diet Pepsi or Coke Zero, but for the purpose of this cake I put in the can of DIET COKE; and that's it. No eggs, no oil, just stir the cake mix with the Diet Coke and bake as per the instructions on the box. Serve it with some Cool Whip Free and I swear to you it tastes like a Hostess cupcake. Mari had told me exactly that and by golly she was right - a Hostess, Friggin cupcake.

Now, make no mistake, of course there's still sugar, and there's still carbs, but it's a lot less fattening and moist as can be. I recommend eating it before your last meal of the day, because about 2 months ago I stopped eating carbs and dessert during my last meal of the day and or after; and I attribute MOST of my weight loss thus far to this; even though I'm still going to the gym 5 times a week. (I have the metabolism of a snail and it is difficult for me to lose pounds, but this practice really has seemed to help - AGAIN , information being shared for the purpose of the GREATER GOOD.)

Well, as promised; just a "little" blog. I just wanted to share this CRAZY recipe with you; and or affirm that this recipe DOES WORK (if you happen to have seen it before.) Now with my luck there's probably some study out there showing how baking the carbonation of the Diet Coke into the cake has actually proved harmful. But now I've done it; I've gone and posted a blog about how great it is; so be prepared for me to recant my recommendation at any time; cause you know, sometimes I'm just the Queen of being The LAST To Know. Hahaha BUT in case it really is safe; I'm told there is a yellow cake recipe with Diet 7 up or Diet Orange or Diet Mountain Dew (a lot less restrictive than the DIET COKE I guess;) and for some reason lately lemon EVERYTHING has been sounding great to me, so I'll keep you posted.

Alrighty, I've said enough. I hope you try and enjoy this treat as much as me and my family did.

Till next time...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Top 10

Oh where oh where have I been? I'm hoping that's the question on a lot of peoples minds; or well at least ya, know, the 10 people or so who read my blog. Well, you know me, busy, busy, busy and although I have WANTED to write like it is nobody's business; till recently I was void on time and hadn't really found a compelling topic; but now, man the floodgates are open and I'm full of ideas, which I PROMISE, will not all be crammed into one blog - BELIEVE IT or not.
Anyway, I was thinking that I'd try to be clever and come up with a top ten list of reasons that I hadn't written "The Bumpy Ride" in so long; but thought better of it and recruited Michelle (May finally become legally K at some point this year) to do my funny work for me. Michelle (......K) is a Master at creating Top Ten lists; I mean she gives Dave a run for his money (not to build her up too much) but I have seen some that almost make me pee my pants, (not as if that's so uncommon; although I must say that going to the gym has greatly helped this ailment.) So, you get the point, she's friggin, fantastically, talented and unbelievably funny and yes, this time it is at my expense, but I had to share. So without further ado, I give you our top 10 reasons that I haven't writen my blog in so long:

1. Spent last six weeks poring over Bazzil cardstock to find the perfect color match to a layout she is doing over.
2. Is on her 4,999th visit to the gym - one more and she gets to appear in a commercial!
3. Is still trying to wake up Luis.
4. Is busy trying to coordinate 14 crops, six couples Nights, three kids' parties and a Memorial Day barbecue.
5. She's working on new cheers and her cartwheel for next soccer season.
6. She is trying to watch the 64 hours of General Hospital she has DVR'd.
7. She's trying to get Kelsie to do something she doesn't want to do.
8. She is busy stalking the bobble head woman in hopes of getting a picture of her from the front.
9. She's down 19 pounds - her fingers are too skinny and keep slipping between the keys on the keyboard tray, making typing bothersome
10. Let's face it - blogging does not burn enough calories!!!

She kills me!! So basically this is my first blog back in a while and most of it was written by Michelle (......K) NICE!! If you want to check out more of Michelle (......K 's) writing, you can read her blog at and as promised; I do have irons in the fire, tales to tell, and pleanty of news and opinions to share. I just wanted to wet your appetite. I promise to be back soon.
Till Next time....