Weekday Birthday Cake

I made a cake this morning to take to work,  it is a co-workers birthday and he requested chocolate.

My boot camp appointment is at 9:00 a.m. so by the time I got home I had just a couple hours before needing to leave for work.  Problem was that it was already nearing 90 degrees and I was about to turn on the oven.  YIKES.

I baked the cake as quick as I could and turned the oven back off.  I actually closed all the doors and windows as soon as I was done and turned on the window AC unit because we still had 10 degrees to go today.

When I went to make the frosting, the cream cheese I had taken out of the refrigerator in the morning was actually too soft, the chocolate chips I was going to melt I could actually squish in between my fingers.

I finished up the cake and put it in the fridge while I got ready for work.  Driving it into the office I kept the AC in my car on high just so it didn’t melt all over the place.

I miss baking, however not so much in the 100 degree weather!

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A little morning baking

I got home from the weekend away,  Lori had picked a bunch of our prolific zucchini.  I only planted ONE zucchini plant on purpose!

On Monday before we both went to work I made 12 loafs of bread for her to take to her chair, other faculty and staff at school.  From what I understand no one wanted to share.

Luckily she also took some of the zucchini that I didn’t use into school as well (the photo is after I used a bunch for bread.)

Today while watering, yep a bunch more to pick!!

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Random Lemon Cake

I made lemon cupcakes for work today.  I bought a different cake flour, from Bob’s Red Mill.  That was the only thing different in my recipe.

Granted, I haven’t looked at the recipe in a long time but having made batch after batch after batch for the farmers market for years it is pretty much memorized….

3 cups of flour; 1/2 ts salt; 1 cup of butter; 2 cups of sugar; 4 eggs; 1 cup of sour cream; zest from 4 lemons and juice from two (at least 1/3 cup)

Needless to say it didn’t rise very much and is denser so I am going with this cake flour instead of just regular all-purpose.

We had a pot luck at work.  I made these cupcakes and then some butternut squash risotto as well.  It was a very busy morning, all of that cooking/baking, three loads of laundry and I washed my car.

I had to leave for work at noon because the pot-luck was starting at 1:00 pm.  I cleaned up most of my mess at home while I baked the left over batter and left it for Lori.  She is not a big fan of cake but may eat a little before we toss it.  (In looking at these photos, it is quite deceiving, that cake is only 1/4 inch thick you can see fits on a small cutting board)

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Rangerless

IMG_2425Since I got the car in January, I have been taking the truck on and off of standby insurance to do things like move gravel, or to move the girls last weekend.  Then just like last weekend, it ends up just sitting under the tree and not being used.

I happened to mention selling it at work and one of the managers asked that I bring it in.  So I extended the insurance out another day and drove it in.  Yesterday when he decided to buy it I was then on a limited time frame.   After work I got one more 1,000 pound bag of gravel, got it unloaded, cleaned out the truck and got it back to the work parking lot prior to midnight.

Today I signed over the title, deposited the cash, removed it from my auto policy completely and am just down to the car now.

It has been a great truck.  I never loved this Ranger like the one before that was totalled.  But it took hundreds of trips to the dog park.  Allowed me to join the farmers market and transport lots of cakes.  Moved me to California and then became a work horse for bricks and gravel.

When I cleaned it out last night I kept thinking where did all this stuff come from.  I had three atlases, a bird guide, binoculars, emergency kit and six books in this thing and there is no trunk!!  That doesn’t even include all the miscellaneous things like gloves, sunglasses, umbrella, pens, change, tarp and other junk in the truck.

Orange

I rushed home from work to make dinner and cupcakes.  The cupcakes are for the neighbor up at the desert house who have been taking care of the dog and helping us so very much.  He mentioned last weekend that his favorite cake was orange and since Lori has to go up tomorrow to meet with a flooring vendor and take care of some paperwork I wanted to send cupcakes.

It has been while since I baked anything.  Orange is always such a subtle cupcake, since I can’t eat them I had Lori try one even though she is not a cake person.  She said they were good.  So they are being sent with her tomorrow and I am taking the left overs to work.

I had to get them done early as we had a Skype date with Tonya and Briana and had a lovely 3 hour conversation re-connecting since we saw them last month.

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Dessert Photos

I spent my Monday making over 300 desserts for the dinner auction at Theatre Schmeater.  I had fun both baking and playing with my new camera taking some amazing pictures.  When I opened them up and could see the bubbles in the meringue or the little hairs on the raspberries I was giddy.  I did have to shrink the files to post them here, but fun day all around (well except for the drive to Capitol Hill – that part sucked.) 

Driving desserts is difficult they are fragile, can shift and squish and I no longer have a canopy on the truck to put sheet pans back there.  Everything had to be boxed so I could stack them.  The rain and the potholes, the excess sugar in my veins and several fender benders to work past made for a hellasious drive.

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Today was baking and cleaning and football and organizing.
For being busy for most of the day there is still so many only started projects.
It is going to be a very very busy week.