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My time as Betty Draper

April 11, 2011

From this….

Comes this….

And this…


I could show you a picture of the cake I made but I it pales in comparison to the look on everyone’s face when we sang Happy Birthday to my dad and they gobbled up big slices of cake topped with homemade ice cream.   This blog is about living simply and the best way I can do that for my family is too cook for them, good food from scratch with as many local ingrediants as I can get my hand on.  They reward me with happy faces and full bellies.

My dad’s favorite cake is spice so I pulled out my Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1950’s and made their rich duchess spice cake.  Every time I cook from that cookbook I feel like Betty Draper in Mad Men:)  It was so delicious and dense – even my neices liked it!  The homemade ice cream was a recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook.  This is the first time the cookbook disappointed me – but honestly I have had a hard time with ice cream always.  Just look at this mess – there was ice cream base everywhere!


In addition to those delicious items I also made two loaves of No Knead Bread and Blueberry Muffins with muffins that came in this weeks farm share.  I spent the better part of Saturday in the kitchen and when Saturday night rolled around I was exhausted.  Some of my fatigue comes from the work that is involved with cooking everything from scratch.  Some of my fatigue comes from being “out of shape” with this lifestyle.  After spending Monday-Friday there is an adjustment to life in the kitchen.  An adjustment I expect to get easier as this adventure continues!



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