Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Personal and Confidential, My Gluteus Maximus

It started with a letter. 

It was marked "personal and confidential". Not addressed to me, but that's just a detail, right? Everyone knows if you send a letter to a man marked that way it's like waving a red cape in front of a bull, you can bet your ass that wife is gonna open it. Especially since, initially, I was terrified. What official letter could possibly come to Hubs? Has he been drafted? Into the Space Force? He can't go, you know. He's got bone spurs.


Personal and Confidential, a letter from the "president". | www.BakingInATornado.com


Now I just want to commend you, seeking out my husband to write to personally at 5:43 am. And although your letter hits on all of your dog whistles, lies, delusional interesting world views, I have to admit that it doesn't really sound like you. There aren't any made up words, way fewer random use of capital letters (well, other than "Fake News Media" and "Liberals"), or glaring spelling errors. Did you turn on your spell check? You can admit it, I won't tell.

I actually posted the above picture on my FB page, and in the ensuing discussion, a fellow blogger, Tamara, suggested a blog post response. Good idea Tamara, I actually have, in fact, responded. Not with money, of course, but with something way more valuable. 

June 18th
3:30 am

I want to thank you for your recent letter to my husband. He never saw it, but I'm sure he'd be appreciative of the time an effort you took to explain to him personally (and confidentially) how you feel about those evil liberals who want things like health care, human rights and affordable education.

Anyway, I'm awake and answering you at 3:30 in the morning as I just have such a hard time sleeping these days. Because of, you know, things like the electoral college, kids in cages, pedophiles running for office, White House staff breaking the law, increasing anti-semitism, cronyism, trampling of women's rights, Mitch McConnell . . .

I know you ask, in your letter, for $2020, but since you got the tax break and I . . . well . . . didn't. And since you don't grocery shop and I've suffered frequently increasing food prices and now gas prices due to tariff and trade agreement whims, I thought I'd offer you some sage advice instead.  

*If you say something on tape, you can deny it later if you want, but chances are pretty good that people are going to know you said it.

*Every day is not "take your kids to work" day.

*Methinks thou doth protest too much. Truth is, people who are stable and who are geniuses don't need to talk about it. Over and over and over again.

*Sometimes bad things happen that Hillary is not responsible for. Like wild fires. Even if she didn't sweep the forest floor.
 
*When hosting guests, especially in the people's house, Mickey D's is just . . . well . . . gauche. You know there's a chef who will cook for guests, right? And you don't have to do the dishes either, there's a staff for that too. So maybe try to show a little class. A nice grilled steak, that's a dinner worth serving.


Grilled Asian Flank Steak is bursting with flavor. Marinate up to 48 hours, grill, slice and serve a new warm weather dinner favorite. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Grilled Asian Flank Steak


*Mexico is not paying for any wall. And neither am I.

*Reading is good. In fact, most people find that information is often helpful.

*Allies are our friends. Really. Look it up.

*We have a 4th of July celebration in the capital every year. Independence Day was already sort of a big deal before you came along.


*I know you talk a lot about fake news, I thought maybe you'd understand the concept better if I gave you clear examples.
Legit: global warming.
Fake: no obstruction, no collusion. 

That's all I have for you for now. If you need any further assistance (meaning non-financial), feel free to send my husband another personal and confidential letter. I'll be watching for it.

Sincerely,
A patriotic snowflake

PS: Have you ever actually seen a snowflake? They're beautiful.

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Grilled Asian Flank Steak
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Ingredients:
1 3/4 # flank steak
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 TBSP pineapple juice
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TBSP brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger

Directions:
*Place the steak in a resealable gallon sized bag.
*Whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin, pineapple juice, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Pour into the bag to cover the steak and seal. Refrigerate for at least 6 and up to 48 hours.
*Preheat grill to medium high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and place on the grill, immediately lowering the heat to medium.
*Grill from 5 to 7 minutes per side, until almost done to your preference.
*Remove from grill and allow steak to rest for 5 minutes before slicing, against the grain.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Can I Blog? Take Two: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.


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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: sticky ~ stencils  ~ water tank ~ phone ~ airplane
They were submitted by Karen of Bookworm in the Kitchen.
                        
I don't exactly know how to fit these words into it, but I wanted you to know that today is a celebration. It's not just the 66th month in a row that I've run and participated in our Use Your Words monthly writing challenge, although that seems quite the feat in and of itself. Sometimes the words form the post almost on their own and sometimes they're a bit . . .  well . . .  sticky, but for 66 continuous months I've joined my blogging friends in meeting the challenge.

This post today is also the 800th Baking In A Tornado blog post. 800. Who knew I had that many words? Well, everyone I suppose since it seems I'm known for making a short story long, but still . . . 800 (semi)composed written pieces, including graphics I make myself, recipes I develop and pictures I take, edit and, despite varying degrees of success, publish. That's a lot of work just to amuse myself, now that I think of it.

And I'm not done there. Today, this exact day in history (well, my history anyway), is the anniversary of that water tank shed moment (does it count as using my word prompt if I cross half of it out? Oh wait, I forgot, I made the rules . . . so yes, it does). The day I chose a name (well, technically my son chose from my second choices since my first choice was taken) and wrote a post called Can I Blog?. It was scary back then, setting up a theme, picking a tag line, making a graphic, all the things I didn't know how to do. There are no stencils out there that worked as is for me, that I could just put up in the interwebs, and be happy with. I needed to feel that it represented me, not just the words but the look. So after doing and redoing and redoing and redoing every little detail, and after much trepidation, on June 14th, 2012, I finally pressed that "publish" button. It was done. I was out there. 

What started out as a 6 months at most venture, has suddenly turned into 7 years. Somehow I'm still here, still going. Thanks in part to all the stress in my life, and some very loyal blogging friends (I think you know who you are), I'm still here, still pressing that publish button. Over and over again. Fortunately with little trepidation at this point.

So how to celebrate? With baked goods, of course. I was going to post a recipe for a grilled dinner today but nope. Thought about a cake but decided against that too. Ended up choosing French Vanilla Glazed Baked Coffee Donuts. Not only did I recently write an entire blog post about my love of (well, need for) coffee but, well, donuts.



Nothing says “morning” like coffee and donuts. They’re married together in these French Vanilla Glazed Baked Coffee Donuts. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #donuts

French Vanilla Glazed Baked Coffee Donuts



So can I blog? Turns out you don't have to be a brain surgeon, it's not even (as I may have envisioned all those years ago) as hard as landing an airplane (not that I'd know, but I had to use the word). Hell, these days you can even do it from your phone. Whatever blogging is, or isn't, it seems that I am, in fact, doing it. Whether or not I'm doing it successfully? Well, that's up to you.


Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

French Vanilla Glazed Baked Coffee Donuts       
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes 15):
1 tsp instant coffee granules
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 TBSP butter, melted and cooled slightly
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 - 5 TBSP French Vanilla creamer

Directions:
*Mix the instant coffee granules into the brewed coffee, stir to dissolve and set aside to cool.
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 15 donut pan cups.
*Whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
*Separately, whisk together the milk, coffee and eggs, then the melted butter. Add to the flour mixture, just until incorporated.
*Spoon or pipe evenly into the prepared donut pan(s). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing.
*Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla and as much French Vanilla creamer as is needed to get the mixture to a glaze consistency. Drizzle evenly over the warm donuts. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Longer Days: June Poetry

June, as a month is truly sublime,
weather is now deliciously fine,
Floral scents replace the pine,
and stars all just seem to align.

Monthly Poetry Group, in wisdom divine,
took June's best asset as a sign,
so about Longer Days we'll all opine.
Just scroll down and you'll find mine . . .


Longer Days, a monthly group poetry challenge based on a theme | Graphic property of www.BakingInATornado.com | #MyGraphics


 Longer Days

June is here and daylight grows.
Longer days, I can disclose,
happily replace toes that froze
with days in flip flops (and less clothes). 

Longer days and shorter nights,
sun kissed skin and blond highlights,
grilled food thrills our appetities,
we drive not blinded by headlights.

But oh, the cottonwood, it flies,
up my nose and in my eyes.
Worth it, more time with the prize,
big yellow ball up in the skies. 

Outdoor time is just the best,
On the back deck you can't be stressed.
With early evening, I'm obsessed.
even with an occasional winged pest,

like bitey bugs and things that sting.
But later fireflies take wing,
then a happiness sure thing.
grilling on the deck with my offspring.

Grilled Orange Marmalade Chicken is a quick family staple for a busy night. A simple marinade you can make in advance flavors the chicken, then grill and serve. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Grilled Orange Marmalade Chicken


Soon the days will shorten still,
completely, you know, against my will, 
For yearlong spring, I think I'd kill.
For now . . . this weather fits the bill.



Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends: 
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Longer Days.
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares The Days are Long.
Diane of On the Border shares Love 'em or Hate 'em.


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Grilled Orange Marmalade Chicken
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:
*Trim and cut each of the chicken breasts in half. Place into a resealable gallon sized bag.
*Whisk together the orange marmalade, pineapple juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. 
*Add the marinade to the bag with the chicken. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight, turning now and then.
*Preheat your grill to medium high. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and place on the grill. Lower the heat to about medium. 
*Grill chicken, turning once, for about 7 - 10 minutes per side. How long it takes will depend on the thickness of your chicken and some pieces will be done a minute or two before others. Be sure to cook your chicken through completely until there is no red and the juices run clear.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece: Fireflies Blog With Friends

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends themed collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about his partnership is that it's not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may a recipe, sewing tutorial, crocheting, crafts project, book review, and/or technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Fireflies.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here's a peek at what we all came up with:

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Fireflies. | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com


I made a Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece.

A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer

Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece

I have to admit I really had a hard time with this one. And that's saying a lot. Often in interpreting these Blog With Friends themes into a recipe, my logic can be, shall we say, a bit difficult to follow. A stretch, really. Well this time, with Fireflies, I had a hard time even doing that. Fireflies? Now how am I going to cook or bake fireflies (sounds kinda cruel when I say it). So here's what I came up with, I decided to make a firefly out of cupcakes. Which, I think you'll agree, is much better than trying to make cupcakes out of fireflies, right.

This is sort of a marriage between a craft and a recipe. And you can make this pretty easily using a boxed cake mix and canned frosting, or go all out for flavor by making both from scratch. I went the doctored up box route this time, but wanted to give you an option for homemade as well. You can use my Chocolate Mint Cupcakes recipe (this recipe makes 24 cupcakes). For the frosting, you can use the mint extract or substitute vanilla, don't use the green food coloring, substituting yellow for 1/3 of the frosting and adding 1 TBSP baking cocoa powder and 1 TBSP chocolate syrup to the rest.

The cake box says that it makes 24 cupcakes, bw, but they're stingy ones so I use one box and make 18 cupcakes. You'll just have to bake them a little longer.

NOTE: along with the ingredients, you will also need 2 lollipop sticks for the antennae. 

A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer 






Start with your ingredients, first for the cupcakes:












A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer 







Fill the cupcake papers and bake. They need to cool completely before frosting. 




A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer
A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer 








While they're baking, melt a couple of white chocolate chips and use them to glue the candy balls to the lollipop sticks for the antennae and the candy "eyes" to the candy melts.



A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer 








Next is the frosting. You'll use chocolate for the face and wings and yellow for the body. 


A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer 













Frost 6 cupcakes yellow and the rest chocolate. 



To assemble, place the yellow frosted cupcakes in a line and add 2 chocolate cupcakes at the top. Place one "eye" in the center of each of the chocolate cupcakes and stick the "antennae" into the top. Arrange 2 cupcakes on either side of the body with 3 cupcakes on the far side of them to form the wings. 

A Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece is perfect for summer parties or cookouts. Cupcakes are decorated and assembled for a fun edible centerpiece. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #summer







Cute dessert centerpiece for a summer party or cookout, don't you think?















As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Fireflies.  | Shrimp Summer Salad by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shared her recipe for Shrimp Summer Salad






Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Fireflies.  | DIY Adult Playground by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com



Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares her DIY Adult Playground




Blog With Friends, a multi-blogger project based post incorporating a theme, Fireflies.  | DIY Adult Playground by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com 



Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments shares a project, Escaping the Ordinary




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Cupcake Firefly Centerpiece
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Printable Recipe

 NOTE: To make the cupcakes from scratch, use the recipe for my Chocolate Mint Cupcakes (which makes 24 cupcakes). For the frosting, use the same recipe. You can use the mint extract or substitute vanilla. Do not use the green food coloring, to 1/3 of the frosting add yellow food coloring and to the rest, add 1 TBSP baking cocoa powder and 1 TBSP chocolate syrup.

Ingredients:
1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water 
1/2 cup sour cream

1 TBSP white chocolate chips, melted
2 candy coated chocolate pearls, your choice of color
2 candy melts, your choice of color
2 candy "eyes"

1 can chocolate frosting
1 can white frosting
yellow food coloring
OPT: colored sugar, candy coated pearls or other decorations for the yellow frosted cupcakes

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 18 paper cupcake cups into cupcake pans.
*Make your cupcake batter if making from scratch. If using a box mix, beat the dry mix with the eggs, oil, water and sour cream for 2 minutes. Divide evenly into the paper cupcake cups. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Remove from the cupcake pans and set aside to cool completely.
*While the cupcakes are cooling, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Dip the ends of the lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate and use it to attach the 2 candy pearls to the sticks to make the antennae. Dip the bottoms of the candy "eyes" into the melted white chocolate and attach them to the flat bottoms of the candy melts. Set aside.
*Make your frosting, if making from scratch and place about 1/3 of the frosting into a bowl. Mix in yellow food coloring. To the other 2/3 of the frosting, add 1 TBSP baking cocoa powder and 1 TBSP chocolate syrup. If using canned frosting, add yellow food coloring to the white frosting.
*Frost 12 cupcakes with the chocolate frosting and frost the remaining 6 cupcakes with the yellow frosting. OPT: decorate the yellow frosted cupcakes with colored sugar and/or candy coated pearls.
*Assemble: Place the yellow cupcakes in a line and add 2 chocolate cupcakes at the top. Place one "eye" in the center of each of the chocolate cupcakes and stick the "antennae" into the top. To form the wings, arrange 2 chocolate frosted cupcakes on either side of the body, 2 more to the far side of those and 1 at the end.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Fill 'er Up: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 8 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.

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My subject is: Is the glass half full or half empty? Discuss your thoughts on the subject.
It was submitted by: Jules of The Bergham Chronicles.

Half full? Half empty? Who cares, pass me the vodka and lets fill 'er up.

It's funny but I think I've talked about this subject before. But like many things, most things really, my perspective continually changes. Not the glass, that is what it is, but my view of it.

When I was young and responsibility free (well, for the most part), that glass was half full. In fact, even if it was half full, I may have seen it as completely full. "Ahhh, youth", you're thinking. But not so much. A lot of how we approach life is dictated by our innate personality. I am skeptical by nature, and I am extremely sensitive. My standpoint is skewed by thought, often overthought, and I tend keep my shield up to avoid hurt. So my view of that glass, or my naivete, if you want to call it that, was actually part youth but also part effort. I wanted to drink the kool-aid. And I did.

In the next chapter of life, when I was raising kids, that glass looked a bit different, sometimes on a daily basis. I tried to be positive, I mostly was positive, but it was frequently difficult, often damn near impossible. Add to the mix that I needed to prepare these kids for the real world, and that required, in certain circumstances, a good dose of realism if nothing else but for the sake of safety and their ability to navigate the complexity of  relationships. "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst" is a difficult tightrope to walk and I failed, btw. When PurDude went off to school hundreds of miles away, and was faced with all kinds of different people and difficult circumstances, I realized just how sheltered a life he'd led.

Nuances come with age. Well, with experience. It has to. No, you don't have to embrace cynicism, but those rose colored glasses tend to dim. I'm not talking about the inconsequential circumstances, those are easy. Because the investment in those situations are insignificant, in the scheme of things. Will my new recipe idea come out? Yes, that glass is half full, because I have little to lose if it doesn't.
 
Berry Cinnamon Refrigerator Bars. Mixed berries, flavored whipped cream and cinnamon crusted crackers come together in this refreshing refrigerator dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert
Berry Cinnamon Refrigerator Bars
Berry Cinnamon Refrigerator Bars. Mixed berries, flavored whipped cream and cinnamon crusted crackers come together in this refreshing refrigerator dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

But the current state of our country, our politics, has me thinking differently. It wears on you, realism. No matter how you want to, almost desperately need to, hold seeing that glass as half full. College Boy is a conspiracy theorist. He is persuasive, makes a good case, but I don't agree with all of his stances. I say he's a pessimist. He says he's realistic. I say I'm an optimist. He says I'm unrealistic. 

Ultimately it's immaterial, how much you believe in the foundation of your political system, trust those elected to have a moral compass and do what's right not for some but for all. Sometimes that glass is just undeniably completely empty.

But then . . .

The Red Sox are playing. They're down 4 - 1 and at bat at the bottom of the 9th inning. There are 2 outs and the batter has 2 strikes. I will not turn off the TV because he could, he could, hit a home run, right? And the 3 batters after him could too . . . that glass COULD be half full . . .

And just like that, I'm back.


Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


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Berry Cinnamon Refrigerator Bars        
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp strawberry extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 box cinnamon graham crackers

12 oz strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
6 oz raspberries, rinsed and halved
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP Cinnamon Roll Vodka, can substitute water

Directions:
*Mix the strawberries, raspberries, brown sugar and vodka (or water). Set aside.

*Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and strawberry extract and beat until stiff peaks hold. Fold the mini chocolate chips into the whipped cream.
*Place 1/3 of the cinnamon graham crackers in a single layer into the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking dish. Break the crackers into whatever size pieces you need to cover the bottom of the dish.
*Spread 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture onto the graham crackers, followed by half of the fruit mixture, reserving the liquid from the fruit. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers, another 1/3 of the whipped cream and the remaining fruit. Top with the final layer of graham crackers and the final third of the whipped cream. Drizzle the top with the reserved liquid from the berries.
*Cover tightly and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before cutting.
 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It's Not a Competition, But I Win

Raising kids is not a competition. It's a team sport, everyone knows that. 

I could continue the lie here, of course, tell you that just like not having a favorite child (that one really is true), we don't want to foster the notion that our children could have a favorite parent. But I won't lie, I want to be the favorite. {{waves hand frantically}} pick me pick me!

It's harder to achieve when you're a stay at home parent. Of course, I have more time in the day to place subliminal messages in their brains. All while they were growing up I used to say to the boys "I love you. Now that daddy guy, he doesn't like you so much, but I love you." Of course, that sort of lost it's impact once the boys started to get my sense of humor. Which {{sigh}} they did at an early age. It was, after all, a matter of self preservation.

As a stay at home mom though, I was the one who went on adventures like J. Doe hopping with them, took them to the pool in the summer, brought them to brain cell killing Pokemon movies, did crafts with them, even put them behind the wheel of a car for the first time. But I was also the one who made them eat their vegetables, clean their rooms, do their homework and set the table. Which, basically, pretty much negates all the progress I'd made and brings me right back to even footing with Hubs. Damn.

Now I do have a few other tricks up my sleeve. After all, Hubs can't boil water and I can bake. Not just for lunch dessert, dinner dessert, and snacks, but even breakfast treats. That's 4 points a day, if you're counting.


Baked Key Lime Donuts have a refreshing citrus flavor. Bake, glaze and enjoy!| Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #donuts
Baked Key Lime Donuts
Baked Key Lime Donuts have a refreshing citrus flavor. Bake, glaze and enjoy!| Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #donuts


Let me tell you a story. Happened just a few days ago. Actually, it starts many years ago. I'll give you the shortened version because I've talked about parts of it before. PurDude was 10 and College Boy was 11 when they went with Hubs to a city about 45 minutes from here and purchased a little red BMW. Initially Hubs drove it, but I ended up with it. The day, and I mean the exact day, PurDude got his driver's license he took it over and he was not giving it back. That car took him through high school, through 4 years of college and this past year as well. 

All through those years, as he held onto that little red BMW, we had cars come and go. A few years ago my car was replaced with a red BMW, mine an SUV. So when PurDude was home from school, this is how the double side of our garage looked. Mom and son, 2 red BMWs.  

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But, alas, that SUV was just too big for me. I not only had trouble climbing into it, but wasn't happy trying to park it either. So Hubs took it and he and PurDude went out and found me a beautiful grey Audi SUV. I was shocked as we have a history with Audis, having tried to buy one twice before over the years and always having something happen. In fact, we fretted that we were Audi impaired, somehow sentenced to a lifetime of never owning one. But this must be the year of the Audi, or the stars must have aligned or something, because I ended up with this one and it is perfect. I absolutely love it.

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Fast forward to this past weekend. It was time for the talk. PurDude's little red BMW had a long, long life, it was well loved and thoroughly enjoyed, but it was time to let go. It had almost 100,000 miles, the header was leaking so badly that he was having to replace the oil constantly, the automatic door locks don't work, the driver's window didn't go down (actually it did go down, just not back up again), a spark plug was misfiring, he'd just replaced a tire and a rim, and now the brakes were grinding. 

PurDude was on the hunt for another BMW, he knew just what he wanted, but that was proving difficult to find. He came to us last weekend and wanted his dad (yikes, dad points) to go with him to look at a car. Coincidentally it was at the same dealer where we had originally picked out his car. They went out and talked to the dealer, but ultimately he couldn't afford the car he had gone to look at. Even with me signing the BMW title over to him to use as part of his down payment, it was not only above where I thought he should be for monthly payments, but it was a little above where he wanted to be. He was disappointed. He drove the car and absolutely loved it.

I saw him on Memorial Day and he was still stuck on that car, thinking about calling the dealer at the end of the week. I came up with a way that he could bring the payments down a little, but they would still be high.

On Wednesday the dealer called Hubs. When PurDude got in touch with him on Thursday, the dealer had come down in price. The payments would be right where I wanted them to be and the financing at a great rate. The hang up was that it had to be that day or the next. They needed the car out of their inventory in time to reflect in their month's end quota.

Thursday after work, PurDude came here and picked up his dad. I wanted Hubs to go over all of the paperwork before PurDude signed. 

About 3 hours later, PurDude came home with his new car. He had traded in his red BMW for a grey Audi.

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Baked Key Lime Donuts
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Printable Recipe


Ingredients (makes 18):
1/4 cup Key Lime juice
1 cup milk
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Key Lime zest
1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 1/2 TBSP Key Lime juice

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 18 donut pan cups.
*Add 1/4 cup Key Lime juice to the cup of milk and set aside.
*Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lime zest.
*Whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk and Key Lime mixture. Add to the flour mixture, just until incorporated.
*Spoon or pipe evenly into the prepared donut pans. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.
*Whisk together the powdered sugar and remaining 4 1/2 TBSP Key Lime juice. Drizzle evenly over the warm donuts.