Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Irony and a Tropical Bundt Cake

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!


  1. Yours is by far my favorite blog to read...you crack me up! I read it and laugh out loud! Hope you feel better soon!

  2. See??? What would we do without your hilarious sense of humor? Welcome back sweet friend....you must never leave us again!!!
    That story about the horse show...oh my gosh....don't you HATE that when someone sick is hacking all over you!!! Get that shoe hung up there now!!!
    That cake looked so good! I want some... And I love the pie carrier! I have a lot of the Tupperware I bought when I was first married. I have been collecting vintage Tupperware at thrifts for a long time too. The price now is crazy, and I love so much of the vintage stuff. I have a rectangle cake taker, and a circle one too. Love them!!!
    Cute post!
    xo Kris

  3. Hey there.. that is ironic for sure! I'm sorry you got sick.. ugh. Since our grandsons have been living here I seem to have an unending cold flu after another. So I can totally relate to the lung thing. Hope you get better fast! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Oh how I hate rude ppl. Sorry u have the flu. But the cake looks like a real treat. I will make it this week end and then blog it. But a big But here. I will make it gluten free. :-) yep i am one of those ppl :-)

  5. It's getting to be I'm afraid to look here for fear of whqt calamity will befall you next ! You need to be a bit pro-active girl and step away from these situations!
    Hope you feel better soon.

  6. I agree with Julie - you certainly do write a good blog and are a very funny lady. Hope the flu goes away soon. What a handsome fella that Fletch is !!! Wish I could taste a bit of that cake - sure looks good. xox

  7. Hope you are feeling much better today.
    I wish I could say I was surprised by the young lady hacking in your face knowing she was sick, but that type of thing happens all the time here KY...what did Ron White say, "You just can't fix stupid!".

    Hugs and wishing you a most wonderful day. :)

  8. That's perfect use of "irony". The use of "literally" is a bit suspect a LOT of the time, too. LOL! Sorry, Pammy Sue. I'm not laughing at your getting the flu, but the wonderful way you told it. Hope you are feeling MUCH better. You're killin' me with that cake!! Trying to shed a few pounds here. Bummer! Cake looks like much more fun! Have a great week. blessings ~ tanna

  9. Ugh! It makes me furious when people go spreading their germs when they *know* they're sick. And then to go and *tell* you she knows she's sick!! Insult to injury! The horseshoe's nice, but the flu is a bit too steep of a price to pay... Hope you kick off the rest of the crud soon.

  10. If it weren't for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all! Hope you are feeling better.

  11. Ouch! That really is irony. I probably would have said a few choice words (I'm not always nice). Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for the recipe; it looks delicious.

  12. Good grief! Dip that horseshoe in some bleach and get it up quick. Then eat something spicy to cut through all that snot. Finish up with more cake. This year HAS to be better.
    I needed to read something this morning besides "oooh pretty crochet, quilt, picture, etc" You always come through :)

  13. Pammy Sue, that story is too much! Lord that girl should have kept her cough, snot and germs to herself. i still think the horseshoe is going to bring you luck, would you hang the dang thing so it can start working!

  14. OMG! I wanna make that cake this weekend. That looks so yummy. I need to come see you and just eat yours.

    I hope you get to feeling much better soon. I'm glad you are back to blogging, I miss your S.A. :D


  15. Anonymous10:42 AM

    I thought I was about the only one who didn't put butter into my cream cheese frosting! I use it on almost every type of cake I make...love it!
    Love the irony story.
    Kathy (Rav.)

  16. Pammy Sue you crease me up, I love your stories, that girl sounds disgusting, she should have kept her germs to herself, it does take ages for it to clear up, but I hope you get better soon. I love the look of your cake, I have copied the recipe and will be making it for sure. Oh and Meredith is right get that horseshoe hung up so it can work it's magic. :)

  17. Pammy sue,

    OMG you crack me up!!! I just love reading your blogs!! It's one of the few I still check each day. You have the best sense of humor:)

    Glad your feeling better from that rotten flu. As for the phlegm, try lemon juice (from fresh lemons only) mixed with raw honey. The juice of half -one whole lemon, and a big tbls honey, mix in a cup and take it a few times a day. It'll clear out those lungs quick.

    That recipe looks awesome! Thanks for posting the recipe:)
    Take it easy & keep crocheting!

  18. I know irony, the perfect example is the "Gift of the Maji" where he sells his pocket watch for a comb for her hair, and she sells her hair to buy a chain for his pocket watch. Horse shoe, 4-leaf clover, rabbit's foot, choose the object of your choice for good luck, lol. I think the sick gal at the store should have kept her germs to herself by keeping her distance and definitely covering her mouth. Misery loves company. The Tupperware cake keeper, I have one. You can even turn them upside down for storing cookies and muffins. Love that Tupperware!
    (((Hugs))) Susanne :)

  19. HI Pammy Sue!
    I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed one of your doily patterns that you posted a few years ago. I used it with 2 other doily patterns to make a crocheted basketball net for a project that my friend is doing, and wanted to let you know that (with a credit to you, of course) that an altered version of the pattern will be used in a book she is publishing about the basketball net project! Thank you for your wonderful skills. Sincerely, Anna (a beginner crochet fan)

  20. That's pretty neat, Anna! Thank you for letting me know. I hope I get to see it!


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