"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Showing posts with label disappointment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disappointment. Show all posts

Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's In The Pot

Crock pot , that is.

It is just a pretty basic recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast .  The roast sits on a bed of celery chunks and baby carrots .  A thickened sauce of mushrooms, onion, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth and rosemary and thyme is poured over the seasoned and well seared beef roast . And, I plan to add some chunks of red potatoes closer to the end of cooking time .   I'm not sure what else I will prepare to go with this for dinner .  I have plenty of time to figure that out.
Finally, I have been able to finish planting the Lavender "Grosso" plants.  There were only four plants, but OH what a lot of work to get them planted.  I'm done digging rock for a while !!
They should do well  -  with all my TLC in helping them to get a good start.
While I was checking the Zucchini I was happy to see this little visitor !
The garden is slowly going to sleep for the winter
Before long the Burning Bush will be a fall of crimson red.  At this time of year , I always enjoy seeing it turning colors through the dining room window.

I would like to ask for some positive thoughts sent my way as I am trying to recover from a very disappointing phone call from my twin brother on our birthday .  It has been years since I have heard from him and he continues to be arrogant, egotistical, self-serving and very unkind !  Oh, if you can,  please send me a couple hugs, too.

Wishing each and every one of you a very enjoyable weekend.

Mary 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Not Again - Disappointment

 It's the Oven Again.
I had every thing I needed to bake a bundt cake. I even picked up an inexpensive new pan at the store a while back. My bundt pans were ancient, like me and I was a little concerned about the "old style coating " of years past. So, I was all set and decided to make Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.

Assembling every thing went fine and my decision to use cardamon spice instead of cinnamon worked out very well flavor wise. I did not have any cinnamon because I cleaned out my old spices a few days ago.

You may know or remember that I have a hate-love relationship with my range. I haven't taken the time to do the cleaning and replacement of the gasket yet. But, I thought I would try to keep an eye on the temperature gauge. Into the oven goes my beautiful prepared cake batter in my nice brand new cake pan. Fun, huh?

Well, 20 minutes into baking time I noticed the gauge inside the oven was 25 degrees higher than the external gauge on the front panel of the range. The cake was already browning beautifully which surprised me, but I turned the range temperature down and kind of baby sat the cake until I felt it was time to take it out of the oven. Oh, so lovely it came out of the pan! See the photo.

Are you ready? Here comes the disappointment. I decided to cut a piece before preparing the frosting so I could see the texture and taste it first. The flavor was wonderful but the texture was a combination of very over baked and just slightly under baked  and gummy in the center! That meant that the outer portion was very dry. Not Good! I think I should have screamed, but I didn't.

This is a beautiful picture from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen blog of what I was expecting. Doesn't that look great?
Well now, since the flavor was so good. I will probably be enjoying some of it even though I chose not to prepare the lovely frosting.

That's my sad tale for today. Now I have to give a lot of thought as to what I want to do with "The Range That I Hate." Look at blog here. I really don't want to pay for a new door gasket (it looks fine) and install it when it may not make any difference. After all, this temperature thing has been going on for quite some time.

Ya gotta give me an A+ for trying, I think. 

Please have a Great Day.

Mary

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