Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oishii

Update about the blueberry cream cheese coffee cake - underneath the decadent name and alluring picture beats a heart of pure sugar free goodness. The only really naughty thing here is the artificial sweetener. If you don't do artificial sweetener (and don't have access to the ammaaaazzziiiiinnngg Japanese artificial sweetener), I guess you could add a little sugar or maple syrup. I dunno. Anyway, here is the recipe:

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So, you may notice that this recipe calls for almond flour. I discovered that in the Jackson Metro area, you can get almond flour at Kroger or Rainbow Whole Foods. It's way cheaper at Rainbow.

I also did not make the streusel topping. There was no other reason than the simple fact that I didn't want to mess up another bowl. It's perfectly delicious without it, and this way, I saved some of my precious almond flour.  I'm a bit far from both Rainbow and Kroger. Of course, you can also make your own almond flour, if you are so inclined...

Anyway, have fun!

Oh, also, I believe a certain beloved reader wanted to know what I did while my heat was out. Well, after church I went to Zazie and lingered long over a bowl of soup curry, then basically hung around the gym for a few hours. I washed my hair there and everything. When I came home around 9PM, I bundled into a lot of clothes, made sure there was a pile of blankets on my bed, slipped a hot water bottle under the covers, and snuggled in. It actually stayed pretty cozy. During the time I was awake and at home, I used a sapce heater, but I don't like to run space heaters while I'm asleep unless it's absolutely necessary.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hello, old friend!

This morning, I got to march in to the office and announce that I was a goof who forgot to keep up with her kerosene levels. It was like I'd never read Matthew 25 or anything. Anyway, it seemed to provide a lttle Monday morning entertainment for my section. And you know my motto, "If we can bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, then our hard work ain't been in vain for nuthin'."* Or something like that. 

Anyway, my kind office people quickly called the oil people, and by the time I got home from work, my tank had been refilled.

HAHAHAHA! Wasn't I just talking about tanks the other day? Guess I missed an important one. Sorry, that just hit me.

And so., this is the sight I am now enjoying. It's beautiful, isn't it?

I am basking in its glow. Aaaaaahh.

*from Singin' in the Rain, a great movie you HAVE to see! Right now, preferably.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A cautionary tale

Is there anything that has popped into your mind lately that you've thought could be postponed for a little while?

This blog could go very existential at this point, but I unfortunately have a very very practical example.

This morning, I woke up and thought, "Hmm, I'm cold." Maybe not so eloquently, but that was the general idea. I reached out from what should have been my warm nest of four cozy blankets and looked at the thermometer on my alarm clock. Translating to Fahrenheit, it was about 49 degrees in my bedroom. Well, that certainly explained the chill. But I had left my heater on the night before, so that was still unusually cold. I lifted my head from the floor and looked across the house to my heater (yes, my eyesight is so amazing that I can see all the way from the back of my bedroom to the far side of the living room...oh, all right, it's just a really small house). Unsurprisingly, there was no cheery orange glow emanating from that beloved box.

Immediately, I knew what happened. Even you who reminded me will know what happened. I ran out of kerosene. And the annoying thing is that I just thought about checking it the other day, and of course forgot. Argh.

Running out of kerosene in March is one thing (last year). Running out in January is entirely different. And even though it is a weekend, I'm glad that it is a Sunday and not a Saturday. Basically, I've spent the whole morning under my covers with my kindle, but now I have to get dressed for church.

I wish I could pull a Ramona and put my clothes on over my layers of cozy jammies like the firemen. My space heater has warmed the apartment to about 51 degrees, but ooooh! BTW, if you haven't watched Ramona and Beezus, I (and one of my dear relatives) highly recommend! I loved the books as a kid and really enjoyed the movie (watched it on the plane to the USA and again on the plane to Japan).

But anyway, if you think about something you should do (could even be existential), my recommendation is to either do it or AT LEAST make a note about it.

Don't be like me.