And not in a good way.
It's early dismissal staff meeting over at the school this afternoon.
Which means bringing a nice, home-baked treat for the staff, on behalf of the Home & School Ass.... I mean on behalf of the Community Council... right... new name...
I decided to bake "Danish Apple Bars". It's a really nice thing, from "Company's Coming Desserts" that tastes like a cross between apple pie and a flaky Danish pastry.
I started it last night, a little too late, and only took it out of the oven at 11:45 pm.
Then I forgot to put the icing on while it was warm.
I thought I would have to make another batch this morning, because 1 pan wouldn't be quite enough, as it's a treat my family likes too... and I made half of last night's batch with Splenda...
It takes quite a long time, and getting to bed very late tends to make me much less motivated the next day.
I decided, since I will have no problem finding eaters for the Apple Bars at home, that I would do something else for the staff snack.
A cake mix!
Thomas voted to make them the Chocolate Marble Angel Food cake, since he likes lemon cake better and those were the choices.
I decided to make it in a 9 X 13 inch pan, instead of the tube pan, which is a perfectly legitimate option on the cake mix box.
My cake pan, though, had a run in with a stamp collector many years ago, and being used to soak the paper off stamps caused some rust to develop.
This wasn't a huge problem until quite recently as, since the stamping incident, a lovely black self-Teflon type coating had been nurtured, effectively covering the rust while at the same time rendering the pan virtually non-stick.
A couple of years ago, though, I sent out some baking in the pan, and the pan came back scrubbed clean. I was impressed at the vigor and energy that would have been required to remove probably 15 years of baked on coating... but the pan, once again, has rust.
When I use the pan, I just cover it in foil.
This is usually a perfect solution- no clean up, easy access to squares and cakes- just lift out the foil!
When I went to put the Angel Food cake in the pan, I naturally covered the pan in foil.
Apparently this doesn't work so well with Angel Food cakes than need to be inverted...(on 4 tins the same size...)
I went to turn the cake over, and the foil promptly fell out of the cake pan.
The cake is cooling, as it rests on a cookie rack... I haven't checked yet to see how much it has fallen, and if it will be good enough to ice and take over for snack.
Or if I should take it over, even if it looks really bad... (they very likely need a reality check to the tune of "Lauralea is a good baker, but even good bakers have off days"...)
Or if I should just make some muffins or something...
At this moment I'm leaning toward muffins, as I have bananas that need to be baked up, and there are blueberries in the freezer, and I haven't had any bran muffins for awhile...
Because if I make muffins... and there's still time to do that successfully... I would make probably 3 varieties, and send half of them over, leaving half for breakfast for the next couple of days...
And, I've decided that one of the reasons I do this... the blog thing, I mean... is because it gives me a place to talk out the things I'm thinking of, and this is a good thing.
Otherwise, I'd just be the crazy lady at number 1149 that talks to herself all day...