Jennifer Lyon

Monday, February 20th, 2023
Weekend Roundup

A good weekend overall. The weather was decent, although we are supposed to get rain for a few days this week.

So a funny story. I found a gluten-free recipe for artesian bread that I was excited to try. Since we were having youngest over his birthday on Sunday, I made the bread on Saturday for that. The bread came out decent, but something was bothering me. It nagged at me all night long in a vague way I couldn’t put my finger on. It wasn’t until the next morning when I went into my pantry and it hit me — I’d used bread flour instead of gluten-free flour! I guess since I was technically making bread, I just automatically reached for my bread flour, which has MORE gluten than regular all purpose flour. Insert huge eye roll here.

But it turned out fine, I remade the bread Sunday morning with the gluten-free flour. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Everyone else seemed to like it too.

And here’s the cake I made for youngest:

It’s supposed to resemble his dog, Phoebe, who is a golden retriever :-)

How was your weekend?

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    February 20th, 2023 at 7:33 am · Link

    Awesome dog cake! LOL about the bread snafu. Lucky you realized before you gave a big ol’ piece to someone who can’t have gluten.

    It was a quiet weekend for the most part. I did some shopping. Spent some time doing research and building a new spreadsheet for my own edification. I tried my hand at making a salt-free salad dressing that turned out pretty yummy, if I do say so myself. It’s a red-wine vinaigrette using olive oil, ground mustard, and onion powder. Unfortunately, the red peppers I put on my salad for dinner didn’t agree with my stomach. :shrug: But it’s off to work I go this morning, so I’ll get over it. Bring on the antacids!

  2. Silver James
    February 20th, 2023 at 11:23 am · Link

    That is the MOST AWESOME dog cake ever! And I immediately could see it was a golden! Well done, cake master! The flour thing? Sounds like something I would/have do/done. LOLOL Glad you figured it out while you had time to rectify it. Yay for rain. Y’all need it probably even more than we do.

    Weekend? Pretty much like my week. Stole a pair of LG’s readers so I can sorta see the monitor–AFTER I supersize the screen. Yay for touch screens. And I get headaches if I stay on too long so I spent a lot of time clearing old TV shows off the DVR because the farsight doesn’t give me a headache. Go figure! I did watch some softball–got to see my OSU Cowgirls in two games on Saturday. LG, Stormy, and Jake made the grocery run with me this morning. He’s out of school but Only had a doctor’s appointment (with “our” eye doc), Baseball Boy has practice, and Stormy has an 11:30 b-day party. We made quite the parade at Wallyworld and I still managed to get out in about an hour despite their dawdling.

    Second surgery tomorrow so I’ll disappear again for a bit. I’m ready. I want to see out of both eyes, up-close and far-away. Have a great week, all!

  3. Viki S.
    February 20th, 2023 at 3:59 pm · Link

    I love that cake!!!! You really did a fantastic job. I would have hated to cut into it. Bet it tasted amazing!

    OH my – can see the flour mix up happening here. My mind seems to be at least one step ahead of where it should be. That makes mistake easy to have happen. I’m glad you had time to re-make the bread. Youngest was probably very happy too.

    Harrison had a ball here. Pops is his favorite toy. Pops is exhausted 😂. That kid is a Tasmanian devil of energy.

    It was sad watching eldest seeing what is happening first hand. Kids never want to think of their parents as anything but steadfast rocks.

    After they left this morning, I jumped right in doing all the clean up and laundry etc. I wanted to let it go but every time I looked at the mess I just had to go to work. Hopefully tomorrow will be a calmer day.

    I hope you have a fantastic afternoon!

  4. Jenn
    February 20th, 2023 at 5:56 pm · Link

    B.E., thanks! Fortunately while youngest and I are “watching” our gluten intake, nothing terrible would have happened if we’d had a slice of bread with gluten. I’ll use the other bread here over time or turn it into bread crumbs so it’s not a loss :-)

    I love that you build spreadsheets for your own edification! You sound like Wizard and youngest, LOL. Yay for a salt free dressing! That’s not easy to do. Ugh on the red peppers. I love them but can have similar problems so I sympathize. Hope it’s better now.

    Hope your week is off to a good start at work!

  5. Jenn
    February 20th, 2023 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Silver! I was thinking your second surgery was today, so I’m surprised to see you!

    Thanks you on the cake. Doing that fondant piece was so fun. The black bits were hard because that was crap fondant, but coloring my good fondant black is a mess. But I was happy enough with the results given I can’t draw or paint. And the flour thing was pretty funny.

    Yay for LG’s readers! But please don’t get to the point of headaches. Okay, okay, I know you take good care of yourself so I’ll stop :-) And I’m really glad you can watch shows, that’s a good way to rest and pass the time.

    I’m impressed that you could get in and out of Walmart that quickly with all your helpers! But I’m guessing you shouldn’t be driving and need extra eyes for reading close up. Hope Stormy had fun at the birthday party!

    Good luck on the surgery tomorrow! I’ll be thinking about you!

  6. Jenn
    February 20th, 2023 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Viki, thank you on the cake! I enjoyed it. I didn’t have time to do a carved cake since I was cooking a dinner too, so that was a fondant piece I was able to do ahead, then once I stacked and frosted the cake, all I had to do was put it on and pipe some grass around it.

    Youngest was excited to find out there are ways to do breads and baking without gluten. I told him I was trying pizza next, and he volunteered to try it :-).

    I’m so happy Harrison and his grandpa had so much fun! LOL on the kid being a ball of energy. That’s Turbo too, so I hear you.

    It was probably good for eldest to see firsthand. I know it’s hard, but now he’ll have a clearer picture of the situation. And it’s so true on kids not wanting to see their parents age or deal with illnesses.

    I bet you’re tired!!! I hope getting a lot done today will make it easier for you to rest up. You must be exhausted and sore.

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

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