Sunday, November 29, 2009

completely incapable of doing work today

was a good worker all break long, and then today NOTHING. could barely motivate to wash the dishes. just forced myself to take a shower and it was exhausting. at least i'm all prepped and ready for classes tomorrow. not that i'm ready to head back into teaching mode after this lovely holiday time.

quick recap: had some tasty indian food for dinner on thanksgiving, took pretty baby out for dinner for his birthday the next night, and generally enjoyed a lot of special food treats and sleeping in. and my presents were a success! i was afraid they'd be too boring this year, but he seemed very pleased overall.

now i feel like all the wind is out of my sails and i need a day to sleep off all the excess that i've been courting for the last few weeks. ready to get back into the fold tomorrow for sure! working out, grading, eating well..........okay, blah, just lost my steam. i prob just need a good night's sleep.

in closing, here's the frickin delicious apple cake recipe that my mom sent me. i have no idea where it is originally from, but i looooooooved it. fatty and bad for me, sure, but a very wonderful treat. (and it worked out really well for brunch, i think.) okay, goodnight people. i hope that i can gather myself together to write a little more frequently in the coming weeks. esp if i can make myself document my attempts at acting like a healthy adult before i head west for christmas (so that i can act like a spoiled, alcohol soaked child for a week!).


Caramel Glaze Apple Cake


1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

3 eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

5 granny smith apples, cored, peeled, diced into 1" chunks

1 ¼ cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans)

2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

Caramel Glaze

4 tablespoons butter

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

Pinch of salt

½ cup heavy cream


*Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour 9 by 13 inch pan

*To prepare the cake, beat both sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla, pour into pan. (my batter was very stiff -had to scoop it into pan).

*Bake for 50 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the glaze. (I baked for 55 minutes).

*To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

*Poke holes in the cake with a skewer or toothpick. Pour on the glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Makes 12 servings.

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