Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


Rain Showers & Rainbows

Rain showers and crisp, cool air moved into Denali about a week ago–a sure sign of Autumn’s arrival. The surrounding peaks even have a fine layer of snow on them–known as ‘Termination Dust’ to us Denali-ites.

Aw, fall. It’s intoxicating!

Yesterday was a day of rainbows.

I got off the bus in the morning and this beauty was right behind the lodge.

Later, on my ride home, this one–a full arc–was glowing brightly across the Healy Valley.

It was the brightest rainbow I have ever seen.

Too bad I only had my old Canon point-and-shoot with me to capture it. It was better than nothing, I suppose.

I ran inside to my room to grab my Nikon DSLR, but by the time I got back outside no more than 5 minutes later, the rainbow was gone.

This time of year is full of magical little moments.

Here’s to many more.


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Rainbow Cake: Round Two

I was spending some time with my favorite almost-5-year-old this weekend, when it occurred to me that making a rainbow cake might be a fun Labor Day weekend activity. I had been wanting to try it again and thought she would get a kick out of it. I mean what kid doesn’t love all things colorful?

Three trips to the store, a detour to play with my dogs, and several hours later, we were baking away.

She stuck around just long enough to stick her hands in the dry cake mix and lick the beaters.

My Little Helper

This time around I didn’t make Omnomicon’s “diet cake” recipe. Rather, I went the lazy and fattening route and just followed the regular cake mix instructions and used the ever healthy frosting-in-a-can.

It went together quickly, the most time-consuming part being the mixing and layering of colored batter.

So colorful!

It was a breeze to frost, even with the annoying domed shape of the cakes (I recently came across Wilton’s Bake Even Strips-must buy some and give them a try). The actual cake itself turned out a little crumbly, but still really good tasting and oh-so-cute!

We ate the cake today for my Aunt’s birthday. It was quite adorable, if I do say so myself. Maybe not the most appropriate cake for a grown woman’s birthday, but it would be great for a child’s event or for cupcakes.


I’d still like to perfect the cake, so I can’t say this will be the last attempt. I’m also pretty keen on making a “zebra” version with black/brown and white layers of chocolate and vanilla.

I must also add: I fully recognize the utter “artificialness” of this desert. It is, after all, made with a boxed cake mix, canned frosting, and food coloring (albeit a minimal amount). Obviously, it’s not the most healthy thing in the world, but it’s fun to make and tastes pretty good. So, don’t leave me comments about how this is the devil on a plate. Don’t like it? Don’t make it!