Saturday, January 21, 2017

Moist Chocolate cake with chestnuts butter cream


Its the first post in 2017, Happy New Year everyone. (Note: I started writing this post on the 2nd of January!!! Seriously what is wrong with time?!!!! Still I kept the post as is)

I took the 2nd day of the year off of work (the first day was off anyway) but since everyone in the house is off, it doesn't count as a constructive day at all though I had two big customer orders and boy was I busy.
After travelling 4 times last year, I kind of neglected the house; so today was my day to try to get as much done as possible. I started off by sending few work emails that couldn't be postponed (I designated an hour to that), then I started to de-clutter the guest room. I had so many; and I mean so many, things laying around there as it is the room that no one will see, so anything that I didn't know where to put away or didn't have the time to put it away went there; pity but I cleaned up today along with my pantry and the storage room; all under 2 hours. Then off I went to cook lunch; especially that I had my mother in law for lunch. I had leftover pumpkin soup, so I made Kufta, a green salad with leftover creamy dill dressing and pesto pasta with corn and sun dried tomatoes. I have leftovers for tomorrow, so no cooking :)
I also had to work a bit on Darna Magazine blog (I designated one hour for that), did a couple of crafts projects (will be sharing these with you as well soon)...so all and all it was a very constructive day and I am pretty happy with the achievements.
Tomorrow I go back to work and boy does look like a very very busy year at work, exciting though.

So as I planned my week ahead, here was my goal for 2017

What's yours?
Aside from that, I told you that I am planning a new plan to save money taking on the yearly saving plan; have you heard of it? It is simply like this  from what mommy does blog...love it
So if I follow it, I will save 1,352 JDs by the end of the year...not bad. She has a printable document so you can track your savings. I am also going to have another side challenge which is to save 100 JDs a month from my salary; this is 1200 JDs a year...So my total saving if I commit to both will be 2552 JDs by the end of 2017. Fingers crossed...not bad. (So far am at week 3 saving...4.5 JDs.. :)

One of my other goals is to be more focused (yeah talk about this poor post pending for over 3 weeks)...never mind. At the career level, things are very hectic yet very exciting..am blessed that I love what I do..come on...who gets to work in handicrafts and food and not love it...Well at least if this is your hobby and it is for sure mine.
As for the beloved Darna Magazine, the 7th issue is about to come out...very exciting new look to the magazine which I hope you will like and share your views with me once its out.

I am also trying to think of giving myself some time to take care of me...physically and spiritually...I need it. At the blog level, I really need to get my act together. Lets see.

So I am planning to share with you my progress in saving money and I will be back to posting my meal plans for the week starting next Saturday as am off the hook this week since my husband and two teens are in Dubai...its me and the HAROON and cooking is not an issue ...one week of fun and relaxation... :)

So my recipe for the day is how to make a beautiful and delicious chocolate cake with a chestnut butter cream..YUM...



This is a recipe that I shared in the 3rd issue of Darna magazine.

Please visit the magazine at this link for the English version of it.

ما تضحكوا علي هاد البوست اله عم بينكتب 3 اسابيع...اشي مخزي الصراحة...اولا كيفكم؟
ثانيا كل عام وانتو بالف خير وان شاء الله تكون سنة خير على الجميع وتشوفوا فيها كل احلامكم وطموحاتكم متحققة...
طبعا انا الي فترة ببربر بخصوص موضوع التوازن بين الشغل والبيت والبزنس والمدونة والموضوع صدقا مش سهل...واللي اكتشفتوا وما تضحكوا اني بضيع وقت!!!! تخيلوا!!! كل اللي بنجزو باليوم بس فعليا في هدر بالوقت رايح واكيد عرفتوا وين!!! يس السوشال ميديا والجروبات وغيره...لا والادهى والامر انه لاني سافرت كتير بالفترة الاخيرة قلت بتسلى بالمطار بدل الزهق وبالطيارة...قمت نزلت لعبة من هبلي على التلفون...جد شو هاد؟!!! ادمان بيصير الواحد...امبارح شطبتها شطبا مبرما من التلفون مشان ما ارجع الها ابدا ولا اضيع وقت...

طيب انتو بايش بتضيعوا وقت خلال النهار؟
بحب اسمع منكم...
مع السنة الجديدة قررت اني ابدأ مشروع وتحدي توفير...مين فيكم معي..؟
الجدول فوق بالقسم الانجليزي من البوست وهو توفير مبلغ معين بالاسبوع حسب الجدول...المحصلة 1352 دينار باخر السنة...حلوين والله...حابين تخوضوا التحدي...
هيني عملت جرة و صرت محوشة 4 دنانير ونص... :)



ابتداءا من السبت الجاي رح ارجع اشارككم جدول الاسبوع للطبخ..وبحب كتير انكم تتشاركوا معي وتخبروني اذا عم بتجربوا الطريقة اللي عم بعملها وهي طبخ ل 5 ايام خاصة للموظفات...

وصفة اليوم مناسبة لاي جمعة وبتشهي ومناسبة للشتاء وهي كعكة الشوكولاتة مه كريما الكستناء...جربوها ما رح تندموا...
الوصفة كاملة باللغة العربية على مدونة دارنا هون








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