This morning I got this in e-mail from my daughter:
"OK, wonder mom has screwed up again! I need help. Natalie wanted to take cookies or something to school for the 100th day of school
(tomorrow). I forgot. Yeah, I'm a bonehead. Anyway, I started
scouring the cabinets and cookbook for anything that I could make. I
found ingredients for a cake...no cookies....I'm out of baking soda.
ANYWAY, I bamboozled....errr, I mean, convinced Brett to bake a cake,
and helped him do so. Now, how do we tie it in to the 100th day?
I have marshmallows and candles, which could probably be fashioned into
the number 100...but I have no frosting ingredients...NONE! What a
loser you raised.
Do you have what it takes to make some frosting? Chocolate would be
perfect. I have cocoa, but no powdered sugar. I have 2/3 of the
ingredients to EVERYTHING! If you can make some frosting, we can do
Otherwise, the kid is taking plain cake. I'm OK with that, frankly...I
I was working on a solution and had sent her a couple of replies, when she sent another e-mail:
"I don't know what Brett did, but the cake is thin and almost hard! I
can't send it with her. Crapped out again."
OK, I had all the ingredients to make brownies, except for the fact that it requires 3 eggs, and I only had two. I called my daughter and asked her to bring an egg. Which she did.
Obviously, the culprit here is Natalie. She volunteered, yesterday, to bring something today. I gave her a lecture about doing this; her mom is gone from home 12 hours a day, and needs plenty of advance notice for this type of thing; so does Grandma, for that matter, even though I'm home all day.
Probably the right thing to do would have been to let her go empty-handed; she'd learn a lesson that way. Oh well, I'm a soft touch. And it certainly jump-started my day.
The brownies may be a little over-done; every time I use those dark pans, although I set the oven temperature 25 degrees lower than the recipe says, things seem to burn easily. Anyone else have that problem?