It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my Red Velvet Cake Joys were not a hit at the neighborhood dessert social last night. Not only did they not win any of the prizes for favorite, they didn’t even receive a single vote! If that wasn’t bad enough, the third prize winner was PURCHASED AT KROGER’S BAKERY.
I didn’t mind so much losing to the first two winners. One half of the only gay couple in the ‘hood, who only shows up at the dessert social and potluck meetings, brought some sort of scrumptious brownie bar with coconut and pecans. And
some old lady one of our seniors brought a homemade peach cobbler. The cobbler part was tasty, but I think she must have used a single 15-oz. CAN of cling peaches because I didn’t get any CANNED peach with my crust. I did, however, see a sliver of peach in Roger-from-down-the-street’s serving. But, her crust was delicious and baked perfectly so kudos to her!
But the lemon pudding cake from KROGER? C’mon! Maybe the woman who bought/brought it deserves some credit for efficiency (she didn’t even take it out of the plastic KROGER server) or savvy parking, but in my completely and totally unbiased opinion, she never should have won a prize for a store-bought cake! No matter how moist and tasty it was! Well, she should certainly enjoy her prize, which was a $25 Kroger gift card. She can buy lots of cake with that!
Our crowd was smaller than last year (apparently the discriminating dessert-eaters stayed home), so I have leftovers. I have them in the freezer and ready to go to the family
pig-out reunion in a couple of weeks. I don’t have many, so I may supplement with another variety. The coconut cake joy test with the KROGER cake slices didn’t work so well. Kroger’s coconut cake, as it turns out, is vanilla cake and icing with some shredded coconut on top. It certainly didn’t taste coconutty, so I added a smidge of coconut butter to the melted chocolate and then sprinkled unsweetened coconut on top of the cake joy, post-dip. That was better! I may try them again with REAL coconut cake. Or maybe strawberry or banana cake.
Anyway, in addition to being prize-less and out about four hours of precious time spent preparing my HOMEMADE cake joys, I am also sugar-soaked from sampling all the offerings! Thank goodness today was yard work day! It took me two hours, but I mowed, edged, swept, raked, and clipped for over two hours! That’s a good start to offsetting the dessert splurge.
I had planned to work in a bike ride this afternoon, but then I slammed the weedeater against my knee (yep, the Pickleball knee) and then rammed it into the side of a bench so I’m back to ice packs again. Depending on how it feels, I may be able to work in a ride before dark. (Yaaay for longer days!)
My weekend is shaping up to be spent mostly with a paintbrush in hand. I hope to hit a few garage sales in the morning, but we’ve got stormy weather predicted, so who knows.
What do you have going on this weekend?