Gluten free amaretto cake

A few weeks ago, some friends and I participated in a trivia night fundraiser for Metro Lutheran Ministry. Part of the evening was a dessert auction, and one of the desserts was a “boozy amaretto cake.” We didn’t win – the trivia or the cake – but on Friday, MLM emailed out the recipe for that cake. It called for a cake mix, and luckily enough, Betty Crocker makes GF devils food cake mix. That was the only non-GF item in the recipe (certain brands of amaretto are GF, so that wasn’t difficult), and voila, we had the amaretto cake on Saturday. It was delicious. There is a LOT of amaretto in it, and less than half of it has any heat applied, so the alcohol is all there. I will post the recipe tomorrow, but I wanted to write about it tonight. I think it is a good example of how easy it can be to make something gluten free. Frequently, you can just do a straight substitute, and really, even when you can’t, adding in four other flours to get the right consistency is just not a big deal. The real problem comes from contamination, in my opinion. That seems like a good post for later this week. Carl thinks I should write more about cake, but I will let you discover its deliciousness for yourself. Tomorrow.


I’m headed to Germany on Wednesday! I’ll land in Munich on Thursday and spend a couple days with Carl. I’ll leave on Saturday for Eisleben, where I’ll meet up with some friends from LCM, and we’ll do a Luther tour, following his footsteps, so to speak. Then on the next Thursday, I’ll head up to Berlin to stay with my brother until Monday. Carl is meeting me up there, so he’ll get to meet those friends. I’m excited.

Also have a job lined up for next year, wedding plans are coming along, and I graduate in two months. Life is so good.

Lawyering “Tips of the Day”

I’m a TA for Lawyering again this year, and my professor wants me to give a “tip of the day” when I’m in class (which is once a week). And because I have not written anything on here for a while, I thought I would share my wisdom with the general public… or no one, as the case may be.

Week 1:

  • Maintain balance in your life – get to the gym, do things outside the law school, be involved in the community, etc. – balanced people are happier and I think they are better students because they learn to be efficient with their time.
  • Form relationships with each other – these will be your colleagues, so take care of each other. Send people notes when they miss class, form study groups, get to know each other.

Week 2:

  • Believe it or not, professors do actually know a lot, probably more than your friends, so do not be afraid to ask questions during class or outside of class.
  • If you’re going to battle a library book, make sure you can win without damaging your wrist. (This was a particularly dumb story that resulted in a lot of pain for my poor wrist.)

Week 3 (this week):

  • Try and categorize things in other ways when you read cases or compare cases. For instance, even though you will not take Criminal Procedure until next semester, my favorite categorization is the animal-rule category. This includes the raccoon rule (determining curtilage and trash cans), the eagle rule (determining observations during flyovers), the adolescent hippopotomus rule and the parakeet in a locket rule (determining reasonableness for a search gained by warrant).
  • An eagle may soar, but a weasel doesn’t get sucked into a jet engine. (A friend suggested that one.)

I haven’t really been limiting myself to one tip each week, but I just have so much wisdom to pass on. Ha.

back home again… for a week

Five of us from LCM spent last week in the Twin Cities. We did a service trip, spending time at a homeless shelter, a food pantry, and an after-school program. It was an excellent experience, and one that I need to still process.

One thing that I was struck by was the gradations of homelessness. The thing that came up a few times was that, when people have a place to sleep, when they have four walls and a roof, they don’t necessarily consider themselves homeless. That was interesting to me, and something that I didn’t consider before.

It was an eye-opening trip.

I should write more and study.

it’s good to be home

I haven’t been gone for days, but it feels so good to be home. I spent 17.5 hours away from home today, 15 of which were spent at the law school, and 17 of which were spent doing law-related and law-school-related things. My head hurts. Not like it did when I was seriously in pain a couple weeks ago. It is just very difficult to articulate any thoughts right now.

I am pleased to say that Dani and I have finished our moot court brief (more than 12 hours before it’s due!), and we’ll be printing it off tomorrow morning. We’ll celebrate with mimosas. Mmm. And then I’ll clean my house, get copies made of my key, do laundry, pack for spring break, and maybe think about law school things some more. Oh, and I’ll get all the stuff for the Easter egg hunt together. That shouldn’t be so bad. I’m going to put pebbles in some of the eggs, maybe mini action figures in others, and then the traditional stuff like candy and cereal (is my family the only one that got cereal like Froot Loops and Lucky Charms in their Easter eggs?). I may fill an egg with pennies. It will be awesome.

And now for my random musings:

I did a pretty bad parking job this morning, and it made me wish that I could blame it on the tuba section picking up my car and moving it. I still wish the basses had started a war with the tubas. That would have been great.

I got an interview with an organization I’ve been really interested in for years! My (phone) interview is next week, though, which is when we’ll be in the Twin Cities for this service trip, so I’m hoping my friends behave when I’m being interviewed and they’re all in the car.

Creepy guys bug me.

At times I feel like I am going to implode. Or explode. I guess maybe I feel like a neutron star, sucking mass in and getting denser and denser and then spewing it all away. Isn’t that the process for a neutron star? Astronomy was four years ago, which seems like light years away (haha).

I kind of like having a vanity blog. But then I feel kind of selfish. And annoyed with myself for using “I” so much. Oh well. It’s my blog. Don’t read it if you don’t want to.

I’m exhausted.