Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lemon Cream pie filling? Angel food cake? Together?

Ok.. I know.. I don't usually post about cooking and recipes and all that... But, I’ve been having fun with a recipe I found a while ago on Pinterest.. The original recipe called for a box of Angel Food cake mix and a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple. It’s got to be one of the easiest recipes ever. Just mix the two together and it does something startling.. It foams up! lol.. Anyway, once it’s all mixed together, just pour the mix into an ungreased baking pan.. I used loaf pans so I could share with my daughter and her in-laws easier. Anyway, the cake(s) turned out delicious.. 
Here's a "before and after" shot that I put on Facebook the
day I baked the pineapple cake..

I had read that other types of canned fruit would work as well as the crushed pineapple, so the next experiment used peach pie filling. Again, a winner! My house smelled so good while these cakes were baking, it was sheer torture to wait until the cakes were cool! The two cakes I kept ended up looking a little bit mangled because I had to fight to get them out of the little loaf pans.. lol.. I took the "pretty" ones to my daughter and her mother-in-law.
Yeah, I know.. I didn't get a good before and after shot of the peach cakes.. lol..
I nearly forgot to take any pictures at all! 

Last week, my friend (and my daughter's mother-in-law!) brought over a bag containing 2 angel food cake mixes, a can of lemon cream pie filling and a can of apple pie filling. So, today I decided to do the lemon cream pie filling.  And, this time, I decided to "document" the whole thing.. Here we go.. First of all, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.. Then get a large mixing bowl down and mix together the cake mix and the pie filling...

This shot is after it sat a few minutes while I went and got my camera..
The batter has started foaming up..
Then, divide the mixture into whatever baking pans you've decided to use..9x13, regular size loaf pans or the individual loaf pans like I used.  Do not grease the pans!  The original recipe I read emphasized that, so I figured I'd add in the caution here too...
Batter in the pans and pans in the oven ready to go!
Bake the cake(s) for 25 to 35 minutes... (If you use different pans from what I used, use the instructions on the back of the cake mix box..)  They're done when they're a golden brown on top..  The other cakes (the pineapple and the peach) cracked a bit on top like normal angel food cakes do, but for some reason, the lemon didn't crack.
Fresh out of the oven.  The instructions on the box say to put loaf pans
on their sides to cool off, but I just turned them upside down..

When the cake pans were cool enough to handle, I turned them back over so I could get the cakes out of the pans..  One of them dropped out all by itself! I just ran a knife around the sides of the others and then used a small spatula to break them loose and put them on the cooling rack.
All done and ready to taste and to take across the street..
Next time, it'll be apple pie filling.  Then, maybe I'll go back to the pineapple one and add some shredded coconut to the mix..

1 Angel Food cake mix 
1 20 oz can of fruit or pie filling

How easy is that? lol

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bad Words... Again!

A friend on Facebook messaged me and told me that she was reading the blog.. She asked why I had stopped posting and my answer was that life had sort of gotten in the way.  A poor excuse, I know, but that's all I've got right now.  I promised her that I would do some thinking and see what I could come up with to post about..

I'm still watching trials, but I'm trying not to get completely tied up with them, so at this point I'm only and observer of what is happening with a couple cases.  I'm not completely up to speed with the evidence for either one, so I don't feel qualified to post a lot about either case.. Or even some of the other ones I see in the newspapers around here. I'll keep the blog in my mind if I feel like ranting about any of the cases..

I'm not traveling as much nowadays, so there haven't been a lot of spiffy photos from places other than my own home.  But, my friend on Facebook told me to just post whatever about the area I live in. She's on the East coast and has never been to California, so she enjoys seeing the flora and fauna from here.  I might have to see what I can do about that.. Maybe I can enlist my 9 year old grandson in a photo project of some kind.. Or maybe I'll dig around in my photo files and see what kinds of things I've shot and think about what I could write about them..

Anyway, when I got on the blogger dashboard, I discovered a couple posts still in draft form. This one and another one that has the pictures missing. I'll have to do some snooping around on my computers to see if I can locate the missing pictures for the other one.  So, this one will get published.. Only 8 months after I started it...

Bad words and some groans?

I have a feeling the crane operator had a few bad words.. Or his boss did. I'm sure neither one of them said "oops!"..

Who do you think had the most bad words? The fellow we see talking on the phone?  Or maybe the person on the other side of that call...

Lets see... I think the guy in the cab of that pickup truck is praying that the trailer hitch holds until they get him back up on flat ground!  He'll have the bad words when he gets the repair bills..

Uhh.. Oops?  Wonder if his insurance went up.. lol

Ok, now... I don't know about you, but if I opened a bag of bread and saw this, I'd have a LOT to say.. Some of it might be "bad" if my grandson wasn't in the same room... I probably wouldn't be buying that brand of bread again!!  Ewwww!!!

Now this guy is probably holding his breath if he's watching that wheel fly away.. The bad words will come after he hits the ground, I'm sure...