I was on the go pretty much all day and thought I would be able to squeeze in a at least an hour or two quilting. I was sadly mistaken, by 9 p.m. I was exhausted and called it day. But I did get a lot accomplished. As usual I took my girl Khaleesi for a walk and listened to an Audible book as we walked. Most of the the time when doing our daily walk I'm inside my head not paying much attention to the things around me, well other than the occasional car I hear coming. Today was pretty much the same but I came out of my walking coma long enough to take in the beauty of a couple pretty weeds.
You all know I'm not a big fan of purple but this lavender-ish bloom caught my eye. How gorgeous is this? I have to admit I thought about how pretty this would be in my flowerbeds but I also know it's not a good idea to plant weeds where you don't want them to choke out everything else.
Mother nature decided to reward me for being present. She tossed in a pinch of color. You all also know I'm not a fan of orange in my quilts but in nature it is stunning. We have some very colorful butterflies, moths and other bugs here in Podunk that all would have been stunning to see on this flower/weed but Mother Nature and the powers that be decided this was the perfect opportunity to work it's magic on me. I'm often inspired by the colors in nature. And it worked, I started dreaming up ideas for a quilt using more purple an orange. Sadly I didn't have time today to draw it up in EQ but the idea is still blooming in my mind. So don't be surprised if you see me working with purple and orange someday.
As soon as we returned home it was time to get in the kitchen and bake a cake. Mr. Podunk is having a birthday this week and his favorite cake since he was a child is a Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese icing. I tried making one from scratch last year. It was good but it didn't turn out as red as it should have. And the red food coloring was a nightmare. Everything it touched it stained. This year I'm a little more pressed for time so I decided to buy a boxed cake mix. Cooking from scratch is always better but convenience sometimes wins the race.
Oh my goodness this looks like blood pudding. YUK! Red cake is just not right.
In my mind all I can think about is the Armadillo cake in the Movie Steel Magnolias
There's no turning back now so Red Velvet cake it is. What a mess I made of this cake. A cake decorator I am not. The red cake was flaking off into my icing. So what's a gal to do but try to hide the problem.
The red crumbles on top are from the part I cut off to make the cake tops flat. It looked much prettier in my head.
The mushroom tops will not be thrown out. I've cut them up into chunks and have frozen them to use on the Fourth of July.
The plan is to make these really cute Red Velvet Parfaits. You can find the recipe where I borrowed this picture here. Lets hope my parfaits turn out prettier than my cake. I'm not holding my breath because I'll be using clear disposable party cups instead of fancy little glasses.
While the cake was baking in the oven I started another batch of canned milk. If you missed my post about canning milk you can find it here.
By this time the jars come out of the canner its about 3p.m. and I need to clean up the kitchen in order to start cooking supper. There's also laundry to be finished up...chores, chores and more chores.
Here's something some of you might not know. I don't eat sugar or grains of any kind. But today I decided to make an exception. I must taste this cake. If it's good I'll have a small slice a reward for having such a restrictive diet for what seems like forever. In order to eat a slice of cake I will need to take a pill to ward off the side effects. Just tasting one bite shouldn't cause a reaction.
One bite is all it took. This taste like a car engine smells. YUK! How did I ever eat this kind of food. Does it really taste this bad? Will Mr. Podunk like it? Something must be wrong with this cake mix. I can't serve this poison to my husband. What am I going to do? Should I run into town to purchase a deli cake at the local grocery? My taste has changed over the years since I stopped eating certain things but I can't see cake not tasting good.
Much to my surprise Mr. Podunk loved this toxic tasting blood cake. So much so he ate 2 pieces. He said it was DELICIOUS. It's official, my taste buds are broken, I'll never be able to enjoy a sugar treat ever again. How strange that he tasted yummy and I tasted motor oil. The icing was the worst. It's supposed to be cream cheese icing. I still eat the occasional sugar free homemade cheesecake and it's amazing. I did noticed the last time I opened a bag of sugar it smelled like a chemical but I thought it was the bag or the glue used to seal the bag. Nope it was the sugar.
That one bite caused more of reaction than I thought it would. And of course it happened in the middle of the night. I'll spare you the details but I'll tell you I spent a considerable amount of time in the bathroom.
My cake may not be pretty but it definitely looks better than it tastes.