This morning I woke up to snow falling quickly down on the ground and snowplows making a ton of noise. Blandford was beautiful and fluffy from the trees right down to the shrubs and grass. We only got about 4 inches, which I was happy about because I had a doctor’s appointment this morning at 10:00 and anymore would have made the roads pretty bad. The amount we received gave me no troubles whatsoever as I made my way down the mountain and I got there on time. The issue at hand was the new development of a cyst and so far the doctor is fairly certain that it is benign but we are going to review it in six weeks from now. I know, intellectually, that it is probably nothing but as with anything, there is always a nagging voice in the back of my mind but I do everything I can to ignore it. Anyway there is nothing to do until six weeks from now and so by tomorrow I will have other things on my mind so I’ll be fine.
My hubby asked me to make something that we had picked up during our travels; a coconut Madeleine cake mix made by the Barefoot Contessa, so this afternoon I made the coconut Madeleines and the Barefoot Contessa did not disappoint at all. They came out beautifully and taste really good, I don’t even like coconut and I liked these a lot.
I haven’t used a cake mix in a long time because I enjoy baking from scratch. I do it for two reasons; one, I control what actually goes in the cake and two, I have more fun doing it that way. I know that even though the results were excellent, I won’t make buying the Barefoot Contessa product line a habit. I can easily make Madeleines from scratch; I have in the past. I do remember my hubby saying that my Madeleine’s weren’t as light and spongey as they should be, but I don’t mind his critiques, because all that means for me is that I need to go back to the drawing board and for someone who loves baking that is never a bad thing. Honestly though, I really recommend the Barefoot Contessa’s product line; her directions are clear and easy and the end result is delicious.