29 Nov
Is there a sign on my head today that says, "Everyone, pick on me"?!  Actually, it’s not people that are giving me a hard time, but circumstances.  My computer is giving me weird data, I have to jump through hoops to order contact lenses, and I have to re-do a report that I finished last week.  The world just seems to be conspiring against me today. 
I’m planning to go home and bake the Christmas fruitcakes, but now I’m scared that something will go wrong with them, too, and I definitely don’t want that to happen because the prep work is so crazy.  (It involves using scissors to cut the raisins, currants, and other fruit into microscopically small pieces.  This sounds crazy — and is crazy — but the resulting fruitcake is just soooo good!)  So wish me luck that I don’t mess this up, too…

5 Responses to “Augh!”

  1. Jen November 29, 2005 at 5:20 pm #

    I just have to say \’Hi\’. It\’s always so great to catch up with you and see how things are going. Enjoy, every minute of it.Missing you, as always.

  2. Kat November 30, 2005 at 6:34 am #

    I want to make a fruitcake for someone who loves them. I myself have never had a taste for them so I don\’t know what a good recipe would look like! Can you share yours? If you need my email it is *redacted* – I would really appreciate the help. Hope your day gets better! – Kat

  3. Fawn November 30, 2005 at 9:02 am #

    Oh my, Kat, you have no idea what you\’re getting into if you use the Murray family recipe! Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha! (Just kidding – you don\’t absolutely have to cut up all the raisins unless you\’re a masochist.) I don\’t have the recipe electronically, but Michael does; anyway, as the true heir of the recipe, it should be his responsibility to share or not share. 😉 In the meantime, start gathering your supplies: wax paper, brown paper (a couple of grocery bags will do), and two springform pans of 8" and 9". Believe it or not the springform pans were the toughest thing for me to find, and I ended up compromising with two 8 3/4" ones. And it\’s really already getting late in the year for this, as fruitcakes need to be embalmed in alcohol and aged; Michael\’s mom had hers done about 3 weeks ago…

  4. Kat November 30, 2005 at 9:39 am #

    Oh dear, it sounds much more complicated than a cheesecake! It’s for Aaron\’s dad, and my guess it won\’t be ready for his arrival on Friday…hmmm. Might have to mail it off to him then – Note to self get extra paper wrapping.Actually the spring form pans are easy, it the paper bags that might be difficult..I don\’t think we have those anymore..It’s always plastic. Don\’t think that will do well in the oven for three hours!I am an expert at cooking things in the oven for hours though! 🙂 Sounds like you did ok though…I\’ll tread precariously 🙂

  5. Marian November 30, 2005 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Fawn – and Kathleen! Anyone who makes the Murray family Christmas cake is crazy – but good crazy! I don\’t like any other fruit cake – mainly because of the big chunks of fruit. If you make this one Kathleen we might make a convert out of you!By the way, most grocery stores still have the paper bags – you just have to ask for them.Good luck.Marian

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