I haven’t done much traveling in my life. I didn’t go on trips with my family when I was a kid and as soon as I started working in my teens, my time was devoted to work and school. I’ve only ever left North America twice and both times I went to Hong Kong with my husband to visit family. I have a few friends who go away on several fabulous, exotic trips every year and I’m happy that they get that experience while simultaneously the jealousy eats me alive inside. Remember that Friends episode where Phoebe and Rachel kept adjusting the percentage of how happy they were over Monica and Chandler’s engagement versus their jealousy? That’s totally me – “I’m 20% jealous and 80% happy…make that 40% jealous and 60% happy…”
Something just always gets in the way, y’know? Right out of law school, I didn’t have any money to travel. Next, the Husband (then boyfriend) and I decided to live in wicked sinful depravity and purchased an apartment together. There went every penny we had saved up. Then we had the brilliant idea of getting married and blowing all our cash on a big splashy wedding. Hoorah! I shouldn’t be such a snarky bag – those were all great things that we spent our money on. I love my apartment and I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day. It just means that we’re giving into our wanderlust a bit later in life.
The Husband and I just got back from an amazing 6 day trip to Maui. It’s the first time we’ve gone somewhere warm and tropical, with no plans, no itinerary. The sole purpose was to just relax. It was heaven. Maui is one of the quieter islands, which suits us just fine because we’re not wild party animals anymore. We were in a beautiful hotel in the northern part of the island, away from the nearest town. It was warm, humid and sunny – a climate that I’ve never experienced before. As soon as I stepped off the plane, the air was sweet, floral and welcoming. Every single person we met in Maui was happy and they had no problem telling us how happy they were. I mean, c’mon? How can you live in a tropical paradise and NOT be happy? A lot of folks in Vancouver are grumpy miserable jerks (myself included). I felt all my stress melt away…and steadily climb back up while I was on the plane travelling back home.
C’mon, Hubs, let’s move. I mean, how can you resist this view?
As much as I wanted to stay in that tropical paradise, I’m back home now. It’s time to get back to normal life, which includes participating in this month’s Chocolate Party.
For this month, we’re pairing chocolate with buttermilk. Seriously, the possibilities are endless with this combo. I went with a nice ‘n simple buttermilk bundt studded with mini chocolate chips. This is a perfect everyday cake, the kind that sits on your counter and beckons you, one that is easily eaten in big fat slices, chased down with a hot cup of tea or coffee or a cold glass of milk. However you eat it, you’ll find it hard to stop.
I made Bake or Break‘s chocolate chip bundt cake. I didn’t change anything from the recipe, except I used light brown sugar instead of dark. For the recipe, click here.
I overbaked mine a bit so the sides were dry but the inside was soft, moist and ever so slightly tangy from the buttermilk. I wish I tried toasting a slice the day after and slathering it with peanut butter, Nutella or butter (I’m drooling just typing those words out) but this cake only got better with the passage of time. I ate it as it was until the entire thing was gone.
The Chocolate Party is the delicious, brilliant brain child of the ultra talented Roxana, from Roxana’s Home Baking. If you want to join in, there are a few ground rules to know about:
1) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose.
2) Include a link back to a monthly round-up or the Chocolate party page. You can also add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.
3) Your recipe must be published during the current month. If you link old recipes, they will be deleted.