Monday, September 17, 2012

I Leave The Baking To Gloria


Doesn’t that look delicious?  Some of you may have already seen it, here, over at Gloria's, blog.  You don’t know Gloria?  Wait…what?  Please, allow me to introduce you to her because she is one of the sweetest ladies in our blogging community.  She always has a kind word to say, no matter what the post, and she takes the time to keep on coming back to your blog to see what you’ve said to her.  Not many people do that.  Heck, I can't always do that!
Gloria lives in the countryside of Chile, about thirty miles from Santiago, where the trees are just now beginning to blossom.  Hard for me to wrap my head around as I feel our temperatures begin to drop here in the States.  
She is married and a mom to adopted twins, which touches me greatly because I’m also adopted, so for that, I say thank you, Gloria!  Her twins, Ditto and Esperanza, are eighteen and finishing school soon and both share a passion for music and go to as many concerts as they can.  Kids after my own heart!
Gloria (sorry for the tiny picture) enjoys reading and gardening but her true passion is cooking.  She comes up with new and creative recipes for her blog and she finds recipes from some of her favorite sites and shares them with us.  Not only does she share her recipes in Spanish, she translates them in to English too.  How amazing is that? 
 Which leads me to the beautiful picture above...
Looks yummy – almost like the one Gloria posted – almost.
That’s because it really started out looking like this on my cutting board.  I messed up somewhere…terribly.  The dough stuck to everything!
 I thought it could be salvaged by putting it into a pre-made piecrust but then when we cut into it, not so much. The conversation I did from “grs”, which I figured was grams and Gloria has kindly confirmed, I did incorrectly somehow.  Or maybe the cornstarch was bad?  Yeah, let’s blame the cornstarch!!
So, for great recipes, go see Gloria and avoid me at all costs…unless I share my secret recipe for Slum Gum Gooey….that kicks ass!
Gloria, I bow down to you for all things baking!  You are by far one of the sweetest and kindest people I have encountered on my blog.  I am so blessed to have met you through here.  I’m so sorry I managed to screw up your wonderful recipe but I’m not giving up yet…I’ll just avoid baking bread.  =)

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    1. It does, Ray - and hers tastes as good as it looks, mine...well, the flavoring was good, consistency, well, we won't talk about that.

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    1. Gloria is a sweetie pie! (see what I did there? Pie...)

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  3. Jesus Christ, look who got here ahead of me. It's the bopsie twins!!

    You've done a wonderful job of introducing us to Gloria. I've visited her page, seen her recipes but didn't know she had adopted sons. As my son is adopted I admire her for taking on twins.

    Now onto your baking dear. Hhahahaha. You've got courage to admit to this I tell ya! I mean, you've told us all about your life, but this one thing, you could have hidden and you didn't. Bravo!!!

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    1. not two sons, Annzie Dear Lord, Esperanza is a girl! :) Or at least methinks so....

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    2. They guys beat you here, Anne LOL

      Her recipes are always so yummy! Next time, I'll try something I don't have to make any bread from scratch. I'll leave the baking to Devin, he enjoys it and he's good at it.

      Peanut and I were making this together and when the dough turned out so sticky we started cracking up with laughter. It was to much fun! I just had to share it...so embarrassing LOL

      Yep, Dezz is correct. Gloria has a boy and a girl.

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    3. I didn't say she had twin boys you eejits! I just said I had an adopted son. I know twins don't have to be same sex. The Hubby's brother has twins and one is a girl the other a boy.

      You should have seen my first efforts at making a pie crust, it was horrid. I should have thrown it out, but I persisted, put the cherries in and baked it. It looked like a stream of molten lava. Making pastry is really hard to get the hang of.

      I like it when you do humor!!

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    4. I know "I've made it" when Anne calls me an eejit =P *smooches*

      LOL - I feel better knowing I'm not alone in cooking disasters because you always make me jealous talking about the yummy treats you're making in your kitchen and I think, dang, I need to run out and BUY those treats in order to get them.

      I like to lighten it up around here every so often...at least once in a blue moon!

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    5. pffft, Annzilla, you said "adopted sons" in plural :)

      I know how to make doughs only without the yeast :( Somebody needs to teach me how to manipulate with active yeast.

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    6. Twas merely a typo darling. Manipulating with active yeast causes a pleasant rising. You'll need the right person to help you with that one!

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    7. LOL - here I was getting ready to talk about baking with yeast and then I read Anne's comment and my mind went straight into the gutter. =P

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  4. Gloria sounds awesome and her cooking looks incredible too, from Anne's comment about adopting she sounds like an incredible human being as well, thanks for introducing her and her wonderful music to us too.

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    1. I wish I could cook and bake like Gloria does! Being adopted myself, I always appreciate hearing when someone else has adopted their kids.

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  5. I made dough when I made cookies, and it's so damn sticky and gooey. It's awesome though :D Plus I was able to salvage the cookies and they turned out to be delicious. Gloria sounds like a really wonderful person too :)

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    1. Hmm, maybe it was supposed to be that sticky? I don't think so though, I couldn't form it into a mini tart at all. At least you were able to save your cookies and they were yummy. My zucchini was delicious but runny...

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  6. Wow that looks awesome. I love to cook also and find so many good recipes on pinerest but I will have to visit Gloria's sight also.

    Love,
    Meemaw

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    1. Meemaw!!!!

      I have avoided Pintrest so far because it's another thing I'd have to check on and it'd keep me away from writing my book, which I have been slacking on terribly! You'll love Gloria's blog =)

      xoxoxo

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  7. Wow that looks awesome. I love to cook also and find so many good recipes on pinerest but I will have to visit Gloria's sight also.

    Love,
    Meemaw

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  8. She comments to me now too. That's pretty cool, I was adopted so for her to do that is a very big gesture of her heart. She makes good looking food too, ughhh, I'm starving, it's time for breakfast. xo

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    1. Another fellow adoptee, how cool, Bama! I'm glad she's commenting on you too. I know, looking at this already has me hungry...time to scrounge for food here too LOL

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  9. I hope you didn't bake the batter covered hand in the end, Elsie :))))and serve it for dinner :)

    We do love Gloria and call her Gloria Dear, I'm deeply amazed and touched and delighted that she has adopted twins, such a lovely person!

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    1. I thought about baking that hand, but, it's Peanut's. =PP

      Gloria is such a kind-hearted soul. She always, always has something uplifting to say. I was surprised to learn she adopted twins too. I love it! Being adopted myself, that holds a special place in my heart.

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    2. we do love baked peanuts LOL

      Yep, and she revealed to us that she has twins only recently....

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    3. I tell you twins are a handful. My niece had twin boys last year and the poor child gets no rest at all. She now has four children and her husband has a vasectomy!

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    4. awww, my poor Peanut LOL

      I could never handle twins. My boys are 17 months apart and that was close enough in age for me. Your niece has her hands full! Good thing her husband got snipped.

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    5. yep, raising twins and triplets needs the work of a whole family and they all need to work in shifts! And imagine the financial side of it. One thing is sure, I ain't letting anyone impregnate me LOL

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    6. Twins would have been the death of me. I didn't adopt my son until he was 8. Toddlers at the same time-no way!!

      Darling you'll have to donate a sample as you'd make lovely babies!

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    7. we don't have sperm banks in Serbia, Annzie :)
      If I had enough money and my own home, I'd probably adopt some kids, but I'd go for those whom nobody wants - the older ones, the little gipsies and something like that. Most people who adopt want a healthy, white, little baby, I don't have such prejudices.

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    8. Anne - that means you faced some challenges yourself when you adopted your son. Having an eight year old is difficult enough without having to teach them how to adapt to a new family. Kudos to you!!!

      Dezz- the cost would be outrageous. I struggled as it was and we had it timed (by luck only) that the boys would be done with formula by a certain age, diapers at a certain age...whew, all that times two!!

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  10. Cornstarch is the very devil itself. Your doughy hand would make a great Halloween scare photo!

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    1. I do zero baking so I totally blame the cornstarch! I can cook up a storm, but baking - not so much. Hmm, not a bad idea. Change my avi from the beach to a doughy hand for October LOL

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  11. A gardener AND a cook? I think I just found a new friend. I grow all of my own fruits and vegetables, but I'm not a hippie. It's a weird paradox that's hard to explain to people.

    And yes, cornstarch IS the devil. I hate any time I have to use it. Bleh.

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    1. I remember reading you grow your fruits and veggies, which I think is awesome. I wish I could do that here but my dogs would destroy it or the wildlife from the woods across the street would get to it. I don't think you're a hippie at all.

      Congrats on your book, BTW!! I'm enjoying reading it.

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  12. Of course, I have been enjoying Gloria's blog dear ~

    And the trick to the dough is the right amount of water to the dry ingredients. I don't have time now to bake but everytime I see her yummy recipes, I am sorely tempted pull out my rolling pin ~

    Great post Elsie ~

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    1. I wonder if I had added more water, if that would have helped? I'm still sticking to blaming on the cornstarch, it was pretty old...so, um, yeah...I'll blame that =)

      I bet you miss baking. When I cook a big meal, yes, I can cook and I enjoy it - I can get lost it sometimes. It's relaxing and rewarding.

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  13. You did better than I would have. I do make bread, but I use a machine -- just pour everything in and hit "go". And the only time my cooking tastes good is when I use a crock pot. I seemed to only be able to cook when it involves dumping everything in an appliance and leaving the room. :)

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    1. Well, here's my next confession - try not to laugh to loudly - I just made bread a couple of weeks ago and that flopped too. Hey, I said don't laugh to loudly =P

      I used yeast that was expired only I didn't realize it at the time. This was my second baking failure so the next time I have a baking fancy, I'm buying all fresh ingredients LOL

      My crock pot is my best friend!!! I have so many recipes from when I was working full time, I love that bad boy. Appliances = good =)

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  14. I took a quick skim over hr blog and started drooling.. I applaud you for taking on such a recipe! I wouldn't dare. Not that one.

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    1. Her blog will do that, D4. It will leave you drooling and starving..and wishing she lived next door ha ha ha

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  15. Oh dear oh dear
    You have struck fear
    To my little rhyming rear
    Far and near
    With oh dear oh dear
    I may shed a tear
    Oh dear oh dear
    Maybe I'll grab a beer
    Oh dear oh dear
    Did I make her peer
    Oh dear oh dear
    But oh dear was kicked into gear
    By old one eye
    So she brought forth the oh dear cry hahaha

    Yep Gloria is always around and plenty of cooking comes due at her grounds, much the cat and Pat can't eat, but it does look like a treat.

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    1. I feel like I just read a Dr. Suess book ha ha ha

      I hate that you can't eat so many things. The recipe here you couldn't eat either =(

      Maybe I'll share my Slum Gum Gooey - that you can eat for sure!!!!

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    2. haha oh dear I got a pffft too
      Oh dear what will I do
      Oh dear oh dear
      I give oh dear a cheer
      And yep can't eat much at all
      If I ever want to get rid of this nonsense pain in the rump crap at my hall

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    3. Slum Gum Gooey-Cat, that sounds like the title of a new childrens book.

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    4. Don't tell him that, Anne - he'll probably steal it!!!

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    5. Make him pay you royalties for it! Quick-copyright it!

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    6. Officially copyrighted!!! Good thinking, Anne =)

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  16. And now I'm hungry! That looks like some killer food! Nom nom!!

    *Note to self...computer screens can't be eaten*

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    1. Take the monitor out of your mouth - there ya go... ha ha ha

      I have to read her blog either after I've eaten or while I'm eating because she always makes hungry. It's a good thing you can't get fat from looking at food, or I'd be in big trouble!

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  17. Thanks dear Elsie thanks for all I afmite uou and Im honored ne your friend: I love too this hand with all this dough lol
    i cant comment answer cause Im on the beach util tomorrow and only have my phone to comment
    thanks Elsie xo

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    1. You are so very welcome, Gloria. I enjoyed learning more about you while I worked on this post. Enjoy your time at the beach - we'll be here when you get back...you can't get rid of us that easily. =)

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    2. Oh dear my only problem was I dont have internet in the morning but now and the afternoon yes, and before to finish here I wanna stopping by to thanks to you Elsie. You are so nice.
      I was finish a new post now I hope to come back tomorrow. xo

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    3. I really did have fun with this, Gloria. You deserve all the accolades on here. You are always so sweet and kind - making me smile!

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  18. She sounds like a wonderful lady so I am going to pop over and say hi and tell her you sent me..........

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    1. I hope you enjoy her blog, Jo-Anne. Today she had a recipe my son was looking for before he left for college.

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    1. Thank you again, Troll Patrol. I awoke this morning to nice, clean, pristine, troll-free blog, all thanks to you and your company. I'll happily fill out the survey and give you all gold stars and even write a recommendation for Guido.

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  20. YUMMY, I too find it very difficult to do the recipes that others post so kudos for effort Elsie and I loved your intro to Gloria :]

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    1. I am going to try again one of these days...but I'm kinda scared of the whole bread thing now. LOL Gloria is one sweet lady, indeed.

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  21. Dear elsie you can choose a simple recipe and try all we hsve to learn when Esperanza begin to cook I have be patience and now she really enjoy cooking:)
    Things are simple and delicious

    pizza.
    Breads
    cakes
    muffins
    pears with chocolate
    (one of my favorite dessert and is so easy)
    All you cand find in my labels and any question tell me please:) xo

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  22. I am going to look up the pears with chocolate, Gloria - that sounds to darn yummy! Plus, Devin loves pears and they are almost out of season and will be expensive soon.

    My daughter cooks with me too. I wanted her to learn because I was self taught and it didn't go well the first time I cooked a chicken. I should share that story.

    I could do some muffins, those blueberry muffins you had the other day looked so good!!

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  23. Nice post. Good to see bloggers supporting one another.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I rather do dedication posts than awards any day =)

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