Monday, June 18, 2012

Eye of the Storm

In case you were wondering or (gasp) losing interest, this will be my final blog about my blog and about naming my blog.  Stick with me, better yet follow me (sorry, this will probably NOT be my final shameless plug).  More fun stuff ahead, I promise.
“Baking in a Tornado” started life as “Eye of the Storm”.  Of course that name was taken so I had to move on to plan B.  This happened with my other kids (of the human variety).  I had chosen my favorite name and it was nixed.  My husband didn't like it, my family didn't like it, my grandmother didn't even like it (but she was campaigning on some type of platform about people who let their grandparents name their child).  I tried again a year later, same name different son, but never did win that particular battle.  The thing is I also love the names we ended up choosing and now I can't picture my kids with any other name.
I thought I’d share the thoughts that led to my choice of the name “Eye of the Storm”.  It holds true for “Baking in a Tornado” also, and I’ve come to especially appreciate this new name.  It represents what I was trying to express in a name every bit as well as my choice, AND it was chosen by someone I love.
Another reason why I like this new name is something brought to my attention by my friend, Kathy.  She posted the kindest compliments recommending my blog to her FB friends (especially nice since I stole a trip to Hawaii from her all those years ago).  She mentions that I am a friend of hers from Boston and says “she now lives in the Midwest so that explains the tornado reference, not the state of her kitchen when she's done”.   Don’t tell Kathy, but she lied to all her friends.  I hadn’t thought of this interpretation of the name but that IS the state of my kitchen when I bake…and the state of my clothes…and my hair…
You know what’s so bad about being in the eye of the storm?  Yes, you’ve survived part of that storm, but you’re in the middle.  You know there’s more and it’s heading your way.   Will it get stronger, meaning the worst is yet to come?  Will it weaken, meaning the worst is over?  You don’t really know.  But you have a window.  While you can, breathe…and bake…
I love this little ditty I found and posted on a friend’s FB wall.  It said something like this:

Eye of the Storn | | #MyGraphics

I posted this on Laurie’s wall because Laurie is a friend from my high school days who is an eternal optimist.  No matter what I’ve ever seen happen to her, she doesn’t let it get her down, she looks up with a smile.  But according to this interpretation of the glass half empty/half full debate, we’re sort of on even ground…I like that…a lot!  Because right now I’m in the eye of the storm.  I am decidedly beaten and battered and bruised and I have a feeling the second half is gonna be a killer.  So for now, I’ll breathe…and bake . . .and drink . . .

"Watermelon" Jello Shots |

“Watermelon” jello shots

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"Watermelon" Jello Shots
4 - 6 limes, cut in half and carefully scoop out pulp
Chocolate jimmies (sprinkles)
1 (3 oz) box strawberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup vodka

*Dissolve jello in boiling water.
*In food processor, liquefy the strawberries.
*Mix the strawberries and the vodka into the jello.
*Refrigerate until it starts to thicken (about an hour) then skim off foam.
*Carefully spoon into the lime "cups".
*Refrigerate another 2 1/2 hours or until firm.
*Carefully cut the lime pieces in half and sprinkle sides with chocolate jimmies.

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  1. I hope you enjoyed that trip to Hawaii (I had honestly forgotten about it.) Of course I really had no idea what your kitchen really looked like after baking, I was assuming the best, and now you've blown your cover. Post baking kitchen tornado would make a good picture for your blog BTW. Keep up the baking and blogging.

    1. Darn my big mouth blowing my cover. Like your picture suggestion, look for it in a future blog! Thanks for staying with me here!

  2. Love the recipe, , as usual,,,,, btw,,, how many of those had you consumed when you took the pic?. Chin up buttercup,, someday soon you'll look back and realize you survived, ,,,, and did it well !

    1. LOL, this pic was taken before I got my new camera. That's my story and I'm sticking to it . . .


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