On the Road Again…
For the last several months, I have basically been on the road. For some reason people think traveling is glamorous. Here are some examples of fun that I had in transit:
-Tires blowing out at 108 degrees in Kansas- resulting in extended stays at the McDonald’s Playland with a my 21 month old and lots of extremely load, annoying children.
-camper legs flying off
-tire wheels also flying off
-flat tires (tires seems to be a theme here)
One specific incident which, in retrospect, is slightly humorous:
We woke up early to a cold morning, and I had to hitch up the trailer and get on my way to pick someone up from the airport. After hooking up, I realized that TWO not ONE of my tires were almost flat. After barely making it to the gas station to fill them, I headed to the airport and finally made it to the convention center where I would be for the weekend. Remember- it was just me and my toddler (21 months but is already in the terrible twos).
After dragging my toddler around who weighs as much as a baby sea lion, I found a security guard hiding within the bowels of the convention center that could tell me where to park my camper. 20 minutes later, I was unhooked, and getting ready to peel out to teach some lessons. Right about then, the same security guard swings by and asks me to move the camper. I told him no freak’n way, and he peeled off in his golf cart.
I had one more thing to do- hide the key to the camper for my husband. I hopped out of the camper and began to test my recently cut spare key on the camper to make sure that it would work. As I was doing that- and of course, time slowed down at this very moment- I heard the scramble of little feet and hands and CLICK. The door was now locked and Reed, my toddler, was on the other side.
Instantly, he realized that he had locked me out, and the screeching began. Of course, everything was in there- my phone, my purse- and the key that worked.
I found a friend of mine close by and told him to call security and AAA. I tried to remain calm. The security guard, of course, was hiding again, so he was nowhere to be found, and AAA was not answering. I had to do something quick. I walked around the camper and saw a small- really small- window- opened next to the chair. I called to him and he actually came- a first- and proceeded to climb up the chair, and then starting climbing out the window feet first (breech) like a baby monkey. How he knew to come out feet first was beyond me. Needless to say, minus one little shoe, he came out intact.
No there was the problem of key retrieval. AAA finally did call back. The repair guy was on his way, but was currently in another COUNTY, and proceeded to tell me that he had never opened a camper before, so didn’t know if he could open it or not (great). I told him he probably just needed a pair of plyers and a can opener to get into my camper (don’t ever buy a Coleman Camper).
I didn’t have time for this- I went into the auditorium and asked if anyone had a:
1.Pair of Plyers or can opener- maybe even a credit card
2. Could break into things
3. I was opened to suggestions.
The guy from the saddle area asked- “How big is the window? I bet my 6 year old could fit in there.”
“If he can, I’ll pay him $5!”
Off we went to the trailer. Seconds later, the kid slithered in the window (he wanted the $5) and opened the door.
Just about then, AAA called- they were in the parking lot- happily, I told them a 6 year got ‘er done!
Of course, all of this stress made me pretty hungry. Here’s a recipe from the cookbook files:
Lemon Yogurt Cake
I love this cake- it so sooo good in the summer because the lemon is so refreshing!
1 cup of butter (the Pioneer Woman would love this)
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of plain lowfat yogurt (this is the only thing lowfat about this recipe!)
¾ cup of sliced almonds
½ cup of fresh lemon juice
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in 1 cup of the sugar. Add the eggs, one at t time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat in the lemon zest and vanilla.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Fold in 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and then fold in 1/3 of the yogurt. Repeat 2 more times with the remaining flour and yogurt.
- Fold in the almonds. Spoon the batter into a 9” bundt pan which has been greased and floured. Baked in the pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean.
Meanwhile, in a small non-aluminum saucepan, heat the remaining ½ cup of sugar and the lemon juice until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour the hot lemon syrup evenly over the cake while still in the pan. Let cool completely in the pan before unmolding. Can serve it with fruit or sauce!!!
The Hungry Horseman