Monday, June 29, 2009

It has to be what Mama made.

I love strawberries. I also love strawberry shortcake.

To most people, the image that comes to mind when someone says strawberry shortcake is a sweetened biscuit with strawberries. Not me. Don't get me wrong, the biscuit kind is fine, but for real shortcake, it's gotta be sponge cake.

Not just any sponge cake -- Carla's Hot Milk Sponge Cake, from the More with Less cookbook. If you have the 25th anniversary edition, it's on page 282. Why you ask, because, that's what Mama always made!

This cake was always made in a cornbread pan and we would have big squares of shortcake with sliced strawberries fresh from the garden. The strawberries would be tossed with just enough sugar to bring out some juice. It was served in soup bowls and we'd pour on the milk.

Well, I realized the other night that it was nearing the end of the strawberry season and I hadn't had real shortcake yet, just the fake biscuit kind. So I "borrowed" 2 eggs (I only had beaters) and made the cake. I had strawberry shortcake last night and will have it tonight for dinner as well.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Camp is Over!!!!!!!!!!

If you can't tell, I'm glad that camp is over. We got poured on Saturday morning, but it cleared by lunch. Friday and Sunday were nice. As far as I can tell, the campers had fun. There was a sea of pink on Sunday (the camp shirts were pink this year).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Is camp over yet?

Camp starts tomorrow. Oh Joy.

I finally figured out a way to send out the unit confirmations without spending the entire day at it. It involved mail merge. I won't go into detail.

I have received 2 emails from parents that they didn't receive the information. However, it would greatly behoove people if they would write down the correct email address. I go by the email address on the registration form. If you write it down wrong, or put an email you don't regularly check, that is on your end, not mine. And don't tell me you don't know how I got the email, because you're the one that gave it to me.

I have also had several changes to the bus list. This is why there are blank spaces at the bottom of the form. We have also had several last minute additions to camp. This is a plus.

I have been volunteered by the parental unit to not only be the assistant unit leader for one day but to be one of the leaders for the overnight stay for that unit. This means, that instead of having 2 days to print out all the pictures, I will only have one night, Friday. And, I'm out of town tonight into tomorrow and don't know what time we're getting back on Thursday. Hmm, maybe I'll ride the bus up on Friday -- if I get up in time.

The fiends got a little confused this morning. They got 2 bowls of water and 3 bowls of food. Of course, they had to eat a little out of each bowl.

I have come to the conclusion that I don't really enjoy knitting with hemp. I have a brown Everlasting Bagstopper almost done (I need to attach handles). I bought more (hemp) yarn to make a second bag.
The May socks continue. I am on the gusset decreases for the second. I did the toe of the first patterned and I may be frogging the toe. I don't really like how the decreases feel against my foot. Oh well. I will be working on these today and tomorrow. One thing to say about road trips, more knitting time!
I have done some more work on the Magical Night cross stitch.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kitchen experiments

Well the spinach pate turned out well. I still have some tofu left. I'll have to figure out something to do with it. I used a small corelle bowl as the trivet. It worked. I made the pinto pica something the other night. Good, but something seemed to be missing. The crockpot is now soacking for my next experiment. Between camp stuff and work, I didn't have enough time to make a dessert for the choir picnic. So I took Girl Scout cookies instead. The remaining ones came into work today. I made the vegan molasses cookies from Cookie Madness the other week for scouts. Very good, will definately make again.

We went to Raystown Lake for a meeting yesturday. There was some temporary misdirection on the way there. We did NOT get lost. The lunch served was hot dogs, bbq and baked beans with bacon. I had pretzels, cookies, and the peanut butter sandwich that I brought as a back up. The Boss made me go get it because Mommy M was all concerned because there wasn't a lot that I could eat. I think that she gets more worried about certain things then we do. And that is why we call her Mommy (sometimes). The one cookie had mini M&M's in it and the other one was oatmeal raisin. The oatmeal one had something in it that I didn't expect. I'm not sure what it was.

The landscape crew came around and mulched and, for once, I still have morning glories!!!! Whoo hoo! Happy dance!

I did not get much knitting done on yesturday's trip. I started the Everlasting Bagstopper. I have the Boye knitting needle set. Well, the cord that was not currently in use I thought was the right length. Well, it wasn't. It was too long to knit as a regular circular needle and too short to do magic loop. The May socks continue. I am halfway down the heel flap.