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Tuesdays with Dorie and why I didn’t make the Berry Cake this week…

My birthday is tomorrow (the 21st), so I feel that it is my right as the Birthday girl to make a cake I actually want to eat! 😉 Berries are WAAAAAY out of season here in Wisconsin, and I really do not want to use frozen berries. So I’ll make something else and offer up a photo if I remember to take one before I gobble everything up. 😉

I do need to let ya’ll know a few things about the last two recipes we’ve made here for Tuesdays with Dorie…

The pear tart was RIDICULOUSLY good. All that butter, well…it made the darn thing so divine it didn’t last more than 2 days here. I used canned cinnamon pears (I thought I grabbed the regular ones, but I wasn’t wearing my glasses at the time), and sliced almonds instead of blanched (because I live in a small town and the grocery store closes early). It was DELIGHTFUL! I can’t wait to make this with fresh berries this summer. My only complaint is that I hate my tart pan.

The cornbread, on the other hand, was not a hit with my husband. He’s a cornbread connisseur, if you will. He was horrified at the thought of “..adding all that craziness to the cornbread! What’s wrong with the regular recipe you use!?” Sorry honey…I HAD to try it. I liked them. I think they’d be tasty with a nice hot pot of chili. But instead, they turned into stuffing here – plumped up chicken breasts slathered with some barbeque sauce, topped with pepperjack cheese and bacon. Yum! Sorry Dorie, but my picky husband won out – back to King Arthur Flour’s recipe I go!

I finally got a new digital camera too. And if I could remember to take a picture before I eat everything, and also figure out the darn thing, I’ll be in business! 🙂

I’m such a slacker….

Many many apologies to those of you who come here from TWD and the other blogs I frequent looking for my Tuesdays with Dorie baking adventures, the recipe I used to make my pear bundt cake, and other ramblings from Andrea.

Kind of quiet here, huh? If you knew me in real life, you’d know something was up.

Shortly after our visit with friends a few weekends ago, I got a cold. That’s no fun, right? Well, I’m also still nursing my 15 month old son. So it REALLY was no fun, I couldn’t even take a Sudafed for my sinuses that were ready to explode. And then, to make things even MORE fun, my son got sick. While my husband was 7+ hours away, playing the mighty hunter in the Northwoods of Wisconsin during Opening Gun Season.

Yep. I was on my own. Sick, with a sick child, and no time. No sleep either – apparently, my son shares his mother’s love of having a stuffy nose. My once affable, charming, lovable little man turned into this creature that I can only begin to describe as being whiny enough, annoying enough, and pathetic enough that I seriously contemplated dropping him off at Grandma’s for the day. And never going back to get him. 😉 Gosh…I felt so bad for the poor little guy.

And to make things even more exciting? Since I wasn’t getting any sleep (taking care of myself is what my husband called it), I got even sicker.

How sick you ask?

I got a nice, whopping case of walking pnuemonia. I finally was able to get to urgent care, get some antibiotics, a round of prednisone that I think I will be taking until I’m 30 (I’m 3 years away from that yet!), and cough syrup with codiene in it. I can breathe a little easier, finally, and I can also sleep at night.

Being this sick, well, I wasn’t really keen on baking much of anything. I DID make the Arborio Rice pudding, to which my Japanese-Scottish husband looked right at me and said, “I never understood why white people INSIST on making rice into PUDDING! What is wrong with you all?” I just sat and smacked my lips, enjoying the fact that I didn’t have to SHARE! *does a happy jig* I’m going to try the chocolate version next – the vanilla version was out of this world. It actually took my Mom’s breath away…she loves rice pudding that much. DIVINE!

Either way, I’m back, I have 25 pounds of flour in my freezer downstairs waiting to be used! I have a paper due tomorrow night by midnight, and another due on Monday, plus an internship interview on Friday afternoon. Then we’re heading out of town for my Mother in Law’s retirement party for Friday night…busy weekend, but I’ll be back, baking, enjoying my boys, listening to Christmas music, and NOT hacking my lungs out.

Baking disasters and such

So this past week for Tuesdays with Dorie, I was supposed to make a Kugelhopf. My guess was, I was supposed to make it look like the pretty round cake in the cookbook. I’d love to tell you that it rose beautifully, tasted delightful, and had my husband who doesn’t quite understand why I like to cook and bake so much (um, we need to eat. The food does not make itself) rave about it and have multiple pieces. I’d LOVE to be able to say all that, but…

Yeah, not so much. Kugelhopf is possibly now the one recipe I NEVER EVER want to make again. I don’t know if my first problem was that I don’t have a Turk’s Turban pan, or what. It was just a horrid experience all around. And not to mention, I literally wasted near 5 pounds of flour in 3 separate attempts to get the booger to rise properly. I think the “slapping it down” part was what ruined this experience for me. Never, ever again. Even my grandpa, who was a baker for 50 years, was shocked I was attempting this.

So, I really did try to get a beautiful picture for this past Tuesday for Tuesdays with Dorie. But it just didn’t work.

Other than that, life is good. We’re having friends over today for soup, homemade bread, salad, and pear crisp/tart. Haven’t decided yet what I’m going to make for dessert. I’ll post a recipe and pics later for those that might be interested.

Rugelach, in still life

See the cinnamon? Mmm...

See the cinnamon? Mmm...

Tuesdays With Dorie

HI all –

I’ve missed the last two weeks; as a grad student, there are times that school gets a bit busy. Add to that my family commitments, and the fact that I babysit twins two days a week as well, and well…life gets hairy, to say the least.  I had every intention of making the chocolate cupcakes this week, but the husband got called away on business, and I didn’t have the time this week to bake as my 14 month old is into EVERYTHING.

I’ll be back in the game this week, and with a camera that has a battery!!

Coupon Fraud Alert!

Recently, I went to my local Supercenter Walmart to buy a few groceries that would’ve been cheap after price matching and coupons…

The cashier informed me that she couldn’t accept my internet printed coupons as they (the store) were not accepting any IPs anymore. Irritated, I told her to just put everything back then – I stated Walmart’s corporate policy, but she said that she didn’t have to accept them, and that I was wrong.

I called Walmart’s Bentonville office today to clarify after reading their policy at Walmartfacts.com

The gentleman I spoke with reiterated their coupon policy (yes, they DO take IPs. This is NOT up to management discretion.), and also informed me of something rather interesting which makes me REALLY ANGRY.

Apparently, a “company” named VyraLmt or Vyralmkt is creating fraudulent internet printables. The gentleman I spoke with said that an easy way to verify if an IP is fraudulent or not is to check the address – if it is 1 Fawcett Dr, Del Rio, TX, 78840 – you’ve got yourself a fraud! Don’t use it! Please, do not use it.

He said that a good rule of thumb is the amount of the coupon – if it is for, example, $5 off ONE candybar that is normally $.50, obviously, it is a forgery. If a coupon amount is too good to be true, then it probably is. He also mentioned that there are plenty of legitimate printable coupons and coupons from newspaper inserts with this address listed as well – that we just need to be wary of the dollar amount off. Again, if it is too good to be true, it most likely is.

If you’re reading this, please help spread the word about this – those of us who depend on coupons to help purchase groceries for their family don’t want to suffer ramifications such as no more coupons allowed if others are going to be dishonest.Be HONEST in your coupon dealings.

*shakes head and tsks tsks at those individuals*

“Remember the ladies….”

In all of the political hubub, theological fighting, and blog-smackdowns that have taken place lately amongst the Christian realm and the patriocentrists…I have found a quote that by one of their beloved Colonial examples of womanhood, Abigail Adams. In a letter to her husband, she famously wrote, “…I long to hear that you have declared an independency – and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember that ALL MEN (emphasis mine) would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation”.

That was found in Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts. I HIGHLY recommend this book…it is an interesting and an historical view of the good women who supported the Founding Fathers, and kept our country running whilst the men were off fighting wars and charming the French (*ahem, Mr. Franklin).