Thursday, January 20, 2011

Raise Your Hand

I've had a Mom Moment. 

In an effort to feed my children wholesome food, I've got my dinner menu for the week.

Tonight is Pecan Crusted Chicken from the Tasty Kitchen Blog.

Those got prepped and ready to go.

Be amazed and impressed with my high-tech refrigeration system.  Lucky for me it is pretty chilly here and I can make use of my back porch since my fridge is stuffed to the brim with jars and such that are, by now, science experiments.

After shuttling one child to their activity, coming home, dropping one off and picking another up, I finally get home for an extended period of time and get it in my head to bake something sweet.

Actually, I wanted some chocolate.  Perfect excuse to make a cake.

I decided to branch out from The Pioneer Woman's tried and true Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever .  I'd found a recipe for homemade Ding Dongs.  I love Ding Dongs.  Growing up we didn't get them that often. When we did it was all I could do not to eat the whole box in one sitting.

Now that I'm an adult and buy my own groceries, I could have just bought a box and eaten them myself. But that would have been too easy.

I decide I could whip out that Ding Dong cake in the 1 1/2 hours I had between activities.  No problem.

Houston, we have a problem.

This cake took up 3 bowls. THREE.  It required me to melt chocolate in coffee.

I don't drink coffee, so I had to MAKE coffee.

Mix the eggs and oil till they double in volume... alternate wet and dry ingredients...that was no biggie, but the batter was so runny that this is what happened...

I chose not to show you the floor.  My sous chef, Piper the 8 week old puppy, thoroughly enjoyed the drips and splatters from the mixer.  What a mess.  Everything was a mess.

Here is a horrible picture of the finished product, minus the tasting pieces we all had.

The overall consensus is that the Pioneer Woman knew what she was talking about when she said her cake was the best ever.  It is.

So raise your hand if you've tried something in a pinch and it turns out to be exactly NOT what you wanted. Raise them high.

Let's make a pact...Here's to sticking with the tried and true.  Let's save the experiments for the weekend.



  1. Hilarious. Set off on a quest to find the best pork chop recipe ever since all pork chop recipes result in chewy, rubbery, dry, yucky pork chops. Found one at that announces that the recipe WILL result in the best, most "succulent" pork chops ever. So, I quickly prepared the chops, pre-heated the oven (aren't ALL pork chops baked???), and when I finished preparing the chops with one hour until dinner and numerous texts to my husband promising the most "succulent" pork chops ever, I came upon the final instruction. The recipe states AT THE BOTTOM: "Now place prepared pork chops into the slow cooker, cover with boiled chicken bouillon water, and SLOW COOK FOR 7-8 hours." WHAT?!?!?!?!? Um, yeah. So, I threw 'em in the oven and they came out just as all pork chops do. Rubbery, dry and yucky. Oops. Since then I've tried the crock pot version and yes, they literally fall apart trying to get them out after 7-8 hours of slow-cooking. :) Ah, the English major who doesn't READ through entire direction sets before hurrying to achieve the desired outcomes. Lesson learned.