Friday, March 18, 2011

Apple Walnut Loaf Cake--Charcoaled

Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, sit down and let me tell you about my day.  As you all know, I've had a continuing saga of not being able to access my (once) main e-mail server.  This has gone on for over three weeks now and entailed more phone time than I care to think about.  Last night, I found I could not even access the internet.  I couldn't check my new gmail.  I couldn't check in on all of you before bed.  I couldn't take a last look at the Chicago Tribune before turning in.  I was beyond frustrated and, of course, made that phone call.  The first tier person said "you have a provisioning error".  Wow!  They'd get right on it and call back in an hour or tomorrow morning.  They didn't.  I called back this morning and was told it was being "worked on".  

While I waited, I decided to clean out my desk and bake a nice little loaf cake for dinner.  I measured and chopped and stirred and popped it into the oven.  Then, annoyed, I got back on the phone while continuing the desk cleanout.  The smoke alarm went off.  I knew there was no fire and reset it.  Five minutes later, it went off again.  The "service person" asked if there was a problem.  "Yes, my computer isn't working.  Don't worry about that alarm."  In between being transferred to different levels of service and back again, the alarm continued it's incessant wailing at five-minute intervals.  I juggled the phone to my ear and the broom handle to press the "reset" button quite well.  Then I was told that they would have the problem fixed by next Tuesday at 8 p.m.!!!!!  This is one of the largest internet providers in the country!!!!  

The smoke alarm went off again.  What IS WRONG?  This....


My lovely cake burned badly because I set the oven temperature to 450 instead of 350!   So much for multi-tasking.

As I lamented the charcoaled cake, my lack of internet service and the state of my not-nearly-cleaned-out desk, I passed the front door and saw....


...right next door!  I rushed out onto the porch and sweetly called out "are you fixing my internet problem?"!!  The young man on the ground looked a bit puzzled but asked what was wrong.  I tried to explain the last three weeks in a dozen words or less but failed.  He asked how many lights I saw on the modem.  While I was still scratching my head, he bounded up the front steps and said he'd take a look.  

My friends, he had the entire problem fixed (I hope) in less than five minutes!  I now have internet and can access my e-mail.

I would tell you what the problem was but it would not bode well for the image you have of me--intelligent, sophisticated, savvy.  Maybe I'll tell you some day.

If any of you want the charred Apple Walnut Loaf Cake recipe, let me know.

33 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful sense of humor, for sure! My image of you was, of course, all of those things PLUS baker extraordinaire. I'm not sure what to think now! :)

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  2. Wow, what a stroke of luck! And how sweet of him to come and fix the problem. Ours was the router. But one time, a year or so ago, ahem. I accidentally unplugged it while trying to get something...yeah.

    As for the cake, it sounds like a great combo. Just slather it in some ice cream and it will be good to go!

    Hope the weekend is better!

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  3. Well, I suggest you pour your savvy self a lovely glass of wine and check a few e-mails! After all, you did slyly get that gentleman to fix the problem! Happy Weekend:@)

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  4. No biggy - I have done all manner of things like this and we just shave off the black part and dig in! I have seen so many fabulous recipes here already!

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  5. I agree about the wine, girl, you need it after all of that! Now cut the burned crust off of the cake, then soak the cake with some simple syrup, wrap it in plastic wrap and it will be much better by tomorrow!

    Barb

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  6. It wasn't so long ago that I set my favorite spatula on fire in a similar situation! I am happy to hear that the internet is flowing again!

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  7. Too funny!!! Maybe your modem had gone out?? I cannot talk and boil water at the same time, so you are still way ahead of me. Take the outside off the cake and eat the inside, maybe dry but I bet it would be tasty! Maybe with some vanilla sauce? Also, the birds might enjoy it!! Or how about Oliver?

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  8. I'd probably cut some of the crust off of that cake and find something to do with the middle part... I hate throwing away yummy cake --even when it's a little charcoaled!!!! ha

    SO--the internet is fixed?? It wasn't the fault of your provider??? Sounds like from your comment that the problem was yours all along... WELL---I'm glad you are all fixed...

    Sorry about the cake.. It happens to ALL of is when we try to do too much at one time...

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Yeah, for the internet being fixed and boo for the burnt cake.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  10. I bet most of us have a story that would make you feel better about your internet problem. Like maybe a story where your husband accidentally unplugged something before leaving town..... So sorry about your cake.

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  12. Oh please whisper it in my ear, I wont tell anyone. I will not think any differently of you... I promise... So what was wrong? HUM?????

    My hubby ask me to marry him with a walnut (Will You Marry Me) was written on top. He took me to one our our favorite dinning establishment where he would take me on very special occasions... So when you say Walnut Cake... it takes me back, so YES... I would love that recipe. Did Ollie get to scoff that down since it was burned?

    I do hope your weekend will be Uneventful.

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  13. You are too funny! I don't even want to know what the problem was....I probably have had the same problem at some time or another. So glad that you got it fixed. Now, you can concentrate on your cooking! :D Carla

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  14. I've done that a time or two -- but never on purpose -- my kitchen is rather small and the dial is easy to move as you pass . . . . now, I always check AFTER I pass to make sure that it hasn't moved!!!!

    I'm glad you've got your internet fixed -- what did we ever do without it!!!!

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  15. I love stories that involve the kindness of strangers who stop, listen and help! Baking is a ritual that demands attention to detail and a calm mind, I can't blame you for being distracted and frustrated. I'm glad this three week saga has come to an end.

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  16. The cake still looks good to me! Hooray for internet internet getting back up!!

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  17. That's ok Bonnie, these things happen to everyone! I really enjoyed reading your post!

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  18. Don't beat yourself up, Bonnie. We ALL have days, sometimes weeks of this stuff.

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  19. I am trying really hard NOT to LOL. really hard. OOPS did not work, i am loling. i do hope it is fixed for good. might i guess you should unplug, reboot and push the reset button on the back or bottom? been there done that, but they told me over the phone about the reset button. he said did you push the reset button, i said don't think so where would i find it. cut off the top of that cake and eat it. i would. sorry i am loling again. about your comment on my post today
    what a fun job to have. our library was built in the 70’s and they are thinking of selling or tearing it down and rebuilding. on going battle. it is on prime, very prime water front property. I am fighting for them to keep it. the problem that started it all, is the AC unit is old and it requires closing the library for up to 6 months since it requires moving all the books into storage and tearing out walls. I love it where it is and so do the 1 million people who went through it last year. it has character and the view and the trees make it a wonderful place to go. we have 4 branches in the county but the main one is this one. they put all new carpet and painted a year ago. our mayor is the problem, there is some developer that wants the property and all he sees is dollar signs. OOPS got on my library soap box.
    one man in the meeting said there is no LAW saying we have to HAVE a library.... my word

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  20. ROTFLOL! Oh, Bonnie! I love this story! LOL! I don't love that you were having such a hard time, but I do appreciate your sense of humor in telling the tale to us! What a stroke of luck for the cable guy to be there AND to be willing to bound up the steps and FIX the problem! Sorry about the charcoaled cake. I think if you just scrape that outside layer off, it will be delicious!

    Still chuckling... tanna

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  21. old main street and old bradenton is on the waterfront, the new city hall and police dept is next door to the library, he is on the board and has a lot of rich friends, they are the ones that want the property sold because it will bring tons of tax money into the city pockets, waterfront taxes are killer here and and the library is tax exempt. they want to move it so they can receive the taxes.

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  22. Don't worry about your image.....I love this post! Life can just be so crazy. I have my son fix my computer problems because I am totally clueless!

    Have a great Saturday!

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  23. Ummm, well I was always told rather than making an ugly face at food I may not like, I'm just to smile and say 'no thank you!' so I'm smiling and 'No thank you!'

    But the recipe title sounds wonderful :)
    I am so glad you have your problems fixed...I really am! How frustrating to be without our technology, isn't it?

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  24. What a fantastic post! Everything you described...I have lived. Sometimes, I wonder why I just don't quit this computer thing; really get frustrating; grrrr.
    About multi talking; what happened us; with 4 sons I used to do 4 things at a time and succeed. Now it takes ma forever to comple one task. At least you made me feel like I am not alone; for that; thank you and yes I will have a glass of wine.
    Rita

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  25. am still smiling as i write this comment- well written post & very sweet of you to put it in the right spirit !

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  26. It's good to know you are up and running again. I have been off and on with my internet, and I am always glancing at those lights and when they're no on I just wait until they come back. Maybe I should call your guy!!

    And don't you just hate it when you turn the wrong knob on the stove, or get the temp wrong on the oven? It's happened to me too. Even on low heat I can easily burn some nuts that I am toasting in a blink of an eye!

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  27. There are days......
    Come on...tell us what was wrong!

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  28. What a little black rain cloud you have! This is priceless tho. Bless you! At least its all sorted out now :)

    By the way I've given you an award over at Deep Dish today. Thanks for being an awesome blog.

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  29. You can't do any wrong in my eyes!!!!!Sometimes we would just like to throw our computers out the window wouldn't we. The computer went down at work today and it was like the end of the world:D

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  30. that loaf looks simply delectable despite the stress it went through!

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  31. Cute post! I'd been having probs with my internet connect & have had ppl out here 3 times. The last time, the guy said it was prob the cable from out back, so he strung a new cable over the fence, past the dead flowers, along the fence and hooked it up. Everything's been fine since. He said they'd send somebody out in the Spring to bury the cable. Wanna bet?? Ha!

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  32. If I had a nickel for every batch of baked goods I have burned, I would be rich :) Chin-up, there are better days ahead! Hey, you already have apple-walnut cake-- with a little trim off the charcoaled area, that's a pretty good way to start a new day!

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  33. You sacrificed your cake for email- now that is love :-)

    Glad you got it all figured out. I would love to hear the story behind it though!

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