Those of you who know me fairly well, know two things that remain constant in my life:

a)  I LOVE SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and

b)  Red is for whores!!!  (tee hee)

Ok so there’s a story behind my second point.  Like to hear it here it go…

When I was younger, like waaaay younger, like maybe 5, I used to always wanna paint my nails.  Aaaaand my color of choice?  You guessed it, red.  Needless to say that things back in the ’80’s were much different than they are now (unfortunately) so my mother, at that time, as well as my aunt, were not too fond of this idea.  Whenever I’d ask my mama if she’d paint my nails red she would always give the reply that I still subconsciously believe to this day: “Red is for Whores.”  0_0

Now, being that I was 5, I did not know what a whore was exactly, but I understood it to be a bad thing.  Kind of like how I knew that my cousin was “gay” before I necessarily knew what being “gay” was all about…

My aunt, on the other hand, had a different theory about the color red.  She would always explain that red made you look “country”.  And anyone who is from the south knows that the term country is not a good thing.  Think, jigaboo…

So, instead I was left with this pink color that I used to pile up on my nails in hopes that it would be dark enough to look like the red bottle of polish that sat atop my mother’s mirror, that I admired from afar but was out of my reach.  Growing up, I could always hear my mother and aunt’s voices echo in my head and I still do to this day.  While now I’m a bit more lenient, red is definitely a color that is on my list of favorites…I’ll just keep it at that…

So why bring this up?  Well I’m glad you asked 🙂

So…last week I was presented with a pair of unsolicited “shoes” (my first love).  These “shoes” look good; the heel is just high enough to where they’d be comfortable for a long day’s work but still transition to a happy hour afterwards.  They say they are the right size on the label, though I haven’t personally tried them on just yet (I’m hesitant when it comes to “shoes” yall ;)) I’m pretty sure they’ll take a little breaking in, but hey, what good pair of “shoes” doesn’t? So far so good right?  Well there is one small thing…

The “shoes” just so happen to be red (._. )

Now, I’ve been flirting with the idea of trying these bad boys on for size for about a week.  And was even invited to take a scroll (tee hee)  in them last week but I passed.  After all, red is for whores, right?  So…a funny thing happened today: the “shoes” came back to haunt me.  Yup, right there, in my face, in broad daylight.

At first I tried to avoid them altogether, but then I said to myself, “Self, you are better than this.  You know it’s in bad taste not to go and at least take a peek at the ‘shoes’ before you totally pass them by.”  But before I had the chance to peek there they were.  Bright as day.  Right in my face.  Beckoning…insisting…texting me to come and take a look!  So I obliged.

To make a long story short yall, I’m trying on the “shoes” tomorrow night.  Now, I know you have to walk in em a little while before you can see if the fit is right so who knows.  But maybe these red “shoes” will grow on me.  We’ll see…

And there you have it!

SN:  For some of you, this whole thing just went right over you heads LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In honor of my red “shoes”…

Red Velvet cheesecake 

I made this for Thanksgiving 2010 and I brought most of it to work and it was a hit with everyone.  I got the idea from The Cheesecake Factory’s desert, so here’s my version:

For the cake: 

  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 oz red food coloring (eyeball it)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I sometimes eyeball this too)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1 tsp distilled vinegar (not apple cider)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • colored sugar for decorating

For the cheesecake click here.  

For the cream cheese frosting click here. 

Preheat 0ven to 350°F

Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until thoroughly combined.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla until combined.  But be careful not to over-beat your eggs!!!

Add the egg mixture to the sugar and butter and combine.

Slowly mix in the dry ingredients working in parts until all of the mixture is combined into a cake batter.  DO NOT OVER-MIX!!!

Butter and flour your cake pans and line with parchment paper (if you want), but be sure to butter and flour that too.  Pour the batter into the cake pans and gently level them off before putting them in the oven.

Bake until done, about 30 mins or until a toothpick comes out the center clean.  Allow the cakes to cool for about 5 mins in the pans then cool them on wire racks.

Once the cakes are cooled and the cheesecake is set, you can start to assemble your dessert.  Now, mind you I just put the whole cheesecake in the middle of my two layers of cake just cuz…Iono.  But if you want to alternate layers like the one in CCF, then please feel free.

On a cake plate, start with layering one of the red velvet cakes.  Add a layer of frosting, then add the cheesecake on top of that.  Add another layer of frosting before adding the final red velvet cake layer on top.  If the cheesecake is larger in diameter than the two layers of cake then trim the sides until they are even.  Frost the entire outside of the cake thoroughly and feel free to decorate with colored sugar, or whatever your heart’s desire.