I need someone to help me with time management. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always waited until the last minute for everything. My mom claims she was in labor for 2 weeks with me (Braxton-Hicks, Mom? Maybe?), but I always like to point out that it should’ve been a very early sign that I would be a procrastinator.
We’re having a contest today at work–A celebration of Fall Harvest…And a Salsa Battle. So, me, being the occasional show-off that I am, I decided to make a salsa and an autumn-like cake to enter. But that meant going to the grocery store right after work, which is NEVER a good idea. And because Hy-Vee is having a pretty sweet sale on milk (99¢ for a half-gallon) and butter ($1.99/lb.), I’ve been making us go every night until this sale is over. I will make us go again after work. Jay thinks I’m nuts, but the 2 gallons we bought at Pomegranate over the weekend? Almost gone. So here’s the haul from the store:
Steak. Because I will have my beef stroganoff sometime this weekend!
The pantry goods. One of the bulk bin bags is about 1/3-lb. of pecans. I thought maybe I’d get a better deal there than just buying a bag in the baking aisle. Nope. That 1/3-lb. set me back about $7. Eep! Good thing I like pecans and was snacking on them while I made this:
Apple-pecan cake, from Everyday Food. I don’t think any of my fellow employees who’re on the judging panel with me will see this before work, so I think I’m safe in posting this. I almost panicked when I started assembling my ingredients, because I’d forgotten to pick up unsweetened applesauce while we were at the store. Thankfully, I had a jar in the fridge that had not yet expired. While that baked, I got to work on this:
Not so hot that it’s inedible, but it’s enough of a kick that I was surprised by the heat–which is courtesy of 2 lemon peppers and 2 Habañeros. And lord, there really is a reason they tell you to wear gloves when working with hot peppers. 8 hours later, and I made the mistake of rubbing my eye when I woke up. Yeah, that stung. I’ve washed my hands about 4 times, with hot soapy water, for about 5 minutes each time, and the oils from the peppers are STILL on my fingertips! I wonder how long before I won’t have to worry about that anymore….
Last call: My giveaway ends this evening at 6:00 PM, so if you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time!