I hate it when people use the word "ironic" for things that are not ironic at all, but I hear them do it all the time. Look it up in the dictionary before you use it wrongly so you don't irritate me.
THIS, my friends, is TRUE IRONY:
See this horseshoe?
Of course you do! It's right in front of your face! How dumb of me.
Anyway, the week after Christmas I was thinking of ways I could possibly change my luck in 2014. I'm usually a very lucky girl indeed, but as I've already said, 2013 sucked green wienies. I looked at Feng Shui websites and read a little bit about the basics of it to see if I could change anything in my home to promote good "vibes" and maybe a little good luck too. One of the things I read about was putting a horseshoe above your front door (either inside or out or both). Of course, I'd heard of this before, but I'd never thought anything about it really. It's such a simple thing. What could it hurt unless it fell from above the door as you were walking in and konked you on the headbone rendering you unconscious with a concussion or something dumb like that? So I made it my mission to get one.
A few days later, we trekked up to Oklahoma to the casino to play a little. On the way, we found a little antique/junk store that had a bunch of old ironworks out front. I went inside and was met by a young girl who instantly coughed a great big deep cough practically in my face as she said hello. I told her what I was looking for and followed her through the store as she coughed and hacked like a 65-year smoker. She showed me four buckets of horseshoes I could choose from. (By the way, the horseshoe must be good and used because part of the way it works is you are supposedly harnessing the power of the horse who wore it.) We were both squatted down, heads together digging through the horseshoes for a good five minutes before I settled on the one above. I paid her the $3 and started walking towards the door. She followed me and hacked a little more.
As I got to the door she began turning out the lights and said I had gotten there just in time because she was closing up since she was sick. Her doctor had just diagnosed her with the flu and viral pneumonia.
WHAT??!! Mother Fuc...!!! I swear to God, I nearly turned around and wrung her skinny neck! Exactly seven days later, which is the incubation period for such things, I came down with the flu. GAH! (I have not hung the horseshoe to this day. It's sitting on my desk as I type this. Maybe I need to do that.)
So irony, yeah. I caught a deadly illness while buying a horseshoe to bring me good luck!
Gee, Mom. That was sure a long story for something so dumb.
Oh shut up, Fletch.
TMI: I'm feeling so much better, but I still have tons of phlegm in my throat and lungs. It's bugging the holy crap out of me and I'm constantly clearing my throat and choking down wads of gross slime. If I don't keep my mind off of it, I start to panic and think I'm choking. It's almost worse than the flu itself! GAH. It would suck to die by choking on your own sour snot. How gross am I? Heh-heh. Sorry.
I hate to let bananas spoil and have to throw them out, so I started to make a loaf of banana bread, but I only had two bananas which really wasn't enough...
So I made this Tropical Bundt Cake instead.
It's a modified version of a Hummingbird Cake.
I snuck a piece and ate it plain before adding the frosting.
I prefer it without frosting, but The Captain would holler for some icing immediately if he saw it bare.
Tropical Bundt Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sweetened coconut
8 oz can of crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla extract
Spray a Bundt pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir together well. Stir in eggs, mashed bananas, coconut, pineapple, oil, and vanilla. Stir in pecans and spoon batter evenly into your prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Frost if desired.
Optional Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine ingredients adding milk to your desired consistency. Spread on cake. Sprinkle with nuts or cinnamon, if desired.
Hey, do you like my "new" Tupperware vintage pie saver? I bought it on Etsy around Christmastime. I bought it for storing pie, but it fits this cake perfectly too. I originally went to buy a new one and also checked e-Bay, but they were like $40 bucks new! Lordie have mercy! Are they made of gold? I found this one on Etsy for $11. Yipee!