Sunday, September 11, 2011

The cake revealed! (and Succinctly Yours)

First, thanks for all your kind comments concerning the flooding a few days ago.  I don't know how we did it (we often have Charlie Brown luck), but we didn't take in any water in our basement, had no damage to the house, and flood waters for the most part have receded. Unfortunately, many of our friends and neighbors do have water damage, and now they're on waiting lists for insurance claims...

In other news, my husband's birthday was this past Friday, and as he proclaimed to everyone at home (and I proclaimed to everyone within earshot online) he made his pudding cake. Here are some pictures of the results:

Now the cake didn't look all that attractive, but the taste wasn't half bad. It was very moist, and instead of icing, it had pudding on the top and in the middle. I wouldn't say it would be a favorite of mine-I personally think the sugary icing is the best thing about cake, but I would eat it again.

I told my kids on Friday that we all were going to have a piece of this cake regardless of what it looked or tasted like, and that we were to all say something positive even if we didn't like it. (I told them it would hurt Daddy's feelings otherwise...) And if it wasn't good, I told the kids to eat some and then say that they were pretty full from dinner-I had it all planned. But as my husband was cutting us each a piece, my son (I told you everything in his head comes right back out!) informed my husband how they were to tell him it was good even if it was bad! Thankfully my husband has a good sense of humor and we all laughed a lot over this.

Now time for Succinctly Yours, another writing meme that piggy backs on the idea of Susan of the Stony River Blog.

Grandma Goulash posts a picture and you are to write a 140 character or word story about it. You can also use the word of the day in your post if you wish. This week's word is methodical. Here this week's picture and my take this week:

The gnomes often took the kids trikes for a spin, making sure to leave them like they found them, but Barney left the tailgate down again! (138 characters)

I was going to do poetry, but I just didn't have it in me today. The subject matter of this week's picture is liable to inspire in so many different ways. See you soon!


  1. Hi Susan ~~ Got to watch out for those joy-riding gnomes.

    Yours taught me something about these vehicles. I thought that only the blue and white one was a truck. But it seems the other tall one might also be trucks, but with their tail gates up. :)

    Thanks. This was a nice read.

  2. It makes me happy to hear of family togetherness.

    The tailgate...did someone notice? Suspense!

  3. I like the idea of the gnomes having fun while no one was looking!

    Cute story!

  4. First things first: Happy Birthday to Mr. Pudding Cake!

    Barney left the tailgate down? Heck, I bet it was intentional. This photo was probably taken last Thursday (<--first Packer game of the season) and not-in-the-picture Barney's out getting beer, brats and the grill for the pre-game party! (<--cLiCkY-cLiCkY!)

    BY THE BY: Linky is shunning me again this week (<--RATS! because it has me unsuccessfully jumping through glitchy technical hoops just about every week!), so until Grandma or Calico are able to add me to the participation list, here's my link to this week's entry. Please stop by? Thanks! SF~~~~~*

  5. That cake looks yummy. I'd try a slice any day. It's chocolate . . . how can you go wrong?

    Your microfiction is my favorite of the day. I love the whimsical spin, and you added a chuckle at the end. Nicely done.

  6. I love the gnomes being involved....and Barney made me laugh. I hadn't even noticed the down tailgate. Thanks for the laugh, Susan.

    I'm just today reading about your sorry to hear about the flooding in your neighborhood.

    Your husband's cake sounds delicious to me! You are fortunate to have a husband who cooks at all, as mine does virtually no cooking or even BBQing, though he does cook oatmeal in the microwave for himself!

  7. Ohh gnomes. I like your take!

    And personally, I've never liked icing. Too sweet. I scrape it off too look for the cake it hides.

  8. That "back flap" left open does look cute, doesn't it? Thanks to Barney.

  9. Ah these Gnomes can be tricky creatures and now there in a spot of trouble....Lovely MF.

  10. Gotta love those gnomes, except maybe Barney! LOL
    A fun one.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. I kinda like how they spilled the beans to him as he served it up! Glad it wasn't as bad as predicted. :)

  12. Oh Wow! I had missed the flood post but I'm glad it wasn't too bad for you. How funny about your son : ) I have a child that would lOve that cake so hopefully they sincerely liked it in the end.

    Gnomes on trikes, *snort* : )

  13. Carelessness has messed up many a crime, including car jacking. Barney better watch out.

    I haven't had pudding cake in some time, but I liked being able to mix and cook it in the same pan. We always enjoyed it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Almost like a hot fudge sundae.


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