Posts made in August 4th, 2011

johnston photography prints giveaway!


Posted on Aug 4, 2011 in Career

Are you guys having fun with the festival of giveaways this week? I certainly am! I love giving stuff away. Missed the giveaways? You still have time, all the giveaways for this week are open until Monday:

I still have a lot of great things to hand out for the rest of the week, too! Like right now. Do you need some art for your wall? Want some Babyface original photography?

Babyface generously offered up to give away one 8 x 12 print from his Etsy shop to three readers. Ready to win some free art?

rules, regs and how to enter :

There will be three winners, each winning one print of their choice from the Johnston Photography Etsy shop. This contest is open to everyone, we ship globally!

Each person can have up to four entries. You can receive an entry by completing any (and all) of the following :

  1. COMMENT—Comment on this post and tell me which print you would want if you won!
  2. BLOG—Post about the giveaway to your blog and then post a separate comment here letting me know you did.
    • Sample Paragraph : Join in the Back to Her Roots Epic Blogiversary Celebration! I entered to win a photography print. Want to win, too? Head on over and check it out. There will be daily giveaways all week!
  3. TWEET—Tweet about the giveaway and then post a separate comment here letting me know you did.
    • Sample Tweet : Join the @backtoherroots Epic Blogiversary Celebration! Daily giveaways all week. I entered one, you should too!
  4. FACEBOOK—Post about the giveaway on Facebook and then post a separate comment here letting me know you did.
    • Sample Status Update : Join in the Back to Her Roots Epic Blogiversary Celebration! Head on over and check it out. There will be daily giveaways all week!

Please remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. It’ll only get counted if each entry is its own comment. All entries for the giveaways during Epic Blogiversary Celebration week are due by 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, August 8, 2011. Winners for all giveaways will be announced Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Good luck!


90 second nutella chocolate cake


Posted on Aug 4, 2011 in Food

90 second nutella chocolate cake

Earlier in the week, I promised I was going to bake a cake for my blog. I lied. While I did make a cake, I certainly didn’t bake it. I microwaved it!

When I posted my one minute peanut butter cake last month, I got a huge response! And a lot of those responses were, “Well, that’s great! But where’s the chocolate?” I totally get that request considering I’m a huge chocaholic, so I’ve been testing out recipes and finally landed on an awesome version that uses Nutella. Yum!

I took a little bit of flack last time for not including a warning about raw eggs (someone even asked if I was trying to kill people, sheesh). So here it is. This recipe uses an egg. It gets microwaved, but not enough to completely cook the egg. You could cook it longer, but remember, the longer it cooks, the drier the cake gets. Eat at your own risk. I recommend knowing where your eggs come from (find a local farmer) to help reduce the risk of bacteria.

So now that that’s out-of-the-way, let’s talk about this cake! The Nutella is super melty and gooey, which makes it a great base for this moist cake. This one is rich, chocolatey and comes together in under 2 minutes. For some reason, this batter does tend to rise a bit more than my peanut butter version, so I recommend either splitting the batter between two small ramekins or transfer it to a larger microwave bowl or mug.

Do as I say, not as I show. That ramekin was way too small! I had a delicious, choco-volcano. Definitely keep a close eye on the cake while you are zapping it, you don’t want to lose any of this deliciousness to the microwave gods.

90 Second Nutella Chocolate Cake

Remember that microwave power varies drastically. It take a little bit of trial and error to figure out the time and power to get the right cake texture. But once you figure it out, you’ll always know.

Serves 1-2

Print this recipe


  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Pour the batter into two greased ramekins or one large grease microwavable bowl or mug.
  3. Microwave on 70% power for 30 seconds. At the end of the time, check for doneness (and volcano-ness!). If not cooked through, add 15 seconds at a time.