Tuesday, April 19, 2011


"Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then." — John Wooden 

YESTERDAY WAS a day best forgotten. Recently Paul was listening to an interview with some famous, fancy chef, and when asked what advice he had for anyone opening a new restaurant he said, "Don't do it." Today, I offer the same advice about starting a small business — don't.

By the end of the day, I was in dire need of mothering. I appreciate that Mark and Ann and Ronda let me borrow Virginia. It's a safe place. She made me this amazing little treat that I have to share with you because it's hard to believe it could even work, let alone be so good! The recipe came from someone Ronda works with.

Buy a box mix of angel food cake and a box of regular cake mix. Mix both DRY cake mixes together in some kind of container with a lid because you're going to want to store it. Now here's the magic: anytime you'd like some nice hot cake, measure 1/2 cup of this mix into an oversize coffee cup or similar sized dish, add three tablespoons of water and stir it up until there's no dry powder left. Put it in the microwave for 50 seconds, and voila — you have hot delicious cake. That's it! I'm seriously not making this up. The angle food cake mix provides the rise, so you always have to use that, but you can choose any flavor of regular cake mix. Virginia and I had chocolate with ice cream on top. You won't believe how easy and delicious it is!!! You're welcome.

Both Virginia and the magic cake were "such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness" — a favorite line of Paul's and mine from Winnie the Pooh. http://www.just-pooh.com/story1.html 

The other cheering thing was that Paul got a standing ovation for a solo he played on Thad Jones' Groove Merchant at Big Band last night. YAY PAUL!!
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