Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa. I'm sorry. I take full responsibility. Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla. Whatever you want to call it, I'm sorry. It was me.

I published a blog post, one week ago today, called Wiinter Mishigas. In it, I complained about the weather, the constant barrage of snow storms. Nothing major, about 3 inches of snow each time, but one after another after another. 

Apparently Mother Nature reads my blog. Who knew? And clearly I hit a nerve. What was she thinking? Something like: "What gall. What insolence. What sheer audacity."

Perhaps you're unaware. Certainly I need a refresher course, but there are certain truths about Mother Nature that we all need to be aware of. Ignore at your own peril. Like do not, whatever you do, refrain from bemoaning the results of her handiwork. She does not take criticism well (constructive or otherwise), and (take note, this one's the biggie) she will get you back. She does not forgive, she does not forget and she does not suffer fools gladly (that would be me, btw).

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Mother Nature's answer? "Oh honey, you're complaining about nuisance snow? You want to whine, I'll give you something to whine about." And BOOM, 4 days later she unleashes it all, her entire repertoire and all in one day. Yes, she was that mad.

"Rain? . Sleet? . Ice? . Snow? . That whole nuisance thing? Annoyance this. Inconvenience this. Nuisance these 9 inches of snow. Oh, and just for shits and giggles, lets add some whipping winds so it all piles up against your garage door. You didn't want to drive again this month anyway, right {{insert diabolical laugh here}}?"

Crushed pineapple and orange juice flavor this Orange Pineapple Cake. Full of flavor, easy to make starting with boxed ingredients, beautiful to serve. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake
Orange Pineapple Cake
Crushed pineapple and orange juice flavor this Orange Pineapple Cake. Full of flavor, easy to make starting with boxed ingredients, beautiful to serve. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

Dear Mother Nature:

I give up, Uncle, I raise the white flag, surrender. In fact, as a show of good faith, I've baked you a cake. Using warm weather flavors and a floral backdrop. You know, for inspiration. 

I'm sorry. I'm honestly and truly and fully humbled. Mea Culpa. Forgive me. Excuse my impertinence. Color me contrite. I am regretful, remorseful, apologetic. I repent.

I bow to your omnipotence, oh goddess of the atmosphere and respectfully ask for another chance. March is in just 5 days. What say we start over? A clean slate? I won't open my big fat mouth kvetch about the weather. In return I ask for just one teeny tiny itty bitty favor. Take a break. Rest, relax, pamper yourself, maybe go to a spa. But please, please, in the name of all that is holy, allow us to be reunited with that big yellow orb that, if my memory serves me, used to show up now and then in the sky.

Karen Baking In A (well, maybe I shouldn't specify where, wouldn't want to give you any ideas).

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Orange Pineapple Cake         

Printable Recipe

1 can crushed pineapple in juice
1 box Orange Supreme cake mix 
1 box (3 oz) pineapple jello mix
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP orange juice
a few drops of orange food coloring
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup dried pineapple, chopped

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans.
*Drain the crushed pineapple well, reserving the juice.
*Beat the cake mix, jello mix, pineapple juice from the can, 1/2 cup of orange juice, oil and eggs for 2 minutes. Fold in the reserved crushed pineapple and pour into prepared pans.
*Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.
*Beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 2 TBSP orange juice and the food coloring. 
*In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks hold. Remove 3/4 cup of the whipped cream to use for decoration, then fold the remaining whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Remove about 1 1/4 cups of this mixture to a separate bowl and fold the chopped dried pineapple into this third for the filling.
*Place one cake layer onto your serving plate. Spread the frosting mix that has the chopped dried pineapple in it over the top. Cover with the second cake layer and frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting.
*Use reserved whipped cream for decoration.
*Store, covered, in the refrigerator.


  1. OK I am officially blaming you! We are usually in SPRING this time of year, but not this year. We have snow, not much, and cold. The city owns it seems like 3 snow plows so if we get more than an inch the city shuts down. My sister is flying in tonight. It is usually about 40 degrees warmer than New England and Spring like. BTW, I like your take on the frosting, a cream cheese whipped cream duo, I bet it is wonderful!

    1. Have a great visit with your sister, hope it warms up for you both.

  2. Look here, human. Not only do you criticize me, you aim to make me fat. And not only that, you bake me a cake without chocolate. You are not forgiven. Winter continues! (Cackle)

  3. That cake looks nice, the weather here is nice not too hot or too cold

  4. And here I was blaming me! I'm so happy to pass this torch along to you.
    Don't burn your fingers! ;)

    1. Yeah, this is one torch I'm afraid I'm gonna have to own.

  5. I'm so over winter here in Wisconsin too!
    -Go Mama O.

    1. Yeah, it's pretty bad where you are too. Hope we both make it to spring.

  6. I'm sorry if it was not intended to be, but this post made me giggle, laugh and cough a tad too much. I know it's rough, especially with the broken toe and all but this was funny. NOT that you have to endure such winter hardships but the post itself. OMG thank you. I needed a laugh this morning. I too thought that maybe just maybe winter was on it's way out the door but oh no. Two days ago BAM 20's and whipping wind. I am thankful no white stuff but good land. I'm so over winter. Over it I tell ya. O V E R I T yes ma'am. I think winter needs a vacation in Siberia.
    Now this cake. ooh wee woman, cut me a slice and brew up a pot of joe, I'm on my way.


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