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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Don't Shake the Cake!

I am proud and pleased to announce that this particular blunder is not mine!  WOO HOO!  OH YEAH!  It is the sole responsibility of my husband, bless his heart.  (FYI - in the South, it's alright to say something's not so nice if you "bless their heart" - at least that's what my mama always said)
This is how the story unfolded.  I was asked to make a cake for a fundraiser for one of my daughter's many extra-curricular activities.  They were making and selling lasagna dinners and all of the parents were supposed to make a dessert.  I decided to make a lemon bundt cake because they're really good and easy, my requirements on any recipe.  So, I made the batter, put it in the oven and when the buzzer sounded, I went to check the cake.  My husband, being the sweet, precious man that he is, was helping me and he pulled the cake out of the oven JIGGLING IT ON THE RACK.  I know, I couldn't believe it either.  Can you believe that he didn't KNOW you weren't supposed to jiggle a hot cake?  Well, I'm sure you can imagine what happened.  Yep, it fell.  It was so pretty and light and then 5 minutes later, it looked like an overblown pancake.  That cake didn't make it to the fundraiser, we kept that one at home.  It still tasted good, but it was much more dense, similar to a pound cake.  Anyway, I made another cake and sent it along to the fundraiser.  According to the taste testers (my daughter's friends), it was a hit.

Moral of the story - Don't shake the cake (unless you want a pound cake...lol.)

Until next time, enjoy life's beauty and laugh through the blunders, life is much better that way.