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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Un-Blizzard of 2015 and a Reddish Velvet Hot Mess

 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes You know how you think something's gonna turn out one way,
and it doesn't happen that way at all?

This post was supposed be about a red velvet Valentine's dessert. 
I'm already late, and now, thanks to my usual shenanigans of messing something up,
my Valentine's post will be later still.  
I was baking along, and everything was going beautifully.
I double and triple checked that I added the right amount of everything. 
But I couldn't figure out why the batter wasn't bright red - just red-ish.

I've made this recipe dozens of times, and this was a first.
What the WHAT???

I finally realized that I bought "special dark" cocoa powder by mistake. 
It turned the red batter back to brown.
 
Another fine hot baking mess I got myself into. 


 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I could have gone out and bought some more, but I just didn't feel like it.
My mindset was that today was a stay-in-the-house kind of day, 
because of the blizzard.

Yeah...about that.
Another thing that didn't turn out as planned. 

The Blizzard Wizards really screwed up this time.

 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes  "CRIPPLING  AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD TO IMPACT THE AREA,"
shouted The National Weather Service. 

"Prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before,"
advised New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio. 

"60 million people will be devastated by this storm," 
warned Al Roker. 

"Hooray! No School!!!!!,"
cheered Junior Goo Shoes.
 
 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


All day yesterday, the news was hyping the severity of the storm.
We were supposed to get between 24-36 inches.

All travel was banned into New York City.
Major highways were closed throughout NJ and NY.
School closures were announced 24 hours in advance.
Businesses sent out notices that they would not be opening.

Holy moly. 
This was gonna be the BIG one!
 
 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


By 1:00am this morning, when only a couple of inches had fallen,
I couldn't help but wonder...is this for real, or is it just a lot of 
50-mile-per-hour hot air from the weather forecasters? 
Could it really snow that much in the next few hours?

Mr. Goo Shoes got up early to start plowing the driveway,
and practically whooped with joy when he saw 
that only another 2 or inches had fallen, for a grand total of about 4 inches. 
Yuppers. That's all, folks.
The only reason it looks like there's a lot of snow 

is because we got six inches on Saturday...more than the day of the "blizzard."

 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The forecasters weren't totally wrong.
Other areas, like Montauk, NY and the Boston area got pounded.
It's just that they were so definitive about this one for our area,
and they couldn't have been more off-base.

Overall, I'm glad we didn't get all that snow.
It's only fun the first day, anyway.
I guess "Juno" was historic after all...

It will be remembered as the "Un-Blizzard of 2015."

 Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Too much cocoa powder...
Too little snow.

It's always something.