SPEAKING OF: if you aren't watching Friday Night Lights, you are missing a fantastic show. Even if you aren't into football, you can appreciate the human interest, the lack of broadly drawn characterizations (no, really! Complex characters!) Check out my previous post for screencaps *cough* and a link in the post before can hook you up with the ep. Lemme know if it no longer works. I'm on a mission to make sure they get a contract beyond their 13 episodes! The music is another level of awesome: if you're itching in your seat towards the end with pent up energy, that's why. The best way for me to describe what living in a small (possibly dying) town can feel like is the movie "The Last Picture Show," a film in my top 10. There's a restlessness and need to GET OUT that the film captures, and I think it's there in FNL, too. WATCH IT! Tuesday nights at 8/7. NBC.
So... SPN is hooking me. I don't think I'm interested in fic. I just like watching it, so far. The Office still pleases me, and there were seeds planted that I'm intrigued by. I'll leave it at that to spare me the need for a cut-tag. Because now is time for RECIPE! I'm baking a Texas Sheet Cake in honor of The Boy returning from camp today - missed the little trouble maker - and how do we celebrate or show our love in my family? With delectable treats, that's how.
This can be made quickly and easily. Be sure to put the frosting on right when you pull the cake out - when it's all hot, the frosting seeps into the cake and makes it SO MOIST. Also, use a 10x15 JELLY ROLL PAN. Anything smaller and it won't turn out in the center. Seriously. And not in the good goopy way. Like, undone frustration.
Texas Sheet Cake
1/4 C cocoa
1 C margarine or butter
2 C water
2 C flour
2 beaten eggs
1/2 C buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease and flour 10x15x1 pan. (Use cocoa to flour if you don't like white specks on the bottom) In medium saucepan, bring cocoa, margarine (or butter) and water to a boil, stirring CONTSTANTLY, over medium heat. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Pour the cocoa mixture over and blend well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. Spread evenly in the pan and bake for 20 minutes. When the cake is done, immediately pour the frosting over and spread evenly.
In medium saucepan, bring to a boil 1/2 C margarine, 1/4 C cocoa and 6 TBSP of milk. Add 1 pound powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1 C chopped pecans.
You could substitute the pecans with toffee bits. Oh god. You can also add a tsp. of cinnamon to the batter for a Mexican Chocolate flair.
Mr. S went on my 10 mile training walk this morning and he's passed out on the sofa. Heh. *is strong, yo* HAVE FANTASTIC WEEKENDS!!