Sunday, October 29, 2006

So ahead of my time

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This week's knitty blogstalking is to post a pic of yourself in a Halloween costume, past or present. As you can see I've posted my Bezzie costume circa 1982, proving once again that I am way ahead of my time. Please not the supermodel pose I've struck on the orange vinyl sofa. I wonder what happened to that afghan... The truly great thing about this photo is that it's from a series of photos whith each one Im pulling a different pose. You see, I've always been odd I just used to be adorable as well. If you want a real trip compare the pic here with the one of Miss Beans at the bottom of this post, cue the theramin music, it's a clone!

So this weekend was Darth's fifth birthday party. I never got around to ordering a cake and so I ended up making one at the last minute. Knowing me that doesn't seem out of the ordinary now, does it? Also knowing me I'm sure you're wondering what kind of multiple rediculous road blocks popped up to threaten the formation of said cake. You may also be wondering what kind of masochistic hurdles I set up for myself since I can never seem to do anything normal like bake a cake with out turning it into an epic saga full of blood sweat and tears (it's a good one this time: I, the person with little artistic ability, decided to make a cake that looked like a treasure chest spilling candy, because tht's a simple Friday night project. For an encore maybe I'll convert our house from electricity to cold fusion and then ride my magic carpet to the moon). If you're not wondering any of that then I really don't know what you're doing here, I mean, this blog is very clearly about my insanity and the use of the subject to moderately entertain others while they're surfing the net on company time.

Anyway...

7pm: It all started at the grocery store. Now who would have ever guessed that the weekend before Halloween was a prime party time? I know it seems so obvious and yet on Friday night as I pulled up to the store to get cake mixes and whatnot I was totally baffled as to why the store was overrun. It only took a blindingly huge sign declaring an urgent need to stock up on chips an dip for me to realize my folly and insantly I was off like a flash trying to get what I needed and get out before party time at 1pm the next day, no small task. Delightfully I managed to get most of what I needed and on sale exept two things: a light bulb and cake mixes.

The light bulb was no big deal, we've been sitting in the semi dark for two days already so what's one more? The cake mixes though were a problem. They were having one of those damn 10 for $10 sales that cause people to stock up like Aramgeddon is upon us, frothing at the mouth and taking things out of others' carts when they're not looking. What? You don't shop in the third circle of Hell?

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, cake mixes. All they had left was lemon. I see this woman with a cart full of yellow cake mixes and I basically shame her into giving me three of them so that my poor son who's turining five won't have a birthday with no cake. As it turned out, they weren't yellow cake, they were butter cake. A whole stick of butter and three eggs in each one. Can you say heart attack?

8pm: I get home and I start slapping these things together as fast as I can so I can also get the kids bathed and in bed, stuff goody bags, wrap presents, etc. The first batch (two 9x13 cakes) come out of the oven relatively without incident until I take them out of the pans. Both of them stick to the bottom of the pans and don't come out well but I made do, leveled them and tried to frost them. Ever frost a cake and have it totally fall apart as you go? Not fun. Red Tod Kidd had the genius idea (I'm not being sarcastic, it was a good idea) to run the frosting cans under hot water to sofen it up. Worked like a charm. I got those two cakes stacked and frosted and the third (and final) one in the oven. Sadly, as you can see from the lovely labeled picture I've provided, it never made it out of the pan at all. Back to the store.

10pm: I went to the other nearby grocery store to find that they had had a similar sale and been cleared out but at least they had a nonsale brand of cake mixes in stock. I got one yellow, one chocolate just to be safe and high tailed it home where I got yet another cake oven ready and then wrapped presents until it was done baking and cooling. I may have stopped to go to the bathroom or something but I can't remember now, it's a blur. I finally finished the damn thing at almost 1am and then I had to clean up the mess (oh, and DAMN was there a mess). Living the dream, I'm living the dream.

Let this be a lesson to all of you, order the ephing cake ahead of time so that you don't feel compelled to bake the most awesomest cake ever for a kid who probably won't remember it in a week just because you feel guilty about not geting your act together sooner. Oh, and I was also under the guilt of not finishing the birthday socks. I'm almost done shaping the gusset on the second one.

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Comments on "So ahead of my time"

 

Blogger Trillian42 said ... (10/30/2006 5:12 AM) : 

OK, it may have been a complete PITA to do, but that is one seriously nifty cake! Darth's a lucky kiddo!

 

Blogger Bezzie said ... (10/30/2006 7:10 AM) : 

I agree with Trillian--that cake ROCKS!
When I first saw that picture of you hamming on the couch--if it hadn't been for the orange vinyl and afghan, I would have thought it was Lola Beans. And you've got me beat on the curlers. My first curler use was circa 1985-86 for my first communnion.

 

Blogger Karen said ... (10/30/2006 7:49 AM) : 

That is one seriously awesome cake!!

 

Blogger Rain said ... (10/30/2006 12:56 PM) : 

I bet he'll remember that cake - it's AWESOME. You rock big time. It's a great idea.

I too thought that was Lola Beans in some sort of d├ęcor flashback.

 

Blogger Penny Karma said ... (10/30/2006 1:17 PM) : 

THAT

IS

THE

COOLEST

CAKE

EVER.

 

Blogger Jo said ... (10/30/2006 3:54 PM) : 

Great Bezzie costume - and wonderful cake skills, too ;)

 

Blogger Jessica said ... (10/30/2006 4:26 PM) : 

Your cake rocks. Lucky kid!! The porn pose is funny as well! :)

 

Blogger DeltaDawn said ... (11/01/2006 12:16 PM) : 

You just described exactly why I'm a recovering pastry chef! Right up to the end - where you had to clean up the capital M mess. I always managed to use every utensil, pot and pan in my kitchen every time I baked anything!

Pretty spectacular results in the end though - I hope you got a lot of ooohs and ahs!

PS - LOVE your new avatar on knitty!

 

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