Inspiration has been failing me as of late.
This post was originally supposed to be about the Superbowl. After all, that is what I made these lovely cake balls for. I think it’s a little late to talk about such things, though.
Of course, all the proud Packers fans out there probably wouldn’t mind 😉
Seriously, though, it’s been rough trying to find the will to sit down and write a post. Don’t get me wrong…I thoroughly enjoy doing this. If I could, I’d put tons of energy into my blog, but other things consume my time these days. Like homework. After spending the entire aftenoon tackling textbook after textbook, I feel like a jittery junebug with all that pent up energy from lack of physical movement. Instead of tending to my poor blog, I go to the gym to run or rock climb.
Let me tell you, running is the best way to end an afternoon of textbook hell.
Actually, I’ve become a gym-going fiend lately. Running is a total cure-all. If you are stressed, run it off. Angry? Nothing better than burning off that frustration on the track. By the way, I highly recommend setting your Ipod to “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by the Smashing Pumpkins in that situation. Great song. Sometimes, I enjoy running simply because I can tune off from the world, turn up my Ipod, and lose myself in the therapeudic trance of music and motion. My mind often wanders to memories of Colorado and the mountains while I’m making the rounds around the track.
Ok, ok…I know, running is painful. I used to hate it myself. Not long ago, it took the promise of a bowl of ice cream or slice of cake as a reward for my efforts to go a mile. Now I do it willingly. Like anything that is good for you, running takes patience, but eventually becomes something totally enjoyable and craveable. It’s like salad. Usually people who crave salads have grown up enjoying them nightly as a prelude to dinner. Or they might be on a strict diet…but in that case, one doesn’t necessarily WANT it. No, you only WANT it after years of it being shoved down your throat by relentless parents. Not that I was the picky type as a child ;P Nooooo sireee….not me! Now, I loooove salad. I begin to feel a subtle emptiness in my diet when I’m separated from tender, leafy greens dressed with plump tomatos, fresh cucumber, and a sprightly vinagarette. Oh, and don’t forget the feta.
It’s true. Things that are good for you must first grow on you. Think about it. The very human tendency to want what isn’t good for us is a total hinderance on our daily lives. Excercise, healthy eating, studying, even patience all oppose what “feels” good, but guess what! With persistence, I believe it is possible to learn to enjoy any of these things. It takes patience, will-power, and a change of mind-set.
And……I totally am not there yet. I haven’t found the virtues in all of my studies, but at least I’ve come to love a good run. The best part: running means being able to enjoy sweets more. You know, like these cake balls.
This dessert is a total blast to make! You bake a cake. You let the cake cool. Then you pulverize the cake to death. Seriously. Like runnning, it’s therapeudic. Trust me. After crumbling the cake with your bare hands, mix in a whole can of frosting to create a gooey dough. Then roll away into little two-bite sized balls. After a good chill in the fridge, roll those babies in melted white or dark chocolate. Your choice. I won’t judge.
So go for a run, eat a salad, open up your mind to the wonders of your (insert subject here) textbook, make a new friend, and just learn to love what is seemingly unlovable in life. Oh, and don’t forget to make room for dessert, cause’ life just wouldn’t be fun without it 😉
Vanilla Cake Balls
makes about 50 little balls of yumminess
1 box vanilla cake mix
1 can vanilla frosting
1 large bag choc. or white choc. chips
sprinkles to decorate
Bake cake mix according to directions in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Let cool completely. Crumble cake into a large mixing bowl. Mix in can of frosting thoroughly. Roll into 1-2 inch balls. Chill for at least an hour.
Melt choc. chips over a double-boiler. You can make one by setting a glass mixing bowl over a sauce pan filled with about two inches of water. Don’t let the water touch the bottom of the glass bowl or the chocolate will seize up! Add chocolate and slowly stir over low heat until melted. Roll cake balls in melted chocolate. I suggest melting the chocolate in smaller batches as it will begin to harden before you are done with all the cake balls.
Before chocolate sets, sprinkle each ball with decorating sugar. Let chill in the fridge again until chocolate is hard.