I am so sorry to have been so quite the last two week - I really had planned to come back from New York and post at least two articles by now, but I have been distracted. The reasons for my distraction (and I’m sure you will agree with me they are very good ones) is that ‘C’ proposed to me while we were in New York! Can you believe it? I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am, and how happy we are. Who would have thought that the boy I met on the beach in Bali less than 3 years ago, will now be my future husband - its funny how the world works!! Although, now its time to plan the wedding, but my goodness, where in the world do we start? Peru? Singapore? Sweden? Mexico? Its no wonder that I have had a hard time focusing on my blog!
Another reason for my distraction – was that I finally started work today!! After many months of looking, and a few more months of processing all my papers – I can no longer call myself a lady of leisure! Although today was my first day, and it was more of an orientation – it feels great to be in an office environment again, to be around colleagues, to feel productive and most importantly to be making money!
On a completely different note – I wanted to share with you guys something that ’C’ made over the weekend. Betty Crockers Yellow Cake with Dulce de Leche frosting - I know some may consider using a cake mix a complete cop out- but it is just soo good – and who is to know that you were not slaving a way in the kitchen all day baking this fantastic cake?!
What is also so incredibly easy, as ‘C’ showed me, was making the dulce de leche. Basically you put a can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water for about an hour to hour and a half….and there you have it Dulce de Leche! In fact he had made the dulce quite a few months ago when he made alfajores once, and it has been sitting in a cupboard ever since.
‘C’ actually made both a cake which he took to work, and then some muffins which was for us at home – these honestly were fantastic. The cake itself was so light and fluffy and it contrasts so well with the sticky, sweet and quite heavy dulce – but because of the combination it does not leave you feeling guilty or with that slightly sick feeling because you overdosed on sugar (at least that is how I usually feel after a big slab of cake!)
- 1 box Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
Get a large pot of water to gently boil. Remove the label from the can of condensed milk, and place in the pot and boil for 1-1.5 hours. Allow to cool
Make cake or muffins according to the box instruction.
Spread the desired amount of dulce de leche on the cake or muffin and enjoy!!
Can that get any easier?! And for me, who does not have the best track record when it comes to baking – this recipe is perfect! So on that sweet note – it is time for my bed! I am still getting used to these early starts in the morning and getting back into the swing of things and having a proper routine again. It might surprise you to hear, but I have really missed it – being a lady of leisure is not all what it is cracked up to be :) ha ha…I bet you in a few months when I am bombarded with work, I will be wondering how I could have even said that, and would give anything for a lazy mid week morning!
Buenas Noches and Sweet Dreams ;)