Tuesday, March 14, 2006

not too much to report

we painted the dining room last weekend and it looks good. we ended up going with the top color on that swatch, the lightest one. we are going to get wood blinds, so i'm going to wait until the blinds are up to post a picture.

still doing a few rows here and there on tank girl, mostly on the subway. that's about it for my craftiness.

tonight, i have to bake a cake for my bookclub meeting and potluck tomorrow evening. our food theme for this meeting is "eating on a budget" so everyone has to bring something that costs less than $5 to make. i'm going to bake a "wacky cake," which is a cake that traditionally has no eggs, butter, or milk, and is therefore unintendedly vegan. i believe the wacky cake was invented during WWI (and popular during the depression and WWII) to make do because supplies were scarce. the other thing of note about wacky cakes is that they are "dump cakes" -- you just dump all the ingredients into the baking pan, stir and bake. so that's perfect for me, since i hate washing dishes and baking. i got the recipe from trav's mom, but there are many wacky cake recipes on the internet.

if i can "afford" it, i will make a frosting recipe from How it All Vegan and frost the wacky cake. i have to calculate the cost -- i actually didn't have to buy any ingredients for the cake or the frosting, i had them all at home already. so i have a list of what i paid for the ingredients and now i have to do the math to figure out how much 2 cups of flour cost me, etc.

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Blogger michelleknits said...

hmm, I'm going to look up those wacky cakes. have fun at the bookclub/potluck!

Tue Mar 14, 11:43:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger bitterknitter said...

I like to figure out how much our meals cost to make. It makes it soo much more appealing to cook rather than eat out!

I can't wait to see the dining room.

Tue Mar 14, 01:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger mishka said...

what a great idea for a continuing dinner party! I say "dinner party" because my friends aren't really bookclub people :) Hmmm... I think I want to start a regular Eating on a Budget party! Of course, my friends aren't veg*n, either. *Sigh*

Thanks for the Wacky Cake idea - is it tasty?

Tue Mar 14, 04:31:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

i've never made it myself, but when my mother un-law makes it is is good. it's just generic chocolate cake, basically. nothing earth shattering. it tastes really good warmed up with some soy delicious scooped on top.

Tue Mar 14, 04:54:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous travis said...

the peanutbutter icing that my mom makes is what makes the cake. mmmm, icing.

Tue Mar 14, 10:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

update: i had enough money to make frosting. even buying all my ingredients from my local health food store/co-op, it cost me about $4.72 to make a 9x13 wacky cake and vanilla frosting. by far, the most expensive element in both the cake and the frosting was the sugar.

Wed Mar 15, 09:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

I can't wait to see what the newly painted room looks like!!!

Fri Mar 24, 01:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

pictures of the newly painted room coming soon, i promise.

Fri Mar 24, 08:46:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Stacey said...

I used to make wacky cake when I was a little girl (because now at 29 1/2, I'm all grown up) - it's super easy and it's good stuff.
My mother in-law found a recipe for something else called "war cake" which is a vegan cake with raisins and stuff in it - not as good.

Frosting sugar is super-expensive. I found it was cheaper to buy the box of organic frosting mix than to buy the sugar for it.

Sun Mar 26, 11:21:00 PM GMT-5  

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