It seems like posts around these parts are becoming less frequent. I’m happy to tell you, it’s just not the case. About 6 weeks ago, the world threw a wrench in our life plans and we’ve been adapting ever since.
I think I told y’all that the Mr and I both work for the same agricultural research company, yes? He does corn research, and I work on pretty much every other crop except corn in a separate division. Well, our company decided to move his division to Kansas. He presented the news to me as “we have a chance to move within driving distance of your family in Texas,” and I was instantly sold. The road since that day has been a little bumpy and curvy, but mentally, my bags were packed that day. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on plane tickets to see my family these past 5.5 years I’ve lived in California. Likewise, the Mr has grown tired of a 6-hour plane ride home to Georgia. We’ve longed dreamed of moving back South (since our first date, actually), and now, we finally have a chance. Well, Kansas ain’t the South, but we’re half-way there. And so excited.
And the best part? The part that makes me feel like struggling through graduate school those first few years in California was worth it? The part that makes the time I lived in an 800-square-foot efficiency apartment while sending out dozens of job applications that would only be ignored? The part that makes the Mr feel like living on oatmeal 3 meals a day was worth it as he struggled through an internship in this company before he was hired on full-time?: They are packing up our house and moving for us. That’s right. We sit back, eat cheesy poofs and they pack.our.house.
Stay in school, kids, and good things will happen. You will get a job at a company that packs up your house and pays you to move closer to your family. Leave clothes in the washer if you want, they will move it! Dirty dishes in the dishwasher? They’ve got those covered, too!*
*Note: My Mom would like me to say that we were raised better than that, and we will be sure to have our house in a presentable fashion before the movers arrive. The part about dirty clothes and dishes was just for effect.
And just because I think we might want a little something sweet to go with those cheesy poofs, I baked german chocolate cupcakes.
Thanks for your good wishes for our journey. While the Mr already has a job in Kansas, I, unfortunately, do not. I am job-hunting like a maniac as we speak.
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
- ⅓ cup flour
- 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼teaspoon baking powder
- 4 teaspoons canola oil
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 5 oz. evaporated milk (the small can)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 4 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners.
- Pour the milk into a small bowl. Add the vinegar and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the canola oil, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the oil and brown sugar mixture in two batches, alternating with the milk mixture.
- Divide the batter between the 4 muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Next, make the frosting: in a small saucepan, add the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk and butter. Turn the heat to medium low and cook while stirring until mixture starts to simmer around the edges of the pan. Lower the heat slightly, then continue to cook while stirring another 1 minute. Turn off heat, and stir in the pecans and coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into a bowl, let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve the cupcakes.
- To serve, frost the cupcakes with the chilled frosting.