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Friday, March 21, 2008

13.1 miles: completed!!!

I did it ... last night I ran a 1/2 marathon... wow, I didn't really think I could do it ... 1 mental hurdle down for the race ... thank you Dad for making your behind incredibly sore after sitting on your bike for so long!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Here is the the link for the Baguettes or crusty bread I made earlier this week. The camera still isn't working... too bad I don't have enough money right now to buy one for myself! I made some Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies from foodaphilia last night - they were pretty good but the cream kinda ooooozed all over the place when you took a bite. I might try making them again but make the cookies bite sized this time - wouldn't that be fun- little poppable cookies. It sounds like something my nephews would enjoy!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yes, I am still alive and yes, I am still cooking and baking. BUT, when the camera is being impossibly stupid( and what is a recipe without the picture?), apologetics class is always looming close ahead, and craziness of my own doing - training for the 1/2 marathon, posting gets put to the wayside. Some of the things I have baked in the last couple of days are:
~ Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
~ Tow Mater cake
~ Crusty Bread

I made the carrot cake for the same lady I did before (remember my first post?), but this time her son wanted it in the shape of Tow Mater . Since I can rarely tell someone no, and I like challenges, I decided I would make her a carrot cake that wouldn't compromise any deliciousness ( since it was her birthday) and make a separate Tow Mater cake. Let's just call it an adventure in fondant. What tasteless, nasty stuff that is! I found a recipe after the fact for a homemade marshmallow fondant that might not be too bad. I'll have to try it and let you know how it works. I'll post some picture if I can get some.
The crusty bread I made is from Martha Stewart Living, January 2008. I tell you, the Europeans KNOW what bread is supposed to be like. To think I have gone 18 years and never tasted bread so good! I am sorry but America has ruined the meaning of bread. Even homemade regular bread ( regular to American standards) is lacking true substance and flavor - and NO crusty crust. Americans don't even know what crust IS! OK, I'll stop ranting now, but this bread is really good and I just might break down and use Martha's picture and post the recipe so I can let you in on what bread is supposed to be.
Tomorrow I make some Amish Friendship bread from the starter I have been babying for 10 days now. Pretty good stuff... to bad I can't send you all some of your own starter!