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Musical measles 
7th-Sep-2014 04:09 pm
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It was Bread Day today, and we got an angel food cake! I was totally excited to have it for dessert tonight, and then I thought, "You know what goes really well with angel food cake? Chocolate fondue." And Athena remembered an angel food cake we had once that had a strawberry-flavored glaze. Well, we're planning to do our grocery shopping tomorrow...actually we probably would have put it off as long as we could, but now that we have an angel food cake waiting for some kind of condiment, we're planning to go tomorrow (if work goes well; we have a sudden rush-ish job due Wednesday, and we're going to a convention on Wednesday).

But first! we thought this might be a good opportunity to brave some new flavor frontiers, so my question to you(?) is: got any good ideas for angel food cake toppings? (Keeping in mind real fruit does not count as real dessert in our world. Also, there is no guarantee we'll actually try it anyway, so you're welcome to recommend real fruit (or anything else) anyway. We will always reserve the right to stick with the original chocolate fondue option, because chocolate.)

Also, today Primary was pretty hilarious. The chorister was gone because her husband surprised her with a weekend getaway, so Athena was asked to substitute. Fortunately, the chorister already had a Singing Time plan, and all Athena had to do was follow it. So this week the Primary contracted a malady(?) called "musical measles." All the teachers had stickers, and when the kids sang really nice and loud, they got spots (in this case, happy faces or stars) on their faces. The oldest girls even got spots on their arms.

It was a bit of a difficult concept for me, because if musical measles is a disease, it seems like it would be pretty undesirable, but the idea was that the kids would want to come down with it. And of course, the idea worked, with some awesome results. One of the younger girls was so excited to get stickers spots on her face that she sang loud and proud...even though she had no idea what the lyrics were. It's a good thing I've been practicing all the songs, or it would have been hard to keep playing through my suppressed laughter.

As for the disease aspect, one of the older girls (who also asked for extra stickers when Primary was older) came up to me afterward and complained about the itchiness. I told her not to scratch or she'd get scars (that's the "scary threat" that prevented me from scratching my chicken pox when I was five).

Of course, to introduce the disease, Athena realized the most appropriate thing to do would be to come down with it herself, so she was putting stickers on her face during Sharing Time. One of the girls in her Primary class noticed (usually Athena sits with her class, but today she was sitting at the front of the room where the chorister usually sits) and tried to catch her attention so she could make a "what the heck?" gesture. Athena replied (with gestures) as if she had no idea what the girl was referring to. There was another little girl who didn't need to ask because she was watching us instead of paying attention to the Sharing Time lesson...and making faces at me. I probably shouldn't have encouraged her.

When Primary was over, we made our way over to the kitchen to see what the bread selection was like, and we ran into a boy who only just recently graduated from Primary, so we still have some interaction with him. He saw the stickers on our faces and shook his head with an exasperated sigh, as if to say, "Those wayward kids never listen to a thing I say." It was hilarious.

Today I'm thankful for having an angel food cake to eat with something delicious, hilarious Primary Singing Times, getting to listen to our Koe no Ouji-sama version of It's A Small World, Page coming out of hiding to hang out with us, and not having to get out of bed before eight tomorrow.
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8th-Sep-2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Chocolate is definitely the best answer for just about anything, unless it's chocolate with peanut butter (which is even better). If you wanted something else to switch it up, a fruit sauce (or jam) might be nice. I like strawberry and raspberry sauces myself. But peaches are in season so you could try that too!

If you're feeling adventurous enough to buy Real Fruit and make your own sauce, it's super easy: I just had some plums from the farmer's market that I had to use up because they'd gotten cuts, but they weren't ripe enough to eat, so I cut them up and put 'em in a pan with cinnamon (which I learned tastes really nice with plum and peach/nectarine) and a little water (enough so the pan wouldn't boil dry or burn the fruit) until they all cooked down, which didn't take long. Then I blended/mashed it up into sauce and added sugar to taste: since they weren't ripe, it was quite tart! It'd be basically the same method for any of the fruits I listed (cherries too, but I usually use tart cherries for cooking; not sure how sweet cherries taste when cooked and I don't know if grocery stores sell tart cherries except already processed into sauce).

I made pancakes and put syrup on one side, and plum sauce on the other, and it's nice to go back and forth between bites of sweet and sweet-tart :)
8th-Sep-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when we called our family yesterday and asked our sisters about it, they were like, "Why wouldn't you go with chocolate?" We thought it might be a good opportunity to expand our palates or something.

Real Fruit from the produce aisle is a bit too high of a hurdle for us right now, but we're willing to try frozen fruit if anything looks appealing enough. Thanks for the suggestions! We'll keep them in mind, but it's looking like the store will wait until tomorrow. My head is threatening to ache, so we decided the exertion isn't the best of ideas.
8th-Sep-2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Frozen fruit still counts :D I think raspberry is tastiest, but if you think the seeds would bother you as a texture thing, strawberry would be safer. I hope your head feels better soon!
8th-Sep-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
We tried real raspberries recently! As in, since we moved here. It was in April-ish? But when we ate them, all we could taste was sourness! Gaston tells us the flavor comes out if you sweeten it like crazy, and that blackberries are a lot sweeter, but boysenberries are the best of both worlds.
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