Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No Go

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Stop the countdown, I want off of this ride.

If you read this blog at all, it’s no surprise that my baby graduated high school a month ago and is preparing to go to college in about (gasp) 6 weeks. A college that is (sob) 600 miles away.

It’s also no surprise that I’m not doing well with this upcoming change. I’ve talked to him about home schooling and I’ve even threatened to considered getting an apartment in West Lafayette. So far this kid is still on track, however, to move forward with his plans. Seems he got his stubbornness from his mom.

So now I’m getting desperate. I’m bringing out the big guns. I realize that I’ve approached this all wrong. I’ve been appealing to his heart. This is a really smart kid, time to appeal to his brain. So I’m back. And this time using logic.

 No Go - Baking In A Tornado

Ten reasons why you should not go away to college, son:

* What if Indiana secedes from the union? I know you’re willing to live in another state, but with exchange rates, electrical voltage differences, and a new language to learn, are you really prepared to live in another country?

* West Lafayette is a pretty rural area. Plenty of room for a space ship to land. You don’t want to be beamed up and used for scientific research, do you?

*I know how much you love your little BMW and Indiana is not a safe place to drive. I hear they go over 150 miles an hour. In big circles. For like 3 hours.

* I’ve been looking into some local laws and it seems that in Indiana it’s illegal to catch a fish with dynamite, a gun, a bow and arrow or even your bare hands. I know you don’t fish but it’s the whole principle of the thing. You go to college to have your options expanded not limited, right?

*I’m very concerned about your safety. What if the Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz have a GPS failure and end up in Indiana?


Lemon Berry Bread - Baking In A Tornado
Lemon Berry Bread



*The Tooth Fairy won’t be able to find you.

*Seriously? The Colts? Are you trying to kill me?

*I called the school but it seems that no one there is willing to use you as a Guinea Pig bake new dessert recipes for you to try. I just don’t know how you’re going to adjust to that.

*While I had the school on the phone, I asked who would be in charge of doing your laundry. You may want to sit down for this . . . you’d have to do your own. Deal breaker, right.

*What if all that chicken fat DOES go away and it goes to Indiana? Then you’ll be stuck in Indiana doggy paddling through chicken fat.

Intelligent, well thought out arguments, that’s the way to go with this kid. So. . . I kept the receipt, can I return the trunk now?

Baking In A Tornado     

Lemon Berry Bread
                                             ©www.BakingInATornado.com


Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
6 TBSP butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 TBSP lemon juice 
1 1/2 cups lemon yogurt
2 cups flour
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups mixed berries
1 TBSP flour
 
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP water
½ cup powdered sugar
 
Directions:
*Grease loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Rinse and dry the berries. Chop or slice the larger ones. Mix with the 1 TBSP flour.
*Cream the butter and white sugar. Beat in the eggs, 3 TBSP lemon juice and yogurt.
*Mix in the flour, salt and baking powder just until incorporated. Gently mix in the berries.
*Spread into the loaf pan, building up the sides just a little and bake for approximately 55 to 65 minutes or until the center of the top springs back to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan.
*Wisk together the 1 TBSP lemon juice, 1 TBSP water and ½ cup powdered sugar.
*Remove the bread from pan, drizzle with the topping and allow to cool completely.

30 comments:

  1. The laundry & flying monkey arguments will definitely give him something to think about. I probably wouldn't mention the alien abduction if I were you, though. Keep in mind there may probably be a chance he secretly wants to be whisked away on an intergalactic adventure where he can meet/fall in love with a hot alien princess and fire laser blasters.

    Admit it. Deep down we all do.

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    1. Yikes, that thought will give me nightmares, LOL!

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  2. "I’m very concerned about your safety. What if the Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz have a GPS failure and end up in Indiana?" Ha!! It's a very logical fear! ...and the recipe? Must make!

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    1. Thank you for your concern. Glad you see the importance of this argument. And I hope you love the bread.

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  3. Yep, I'm with Vinny on that one. Chances of space ship encounters would make my boy want to go even more.
    Laundry duty and baking withdrawal on the other hand.... hhmmmmm....

    Gold stars for trying, though! Loved reading this. I'll have some of that Lemon berry cake now, please?

    PS: Tooth fairy? Really?

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    1. OK, the tooth fairy may be stretching it a bit but I'm a desperate momma's gotta do what a desperate momma's gotta do.

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  4. I say you follow through on your threat and move out there.......

    But then, you'd be closer to Kentucky, so maybe I'm being selfish here.

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    1. I think it just may come to moving out there. Want to meet me there?

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  5. Karen, I love this combination of lemon and berries. I think our taste buds agree most of the time. I enjoyed the story about your son, brought back many memories for me. I was more effected with my oldest son leaving. After the first one left, it wasn't so bad when the other two left. My mouth is watering for a slice of this with a big cup of coffee! Shared and pinned <3!

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    1. I have to admit that my older son just being an hour away and coming home now and then on weekends wasn't bad for me at all. The second one going so far is really tough.

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  6. How could college be just 6 weeks away? it feels like just yesterday it was spring.

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    1. I know, time is just flying. He goes in the middle of August. He's signed up for attendance in an orientation type program that takes place for a week before classes start.

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  7. I've heard that money trees don't grow in Indiana ... maybe appeal to his mercenary side?!?

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  8. I think you need to start tactical threatening. Tell him that you're sending your best friend to move in next door to him... and she'll be playing show tunes from dusk until dawn.

    LOVE the lemon berry cake. All's well in fresh fruit land!

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    1. Yes, loving all the plump ripe fresh fruits and the recipes all of my talented friends are coming up with using them.

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  9. I know exactly how you feel, and every point you make is valid. If he's smart, he'll listen to his mama :)

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    1. Yes, exactly what I keep telling him, smart kids listen to their mamas.

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  10. I love your 10 reasons not to go. The laundry one is sure to make him change his mind. It is hard to see them grow up isn't, but us mamas seem to survive.

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    1. Well, this mama's gonna try to survive. We'll see how that goes.

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  11. Indiana is not really the designated area for the flying monkeys, but I am not certain. You better establish a no question code just in case.

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    1. Well, I certainly hope Indiana's not the designated area for the flying monkeys, but he should probably stay home just in case.

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  12. I remember panicking when my youngest graduated. I was terrified. After a couple of weeks I loved it and I bet you will too.

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    1. I think I probably will love some aspects, but I know it's going to be a difficult transition. Hope it goes as well as it did for you.

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  13. These made me giggle...but number four made me spit my juice all over my keyboard from laughing so hard. :)

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    1. So glad you had a few giggles. And a big laugh too!

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  14. My two are now two years out of college. One just left for China, for what he hopes will be two years. the other is in Philly. I am learning that close is just a flight away. If you never need to commiserate call me. I hated them being gone, but i do believe that one day they will come back. In the meantime, I write and send a care package here and there. More there than here!

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    1. Wow, China. And I thought Indiana was far. I may need to call and commiserate. Is daily too much?

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  15. I hate to burst your bubble, but I really don't think any of those arguments will hold him here. Your boy needs to spread his wings. Time to let him go. And isn't doing his own laundry a GOOD thing? Do you really want to wash his smelly socks forever?
    As for the desserts, mail him a box full of stuff now and then.
    He'll be fine, you know that already. You will be fine also. :)

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    1. I know, I know, I know. Doesn't make it easy, but I do know!

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