Yes, I Take Requests

First, the carrot cake recipe. It’s in the extended entry… which I guess makes it last. Whatever. It’s off the top of my head, so Mom, if you are reading, feel free to jump in with corrections. NOTE: Mom had corrections, so read the comments before trying this!

Second, Mr. X has a to do list. I saw it before it was fleshed out and made fun of it (in all fairness it consisted solely of the title, “To Do”). Now he wants to know where mine is. It’s right here, buddy. I got your list.

  1. Dance with joy at realizing that spring property taxes have already been paid from escrow and I don’t have to pull $3,000 out of my bottom.
  2. Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten. Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten. Remember to pick Mom up from her massage at ten.
  3. Either call American Standard (YES I still have the number) for a replacement part for my water cannon or buy new faucet assembly. Will be going to Expo with Mom, so chances of buying new things increases tenfold.
  4. Deal with HR/exit stuff from work.
  6. Put away laundry.
  7. Empty boxes from office.
  8. Create more bookshelf space for the frazillion books brought home from office.
  9. Ditto for framed photos.
  10. Not so much for the framed certificates and tokens of appreciation.
  11. Somehow make the right rear car window go up and down.
  12. Install cool new ceiling fan in bedroom.
  13. Never again admit that I did this in bare feet and without turning off the circuit breaker.
  14. But the shocks are mild and avoidable for a practiced hand like mine.
  15. But, OK, you have a point. *cough*
  16. Even though I have changed out dozens of outlets and light switches and fixtures and still have my faculties. (Shut up.)
  17. Quit browsing Wikipedia and shower and dress or you will never get to Mom by ten!

    Ultimate Homemade Carrot Cake

    For batter:
    1/3 cup oil
    2 cups sugar (or 1 cup white, 1/2 cup packed brown)
    2 cup enriched flour (or one cup white, one cup whole wheat)
    1 t baking powder
    1 t baking soda
    1 t cinnamon
    4 eggs
    3 cups grated carrots (raisins optional, yet yummy)

    Mix oil and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each. Sift together dry ingredients. Mix into batter a bit at a time. Fold in carrots. Pour into two 9-in pans and bake 45 minutes at 325. (I think. Keep an eye on it.)

    For frosting:
    1 stick butter, softened
    1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    4 t vanilla extract
    4 cups powdered sugar

    Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and mix until consistent(ish). Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until smooth. If you like a lot of frosting and want to divide the layers, make a double batch of frosting. That just about covers a four layer cake (my personal favorite).

0 Responses to Yes, I Take Requests

  1. Ozarkyn May 27, 2005 at 6:03 am #

    Did the putzes at Home Depot tell you to call American Standard? Maybe I misunderstood the water cannon problem, but there isn’t that much in the sprayer that can go wrong. Then again, I’ve never seen your faucet.

    Oh yeah, I’m notorious for doing electrical… well, just about anything, barefoot as well… I should have hobbit feet by now.

  2. The Sean Connery May 27, 2005 at 7:21 am #

    Circuit breakers can be turned off?? Hmph.

    Is it wrong that I want to lick your new fan? Way. Cool. Babe.

  3. Rockchild May 27, 2005 at 10:37 am #

    I never seen anybody install a new ceiling fan with there bare feet, wish I there!

    Thanks for the carrot cake recipe, my mom also says thanks!

    Have a nice weekend, again!

  4. Mr. X May 27, 2005 at 12:13 pm #

    I said before that I cared about Mindy beyond words, well, I thought of a few…because I care.

    May is National Electrical Safety Month.
    While some data suggest that electrical safety awareness is on the rise, the tragedy is that most deaths and injuries caused by electrical hazards are preventable.

    Someone once said:

    13.Never again admit that I did this in bare feet and without turning off the circuit breaker.
    *NOTICES, keyword here— admit*
    Unfortunately, there are many people that will not EVER again admit how silly they were for ending their life because they did not respect electricity.

    14. But the *shocks are mild and avoidable for a practiced hand like mine.
    *shocks: The effect of electric shock on the human body is determined by three main factors:
    1) how much current is flowing through the body (measured in amperes and determined by voltage and resistance)
    2) the path of current through the body
    3) how long the body is in the circuit
    Let’s see: Wire—bareFootMindy-Ground(maybe, some spilled wine or other SWEET electric loving conductor)
    Completed Circuit=Crispy Mindy!

    16. Even though I have changed out dozens of outlets and light switches and fixtures and still have my faculties. (Shut up.)
    (respecting “Shut up” request)

  5. Gail May 27, 2005 at 12:25 pm #

    You tell her, Mr. X.

    So, did you remember to pick up Mom from her massage?

  6. Mindy's Mom May 27, 2005 at 1:11 pm #

    Stop, in the name of love, everyone, do not make Mindy’s carrot cake or, let me just say, you will have a rare experience. Yes, Mindy picked me up, but omygoddess, she needs that massage more than I did—- she must have gotten a shock after all, lay there slumped over her mac trying to remember this recipe….. Here is the original recipe, by Juliet Mills, yes, of the acting family, who some 35 years ago baked these cakes to pay the rent. Though Mindy and I have been making this cake for 35 years (and I never make any other kind, to Logan’s dismay), Mindy has had a senior moment:  It’s 1 1/2 c olive oil, 2 c raw sugar (or 1 c white and 1/2 c brown); 4 eggs, 2 c unbleached flour (white or wheat), 2 t baking soda, 2 t baking powder, 2 t cinnamon, 3 c shredded carrots, then nuts or raisins—I would never put raisins in, and I gave up on the nuts in my family long ago (yes read that as it seems). Don’t waste time with the sifting thing but beat well. And you need 3 9” layer pans or a 12” flat pan. And, please, please, bake about 45 mins. at 300F.,  cool the layers, etc etc. My secret word is addition, so I hope Mindy has additioned up these ingredients, and for goddess sake, kiddo, write it down!  And now, Mindy, put on your to-do list, right next to the carrot cake recipe you just wrote down, to remember to pick me up to babysit the kids….. love….

  7. jacksJill May 27, 2005 at 1:36 pm #

    olive oil???

  8. mindy May 27, 2005 at 1:43 pm #

    Well the cake was still amazing, even the way I made it!!!

    GOSH! Set straight by my mother AND Mr. X all in the same post.

    *cancels joint dinner invitation*

    Eeek! My secret word is “students,” as in, they each have plenty of those to deal with all day long, and then they have to come home to poor, bumbing Mindy…

  9. mindy May 27, 2005 at 1:45 pm #

    NOT Olive oil, good God, that’s only in emergencies or when you think no one will notice. I use Canola.

    Now I am going to pick up MOM, followed by Mr. X. Am I getting that right?? Hmmm???

    Awful lot of flack from people waiting for rides…

  10. Ozarkyn May 27, 2005 at 4:57 pm #

    Re: Electrical Stuff – now we’re on my turf!

    The heart is a fickle thing (in my case that is a very important point). As it turns out there are certain levels of current that we can handle. Small amounts give us a shock. Medium amounts (My memory says on the order of an amp) causes the heart to go through rapid beats until it… well… bursts. Higher currents cause the heart to clamp, and then restart when the current is gone. The trick is to always start out touching the wires with the BACK of your hand first. In the event of an intitial shock, the nerves interpret the signal as a command to clamp. In that case, it doesn’t matter what the heart does if you burn a path through your body.

    Wearing shoes doesn’t make much difference unless you are are carefull enough to wear shoes that are thick soled, and have no core. Power is AC, so you still have a capacitive path to ground. Then we have the fact that the floor is non-conductive (unless you are in my lab), and the conductors (nails, screws, whatever) are not connected to ground. Lastly? “Earth” ground is generally considered about several feet beneath the actual surface of the earth, so the shoes thing doesn’t really come into play. Of course, this assumes that the spilled wine is not running from your feet to a power strip on the floor…

    Sorry, Mindy, can’t help you with the recipe. I made the recipe you gave, and it came out rhubarb cake. How did that happen?

  11. mindy May 27, 2005 at 7:59 pm #

    Well said, Ozark, but I have still made a promise not to do that again. My next home project is to install the new pull-down faucet assembly I bought today. I almost did it this afternoon but didn’t have plumber’s tape or putty.

    And then Mr. X completely faced me.

    “You were going to install that yourself?”

    “Yep. Had the water turned off and all the tools lined up.”

    “Let me get this straight. When you work on the plumbing, you turn the water off…


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