- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 4 cups milk
- 3 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- 1 pint whipping cream
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- In a large heavy saucepan, heat butter and water to boiling over medium-high heat. Add flour and reduce heat to low. Cook and stir until it forms a ball and pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
- Spread in bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan (also can use 2 9-in pie pans). Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 35 minutes (about 20 minutes for pie pans). Cool completely.
- For the icing, melt the chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in hot water, one tablespoon at a time, until icing is smooth and has reached desired consistency. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and pour into baked shell.
- To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and milk and beat until smooth. Add pudding mix and beat until thickened. Spread over chocolate in cooled shell.
- Mix whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla until peaks form. Spread whipped cream over filling.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top.
Here is how to play:
1. Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment.
2. Turn to page 56....
3. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as the two to five sentences following.
"Chameleon and the mare Imbrium are here for advice," the Gorgon said deferentially. "You have them on your calendar."
"I never pay attention to that bit of paper!" the Good Magician grumped. "I'm too busy." But he looked at a chart on the wall. There, in large letters, was the note FAIR & MARE. "Oh, yes, certainly," he grumbled. "Well, let's get on with it."
Driving around town trying to find parking was crazy. The streets are so steep, and half of them are one-way only. Plus you end up driving on the trolley tracks sometimes. We finally parked at the Pier 39 parking garage (only $7/hr!). We walked around that pier for a while and saw the sealions. Then we headed down towards Fisherman's Wharf.
We went our on the pier with all the old restored ships and looked at those for a while. That pier is right next to the Aquatic Park. There were a few sailboats out there, but mostly there was people swimming out to the breakwater and back. Crazy! It's the end of November! Everyone was walking around in jackets and people are still swimming in the ocean. I saw a few sealions swimming with them as well.
After that we stopped for a snack of Ben & Jerry's. Then we decided to go shopping. They have an H&M which I have always wanted to go to. We walked all the way there (way too far uphill - never doing that again!) through Chinatown. It was very interesting to see all the little shops with ducks hanging in the window. For a while, we were the only white people on the street.
We finally got to the market disctrict. We went to H&M and spent at least two hours there. I spent pretty much all my Christmas money on clothes, but it was wonderful! Even Pat got a couple of shirts. We really need to get one in Salt Lake.
After we were then we walked past the designer stores. We stopped and went inside Tiffany's and looked at the sparklies that cost more than we'll make in our lifetimes. We didn't touch anything. We also stopped and looked at Williams Sonoma, where I drooled over kitchen items that I also can't afford. The store was four stories high and filled with all kinds of good stuff. There was a whole wall of La Creuset cookware that I really want, but a frying pan was over $200.
At that point we were pretty shopped out, and our feet were killing us. We hopped on a trolley and rode back to Fisherman's wharf. We went back to the car to drop off all our purchases, then went back to Pier 39 for dinner. We ate at the Fog Harbor Fish House. It was nice and we sat at a table with a view over the water. Pat got to eat his fresh crab, and I had a hamburger because I still can't bring myself to eat seafood.
After dinner we got back in the car and headed home, with a few detours on the way. We drove down the twisty part of Lomard Street, then we went over the Golden Gate bridge. It probably took us a little longer to get back, but it was worth it. Plus we didn't have to pay another toll at the Bay bridge.
All in all, it was a really nice day. We'll have to go back again to see everything we missed. I'm sure there was a lot.
We talked for a while, then decided to get out of the house. We went and walked around Trader Joe's because I had heard a lot about that store, but we don't have any in Utah. I don't really feel like I'm missing anything now. We walked around a couple other stores, and found a present for my sister-in-law's birthday that is coming up.
Then we went out to dinner at BJ's, a local brewery. They had really good food, and Pat said his beer was so good that it tasted like a milkshake.
Saturday we drove to Reno and spent the night at a friend's house. We were really glad that we didn't have to drive the whole way to Sacramento in one day. Reno was far enough.
The cops in Nevada have come up with a plan to make more money. There were probably a dozen spots on I-80 saying that they were contruction zones and that fines were doubled, but no actual construction taking place. Sometimes there were a few token orange barrels, but usually it just looked like any other stretch of freeway. There were people pulled over in at least half of those spots, and I'm sure they were paying double fees for being in a "construction" zone.
Our friend had a crazy cat that would come rub on your leg then bite you if you tried to pet it. I told Pat that he has it pretty good with our cats.
We went out to dinner at the Atlantis Casino. They had an italian restaurant there that was pretty good, but they were SO SLOW! It took two hours to get our food & eat. The waitor was awful. He refilled half empty water glasses with Sprite and brought me coffee gelato (yuck!) instead of caramel.
Grace has 4 cats so she's a kitty-mama too! She also has a way cool collection of old mixers. Check out her blog!
It has a bunch more really cute designs!
In between the pumpkin shoot and the party I was busy whipping up some culinary magic.
Pumpkin Cupcakes - I actually made these on Thursday. I made one batch as the recipe states, then added mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the next batch. They plain ones were good, but the chocolate made them fantastic! I also used this Cream Cheese Frosting.
Caramel Popcorn - This turned out a little crunchy. I will probably cook it less next time, but it was still yummy.
Maple Cinnamon Fritters - These tasted good, but were a pain to make. Also, the powdered sugar topping got everywhere. Probably will not make again.
Cheddar Beer Fondue - I followed the first receipe on the page, but use a bottle of hefewizen instead of alpine lager, and medium cheddar instead of the old Canadian cheddar. It turned out really tasty and it was the only thing that was completely gone at the end of the night. We cut up some rolls I got at the store and some granny smith apples for dipping. It was a hit!
If you love this show as much as I do, please click on the link below and help try to save the show!
I only stopped because my hands were tired of typing, pointing, and clicking.
Next on the list is getting a backup system going, since the old backup computer up and died on us a while ago.
I suppose I ought to try and organize a few physical things around the house too, but mentally it's nice to know I worked on SOMETHING at least.
If you're interested, sign-up ends Friday, October 24th, so hurry!
Long Black Wig
White Lab Coat
Military Uniform (green wool)
I was thinking that a corpse bride type thing would be cool if I can find an old wedding dress at a thrift store (I'm probably too late for that). I was also thinking of doing something with the lab coat; mad scientist, butcher, etc.
Any good ideas out there?
It took several hours longer than we thought it would, and we still have to protect the vinyl, antioxidize the paint, and wax it (maybe some other weekend, or Pat can do it at work if they're slow and don't have anything else to do).
It was nice being able to work inside, but running around the floor of a warehouse with bare wet feet caused some problems.
This is what our feet looked like. We had to clean them every time we got into the boat, or else we just got it all dirty again.
We also had to watch where we stepped because there were hornets all over the floor. They had apparently started to build nests up a couple of the drainage spouts. As soon as we got water in the boat it pushed them out and onto the floor.
We tried to vacuum them all up so they didn't decide to build nests in the warehouse. Hopefully we got them all.
The recliner is in our room because there isn't any room in the living room, but we want to keep it around for when the basement is done. The giant blue thing is the dog bed. You enter the room bottom right. Top right is the closet, and top middle is the bathroom. Please tell me if you have any brilliant ideas!
There is an associated MSN Money message board where anyone can join in the discussions. I started out just lurking (reading without posting or participating in any way), and finally decided to join the Women in Red Racers (WIRR). They are a group of women from all over the country who are "racing" against themselves to pay off their debt.
They are all amazingly supportive! They have great ideas about saving money and will cheer with you in the good times or cheer for you in the bad. Please stop by if it's something you're interested in.
Saturday we drove up to the fruitway in Perry. We stopped at a couple roadside stands and bought all the fixin's we needed. Sunday morning we got to chopping, stirring and canning. It ended up taking twelve hours total, but we made 41 pints. Let's just hope it was worth all the coughing, sneezing, sniffling and crying over hot peppers and onions.
1/3 bushel of tomatoes (24 cups)
8 small purple onions (6 cups)
1 whole garlic + 3 cloves
2/3 bunch cilantro
3 large bell peppers (2 cups)
5 anaheim peppers (1 cup)
4 cayenne peppers (1/2 cup)
20 jalapeno peppers (2 1/2 cups)
30 serrano peppers (1 cup)
1/4 cup salt
1.85 cups apple cider vinegar (I just guessed on this one - its supposed to be 5%)
Each batch made about 14 pints.
I spent about $60 on all the supplies, so it cost less than $1.50 per jar! If I ever get my garden going next year, hopefully it will be almost free.
This morning, my mom also made a comment that I should start a blog after seeing a photo I took, so here it goes!