Cooking is Just Okay

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I suppose I like cooking- sometimes. But it’s positively ruined for me when kids are around, and when are kids NOT around? Never. That’s when.

Honestly, another big problem is when I am chopping vegetables. Whenever I chop vegetables I envision myself lopping off a finger, and maiming myself does not = relaxation.

I have a few regular recipes I stick to, as do many other folks, and sometimes I venture into unknown territory. Yesterday I decided to try my hand at something called Pumpkin Dump Cake. And not even because the name of it was alluring and not at all repulsive sounding. I found the recipe on a blog called Cookies & Cups, it looked good, and stepdaughter wanted something of the pumpkin persuasion for birthday dessert.

When I gathered the ingredients, I realized I had a big old can of pumpkin pie filling, that I mistakenly bought because I am a total dick and can’t read. Then I found the pumpkin, and Fern helped me bake. It was delightfully tasty, and not overly pumpkiny, which would have caused me to hurl all over the table. Pumpkin pies, for instance, are the work of the devil.

For dinner we had meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas. The kids were all delighted to eat this, mostly because they told us it is the meal served every night on the Family Guy. It’s good, honest, nasty old-fashioned comfort food, it is.

In general, I prefer to snack on little bits of food all day, much like a disgusting hamster, so this sent me straight into a food coma, but all in all it was a fun cooking experience. The end.

And here’s my photo, because it’s nearly impossible for me not to take photos of food propped with toys.



  1. 10/17/2011 / 9:40 am

    Pumpkin pie is not evil. YOU ARE EVIL. Clearly.

  2. 10/17/2011 / 11:39 am

    What!? I challenge you to a duel immediately.

  3. 10/17/2011 / 12:43 pm

    I laughed out out at the hamster reference. I cook, but only if I'm in the mood so mostly my family has learned to fend for themselves. I do try to leave bowls of treats around (thus the hamster connection). Glad to have found you. 🙂

  4. 10/17/2011 / 2:38 pm

    Agreed. PUMPKIN PIE IS NOT EVIL. But I cannot spell pumpkin without a "g" (pumpKING because it is the KING of pies!).

  5. 10/18/2011 / 12:08 am

    Clearly I have a much more sophisticated palate than you people. Hmph.

  6. 10/18/2011 / 12:11 am

    Bowls of treats is a great idea for dinner! And I'm definitely trending toward the "fend for yourself" model of dinner.

  7. 10/18/2011 / 6:49 am

    That looks divine! And canned pumpkin pie filling is grosstastic. And that is not at all meant to imply it's part fantastic. It is not.

  8. 10/18/2011 / 8:31 am

    I love that you take pictures of toys on your food!

  9. 10/18/2011 / 8:52 am

    I wonder if my kids would hit me if I started replying with grosstastic to everything they say. Time to find out!

  10. 10/18/2011 / 1:58 pm

    Read? Meh. I'm glad that you aren't such a dick that you can't write. But, you are kind of a double dick if you think pumpkin pie is the devil. Hmm dick conundrum.

  11. 10/18/2011 / 4:08 pm

    Started dreadful diet today. Met friend at Mexican restaurant lunch. Friend ate nachos. I had a salad. Vendor brought me homemade cookies in the afternoon. Papa made homemade biscuits for dinner. And now I come over here and read about meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and pumpkin dump cake. The devil is stalking me.

    Your photo is too cute, and Fern is lucky to have you sharing your culinary talents…. I just hope you kept your fingers intact while she was around. 😉

  12. 10/19/2011 / 8:01 am

    tee hee… I used your line to my husband last night as I was trying to pull a dinner out of my wazoo while two of my kids were in hand to hand combat at my feet and another was whining for "freeeshhhh cheeeeze' whatever that is. Anyway… paraphrasing here… "I like to cook sometimes when my kids are not around, but they are ALWAYS around." I love that!

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