Monday, November 19, 2012

the quotidian (11.19.12)

Quotidian: daily, usual or customary; 
everyday; ordinary; commonplace



A Saturday experiment: ginger cake. 
The recipe calls for grinding a crazy amount of chopped fresh ginger,
 about 1/2 cup, in the food processor with the sugar and spices. 
How brilliant! How fragrant! 
There's also ground (dried) ginger in the recipe, the glaze is made with ginger ale, 
and then I put chopped candied ginger on top. 
Point made. 



Drawing on fabric: a leftover project from Sunday school that has occupied him for hours.



Sweet discipline. 
To minimize the mind-numbing bickering that goes on in this house, I lay four Twizzlers on the counter and, for a specified period of time (in this case, afternoon clean-up), every time someone says or does something nasty, I take a bite of that person's Twizzler. It's stunningly effective. Plus, I pay better attention to the dynamics—I don't want to miss out on any Twizzler bites. 



Packing apples. 




Peeling potatoes for a batch of sweet rolls



My ancient workhorse: whipping the hot marshmallow batter. 



You can't tell from the picture, but there was quite the crowd of snitch-happy onlookers. 



In pretty, thrifted tins: caramel popcorn



French chocolate granola, ready for the bake sale. 
(That's where the marshmallows, caramel popcorn, and sweet rolls were destined, as well as a bunch of other things not pictured here: ginger cream scones, cranberry orange scones, sourdough bread, chocolate peanut butter cake, and monster monster cookies.) 



 Assembly line: readying the prayer cards, fundraising letter, and pledge cards for church mailboxes. 
For those of you whose mailing addresses I already have, I'll be sending you a packet later on this week. If I don't have your mailing address and you'd like to receive one, let me know.

This same time, years previous: the quotidian (11.16.11), a homeschooling experiment report, red lentil soup with lemon and spinach, bad mamas

5 comments:

  1. 1. So I should make the cake? This might be good for husband's birthday.

    2. I can't believe the amount of baking you did!

    3. I'm going to do the Twizzler thing, but with chocolate chips (which I like more than Twizzlers).

    4. I hope I'm on the prayer card list :)

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    1. 1. It's a good cake, but I think I prefer this one: http://bit.ly/TbPB1Y It's more moist and I think it has more of a bite.

      2. Frankly, it did me in.

      3. It's all about what makes the mama happy.

      4. Yes!

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  2. Your cake looks pretty amazing. I'd sure like a piece.

    ~FringeGirl

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  3. Love the Twizzler Idea. Send me a packet. :)

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  4. We've used the twizzler idea too. It works especially during family meetings when everyone seems to do a lot of bickering and not enough listening! :) I would like to have visited your bake sale!

    Judi :)

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