Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

12 of 12 - May

Today's 12 of 12 will be even less exciting than usual. I did take a lot of pictures. Pictures of my coffee mug, of going to pick up the cat's medicine, of the latest artistic addition to a local deer crossing sign, of me locking myself out of my apartment, of my walk, of my whole morning and early afternoon. But you won't get to see any of those pictures. Why? Here's a picture to explain:

2:25 pm, my laptop
Yep. My evil, vindictive cat walked across my keyboard while I had the folder of my pics from my memory stick open, and she somehow deleted the whole folder. Permanently.

2:30 pm, living room
"No, I did NOT delete any pictures!" (She's a liar.)

2:35 pm, living room
My latest knitting project. When it's finished, it will be a shrug.

3:30 pm, living room
Cat again. I am desperate for pictures at this point.

3:31 pm, living room
Ha ha! Kitty's naked belly! (Why, yes, I am still a little bitter.)

4:00 pm, living room
These came in the mail today! One is for me and one is for my sis. If you've never seen the Muppets version of The Frog Prince, you're really missing out. I do not generally support bootlegging, but this was never released on DVD so I had no other way to get a copy on DVD.

6:30 pm, living room
Sharing my steak tips with the evil, vindictive cat.

8:30 pm, living room
This is for an upcoming field trip for The Boy.

8:35 pm, living room
The Boy preparing a stash of candy bars for school tomorrow. He is selling them as a fundraiser for his Boy Scout trip to Washington DC.
9:00 pm, living room
My laptop. I'm really desperate for pictures now.

9:35 pm, living room
The Boy

11:30 pm, my bedroom
"Come to bed, Mommy. And...I'm sorry about deleting your pictures."

May 2010
??? I can't remember the time, bathroom
Another shot of my hair being belligerent when I try to pull it back.

May 2009
11:30 am, bathroom
This is just my hair being belligerent when I tried to pull it back.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chocolate Blackout Cake

I saw this cake being made on a PBS show in the middle of the night, and KNEW I wanted to make it for The Boy's birthday. I found the recipe online, showed it to Jake, and asked if he would want me to make it for him. And he said yes.

Today is his actual birthday, but he's with his dad and they took a couple of Jake's friends to go play paintball. I will have Jake tomorrow for Mother's Day and we'll celebrate his birthday tomorrow at my parents' house.

Yesterday I made the pudding, so it would have plenty of time to chill overnight. Today, I made the cake.

The pic from the recipe:
I thought I was going to caption these pics, but I think it's rather clear what's going on.

Note: The original recipe called for the pudding and cake crumbs to cover the entire top of the cake, not just the sides. I would have preferred to make it that way. However, somebody in my family (hint: not me, and not The Boy) apparently can't handle a birthday cake not having "HAPPY BIRTHDAY _____" written on it. So I found a quick and dirty frosting recipe and frosted the top instead so I could write it. I cannot draw, I do not have neat handwriting, and I can't even draw a straight line. So the writing isn't very good, but I worked extra hard to try to make the letters centered and well-spaced.

The cake is now in my fridge, waiting to be nommed tomorrow. I'm still on my diet so I can't have a piece, but I will have a bite because I need to know if it tastes good.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Have Been Living With a Teenaged Boy For FAR Too Long

I am sort of watching the Phantom Gourmet right now (it's on the TV while I'm surfing the web). They are doing a segment on sandwich shops. A woman on screen comments on the size of a SANDWICH:

Woman: It's so big, you can't even get your mouth around it.

Me (reflexively): That's what she said.