Fresh-Baked Thread

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Fresh new thread in which to frolic. I got nothin’. Except my husband has been on staycation and is making homemade gumbo and bread, so I got that going for me. What are you up to this evening?

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    kathy a. says:

    please tell me this is from cakewrecks.

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    kathy a. says:

    also, i could use some gumbo, but what i have is this roll of polento. any ideas?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    My husband is on staycation and is spending his day playing with his new iPad. At least he’s showering.

    (And I can’t begrudge him too much, because I got time off between Christmas and New Year’s while he was working overtime and weekends.)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @kathy a.:

    It’s tasty if you slice it and fry it in a little olive oil. Then you can put whatever you want on top of it — sliced italian sausage with peppers and onions is really good, but so is chili.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Sarah Palin Industries makes the best cakes.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mnemosyne: Second that technique! I like to sautée ‘shrooms, caramelize onions and toss some goat cheese on mine!

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    JPL says:

    @Mnemosyne: That’s a good list and I’d only add marinara sauce. A slice of mozzarella on top can’t hurt either.

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    cathyx says:

    Congration. What does that mean? You done it. What does that mean?

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    jeffreyw says:

    I’ve been playing with a Kindle 7″ HDX, sideloading Google apps and then taking them off because of all the error messages the play services module generated. I was fully intending to root it but there was an update that broke the latest rooting utility that loaded as soon as I started it up the first time. Oh, and pasta with meat sauce and mushrooms.

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    Mandalay says:

    Without comment, since words fail me….

    Dottie Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s wife of 37 years, maintains that her husband is innocent of the charges of child sex abuse that resulted in his imprisonment.

    “Do I believe him?’’ she told Matt Lauer. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

    She believes the victims’ financial gain was at play.

    “I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”

    Sandusky spoke with Lauer on TODAY in her first TV interview since her husband was convicted on 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse of young boys in June 2012. She was joined by filmmaker John Ziegler in her State College, Penn. home.

    Lauer asked Dottie if she believed her husband was guilty of inappropriate behavior with some of the young boys who have accused him.

    “I don’t believe that,’’ she said. “I believe he showered with kids. That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in….There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”…

    Sandusky said she did not block out the crimes in her mind.

    “No, because there was nothing that went on,’’ she said. “Because I was here. I will take you downstairs and let you see the basement. It is not a dungeon. It is not what those kids said. You can scream, and you can hear it up to the second floor.”

    One of the victims said that he screamed while being sexually abused by Sandusky in the house’s basement and Dottie never came to see what was going on. She pointed out the small size of the house, and told Lauer she never heard anyone “because he didn’t scream.”

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    MomSense says:

    Work was hellish again today. Came home to a bunch of boys who spent spring break/snow day eating and playing video games as evidenced by the kitchen full of dishes and the general mess in the family room.

    Not worth arguing about because they are conscientious 87% of the time and the smiles tell me that humans and pets had a happy day. I decided to order take out Chinese food and movies. You just never know how many days you will get to hang out with your favorite people especially as they get older and have busy lives and lots of friends.

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    ThresherK says:

    That’s one we can’t blame on the Autocorrect Kakeriter. (Of course, an Autocorrect Kakeriter sounds like an abomination out of Idiocracy, but don’t worry–I’m sure someone’s designing it somewhere.)

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    cathyx says:

    @Mandalay: You have to have that kind of personality to be married to someone like Sandusky all those years.

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    Josie says:

    @MomSense: I love the way you relate to your boys. They will always find time for you. I treated mine the same way and they still do, even though they are grown and married.

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    TooManyJens says:

    I want a staycation SO BADLY. Instead I’ve used up a ton of vacation time on a trip I didn’t really want to go on and various snow days at my kid’s school. I just want to take some time off that’s for me.

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    Librarian says:

    Congration? Wasn’t he a Russian general in the Napoleonic Wars?

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    kindness says:

    Why is there no spellcheck on cake decorating?

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    Rook says:

    Why, I’m doing laundry! And arguing with my girlfriend via facebook!

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    BGinCHI says:

    @kindness: Only on the iCake.

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    Imma gonna be wonderin what in the heck Ezra’s doing with his hiring practices.
    From the Dana Houle on the twitters: “Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy provides “ideological diversity.” LOLz

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    MomSense says:


    So happy to hear that you are close to your boys! IIRC, one of your boys is a musician, too.

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    Chyron HR says:


    They really proove the justice of our culture.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @kindness: Grammar check too. You know that a cake decorator would be into an auto-generated green squiggly line under “You done it.”

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    @kindness: or tattoos? Let’s build an app.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Hey, is this from one of those poor persecuted Christian cake-makers?

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    Josie says:

    @MomSense: What a good memory you have. Yes, one is a musician, one is an attorney and one is a truck driver, recently turned landscaping supervisor. When does your musician start in his new school? I know he must be really excited about it.

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    KS in MA says:

    @Librarian: Ha!

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    MomSense says:


    I just want to take some time off that’s for me.

    I’ve been really wanting to go on some sort of retreat or service vacation. I took a week of staycation–but staycations always turn into chores and errands. I think I have to go somewhere else.

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    RaflW says:

    Is that cake from Oklahoma?

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    BGinCHI says:

    @ranchandsyrup: That asshat is the only reason I can think of to be against immigration.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Cocktail hour!

    Sipping one, cooking up some pork chops, and catching up with my BJ pals.

    Just got HBO. And El Rey (Robert Rodriguez’s channel for young Latinos who like Grindhouse type fare) is in the channel lineup too.

    Happiness awaits. Didn’t see any of True Detective yet, look forward to it (even while the ‘net tells me the ending may have disappointed, whatever it be).

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    @BGinCHI: Glenn Beck’s publishing house is optioning “Fever Dreams of my Father”. Gary Sinise is attached to act and direct.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Arthur Chu’s reign of game theory ended last night on Jeopardy.

    Or so the intertubes tell me. Missed it.

    I didn’t care for his first string of appearances, but warmed up to him in the last two I saw. Voiceover actor. That’s cool.

    He was in trouble both of his final two victories, though. He was not answering the high dollar questions, although he was ruining his opponents’ chances of finding them first.

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    MomSense says:


    He is loving school. Thanks for asking! He got a scholarship that pays 1/2 of his tuition all four years so of course he used the first check to buy a new telecaster! This summer he is going to Berklee and to some festivals. He sat in and played some blues with a band a few months ago. I guess there was someone from the music industry there who is bringing him to some music festivals to meet people. I don’t know if it will turn into anything but at least he will get to hear some good musicians.

    I love hearing about siblings who have diverse careers and interests and those are very different pursuits although they all require creativity.

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    Elizabelle says:


    That’s so cool. Glad you have a night in with your favorite young guys.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    This is what happens when cake shops start laying off their copy editors.

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    LanceThruster says:

    I find Engrish endearing.

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    danielx says:

    Don’t recall how I ran across these guys….but any band that has the large stones to cover Otis Redding credibly (this isn’t an Otis cover)….is okay by me. Though Paul Janeway does sorta remind me of John Belushi with a neuro disorder, dude can sing some, now.

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Amir Khalid:


    And this could have made it past the LA Times, sad to say. As much as I like that paper.

    They recently reported an “airport door” had been sighted during the search for Malaysian 370.

    Do tell.

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    Josie says:

    @MomSense: Sounds like he is really doing well. I understand about buying the telecaster. My musician would rather buy something for the studio than new clothes or baubles or going out to party. The music is everything – right?

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    gogol's wife says:


    Fun fact: It’s pronounced bah-grah-tee-OHN, not ba-GRAY-shun. (I’m teaching War and Peace right now.)

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    As I always tell my husband unless we are actually away from the house I never actually get a vacation, because even if I have time off from work my day consists of cooking, dishes, laundry and housework. I work seven days a week, only the location changes. I have to admit that during the recent snow days that we had in Eastern NC I said “dammnit” and watched on demand shows all day because I could. Other than that I work. “such are the dreams of the everyday housewife”.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    This is the dumbest theory* I’ve come across so far about what happened to MH370. There’s no way to use some things without attracting attention, and a big airliner is one of those things.

    *Caution: Link goes to Slate.

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    Ian says:

    @gogol’s wife:
    Good to know. The maybe 2 times I had to say it out loud for a history report years ago I F*ed that up pretty royally. I got a sneaky suspicion that my European history teacher was saying most of the Russian/Eastern European names wrong.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @Mnemosyne: It becomes fried mush, a staple of my childhood.

    And when my husband insists on grits, I put what he doesn’t eat into a greased loaf pan, refrigerate it overnight, and slice it and fry it so I find it palatable. Call it vegetarian scrapple.

    So at least three ethnicities, one food.

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    Elizabelle says:

    “such are the dreams of the everyday housewife”.

    One of my favorite songs ever, by Glen Campbell.

    Some of the lyrics are dated now, but I never tire of the melody or that it reminds me of the late 1960s.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I can’t remember where you are, but there are a lot of knitting workshops and conventions these days — Stitches is the big one that travels all over the country, but Vogue Knitting and Interweave have been doing them, too.

    Plus no one ever wants to tag along, so you’re definitely going to get some solo time. ;-)

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    mai naem says:

    @danielx: Damn, that’s some pretty awesome music. Hope one of the front pagers put this up on one of the posts.

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    shelly says:

    even while the ‘net tells me the ending may have disappointed, whatever it be).

    Ehhhh, endings always disappoint somebody. People are still bitching about the Soprano’s Finale. And some folks complaining that the last episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ tied everything up a bit too neatly, if you believe it.

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    Scamp Dog says:

    @Amir Khalid: Yup. Stealing an airliner isn’t going work, because there are only so many of them out there, and you really need to be hooked up with Boeing’s parts network if you plan on flying it on even a semi-regular basis. Stealing something you can’t sell and can’t use, when stealing it attracts HUGE amounts of attention is kind of a super-villain Bond movie/comic book thing that doesn’t happen in real life.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Tailgunner Ted Cruz’s father sez that the drought in CA is caused by Agenda 21.

    Gee, and I thought it was caused by not getting enough rain. But what do I know; I just live here.

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    @Roger Moore: It’s all Agenda 21 these days. I put it on my PTO request and drew a pic of a blue helmeted soldier.

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    Schlemizel says:


    I always tried to forgive the little things because I knew I would miss them one day. I do. It was painful some days but there were too many good time I wish I could live again. I just hope I didn’t fuck them up too badly.

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    tybee says:


    i like it.

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    Fort Geek says:

    @LanceThruster: One of my favorites so far is the religion free DVD player. Really need them in my part of the South.

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    ruemara says:

    Getting over myself and my sense of impending doom to refocus on the minidocs I had planned for this year. Initial feedback is mostly positive, but my mom wonders why there’s not enough me screen time. Unfortunately, I’m camera, writer, interviewer, edito- you get my drift. But a debut for World Water Day looks like it’s a go. Plus I learned my car has a timing chain. And the [something] & the [frabjammeringus] are pristine. This means something. Good.

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    raven says:

    @danielx: I’ve posted them a few times in the last month. Maybe people will pay attention when you do. “Broken Bones and Pocket Change” is a killer.

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    raven says:

    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend federal long-term unemployment insurance for five months.

    The deal, which comes after months of negotiations, would be distributed retroactively to when the benefits expired at the end of December. The cost of the extension, around $10 billion, would be fully offset by an accounting trick known as “pension smoothing,” an extension of customs user fees through 2024, and an adjustment to payment procedures for single-employer pension plans.

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    tybee says:


    hah. listening to that now.

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    raven says:


    Everybody know
    catfish got no scales
    Everybody know
    Cotton comes in bales. . .

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    Fuzzy says:

    I took and passed my old age CA drivers written test today!!!! Who knew a white painted curb was for discharge of passengers or mail? So I can scratch 5 more years of driving off the bucket list.

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    Pogonip says:

    I am wasting time reading Balloon Juice.

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    jl says:

    @Pogonip: Congrations to you, then!

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    When I worked at my Uncles Pub they had an 8 track tape machine for the music in the pub. Glen Campbell played on a loop for hours. I know all of the words for all of the songs of his greatest hits album, Galveston, Housewife, By the Time I get to Phoenix, Witcheta Lineman, you name it. It has stuck with me for years, and to this day when I listen to any of those songs it transports me back to those happy times working in my Uncle’s pub. When I was young, and happy, and I had not a care in the world. So different from today, stuck in a sucky job, miserable, and fed up.

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    Picture time? Daughter dressed in her fairy costume out with her bestie on a walk and checking out the view.

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    shelly says:

    The hit movie “Frozen” has come under fire from conservative conspiracy theorists for having a secret “gay agenda.”

    However, Skaggs, Swanson, and Vaughn do not provide specific examples of lines, scenes, or even themes in the movie showing that ‘Frozen’ has a hidden homosexual agenda.

    Skaggs said the “gay messaging” is clearly indicated in the central character, Elsa’s, magical powers, which the blogger calls a metaphor for homosexuality.


    Lordy, Lordy, you almost feel sorry for these people…Almost.

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    tybee says:


    “don’t mean a thing | biscuits and jam” is pretty good, too.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Reading stuff about NFL draft prospects…

    It’s time to play everyone’s favorite game: athlete’s name, or abbreviated news headline?

    Round 1
    Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

    Round 2
    Boubacar Aw

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    JPL says:

    @Litlebritdiftrnt: I had several eight track in my station wagon and they all were done by Jim Henson.

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    raven says:

    @tybee: sho nuff

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    Librarian says:

    @Ian: I know. :^)

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Some airline pilots have begun to speculate that one of the flight crew might have intentionally caused the plane to disappear and flown off with it to an undisclosed location.

    Have they checked Galt’s Gulch yet?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Fried mush was one of my favourite things as a child. But I haven’t eaten it — heck, I’ve barely thought of it — for a good half century. Now I want some.

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    raven says:

    @Elizabelle: Bet you like Wives and Lovers by Jack Jones?

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    Pogonip says:

    @jl: Thank you. Couldn’t have done it without you.

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    shelly says:

    flight crew might have intentionally caused the plane to disappear and flown off with it to an undisclosed location.

    Isn’t that the beginning plot of ‘Shangri-La”?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: Now why did you have to go and mention “Wives and Lovers”?

    Dammit, that’s going to be an earworm for the next 48 hours at least.


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    jl says:


    ” Elsa’s, magical powers, which the blogger calls a metaphor for homosexuality. ”

    That is weak. And old. No one will notice, since the charge is both weak and old. Did they ever figure out what was gay about Tinky Winky, other than somewhat inaccurate speculation about the significance of a purple triangle antenna?

    The reactionaries should have gone for a win, and said that Frozen is really an allegory about the importance of women controlling their seemingly magical special sexytime powers, that can freeze a man’s bits! And how important it is for women to keep themselves strictly under control and hide any dangerous magick at all times.

    That would be nonsense, but would have gotten them into big fights with all sorts of people, and gotten more attention.

    But their line is even weaker now that it was for Teletubbies.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @gogol’s wife: I have a question then. There is a character in W&P who continually keeps getting promoted for valor and then demoted for seducing general’s wives, etc., and I have forgotten his name. Off the top of your head, do you know it? It is not something I would page through that book to find.

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    Kitteh is on my lap and I is on Balloon Juice.

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    raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Sounds like Burt Lancaster in Go Tell the Spartans.

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    Thursday Kittehs has a romantic or may be they are just going to start a fight.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @raven: I believe this one’s name ends in -sky.

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    Mike E says:

    Yay, Miss E finally visited my new apartment! She’s looking well if a bit skinny, but we’re from a long line of the “long and lean” so there’s that. School will be placed on hold next fall semester so she can catch her breath after a full year there; she’s job hunting and lining up an apartment of her own.

    I was advised to eat my offspring before driving age was attained, but, alas, I messed that part up.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @BGinCHI: Ha! You betcha!

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: That’ll narrow it down. Is there a chance his middle name ends -vich?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Scamp Dog: Stealing something you can’t sell and can’t use, when stealing it attracts HUGE amounts of attention is kind of a super-villain Bond movie/comic book thing that doesn’t happen in real life.

    Tell that to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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    shelly says:

    Another 20 degree day (hopefully the last) and windy as hell. Gonna head up to the warmer second floor and put on my flannel pj’s.

    Thankful for small favors, at least we didn’t get any snow

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    Jay C says:

    Noticed that a new season of “Hell’s Kitchen” starts tonight” fortunately, the diligent TiVo has already tagged it to record. It’s always fun to speculate on what level of idiot Gordon Ramsay is going to have to deal with this year….

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    @shelly: We did! Not much just a couple of inches.
    Yesterday was warmer, so I went for a walk around sunset.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, it sounds kind of like Dolokhov, except the person whose wife he seduces is Pierre Bezukhov, who isn’t a general. But I think Dolokhov got busted down again for the duel he fought with Pierre. First he got busted for tying a policeman to a bear and throwing him into a canal.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I notice they don’t discuss what would happen to the passengers. I think you’d have to kill them all for the plan to work. Of course, there are other things you could do with the plane, like using it for a short time to smuggle massive quantities of drugs. It still sounds like a dumb theory.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Have they checked Galt’s Gulch yet?

    Or asked Dick Cheney why he needed an airplane?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Fort Geek:


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @gogol’s wife: That’s the one. Thanks.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Or both. Keaton and Charlotte start out all sweet with the baths and the purring and it quickly devolves into biting and head-punching. I still haven’t figured out why.

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    @Roger Moore: If anyone would know it would be Roger Moore.

    Now has anyone seen Dr. Evil?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Basically, the theory is that “Let It Go” is a modern-day version of “I’m Coming Out,” or at least “I Will Survive,” which wasn’t planned as a GLBT anthem but was adopted as one.

    Because, you know, if GLBT people like something or feel it speaks to them on some level, we have to BURN IT! BURN IT WITH FIRE!

    Or, you know, just let people get what they want out of a piece of art. Whichever.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Same thing, innit?

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    gian says:


    there’s no proof that marriage was ever consummated. all the kids were adopted. given Jerry’s preference for raping male children, it would seem to be a marriage for something other than love to me.
    don’t know if she had a guy or gal on the side, or what, but I think those two had an understanding

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    gian says:


    I see it as we hate the female empowerment message in the Disney movie where the lead girl doesn’t get hitched to the lead boy who will take care of her

    well that and con artists who fundraise via outrage need outrage, real or bullshit, doesn’t matter

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