My Peanut is home. She is acting like herself and playing with her big brother and sitting in her beloved exersaucer. She lost 4 oz of weight while she was sick, so we are now on “Operation Calories”. Last night’s dinner consisted of liquid vitamins whirred up in a chocolate ovaltine, Justin’s chocolate almond butter, Trader Joe’s ultra premium chocolate ice cream, and organic half and half milkshake. Funnily enough, she didn’t hate it! She actually thought it was pretty stellar. She tried to eat the straw and spoon.
It’s kind of a dream, isn’t it? To need to GAIN weight in a hurry? I think I would be drinking a lot of wine, eating a lot of potato chip and pimento cheese sandwiches, (I told you, I come from hillbilly stock. IT’S DELICIOUS!!) and eating a LOT of pie. A LOT of pie. I don’t like soda, but I love skim lattes, I’d have 3 a day. I don’t think the Peanut is quite ready for a Starbucks Latte in her sippy cup.
By the way, if you ever wonder why Americans are so fat, look at what is available in hospital cafeterias. NOTHING other than salad was healthy, and even that was wrought with nutritional landmines. Sugary craisins, glazed nuts, giant croutons, mayonnaise based dressings, fried chicken breast. Doctors, nurses, techs, and patients were all eating this crap. There is nothing good I can say about it. I suppose it does keep their beds full, though. It seriously looked like the Klumps from “Nutty Professor” designed the menu.
I was happy to note that the surgeon who botched my gastric bypass has been axed. I have oft worried that he was just botching more and more surgeries after mine, but apparently, he was sent back to Poland. Sorry, Poland. Maybe just use him as the basis of the jokes from here on out. “So there was this gastroenterologist, a priest, and blonde on an island…” You can see where this is going.
The ONLY people that should be eating like that are the ones needing to gain weight, so skinny people and professional boxers, I’ve got a good dining room for you.
In the spirit of celebration and of putting weight on the peanut, I baked the peanut a cake!!! I decided against hospital food.
Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake
Chocolate raspberry bundt cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Keywords: dessert cake
Ingredients (one cake)
- 7 oz dark chocolate
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 1/2 cup flour
for the frosting
- 3/4 cup raspberry preserves
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350F
melt together the chocolate and the butter in the microwave on high
stir in the sugar while the mixture is still hot
let cool slightly.
In a mixer on high, beat the eggs and salt until light and frothy
slowly pour in the chocolate mixture
slowly pour in the buttermilk
sift in the dry ingredients slowly.
pour into a buttered. floured, bundt pan and bake for approx 45 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
For the buttercream
whip together ingredients until well combined
spread on a well-cooled cake
Now we have a big day of doing a whole lot of playing, feeding the peanut, and fun stuff like laundry. Happy Saturday!!