October 26, 2010

The Real Thing

This is the Real Thing. These Manx bodies used to be seen everywhere and were the ultimate adaptation of the VW Beetle. This was the first one made. The owner can be seen through the back in the white shirt, and the Geezer is slightly to the left at the stern. 2010.

Yesterday and Today

Himself: Had fewer wrecks assigned to his queue, but he still worked till very late after dinner. They want him to do every car assigned to his queue, see the car, and do the computer work while out on the road. That isn’t working.

Herself: with the quilt blog too: Dinner was strawberry shortcake after housewifery mending and sewing and picking up the messes of the housewife. She continues to live life with abandon, and someone has to pick up after herself.

My Babylonian Captivity: Do stop in and read Tugster's experience as a human shield. He writes that, “ i was captured in kuwait (where i was teaching in the kuwaiti air force)….”

Like: Could you please take a moment on Facebook to “Like” the American Cancer Society’s Discover Shop in Point Loma. It’s a simple thing to do but will help tremendously. Thank you.

Yes, I know, and tho it was very bad for us, I made a real strawberry shortcake last night.

For years I have been making strawberry shortcake using my mother’s recipe but low fat and low sugar ingredients. Frankly my dear, it just didn’t taste the same, look the same, or have the heavenly killer instinct of the original. I made lead hockey pucks.

Yesterday since I rarely bake, at least I had sense enough to check before I started. I had flour. I had soy margarine and I also had REAL butter. I had baking powder and salt. I had lite-fake whipped cream. I did not have milk of any sort.

I smashed up the strawberries with real sugar. Way too much of it, I thought as I poured the sugar in on top of the berries, girded my sense of humor, and walked to the store for milk. Real milk. One of those moments struck me as my hand reached out for the wholesome rice milk. Early in the day, Bee was telling me how Michael couldn’t have Hagen Das ice cream as nothing in it was organic…everything has to be organic now.

Like a small child having a fit, I bought whole milk and combined it with the real butter waiting for me in the refrigerator.

Never have I had lighter shortcake. As it came out of the oven, the Geezer dropped the pan on top of the stove scattering the cake into hunks. Once I tasted that shortcake, nothing mattered. That biscuit shortcake was the tallest, lightest, most heavenly shortcake I’ve had since I was a kid. The strawberries and whipped cream hid the biscuit hunks….we never noticed since we were transported by memory and taste.

You see. I’ve been noted for making flat, hard as rock biscuit dough. Tasteless. No one wanted to eat my biscuits. Now I know the secret. Real things have to go into the biscuits to make real biscuits.

Maybe we can do this once a year…..next time with real whipped cream.

The first Manx car from the California Roll show at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.


  1. when you can bake something that tastes as good as your childhood memories; then it is G.O.O.D.!!!!!
    Congratulations on a perfect strawberry shortcake.

  2. My mom used sponge cake, rather than shortcake, though she still called it strawberry shortcake. That was my favorite, my birthday cake every year until I was about twenty -- the year she forgot my birthday entirely.

    I slice strawberries now and sprinkle them with Equal (diabetes), then stir them a little and let them sit. But I still serve them with sour cream (with fat and cholesterol). It's a breakfast treat.

  3. Mmmmmmmh! I've been comfort feeding of late. I must pull my horns in before I bust out of all my clothes but I would make an exception for your delicious creation.
    Some of my cake making made you anxious not to drop it on your foot.

  4. Good for you!!!! I totally ignore the 'rules' on eating lo-fat and lo-cholesterol foods. They just don't taste right. And if you can't enjoy food -- what's the point of eating?

    And yeah, strawberry shortcake is a favorite!

  5. As long as you don't eat too much too often...you are safe.

  6. Wow, that sounds good. Go for the good stuff as long as you don't do it every day. I'd gladly give up 1 hour of life for a wonderful strawberry shortcake.

  7. Not even going to mention the strawberry cake...

    My father would have loved that car. He was a life-long fan of the VW beetle, had numerous ones over his long life, but also liked something called a "Hustler".

  8. 1. I want one of those cars!! IN RED!

    2. Everything is moderation! I also want a piece of that shortcake. Trade you some biscotti!

  9. Me want shortcake! Your shortcake! Now!

  10. Made my mouth water, mmm. The wait is worth it.

  11. Sounds yummy! I was just today at a lecture where a health care person was talking about eating sensibly. He suscribes to the 80/20 theory. He eats healthy and judiciously 80% of the time. The other 20% he eats whatever he fancies. He figures the body can take care of that 20%. I have to say I agree. It's not all physical. It's the psyche that needs to be nourished now and again as well. And that strawberry shortcake with real ingredients sounds like just the thing!


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