May 20th, 2009

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Star Trek and Lemon Sour Cherry Cake

It's nearly the end of Jet's school year and things are going nuts. Just lots of things to take care of before summer hits, and hopefully the pool will open and we can cool off. It's been in the 80's the last couple of days, should be back in the 60's again tomorrow. Colorado weather.

One of the things we're doing is seeing movies that Jet isn't interested in, and Star Trek was up this time. And the funniest thing kept reoccurring in my brain, which was This is just like a GREAT AU fanfilm of the original series!! Okay, I know that not everyone on this list reads fanfic; but this was like someone sat down one weekend with the DVDs of all of the original series, watched the WHOLE THING THROUGH TWICE, and then sat down to answer the question that ALL of us had when watching the original series: "Okay, what IF someone didn't obey the rules and went back to deliberately mess with the time line?" And they did it really, really *well*.

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So, in the rest of my life, I'll confess to the fact that I've never actually baked a cake from scratch before. I've used mixes, and while I've done quick breads, like banana, zucchini, etc. in spades, along with scones and muffins from scratch. I've just never done a cake from scratch before. It's always kind of just intimidating to read two sticks of butter and five eggs and wonder what in the world is going to happen if I mess this up? There's the additional problem of being at altitude. At 5000 feet, everything behaves a little differently than at sea level. Water boils cooler, so it goes away faster and baked goods dry out sooner. Leavening has less to push against, so everything rises a little higher.

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