Not too long ago, we had a little situation that involved a crockpot, tasty-delicious polar express hot chocolate, a Christmas Eve family get together, the boy, and the garage floor.
It. was. a. sad. hot. chocolately. mess.
With the final result of a broken crockpot and one very black-and-blue big toe.
The good news is that I did not have anything planned for the boy for his upcoming birthday.
Happy Birthday to you!
The boy really wanted the Ninja but we decided this one had better reviews. But then the Ninja was on QVC last weekend and we had to watch it. You know for research purposes of course.
And then we decided that anything the Ninja can do we can do BETTER :)
I tried out a new gluten-free coffee cake recipe last weekend and thought I should do a comparison of oven baked versus steamed in the crockpot too. Since the Ninja man insisted steaming cakes is really the way to go.
The one on the left is oven baked, the one on the right steamed in the crockpot.
The crockpot version was definitely a moister cake, but I realized we didn't factor in the nuts to this experiment. The coffee cakes had chopped pecans sprinkled on the top. steaming pecans leaves them kind of soggy....which is not what most people would expect from their nuts.
After having such a hard time getting a copy of last month's book club book, as soon as the choices were announced I put a hold on all of them...just in case.
A very uncommon, proactive move for myself.
Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks, was not chosen by the group to read. But I figured since I already had the book and I found myself with some free time I'd still read it. It was, after all, the one I voted for.
It is a historical fiction account of the village of Eyam in 1666, the year the plague descended upon the area. They voluntarily quarantined the village to prevent the plague's spread to other villages. It is told from Anna Frith's perspective, the housekeeper of the village rectory. A widow before the plague began, she quickly finds herself completely alone. Her two boys are among the first to die from the plague. She assists the Rector in his attending the sick night and day and becomes good friends with his wife, Elinor.
I enjoyed the entire story and can see this book maybe being my favorite for the year, it is so far.