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We Drop The Ball On The Water Buffalo Situation And Eat A Coconut Lemonade Loaf

Our electricity bill for February was obscene.

It may have something to do with the “heat-o-lator,” which is this thing that blows hot air at me when I get out of the shower.  I love it.  It makes me forget that the tile is cold and I grabbed the wrong towel and now I smell like the dog.

Whatever the electricity drain was, it cost $300.  Three hundred dollars.  For that kind of money, we could have bought a water buffalo, a flock of ducks and some honeybees for someone in need.

So I asked Scott to seduce the utilities lady investigate our bill.

He was not cooperative, as you can tell from our conversation in the parking lot of the utilities building:

SCOTT:     I’m not going to flatter the utilities lady into reducing our bill.  She’s a public employee.

ME:    So?  She’s not elected.  It’s not illegal to flirt with her.

SCOTT:     . . . .

ME:      Just make sure you proposition her in code.

SCOTT:     . . . .

ME:     Don’t put anything in writing.

SCOTT:     . . . . .

ME:    Dude, at least explain to her that the children need water buffalos.

SCOTT:     Buffalo.  The plural of water buffalo is water buffalo.

ME:     Perfect.  Lead with that.  The children need a water buffalo.

SCOTT:     I’m getting out of the car now.

ME:     Good.  I’ll keep it running in case we need to make a quick get-away.

SCOTT:     That’s. . . not necessary.

ME:    Go.  I forgive you in advance for what you’re about to do.

[2 minutes later]

ME:     Why are you back so soon?  What happened?

SCOTT:     Well, I paid our bill, for one.

ME:     ARRRRAGH.

SCOTT:     And she said we should consider a space heater.

So that’s why Scott got a space heater.  Because his new girlfriend mentioned it and apparently he listens to everything she says. 

He put the space heater in the middle of our living room, where it blows hot air at my face all day while I type.  This glues my contacts to my eyeballs, which will probably give me glaucoma or at least pinkeye.

I may be wearing an eye patch by summer, but it’s okay.  Guess what I’m looking forward to this July?

The day I go back to the utilities department, debate a $300 air conditioning bill with Scott’s girlfriend, win, and buy water buffalos for everyone.

I made this summery cake in honor of that day.

I started with a basic loaf cake made with yogurt, and I threw in some lemon peel and lemon essence, flaked coconut, chopped white chocolate, and even some lemonade.

It bursts with lemony flavor.   The white chocolate adds a sweetness that makes lemon icing unnecessary.

Come summertime, this will make a great cake to bring on a picnic or to a barbecue.  For now, it’s my breakfast and 4 o’clock snack cake.

Coconut Lemonade Loaf  {Download & Print Recipe}

(Inspired by a recipe for a mocha breakfast loaf in Breakfasts & Brunches: Cooking With Bon Appetit)

Ingredients:

2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs, at room temperature

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

3/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter (1 stick), at room temperature

4 tsp. lemon peel (from two large lemons), finely chopped

2 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 c. strong lemonade (such as instant mix, mixed with 1/4 c. water)

2/3 c. plain yogurt

2/3 c. moist, sweetened coconut flakes

3/4 c. white chocolate chunks (such as from 1 4-oz. bar, roughly chopped) (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan or two smaller loaf pans.  Line bottom and sides of pan(s) with parchment paper.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Separate the eggs into a bowl for a whites and a bowl for the yolks.

In the electric mixer bowl, beat the egg whites on medium until they’re foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and 1/4 c. of the sugar and beat until the whites are stiff and glossy.  Transfer to another bowl and set aside.

You do not need to wash out the electric mixer bowl.  In it place the remaining 1/2 c. sugar, the egg yolks, the butter, the lemon peel, and the lemon extract.  Beat on medium until light and fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture, yogurt and lemonade alternately, beating until just blended.  Stir in 1/3 of the beaten egg whites.  Fold in the remaining egg whites.

Fold in the white chocolate (if desired) and the coconut.

Transfer batter to the prepared pan(s).  Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan(s), then remove, discard parchment paper, and let cool on a wire rack.

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See this duck toy?  The one Thunder’s looking at while her eyes get blasted by the space heater?

I want to kiss the designer of this toy on the mouth.

Because this duck is sturdy as hell.

It’s been 2 weeks and it still has all its eyes, wings, beaks, feet and stuffing.

This makes me so happy that I just want to sit under the heat-o-later with a martini and enjoy life.

P.S.  Speaking of enjoying life: It’s probably illegal to do 80% of the things mentioned here, including proposition public officials, loiter in parking lots, and attempt to make out with dog-toy designers without asking first.  Just sayin’.

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  1. a #

    You would not survive in my house! My husband keeps trying to put the heat down to 64 degrees. I have to have it at a minimum of 66. I heat up the bathroom by running the water as hot as possible for as long as possible. If I can make a steam cloud hanging 3 feet down from the ceiling in the bathroom, I feel like my life is complete. But…don’t EVER get an electric hot water heater. They’re awful.

    I should suggest to my husband that he start flirting with the ladies at the electric company. In fact, I’m surprised he hasn’t thought of it himself.

    February 28, 2012
    • What are we going to DO?? Maybe we should start broiling things all day, since it’s an excuse to keep the oven door ajar?

      Your steam cloud just made me daydream about walking on the beach in Bali for a minute (I’ve never been there). I’ve tried that trick of running the water in the shower for a long time, but I swear it just disappears out the window because the window is made out of Saran Wrap or something.

      February 29, 2012
  2. I will make this cake. I will eat this cake. I will enjoy this cake. I will wait for my water buffalo. Do you suppose UPS will deliver a water buffalo?

    February 28, 2012
    • Brooke,

      I’m not sure about UPS but water buffalo are not on the USPS list of “mailable live animals,” which I just looked up. Check out the LIVE ANIMALS you can legally SEND IN THE MAIL. WTF. This does not make me feel safe.

      http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c5_007.htm

      February 29, 2012
      • mallory #

        I feel like there needs to be a blog devoted entirely to this topic. The mind boggles, at pretty much all of this, does it not?!

        February 29, 2012
  3. If I were to get a boston terrier, that little darling would set the standard. And now I want to eat a loaf of cake.

    February 28, 2012
    • Nonsense– the lemon cake is awesome but given the choice between it and a sticky caramel pecan roll like the one you posted, it’s over.

      Isn’t the dog the greatest? (She’s a French-English bulldog mix, just so you don’t wonder when you see a boston).

      February 29, 2012
  4. MJ #

    Hahaha, welcome to the South and its awful electric bills. My parents paid $400 per month on average (they did one of those total the bill and average over 12 months thing) and no one thought this was ridiculously high.

    February 29, 2012
    • Whaaaa? Yeah, we can’t do that average thing yet because we haven’t lived here for 12 months yet.

      This is nuts. Heat was included in my rent in New York. Granted my rent was higher and the place was the size of a public restroom stall, but the cost is starting to even out more than I thought it would!

      February 29, 2012
  5. socalsally #

    So I can’t help but show my awful work geekiness here. I work for a utility in CA. (Not so proud to say we have some of the highest rates in the nation, but I digress.) Only point I wanted to make is that if you live in Alabama, chances are that you have Alabama Power, and they’re not a “public utility” – they’re actually investor owned, part of The Southern Company. Which means it was perfectly ok for Scott to flirt with the nice lady, I’m sure she appreciated it since we mostly only get yelled at. I only hope that she at least offered you some information on better ways to make your home more energy-efficient, I’d guess that your electric co offers some sort of rebates or incentives to help pay for the cost of more efficiency. No point in cranking up the heater if all that heat is just escaping through leaky windows and drafty doors!

    February 29, 2012
    • Bwaahahaha! This made my day, Sally. I’m relieved to know she’s likely a private individual. So it’s okay I sent her a dozen roses this morning and signed them from Scott! Whew. 🙂

      But seriously, you’re note is spot on. She did indeed give him a phone number to call so that we can have someone come to the house for free to check out where all the energy is going. She was super nice. I’m hoping it’s not as bad in the summertime. It gets pretty hot here, but I don’t mind that as much. And we have great ceiling fans that should help.

      February 29, 2012
  6. your pictures are such a feast for the eyes!

    February 29, 2012
    • Why thank you! I feel the same way about your photo of cous cous and beef. Where did you get that awesome pot? It’s gorgeous!

      February 29, 2012
  7. My personal space heater (we have 6!) is poised 2 inches from my knee as I type…I had to prop it up on a chair to get the maximum effect. But we have a different problem, oil bills the size of mortgage payments, so I figure space heaters are a lesser evil.
    We have that same duck toy;;;even the label survives! Let’s buy stock!

    February 29, 2012
    • Susan, I am so glad to hear I’m not the only one subsidizing the space heater industry. You know what I want next? An electric blanket. Do you have one? I don’t know why I didn’t just suggest that from the start.

      Three cheers for the duck toy! I’m glad to know that you’ve had the same experience and mine isn’t just a fluke.

      February 29, 2012
  8. Amy #

    This cakes sounds so tropical and delicious!

    February 29, 2012
    • Amy, I have just discovered that your comments found their way into the spam folder! Unacceptable! The only comments that should be in there are (1) comments from spambots, and (2) peanut gallery comments from Scott that are not useful and often end in “do we have any bacon that I could eat? I’m hungry.”

      Anyway, my apologies. And tropical is a good word for this cake– why didn’t I think of that? I am not good at describing food, which is craaaaazy since I sure eat enough of it.

      Cheers!

      March 1, 2012
  9. mallory #

    I absolutely don’t believe you, that there is a non-Kong toy out there that lasts 2 weeks. Fred has chewed his way through 100s of dollars of research into this matter, BTW. I eyed those bird dog toys and scoffed — out loud — at the idea that they might last an hour. I feel like you are telling me that the sky is actually green, not blue.

    Speaking of my emotions, I also feel like all the adverts to Northerners to, you know, come on down to the South y’all, there should be a little asterisk at the end that says, “We are legally bound to inform you that while so many things in your life will be better down here, the one that will be worse is that you will have to do unseemly things in order to make enough coin to pay for your power bills. Just FYI.”

    February 29, 2012
    • Mallory, I know. At one point, I thought to myself “oh, Scott must have gotten a new one and replaced the old duck.” But no. The original duck lives on. It’s a freaking miracle.

      I’d be happy to do the voice-over for a public service announcement for Northerners. I’d also add to the list that there are a large amount of bugs here, and no Whole Foods in my town.

      February 29, 2012
      • mallory #

        YES.

        “Dear Northerners, we regret the need to inform you that, once a permanent resident in our fair South, you WILL need to spend hours in the car traversing from your humble abode to a place of food mercantile specialty, the quality of which you had previously become accustomed (e.g. Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earthfare, or even — gasp! — the esteemed Trader Joe’s). Please accept our sincere apologies for the oversight.”

        February 29, 2012
        • Mallory, did you have the iced gingerbread men from Trader Joe’s this winter? Oh my goodness. WOW. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s here (as you mentioned), but I had some at my friend’s house while I was destroying her gingerbread house. They were AMAZING. I can’t wait until Christmas 2012 for that reason alone.

          February 29, 2012
          • mallory #

            Yes. YES. YESYESYESYES, a thousand times yes because those little men were better than sex. There. I said it, and I don’t regret it.

            I have to drive an hour and a half to get to the nearest Trader Joe’s, and I have to fight all of Charleston in the parking lot (literally, you have to wait FOR A PARKING SPACE), but it is worth it for things like those amazing gingerbread men.

            February 29, 2012
  10. The other day, I flirted with the guy from our internet company after our ‘net went down for like…a whole 12 friggin’ hours. (I thought I was going to die, btw)

    I thought that flirting with him would make it come back on. Until I found out some idiot hit a light pole down the road. Whatever.

    Lamont and I totally had something going.

    Oh, and the loaf looks divine. Plus, it has lemon. And lemon makes me so happy.

    February 29, 2012
    • Jen, I feel your pain. Sometimes I think the cable lines on my street must be 11 feet off the ground. Trucks have knocked them down more than once. Unfortunately, this hasn’t yet caused me to meet a nice man at the cable company, but it’s only a matter of time.

      February 29, 2012
  11. Heather #

    In response to Thunder’s portion of this post: I feel the same way about this toy http://www.planetdog.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=10923400 ! Squishy enough that my dog THINKS she’s destroying it, but sturdy enough that I don’t have little rubber pieces all over my floor one day after buying the toy. It took her almost two months to finally destroy it. I’m a fan.

    February 29, 2012
  12. Heather, this is gold. Thank you. I haven’t seen this in stores, so I’m going to order it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    February 29, 2012
    • Heather #

      I’ve only seen it in one store ever (Petco Unleashed, not even regular Petco) but if I had to I would order it every single time. I hope Thunder likes it just as much as Chloe does! We’re on artichoke #2 now and going strong.

      February 29, 2012
    • mallory #

      Fred has that! It bounces *beautifully* by the way (completely spastically, because of all the odd angles) so makes a great indoor game of catch toy, too. It’s going on 8 months, and not a single ding out of it yet!

      (good lord I’m all over your blog comments today…)

      February 29, 2012
      • Heather #

        Isn’t it great?? I love it. Chloe is hard on her toys so she did finally get a ding in it. Things went down hill from there, but it took her almost two months to destroy it and it held her interest the whole time!

        February 29, 2012
        • This is *great* news. Thanks, you two. My mom and I are both going to get one now (she’s got a 1+ year-old yellow lab).

          February 29, 2012
          • Heather #

            Your mom may want to look in to getting the eggplant one because it’s a little bigger. The artichoke might be too easy to get a hold on for a lab. Good luck! I hope you both (and the dogs of course) like them. There is now a lot of pressure riding on this recommendation. 😉

            March 1, 2012
  13. i just started making lemon/white chocolate cookies at work! and whole heartedly support this combination… SO good. the cookies are also a little salty, which sounds strange, but is delicious.

    also: teddy loves ducks too. they are miraculous.

    February 29, 2012
    • Hiya! Yum—lemon and white chocolate cookies! They sound delicious. By the way, I saw the lemon cake on your blog today and am excited to try to make it myself sometime. . .

      February 29, 2012
  14. Jenn L #

    Three words for you my dear: heated. mattress. pad.

    http://www.target.com/p/Soft-Heat-Warming-Mattress-Pad/-/A-11038737

    It will seriously change your life.

    When we moved to Colorado, this is one of the first things we bought. I am originally from Georgia so the winters here can be hellacious for me–nothing like having ice crystals in your shampoo!

    February 29, 2012
    • Whhaaaaaa!

      This sounds off-the-hook-amazing. I bet Kanye has one on his bed. I bet he also pays someone to check his shampoo for ice crystals in the morning. Not sure where I’m going with this, but somewhere good because this mattress pad rocks.

      My one concern is that if I just got the heated mattress pad (and didn’t also get an electric blanket), I would wind up taking the mattress pad off the bed every morning and attempt to wear it like a dress or a coat. So I’d probably have to get both.

      February 29, 2012
  15. Gemmyner #

    We have that duck toy. We only pull it out on special occasions otherwise it would be ripped to shreds in about 1 hour. We have a golden retriever, Zach. We also have the ducks that float. Now those are cool ducks. Makes water play so much easier than a frisbee that doesn’t float.

    February 29, 2012
    • Ack! So you’re saying there are limits to the duck toy? Damn. I was hoping the duck toy was for real. Now it’s just going to be like every other duck/monster/moose/rabbit toy we’ve ever had and fall apart. (Sigh.) I’m jealous of the water duck toys– not sure we’ll ever be able to use them because Thunder can’t swim without a life vest (ah, bulldogs.)

      February 29, 2012
  16. Sandra R #

    Lovely cake, can’t wait to try it. Yeah, utility bills can be a rude surprise in February. Even in the South. There is a line of dog toys called Tuffut. I have had good luck with those.And these, although the Zombie did not get good reviews. (Plus I kind of liked the politically correct nature of a Zombie toy. I would debate between dog toys, ?cat, definitely not, we have cats, should not encourage cats to be thought of as chew toys. ?squirrel, no, don’t want them to go after squirrels. skunks? goodness no to that! But zombies, I can get behind giving my dog a zombie!)
    http://www.fetchdog.com/pet-supplies/dogtoys/dogtugtoys/bashful-bee-dog-toy/00710
    Sorry the Zombie link failed, but it is at Fetchdog. I gave a variation of the bashful bee toy for Christmas and the dog’s owner loved it because it stayed intact.

    February 29, 2012
    • Sandra, this is so helpful! Thank you! The zombie toy sounds perfect for Thunder. It’s also perfect for Scott, which is problematic. I may have to get one for each of them so they can share. Scott LOVES zombies, and would probably want one just to put on his desk or something. Maybe when I explain all this to the people at Fetchdog, they will give me a discount on the second one.

      March 1, 2012
  17. If you should go blind from the melting contacts don’t worry, I’m sure you could get on a list for a seeing eye water buffalo! And my daugher bought that same duck for their mini dachshund and it turned out to be her 2 yo favorite toy. I think they share it. Tell Scott’s new girlfriend hi from me btw. 🙂

    March 1, 2012
    • Linda, I like where your head is. But a few years ago, I went to Laos. There were water buffalo EVERYWHERE in the mountains. And each one of them came with like 17 tons of mud. They were positively smothered in mud.

      All I’m saying is it’s something we’d have to plan for.

      March 1, 2012
  18. WOW, this looks very good. I love lemon (and often get teased for it, because lemon is considered an old lady flavor around these parts.) so I think i’m going to make this. hahaha

    March 1, 2012
    • Hi there! That’s funny, because I always thought of yellow as being an “older” color, too. When I was a kid, I hated it and now I want nothing more than a kitchen that’s a butter yellow color, with a bluebird blue stove, Kitchen-Aid, etc. How lovely would that be?!

      March 1, 2012
  19. Man I’d like a slice of that right now. I love coconut and I love the combination you have. I’ve got something similar in mind with some blueberries.
    As for space heaters they haven’t been very kind to me either. I lived in a wood heated cabin and when it was really cold we’d have to blast them. But maybe you could get that suggestion in writing from the utilities lady.
    As for the heated mattress, I’d be worried about just plain not getting out of bed. But you could set up hot drinks with kettle and coffee maker, have your laptop and a little buffet and not leave your room!

    March 1, 2012
    • Wow, Wendy– you lived in a wood-heated cabin?! That is so cool. I’m imagining you killing it out there, Little House On The Prairie-style.

      I agree that the heated mattress could be a liability. Even if I were able to get out of bed in the morning eventually, I’d probably try to go to bed at 7 pm every night just so I could be toasty. I could see it being a drag on my *wild, raging* social life.

      March 1, 2012
  20. Camille #

    Hold on – it’s illegal to proposition public officials? Reallly? Well holy hell – who knew? I was just sitting here drinking in your blog…as opposed to Bourbon (for once) and it occured to me that Thunder has absolutely darling toenails. I think you should get those bad girls painted. I suggest a stunning shade of jungle red.

    March 1, 2012
    • I don’t actually know if it’s illegal to proposition public officials. Personally, I try to proposition all people equally, so that no one’s feelings get hurt.

      I take Thunder down the street to this independent little pet store and get her nails trimmed once every 2-3 weeks. So in a way, she gets manicures more often than I do. Do I resent this? Damn right I do.

      Anyhoo, excellent call on the jungle red. That’s going to look amazing with her cheetah-print mini skirt, WHOOT! Pretty soon Thunder will be propositioning the male dogs on our street.

      March 1, 2012
  21. So much here…..love lemon recipes, thanks! LOVE your pup; what a face ! & Scott needs a new girlfriend, this one seem s to know what she’s doing. Next time , telll him to find the new girl or focus on the ditzy looking one !

    March 1, 2012
    • Seriously, right? He picked a new girlfriend who gets us NOTHING. So lame.

      🙂

      March 25, 2012
  22. I have learned a valuable lesson from you today. I am no longer going to eat lunch in front of my laptop while reading your stories for fear of spit-taking.

    March 1, 2012
    • Hee hee. I have always had a problem eating in front of my laptop. When I was in school, there was a really nice guy who would help us trouble-shoot things. Everytime I took my laptop to him because it had stopped working, he’d look at it for a minute and then say “Um, Katherine? Well. . . there’s just a LOT of food stuck in the keyboard.” And then I’d sheepishly explain that I snacked all the time at the computer, and sometimes laughed, and he’d try to take the damn thing apart, shake it out, and screw it in again. Zoinks.

      March 1, 2012
  23. Adventure Nell #

    Heya from Victoria, BC, Canada 🙂 We have a lovely sunny day here with a crisp temperature of 7C. quick question, there is not a lot of fat in this recipe, am I missing something?? I was looking for the butter, oil, shortening, something and don’t see it….Thanks!

    March 1, 2012
    • Hello there! So kind of you to write!

      There’s just the 1/2 c. (1 stick) of butter in this, and the yogurt does the rest! I’ve used low-fat and fat free yogurt, and it worked fine with fat free (though I did prefer the loaf that had the low-fat instead.)

      March 1, 2012
      • Adventure Nell #

        Ta Darlink!

        March 1, 2012
  24. sarah #

    We have a rabbit dog toy that is from the same line as the duck. And since we have a bassett and half bassett, that rabbit has been throughly worked over. And since it has been 2 years and they have been unable to disembowel it, the older dog refuses to even look at it. It’s like it was too good.

    Anyway, you are certainly not alone on the crazy utilities bills. This winter has been a blessing in Missouri, it has been very mild. Which means this summer it is going to swelter and there is not a summer equivalent of the space heater to ease the pain.

    I think your lemon loaf needs some blueberry action. I love that combination. And I lack the ability to follow a recipe exactly, I always make a change, most of time I end up pretty far from where I started and when it turns out well I can’t remember what changes I made, and thus never recreate the dish.
    One time I was making a chicken dish, and as we were eating it, I kept thinking “damn, this is good” but couldn’t pin point a flavor, finally my husband asked what was in it, and I rattled a few things off, when my four year old pipes up that she put the sprinkles in. We come to find out she put some random spice out of the cabinet in, have no idea what or how much, but it was good. But even if it hadn’t been her, that’s kinda how I cook. Just winging it!

    March 1, 2012
    • Sarah, that’s an adorable story about your 4 year old and the sprinkles. Just adorable.

      Blueberries in this sounds really good. If you like that combination, you might like movita beaucoup’s blueberry and coconut muffins– here’s the link:

      http://movitabeaucoup.com/2012/02/22/blueberry-muffins-with-toasted-coconut/

      Anyway, if you put blueberries in this loaf, I bet it’ll be delicious. You might want to up the sugar a little bit. When you add sugar the second time (after the 1/4 c., later in the recipe) you might want to go from 1/2 c. to at least 2/3 c. to deal with the tartness of the blueberries, especially if you’re leaving out the white chocolate.

      I’m glad Missouri didn’t get a bad winter– I’ve heard they can be absolutely nuts there. We got snow once here in ALabama, but it didn’t stick. I kind of missed it— Virginia gets enough, and New York is a different story. Two or three years ago, it was just terrible– snow piles that melted 2 months later, revealing all sorts of sketchy things that had been buried in the drifts for months.

      March 1, 2012
      • sarah #

        Speaking of weather, do you have a weather radio yet? This spring may be pretty wicked. We’ve already had 3 tornadoes in Missouri with more to come.

        March 2, 2012
  25. First – Eye patches are wicked cool. I’d go as far as buying myself a parrot this summer. Second – Whatever happened to taking one for the team? It’s necessary to proposition public officials. It’s how one survives. Send him back so you can get your heat-o-lator action on. Oh, and tell him to show some leg.

    I make my husband flirt with the supermarket clerk for discounts. It keeps me in 80 rolls deep in toilet paper.

    I’m going to make this cake because I love lemon, I love coconut, and love them together.

    March 1, 2012
    • I kind of feel like public officials proposition ME whenever I turn on the TV. So yeah, I should be able to do the same thing.

      Now I’m daydreaming about the heat-o-later.

      Anyhoo, having 80 rolls of toilet paper is essential- no joke- so you’re doing the right thing here. Last week I told Scott we were out even though we had a jumbo super pack of rolls in the back bathroom. Now we have two jumbo super packs and I feel better about the situation.

      March 1, 2012
    • By the by, if you love coconut and lemon but NOT white chocolate, you can bump the second bit of sugar up from 1/2 to 2/3 c. But with the sweetness of the white chocolate, I found 2/3 c. sugar (the second time you add it, after the 1/4 c. to be too much). I’ll make that a note in the post itself.

      March 1, 2012
  26. You may send that cake here. Thanks in advance.

    Also, what kind of monster doesn’t let the children have their buffalo.

    March 2, 2012
    • The kind of monster who MESSES UP EVERYTHING, you know? Arg.

      March 25, 2012
  27. Liz #

    This made me think of the Water Buffalo Song! Hilarious. Also, the cake looks delicious!

    March 2, 2012
    • Liz, that song is JUST WHAT I NEED. I know a guy in a band, and I’m going to ask him to come with me to the utilities office and sing the song to Scott’s new girlfriend. We’re going to turn this thing right around, sister.

      March 25, 2012
  28. Just discovered your blog and I love it! Your photos are terrific too. I’m going to try the lemon cake recipe and see if I can make an eggless version (allergies).

    March 3, 2012
    • Hello! Oh, I’m so glad you found your way here! Thanks for the kind words– I’m working a lot on the photos (it was a little touch-and-go there with the photos earlier on 🙂

      March 25, 2012
  29. I think I laughed so loud that my neighbors heard me. Another hilarious post! My goodness, your writing is as sunny as the Lemon Loaf that totally motivates me to buy a hand mixer after months of contemplation and eyeing it wistfully. Cooking can be so intimidating! Me dreams of lemon loaf….

    March 3, 2012
    • Well hey–thank you! Trying to write sunny posts is a way to keep me from, you know, feeling cloudy. I hope you find just the hand mixer you need. Having one (or borrowing one!) opens up so many options. I went through a while when I didn’t have one either, so I know what you mean.

      March 25, 2012
  30. That cake sounds awesome. Also, I would love to know where to get a toy that would survive my two golden retrievers. All that’s left of their Christmas presents are a few small bits. they have ingested the rest.

    March 3, 2012
    • I’m starting to feel like you should collaborate with a dog toy company. Maybe you could get them to send your dogs toys to test out for free?

      March 25, 2012
  31. Cheri #

    I’m so excited as I finally made one of your recipes instead of just printing it out! I made a giant mess in the kitchen, but that’s normal. This bread was delicious!!
    Thank you!!

    March 6, 2012
    • Cheri, that makes me so happy! I’m so glad you liked it. Is there anything about it that you’d change or recommend for the future? Thank you!

      March 6, 2012
      • Cheri #

        Well as a newbie to baking things outside zucchini bread and cookies, I was unsure of how stiff and glossy the egg whites should look. I was thinking maybe they were supposed to get whip cream like peaks. It ended up looking like shiny paste, i hope that was right! Also I only needed one large lemon’s peel. And I should have broken up the white chocolate chunks a bit more but I like it because it looks rustic. I’m not sure that’s the right word to describe it. I’m serving it for dessert tonight with fish tacos. I’m very proud of it. 🙂

        March 6, 2012
        • Cheri, the egg whites sound about right to me. You’re right that it’s kind of like whipped cream, but they don’t rise as high, so it’s more like a shiny white gloopy mix (this is hard to describe, isn’t it?) Thanks for raising this, because next time I make this, I’ll snap a photo of this step and I’ll insert it in to the post so future readers will know what’s up. I’ll change the note on the lemon peel to “(from 1-2 large lemons),” thanks! I loved how the chocolate got a little melty and someone of it disappeared into the cake, leaving just a sweet spot.

          I LOVE FISH TACOS. I’m going to visit my extended family in California sometime this year, and I plan to gorge on fish tacos the entire time I’m there. We don’t get good fish in Northern Alabama.

          Cheers!

          March 6, 2012
          • Cheri #

            The melty chocolate was my favorite part too!! 🙂 Even though i’m serving it tonight i thought i’d better taste it, as i’ve had some embarrassing experiences in the past. I tend to experiment on peeps coming over. Hope you enjoy your trip to California and get many many fish tacos! I’m going to try your chilled oats this weekend!

            March 6, 2012
  32. Love this! And how cute is your pup?! 🙂 xx

    June 26, 2014

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