Archive for February, 2010
I got a call this week that was unexpected. It made me cry.
My best friend called to let me know that she was moving. Out of state. She’s moving because she has a job offer. Wisconsin isn’t that far away but it certainly isn’t a few minutes away either.
I’ve known Angel since 1st grade and we’ve been best friends since our freshman year of high school. That’s 35 years. We’ve always joked that we’ve been friends longer than most people have been married. One of our friends dubbed us Kangel because where one was you could always find the other.
We’ve been through a lot. She is my other sister. She was there for me when my dad died. She was my matron of honor when I got married. She let me cry on her shoulder while we tried for years to have a baby. Once Meeshie was born, she let me cry some more when we tried for 2 1/2 years using a fertility specialist, without success. We went away to school together in New Mexico. We went on vacation together to California. We’ve been to Daytona Beach together a ton of times.
We are Thelma and Louise. In the next few weeks I plan to post about some of our adventures.
She is my biggest cheerleader.
I don’t see her everyday like when we were kids, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love her any less.
Our lives maybe be busier now and there are more obligations but I’ve always known that if needed we could get together in no time.
My husband said I know your sad, but Wisconsin isn’t that far, you can visit.
We met today for a few hours to talk. It was the last time before she moves. She has a lot of things to due in the next week or two. We’ve already planned a tentative girls weekend when things are settled.
2 C flour
2 C sugar
¼ t salt
1 C butter
4 T coca, heaping
1 C boiling water
½ C buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt.
In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the cocoa. Add the boiling water. Allow the mixture to boil for 30 seconds, and then turn off the heat. Pour this over the flour mixture and stir slightly to cool. In another bowl pour the buttermilk; add the eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Stir this into the flour mixture. Pour into a jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes.
Then I made the frosting recipe that was given to me by the great lady that had made the pops before.
1/3 C white Crisco shortening, softened
1/3 C butter, softened
4-6 T of heavy whipping cream, unwhipped (I actually used half-n-half)
A pinch of salt
1 ½ t vanilla extract
2 ½ C confectioner’s sugar, sifted
In a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed beat together the shortening and butter with the cream, salt and vanilla until smooth (about 3 minutes). Add the confectioner’s sugar, beat well until smooth and fluffy. You can add more confectioner’s sugar and cream to achieve the desired consistency but for this use it was just how I wanted it.
Remember that I did this in stages over a few days so obviously the cake was cool when I crumpled it up and added about half of the frosting to it. I added enough to get a good consistency to pack the balls.
I put the balls on a cookie sheet and stuck the lollipop sticks in them and set them in the fridge.
The next day I melted the almond bark a little at a time, dipped the pops in it and added the heart sprinkles.
Remember to keep the pops cool, they are easier to dip that way.