Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe




  1. 1 
cup cake flour
  2. 3⁄4
cup sugar
  3. 2 
tablespoons sugar
  4. 12 
large egg whites, MUST be room temperature
  5. 1 1⁄2
teaspoons cream of tartar
  6. 1⁄4
teaspoon salt
  7. 3⁄4
cup sugar
  8. 1 1⁄2
teaspoons vanilla
  9. 1⁄2
teaspoon almond extract


  1. Note: For those not use to making angel food cakes Don’t get any yoke in the whites, if you do throw out and start over. I always separate the egg in a glass first. Then if no yoke pour into measuring container.
  3. I always use a two piece angelfood cake pan.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Sift the cake flour and 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar; set aside.
  6. Combine the extracts in a small bowl; set aside.
  7. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until it forms peaks.
  8. Add the other 3/4 cup of sugar slowly, then beat on high until stiff peaks form.
  9. If you have a mixing guard for your mixer bowl now would be a good time to attach it.
  10. Beating on LOW, add flour mixture and extracts slowly.
  11. Make sure you fold in the sides and bottom of your mixing bowl.
  12. (You can fold in flour mixture by hand but this way is faster.) Spoon into an angel food cake pan.
  13. Move a knife through batter to remove air pockets.
  14. Bake 30-35 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly with finger.
  15. Invert pan onto a tin funnel to cool completely.
  16. To remove the cake from your pan run a knife around the rim of the cake pan just to get the ‘crust’ away from the pan.
  17. Then firmly spank the sides of your pan.
  18. You could use a knife but this sometime tears the sides of the cake.
  19. Invert onto your serve plate then take the knife to the now top which was the bottom of your pan and gently cut cake away from the pan insert.
  20. No need to cut around the center tube as you just give the cake a gently but firm tap or downward shake on to the plate.

Or you can pick up plate while holding onto the pan insert with your thumbs and firmly strike the bottom of the plate onto a folded towel. (Just give it a slam down on the towel/table).

Credit: Food.com

A man is found surrounded by Doritos & Chips Ahoy cookies after calling 911 (Epic Fail of the Week)



According to CBS News, A 22-year-old Ohio man called 911 last Friday evening and told officers he was “too high” on marijuana.

According to the police report, when cops arrived at the man’s home, his grandfather directed them upstairs where they found the man moaning, curled in the fetal position, and “surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Chips Ahoy cookies.”

CBS News obtained the audio of the 911 call. In the audio, the operator asks the man what he took, he eventually responds with saying it was weed.

The man told police he “smoked too much weed” and couldn’t feel his hands. He directed officers to his car, where they found a glass pipe with marijuana residue, rolling papers and a glass jar of pot.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Knowledge is Power – Know more than yourself


Survival of the Fittest – List of common Chemicals that are making you Fat & Depressed



We’ve all heard that if we eat too many calories, we’ll get fat. But there’s more to it: it’s not just the calories, but the chemicals, in our food that contribute to obesity.

Some of these chemicals — called “obesogens” — trigger our bodies to store fat even though we might be restricting calories. The effects are complex: some of these chemicals increase the number of fat cells, others expand the size of fat cells and still others influence appetite, cravings, fullness and how well the body burns calories. In addition to obesogens, other synthetic food ingredients have been shown to help us pack on the pounds and leave us feeling depressed, even when when we think we’re eating healthy.

To stop feeling that way, here are the top five chemicals to avoid in food.

  1. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics

Several drugs, growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics are routinely given to conventionally raised animals to fatten them up on less food. Residues from some of these drugs have been found in meat samples, so you very well could be eating these growth-promoting drugs every time you eat a steak. These drugs are believed to contribute to the obesity epidemic and are poorly regulated in the U.S.

How to avoid: Choose only certified organic grass-fed meat and dairy products (preferably local). Treatment with growth hormones and growth-promoting antibiotics isn’t permitted in organically grown animals. As an added benefit, organic grass-fed beef has been shown to contain more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may actually help you lose weight.

  1. Artificial & Natural Flavors

All of the chemicals that make processed food taste good — monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and natural flavors — are just cheap replacements for the real thing and can cause you to eat more than you would otherwise.

With the innocuous-sounding term “natural flavors,” companies can put whatever they want in your food that’s generally recognized as safe, including naturally occurring glutamate bi-products like MSG, known excitotoxins. These excitotoxins cause your taste buds to experience irresistibility when it comes to food.

How to avoid: Steer clear of processed foods, particularly those that have artificial flavors, natural flavors, monosodium glutamate or other “processed free glutamic acid” additives like autolyzed yeast extract and hydrolyzed proteins.

  1. Artificial Sweeteners

Think you’re going to lose weight by switching from regular soda to diet? Think again. Researchers have discovered that artificial sweeteners like those in Diet Coke, can affect gut bacteria, leading to more weight gain. If that isn’t bad enough, the artificial sweetener Aspartame has been linked to mood swings and depression.

How to avoid: Don’t eat anything with artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, saccharin) in the ingredient list. Limit your sugar intake overall, but choose unrefined sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, raw honey and dried fruits such as dates.

  1. Pesticides

Out of all the common pesticides Americans are regularly exposed to, the majority of them are “endocrine disruptors“, making them obesogens. Even in tiny amounts, endocrine disruptors have the ability to disrupt major weight controlling hormones (catecholamines), interfere with the natural hormone systems that regulate metabolism and lead to weight gain.

How to avoid: Minimize your exposure to pesticides by choosing certified organic produce and products. (Synthetic pesticides are prohibited in organic farming.) If organic isn’t available, choose fresh produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15″ list of produce with the least pesticide residue.

  1. Plastics

Whether it’s a bottle of salad dressing or container of leftovers, most of us are exposed to plastics on a daily basis. Many of these plastics contain substances such as phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), known endocrine disruptors that have beendirectly linked to increased fat storage. These chemicals have the ability to leach into food and have infiltrated our society so much that they’ve been found 93% of urine samples tested in America.

How to avoid: Choose your water bottles, storage containers, straws and eating utensils wisely, and stock up on those made from glass or stainless steel instead of plastic. Glass jars make an affordable option for storing food.

Credit: Mind Body Green

Happy National Frappe Day!!! – Almost Famous Mocha Frappes





For the coffee ice:

3 tablespoons sugar

2 cups warm strong coffee

For the chocolate syrup:

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ounce milk chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frappes:

1 cup reduced-fat milk

Whipped cream, for topping


Make the coffee ice: Stir the sugar into the coffee until dissolved, then let cool. Pour into a 16-cube ice-cube tray and freeze until solid, about 3 hours.

Make the chocolate syrup: Combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan and slowly whisk in 2/3 cup hot water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes; do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate, honey and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.

Make the frappes: Puree 8 coffee ice cubes, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 to 1/2 cup chocolate syrup and 1 cup plain ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses, then repeat to make 2 more drinks. Top with whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.

Better Me by Elephant Journal (BLW Contributor)


Flickr/Bo Boswell

I stopped asking, “Why me?”

I stopped stating that life was unfair.

I stopped thinking that my luck couldn’t get any worse.

I stopped looking at myself as a walking magnet for all things unjust,

And I started saying, “Better me.”

Better me to deal with the darker things that life seemed to direct my way.

Better me to handle these demons—I’ve been battling monsters my whole life.

I’ve learned to navigate through chaos and obscurity.

I’ve learned to thrive with nothing.

I’ve learned to roll with the punches, and build castles from the stones that were thrown.

Better me to carry the weight of these burdens, than someone else who may stumble and falter.

Who better to slay dragons, than the girl who learned to be a warrior so early on?

I no longer allow the thought “Why me?” to creep into my consciousness—

Now, I simply say, “Better me”—because I’ve got this.

Photo: Flickr/Bo Boswell

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Who’s ready for Autumn? – Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare



That time of year thou mayst in me behold

When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang

Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,

Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou see’st the twilight of such day

As after sunset fadeth in the west;

Which by and by black night doth take away,

Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,

That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,

As the deathbed whereon it must expire,

Consumed with that which it was nourished by.

This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.




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