Kick Off The Toads ~ Benefits Of Ignoring Inconsiderate People
Inconsiderate people. Oh, so much to say…but I’ll be nice, kinda. There’s that one person, that one person who consistently ticks you off. No matter how many times you tell them, no matter how many times you ask them to stop doing that thing they do that pis*** you off to no end. Like some mindless troglodyte, glassy eyed and drooling, they keep bringing their fat finger down to push on your button over and over again. IT MAKES ME CRAZY!
Why? Why is it so hard to just be considerate? Let the other person go first, it’s not a race. Let someone else have the choicest piece, unless your living in the third world, erring on the side of less is probably a good idea. Stop needling the person who is clearly not enjoying it, ask why seeing other peoples aggravation causes pleasure.
‘Y U pee all over my toadstool??!!!’
Kick the toads off if you can. The stress of their incessant ‘croaking’ is not worth it.
~Recipe Of The Week~
I love my lemon tree. It flowers and gives fruit 3x’s a year, and has just bloomed for the last time in 2015. So since the holidays are almost upon us, I thought a great gift giving idea for the cold month of December would be a citrus themed gift basket! A moist and flavorful lemon pound cake, homemade clotted cream, and homemade lemon curd would brighten up those darkening winter days;
~Lemon Pound Cake~
~3 cups flour
~1/2 tsp baking soda
~1 tsp sea salt
~1 cup chilly room temperature butter (this is a trick from Cook’s Illustrated for light textured pound cake, overbeaten or butter that is too warm will make a ‘heavy’ textured cake
~3 cups sugar (or 1 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup raw honey)
~6 eggs room temp
~1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
~1 tsp lemon extract
~1 1/2 tbsp. lemon zest
~1 cup sour cream
Sift dry ing, set aside. Beat butter and sugar until just light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until just incorporated add lemon juice/extract/zest/sour cream.
Take bowl out of mixer and in center add dry ing and fold in gently until just mixed. Line loaf pan with parchment and bake at 325 degrees for approx. 1 hour and 15 min. Allow to cool completely. Wrap well to freeze if desired.
~Homemade Clotted Cream~
~2 pints heavy whipping cream NOT ULTRA PASTEURIZED* (can find pasteurized cream at Trader Joe’s)
*UP whip cream will not clot due to overheating and possible added stabilizers~
Pour into heavy casserole dish to 2-3 inches up side. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 175 degrees undisturbed for approx. 12 hours. Refrigerate when done cooking for 6 hours. Scrape ‘clotted’ cream off the top and transfer to jar, discard or cook with leftover liquid.