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Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Ugly Cake" ~ Jen's Birthday Chinese Dinner ~ Pecan Pie Day

Good 72º morning. I was awake at 5:30, let Maggie out to pee, came back to bed and slept like a rock until 8:30!! That never happens. Jeannie was in a panic and called just after I got up to check and see if I was OK. Thanks girlfriend for worrying. Sorry. I'm normally up at 5:30 or 6. Just was sooooo comfy.

Yesterday I made an "experimental cake". Saw it on a site (Mr. Food) and the ingredients were simple enough.....
1 16oz can blueberry pie filling
1 15oz yellow cake mix
2 eggs
2T vegetable oil
1t vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Puree the pie filling in a food processor until smooth. In a large bowl or mixer add the cake mix, pie filling, eggs, oil, vanilla, and walnuts. Mix until smooth. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray, pour in cake, bake 350º 50-55 min..until springs back to touch and inserted tooth pick comes out clean.

The site said the cake was "ugly" ...referring to the color (bluish-purple). So they decorated theirs with dollops of whipped cream and gummy worms.

I, on the other hand, sprinkled on powdered sugar. It would be awesome with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I made a cupcake with the mix to make sure it was good before I gave it to Jen for her birthday... YUMMMMY!!!! Jen said it sounded like it would be good with coffee for breakfast. She's right! Now, waiting to hear if she and the family liked it!

Historically this date...
1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.

1962The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert, at the Marquee Club in London.

2007 – U.S. Army Apache helicopters perform airstrikes in Baghdad, Iraq; footage from the cockpit is later leaked to the Internet.

And births this date include....
1908Milton Berle, American comedian (d. 2002)


1937Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor


1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer
.........and really weird

1951Brian Grazer, American film producer
.....somebody ought to buy this dingbat a hairbrush!

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress

Dinner was at Hunan Garden in GP. Brian got Jen a 'bouquet' of balloons and Sami and Tucker were thrilled!

Jen's present from Tucker and Sami was a ruby & diamond ring (they picked out!)

Dinner was good. Sami had a chicken skewer and rice, Jen and Brian had sushi, Tucker had shirmp/salmon sushi and some of Sami's chicken, Jean had chow mein. Always, for a nibble before dinner, they serve edamame. Sooooo good!!

I had the shrimp egg foo yung. They cover theirs with lots of yummy vegetables stir-fried with shrimp and then soy gravy poured over all. Egg foo yung is basically eggs, bean sprouts, diced shirmp or beef or chicken, scallions, celery ... and fried like a pancake.

Tucker showed off his chop stick abilities....

Jean brought chocolate cake and it was good!!!! Nice birthday dinner.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
July 12th
National Pecan Pie Day