February 1st, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Strawberry Carrot Cake

I'm putting this in my journal since I seem good at losing it. I've copied the recipe from this site, but want it here in case they ever move. I've been lucky, so far.

Strawberry Carrot Cake

2 1/2 c All purpose flour
1 1/4 c Packed brown sugar
1 c Carrots; finely shredded
1/2 c Vegetable oil
1/2 c Yogurt; low fat, plain
1/3 c Water
1/2 c Pecans; chopped
2 ts Baking powder
1 ts Ground cinnamon
1 ts Ground nutmeg
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/2 ts Salt
2 Eggs
1 c Strawberries; finely chopped
1 Strawberry cream cheese glaze

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12 cup bundt cake pan. Beat all ingredients except strawberries and Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze in a large bowl on low speed for 45 seconds, scraping bowl, constantly. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping occasionally. Fold in strawberries; pour into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Prepare Strawberry cream cheese glaze, spoon onto cake. Refrigerate any remaining cake.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze

1/4 Cup Cream Cheese at room temperature
2 Tbsp Confectioner Sugar
1/4 Cup mashed Strawberries
1 Tbsp water if needed

At high speed beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in mashed strawberries. Add water ( if needed ) and continue until spreading consistency.

bundled up, walkabout, snow

The rest of the week

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The rest of today, and tomorrow:
  • write the next update letter for Chess Club
  • write a letter asking for t-shirt orders and (another?) asking for commitments on the next tournament
  • write a letter to s-l with an estimate of how many kids we'll being bringing to the tournament, with a promised date for our roster
  • take Tigger and W to the birthday party
  • take pictures of the Biker Boyz leather and write up descriptions to use for ebay
  • do some maintenance on the Erosul web site
  • clean house
  • Current Mood
    sleepy sleepy
bundled up, walkabout, snow

language rant

It's a massively oversized, unpowered glider. A flying brick, in fact. But, a rocket?

My father in law is an educated man. He has a BSEE and an MBA. He ought to know better. He called up earlier to check and see if Critter "is upset by this rocket business."


I don't mind so much hearing people say it blew up, rather than broke up. Cause frankly, it sounds like NASA still doesn't understand what happened.

But, calling the shuttle a rocket?

  • Current Mood
    irritated irritated
bundled up, walkabout, snow

Fun with Amazon

I finally got my credit card and my laptop in the same geographical location, and set a new password for my Amazon account.

Then I put the whole Dorothy Dunnet Dolly series on my wish list. Many of them are out of print. Maybe Cinder will take a look at the list for the next time she's browsing the used book stores.

And while I was there, I broke down and pre-ordered both Harry Potter and Anita Blake's next outings. I got free shipping for an order over $25, and sent discount offers to Sydb and Ro. I wonder, if they both use the discount offer, do I end up with 20% off? I didn't think of that while I still had the details in front of me.

April is too far away!
  • Current Mood
    pleased pleased
bundled up, walkabout, snow

wrapping up the day

While Tigger was at the birthday party, and after Critter's friend had gone home, we decided to watch movies: Harriet the Spy and The Fifth Element. Tigger came home during the first one. I got kind of distracted by all the movies, and didn't make quick progress on chess stuff. I ended up doing recreational stuff online instead, like cruising amazon. I also got distracted, trying to figure out who someone was in The Fifth Element. I couldn't figure out the character name to search in the credits in IMDB. We was one of the guys in old-fashioned sailor hats, who ended up guiding Dallas and Ruby to the control room, and who seemed relieved that Dallas would handle the negotiation.

After the movies, we played a game of Gold Digger - two rounds - before the boys went to bed. Critter and I seemed to get the hang of it in the second round; it's an interesting strategy game.

When it was quiet, I finally got the letter put together for the parents. I realized while I was writing it that I needed input from coach. Since our deal is I write, he edits and sends, this should work out okay. I put notes to him about what questions I have.

I wish I'd gotten my act together and done this a week ago. Sigh. There would be more lead time for getting the information, and a realistic expectation that we could deliver t-shirts at chess club on Friday. I don't know the turn-around time for the embroidery, so I'm skeptical.

We'll definitely be able to get them back in time for the tournament, even if we have to deliver shirts at the Quad C. And I've committed to go out and get material for chess bags, so we can get it embroidered, too. That simplifies making the bags, substantially.

Tomorrow, my only commitment is to get the Biker Boyz stuff done for Erosul: ready materials for use on ebay, update the website. Of course, if I get any house-cleaning done tomorrow, it would probably improve my outlook during the week.

Now for bed, perchance to read.
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    sleepy sleepy