Tuesday, February 1, 2011

When life gives you lemon cake…


First off, I need to apologize to Ed at the Shots That Snap blogspot for not being able to do the requirements for the Stylish Blog Award.  It’s not that I don’t want to comply; it’s that I can’t figure out quite how to do it.  When I try to post, it just goes all weird on me.  But the thing about me is that I will doggedly keep at it until I figure it out.  For instance, I just figured out how to insert a hyperlink after all these years of using a PC, I think.  Woohoo! 

My having difficulties with that task reminds me of what I did this past weekend.  We were invited to dinner with some good friends and I said that I would bring dessert.  Earlier in the week while browsing the Food Network, I had seen the Barefoot Contessa make a lemon cake that looked easy and delicious and seemed to take her all of 10 minutes to put together.  Well, around four hours after I began, my lemon cake was ready to go.  Thankfully, I decided to start on it early.  I will say that it was well worth the four hours it took out of my life.  Delicious, indeed!

This was not the first time that I have gotten in over my head in the kitchen.  When my son was still in high school, he noticed that I was watching Rachael Ray’s show one afternoon and thought that what she was cooking looked like what we should be having for dinner.  I thought, “What the heck!  The show is called 30-Minutes Meals so I should have no problem if I get to the grocery in the next few minutes.”  30-minute meal, my butt, more like three-hour meal!  We ate around 9:00 that night.  Please remind me about the magic of television before I decide to embark on another one of those projects.

All I’m really saying is that I am more like the tortoise than I am like the hare.  Eventually, though I plod along, I will get to the finish line... But now that I think about the lemon cake episode, maybe I’m really more like the hare.  The reason why it took me so long to make that cake is because I had to get my camera out every few minutes.  Lemons are sooooo photogenic, you know, and I got a bit distracted.




My Lemon Cake

4 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Ha ha! Lemons are so photogenic! :)

Have you right-clicked on the "Stylish Blogger Award" image, then saved it to your pc, then add it back into a post like a regular photo? If you've already done that, then forgive my unasked for advice! :)

barbara l. hale said...

Thanks! I didn't do that. I will have to give it a shot. Now if only I could get the rest of it to line up. I don't really consider myself to be bad with the computer but this blog set up can try my last nerve.

Mary Ann said...

Plod along Barb! Your efforts, at least from my viewpoint (and tummy) are definitely worth it! MA

barbara l. hale said...

That was a good cake, wasn't it? I think I am putting it in my recipe box for future occasions.