Homemade Decadence

October 25, 2008

Last night I found THIS in the kitchen after I was permitted to enter the room:

Homemade chocolate ganache! And leftover cake cutouts!


I was naughty and probably ate 1/4-1/3 cup of the ganache – straight from the bowl – with dips of cake. But how often do you have a bowl of leftover cake parts just sitting in your kitchen!!! I can’t wait to eat the real thing tonight. He’s still got one more part to do before it’s all put together.

Breakfast this morning was another decadent creation


  • 1/3 cup Windy Hills flax oats, 1/3 cup hemp milk, 1/2 cup H2O
  • 1 tbsp raisins (my newest oatmeal love – I forgot to mention these yesterday).
  • 1/2 large banana (not ripe enough :( )
  • Salt, vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (on the bottom – I didn’t mix it well)
  • Cinnamon
  • Granola plank
  • Pumpkin butter
  • 1 tbsp wheatberries
  • Spoonful PB (plus a second spoonful mid-eat!)


With tea


I’m not feeling my best this morning despite 9 hours of sleep. I bet it was a combo of the wine + sugar 😥

But I did manage to clean the kitchen and all the floors in the house (mop + vacuum). I also checked the mailbox and found these treats from Megan of Megan’s Munchies after I had said I couldn’t find them in my store –


Thanks so much Megan!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try one.


Tonight we’re having an Oktoberfest Birthday Party with some of our friends! Beer + sausages + fall fun. Wish you all could be here to celebrate! My goal is to NOT overdo it celebrating tonight or I will RUIN my actual birthday tomorrow. I told the husband already: If you see me picking at the cake or reaching for a 4th beer, STOP me. I promise it’s for our own good. I need to stretch out the celebration to last until Monday morning and if I eat/drink too much tonight, tomorrow will be drab.

The sun is expected to pay me a birthday visit this afternoon. Better get to the gym before I miss him!

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1 caitlin October 25, 2008 at 9:24 am

good plan – it sucks to overdo it and then not be able to enjoy the next day!

i wouldve inhaled that chocolate, too!! :)


2 VeggieGirl October 25, 2008 at 9:31 am

Homemade chocolate ganache??!?!?! WOWZA!!! And oh my, love the breakfast as well :-)

Ahh, so sorry that you’re not feeling too well :-( Hope you feel better so that you can fully enjoy the Oktoberfest Birthday Party!!!


3 Miss Tiffie October 25, 2008 at 9:38 am

😀 Have fun tonite!!! I’m excited to see the final cake!!!! Feel better & keeeeep having an awesome birthday weekend 😀


4 WendyF October 25, 2008 at 9:41 am

The Octoberfest party sounds great. Do you grill the sausages or steam them in beer? I am curious to know what the cake wil look like, it sounds delicious already. Steve’s BD is the 4th and the husband has inspired me to bake a cake this year for ‘the chef’ :-) Have a great birthday.


5 Justy2003 October 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

I couldn’t have turned down the cake/ganache either! Plus, like you said, how often do you have that in your kitchen?! Take advantage now 😀
Have fun at Oktoberfest! Sounds like fun!


6 Alexia October 25, 2008 at 9:53 am

Awww… your husband is so sweet! I can’t wait to see what your real cake looks like.

I hope you fell better and enjoy your night with friends!

Have a good one!


7 Caroline F October 25, 2008 at 10:00 am

What a lucky gal you are- That hubby of yours is somethin else! Im looking forward to seeing his final masterpiece! This morning I cooked up some banana oats with some plumped up raisins- so tasy, i can’t believe your just discovering them with all your oaty experience!
Have a fantastic day and enjoy celebrating!
-Caroline F


8 Danielle October 25, 2008 at 10:10 am

Happy early Birthday Kath… and enjoy the Oktoberfest celebration! You’re going to do great :)


9 coco October 25, 2008 at 10:10 am

another fabulous bowl of oatmeal! I found that the secret for a fab oatmeal is adding a bunch of toppings!
enjoy your day Kath!


10 SmA033 October 25, 2008 at 10:13 am

hey kath– i actually found those Clif Z bars at the Earthfare over by Ballantyne. I picked one up just to try 😉


11 sarah October 25, 2008 at 10:21 am

i am so excited to see the finished cake product!!

oktoberfest = awesome theme.

have a GREAT time tonight!


12 Mara October 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

Homemade chocolate ganache and cake first thing in the morning?! What a fantastic wake-up!

I can’t wait to see the finished cake, and I hope you enjoy eating it as much as I’ve enjoyed reading about it!


13 zestycook October 25, 2008 at 10:34 am

Kath – have fun tonight!!! Oatmeal looks amazing. Hope you have a good day!



14 magpie October 25, 2008 at 10:41 am

Have fun tonight :)

I want that cake!


15 Jenny October 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

Oh my goodness, it looks like the husband has a delicious birthday treat made for you!! And I am always so jealous of your oh-so-decadent oatmeal concoctions!

Happy Saturday, have fun tonight! :)


16 hk October 25, 2008 at 11:05 am

oooh yum! lovely, homemade cake- ENJOY!

have fun tonight, sounds great :)
…..countdown begin, I LOVE birthdays!!


17 Farah October 25, 2008 at 11:10 am

Hi Kath,

Have fun tonight! Oh – and I followed your advice and made my oats on the stovetop instead of the microwave – and they are a THOUSAND times better than from the microwave! :)


– Farah :)…But I still get get granola planks…even Honest Foods is out of stock:(…will just wait till they’re back again unless anyone knows where else to find them in NYC??


18 Mel October 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

Cake and ganache?! I would have totally overdone it! :) Have fun at your party tonight!


19 Nick October 25, 2008 at 11:48 am

Sounds like a good party. I’m going to a birthday celebration at some bars….I’d much rather have a cooking/drinking party.


20 KatieTX October 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm

mmm that cake looks yummy! I get to dig into some Great American Cookie company cake later…not quite the same as homemade cake. Enjoy your birthday!


21 Hil October 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I love chocolate ganache. Amazing. I can’t wait to hear what the final product looks like.


22 Megan October 25, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I am so glad the z-bars reached you safely. I hope you like them!

Your oats look delicious and pumpkiny!

Have fun tonight! Can’t wait to see your cake!


23 gina (fitnessista) October 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm

i love love love ganache. can’t wait to see the cake!
have fun partying tonight!!!!


24 Madison (FollowMyWeigh) October 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm

i’m so excited to see the final product that the husband made!! so sweet!! =P


25 Katelyn October 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Yummm…ganache, cake, oatmeal. Sounds wonderful. Your birthday sounds like it will be a blast, have a great time!


26 Rachel October 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

What a wonderful husband you have!

So I was reading this article: http://slideshows.health.com/slide_shows/10291/slides/10839
and I was wondering if you’ve ever been to the grocery store Bloom, it’s an offshoot of Food Lion with an emphasis on natural/organic/local/specialty food. I think there’s one in Charlotte but not in my part of the state. I’m just wondering how much different it is from a regular FL. Kath? Anyone?


27 kwaze October 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

To Rachel: We have a Bloom here in my area. It is a bit nicer than Food Lion….definitely way more organic stuff…in fact a whole section/freezer section of some pretty good stuff. However, their produce aren’t very good(still better than FL, though). Overall, I do like going there better than FL but I would go to Trader Joes before that….or even the Giant. Hope that helps.


28 Rachel October 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Thanks kwaze!


29 Juliet October 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Those new z bars (one of my favorite snack are clif z bars) look sooo good. I need to find them! :)


30 Biz319 October 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Sam Adams is my favorite October beer, but I am going to try to find some pumpkin beers while I am out and about today.

I would have licked that bowl clean!


31 runjess October 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Oktoberfest is over, but hey, sausages and beer are good any time.
I would not have stayed out of that ganache and cake. I wouldn’t have been able to get 9 hours of sleep though. Sugar always keeps me awake.


32 Roxana October 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I’ve never had wheatberries (at least not that I can remember). What form do they come in when you buy them? Are they already cooked or do you cook them/do you need to cook them? What kind of texture do they have?
I really want to buy some because they look really good!!


33 Kath October 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

WendyF ,
We got precooked chicken sausages (mild italian) and are planning to grill them.

SmA033 ,
Oh good!! Hope I like ’em.

Mara ,
I didn’t eat it this morning – it was late last night!! I don’t think I could have fit both the ganache and that big bowl of oats :)

Farah ,
Told ya so!!! So glad it was worth cleaning the pot :) I’m sure Honest Foods will get more in stock soon – that must be how good they are!

Rachel ,
I’ve been to Bloom and didn’t think it was anything special….

Roxana ,
Check out “A Wheatberry Lesson” on the right sidebar under Recipes.



34 JOY October 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Oh my gosh you are making me soooo hungry!! That looks delicious!! Enjoy your birthday weekend. :-)


35 bobbi October 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm

How fun, what a great idea for a birthday celebration! Yummy oats, I love craisens in my oatmeal:)


36 Emily W. October 25, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Oh my gosh! I have looked EVERY WHERRE for those spooky smores since I am in LOVE with Zbars……where did you find them?!


37 Mariposa October 25, 2008 at 10:41 pm

oh wow!!!! that ganache just looks soooooo yummy! lucky you! although you have so much self control im jealous, that whole bowl of ganache would have been GONE if i were there

Happy Early Bday too! : )


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