Saturday, April 14, 2012

Copper Man Run (or walk in my case)

There is this tumblr that makes may day. Its called Text From Dog and its iPhone conversations between a guy and his dog. It is pretty funny. I guarantee it will make you smile.(if it doesn't make you smile then you are a. heartless or b. not a fan of dogs or humor).

Today was the Copper Man race. It had sounded really fun online when they were talking about it.  We got to dress up as lumberjacks though. (I enjoyed that part the most. I got so many complements on the beard and outfit all together).

We were supposed to be "husband and wife"
 We got bags that had a cool beer mug, a t-shirt, a couple snacks and a cape. I wore mine as a bib, while others let their dog wear it.

When we got up to Copper Mountain we looked at the course and thought we would run through the trees first and continue on. We were wrong. The first part of the course you had to run up a hill, I'm talking a huge freaking hill. Imagine you went skiing or snowboarding and you dropped your glove or hat and it is your favorite glove or hat and you are done for the day. You can see your glove or hat a little ways up the slope you had just come down, so you decided to walk up the hill to get it. It was like that, but much steeper, maybe a little less hard since we did it in combat boots.
we had to run along the slide if you can tell where that is
Once you got up the hill you then slide down it on your ass.  (I got video of mom sliding down on her ass, but mom did not get me sliding down unfortunately...)

We then ran through a bamboo pole forest and crawled through a tube.

 Its not a very big bamboo forest, nor was the tube.

We didn't get any pictures that are usable of going in the tube, but people could ski over the tube as you can see.
After the tube we had a little ways with out any obstacles besides the slushy snow/ice of the trail. We then came around a corner and had to climb over hay.
Mom climbed over, I was lazy and didn't
After the hay was another area without obstacles until you get to the beach ball pit.
Which you got to run through and kick the balls and have fun. After that we had to go through a maze/ choose a side. I choose right and won the maze. Mom went the wrong way and then climbed under the fence. After that we had to run for a ways (or walk because my lungs hate me at 9500 feet above sea level). In the forest (the regular one) they had a bunch of string which you had to climb through.
There we are climbing through. Mom got stuck and fell down and hurt her hand a little bit with a few scrapes. I made it through unscathed besides the whole lung issue. After the ropes we then were headed to the finish line and the "giant pit of 'hot' chocolate". (It was neither giant nor hot, thus the quotation marks.)
Mom Crossing the pit
Me crossing the pit
After the pit of hot chocolate there was very little distance to the finish line.

All done with that insane idea. (It was a good idea to me, until I actually got there and started it).

P.S. Mom pointed out to me that I messed up on one thing and that I forget something. Apparently in my oxygen deprived state I mixed up where the maze was at, it was actually after the rope climbing through area. The thing I left out is that we were not in fact last. I think that is a great accomplishment on my part since I wanted to quit around the hay stacks. (We had three people that finished way after we did).
Another thing that I left out but Mom didn't point out to me is that I got hurt before the race even began.  You know those things that you lean your skis up against while you go inside to get some hot cocoa or just to pee? Well at Copper Mountain there are some of those inside in a hallway. I had seen them when we were walking to get a locker, but I got distracted by a guy in a penguin suit. I walked straight into one. Normal people might get away with hitting it at a fattier part of their body, but I'm short and clumsy. I hit it so hard that I felt like I was going to puke from the pain. I did not puke but I did get a nice bruise from it on my bicep/triceps area (upper arm near the shoulder). It actually made my whole arm go numb for awhile.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Cake

This week has been super crazy for me. I had a contract labor job on Thursday and made $80 for about seven hours of work so that was pretty awesome. My brother and his fiance drove in from Kansas City on Wednesday night and got here at about 2am on Thursday. Friday my marketing group had to film a commercial, it turned out better than I thought it would thanks to my brother, his fiance and his fiances sister, who helped us out. I'll post it after we present it to the class.

Since my brother and his fiance were here this weekend we of course had to have everyone over for a big family gathering. In addition to the typical people we also had my brother's fiance's dad here, it was cool to see him again, he's a pretty cool guy. We had a big dinner and celebrated Easter a day early. I made a dessert as usual. This time everybody loved it, normally my Uncle doesn't like cake or frosting, and typically won't eat dessert. He loves blueberries though, and so I was going through one of my many cookbooks I saw a recipe for a coffee cake that had blueberries in it. I instantly knew that he would love it if I put enough blueberries in it (which I did). My main complaint about this recipe is that it uses like five bowls.

I hadn't planned on doubling the recipe. I didn't realize until I had gotten ingredients out that this only made a 9 inch square pan, and we had like 10 people coming over, so I needed to make more than what I was planning. We had enough of everything except sour cream. I being a genius and what not looked up substitutions for sour cream. I choose the yogurt and baking soda combination, for a cup of yogurt you add a teaspoon of baking soda. Which apparently when you mix those two things together it doubles in size, like when you mix baking soda and vinegar, but much thicker.

My brother told me that this was the best dessert that I have ever made. (That he has tasted, because I made a pretty awesome one in plated desserts class that he didn't get to try)

This recipe is coming to you from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle.

Sour Cream-Blueberry Crumb Cake
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt (or a pinch)
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
1 cup sour cream ( or yogurt with 1 tsp of baking soda)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs

Instructions for the topping
In a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until the butter is absorbed and the dry ingredients are uniformly moistened. Set aside

Instructions for cake
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended.
In a medium bowl, toss the blueberries with 1 tbspof the flour mixture until the blueberries are coated; set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream and vanilla extract; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scrapping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. At low speed, beat in the flour mixture in three additions, alternating it with the sour cream in two additions. Using a rubber spatula, fold in blueberries. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the batter, breaking un any large lumps with your fingers.

Bake cake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Place the cake in the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely.

Cut the cake into squares and serve from the pan.

  I had doubled the whole recipe which includes the topping. Looking back it seems like a lot of crumb topping and I don't know if I should have doubled the crumb topping because it turned out to be like half topping and half cake. I don't know if that is how the dessert is supposed to be or not. The cake batter would break free of the topping while baking and it would bubble up like the picture shows. Overall a really good cake. It can be either a dessert or a breakfast food. But then again most desserts can be (or at least by my standards) but this one is a coffee cake so it can be better justified in the morning than a huge slice of red velvet with a bunch of cream cheese frosting.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Peaches and Cream

I have a filling that does not like to stay put.I was flossing my teeth like I'm supposed to last night, when all of a sudden one of my back molars really started to hurt. I knew this feeling from somewhere when I realized I somehow pulled the filling off with my floss. Since my dentist isn't open on weekends I have to wait until tomorrow morning at the earliest to find out when I can be seen to get it filled again. This is the second time that this filling as come off in about two months I think. Its been hard eating and drinking things. If it is cold it hurts even if it isn't on that side of my mouth. Even breathing hurts sometimes.
I made an awesome dessert today. It was peaches and cream cake? I don't really know what to call it besides peaches and cream.

Peaches and Cream Dessert
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 (4 oz) package cook and serve vanilla pudding mix

3 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

 1 (16 oz) can peaches, drained reserving 1/3 cup, chopped

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup reserved peach juice

Take some flour add vanilla cook and serve pudding mix and some baking powder. Mix those together add some melted butter, eggs and milk. Pour into a pan and sprinkle with peaches. Pour cream cheese mixture over top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold.