Jumper Cables and Amish Bread

Yesterday was a crazy day – which is I why I didn’t blog.

It started out normal: I got up, I went to work, I came home, and I took a nap.

But, about the time Chris was supposed to come home from work, he called me saying the van had died. Turns out, the battery had gone bad, and it needed to be jump started. So, away I went – feeling prepared with my AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit that I got from my mom for Christmas and a tool kit we got at Wal-Mart sometime last year. I figured we could either jump start the car or go buy a new battery and fix it ourselves.

Unfortunately, we ran into a few difficulties along the way.

First, the jumper cable was super duper short. We parked my car next to my husband’s van as close as we could, and it if we stretched it to its limit it could barely connect the two batteries. We thought about getting a longer cable, but then we realized that the battery itself was in an incredibly awkward spot. It was positioned right under the wiper fluid, which seemed like a bad idea to me. The cable didn’t stretch far enough to put the negative clamp on an unpainted piece of metal.

Even if we got a longer cable, getting to the battery seemed like it would require some serious maneuvering. Our socket wrench sizes didn’t fit any of the bolts that held the wiper fluid in place, and we weren’t sure if we knew enough about the van battery to replace it anyway.

SOooooo we gave up on the van.

cookie monsterWe drove my working car to Savory and Sweet and ate dinner and dessert. I ordered a cookie monster, which is my ultimate comfort food.

While we were there, we decided to wait on the van and have a tow take it to our favorite mechanic.

By the time we got home, it was late at night.

And, I realized that the starter for my Amish friendship bread recipe was ready to bake. I had never made Amish friendship bread before, so I didn’t know what would happen if I saved the bread for another day. I whipped it together, but realized that the recipe called for one box of vanilla pudding.

What kind of bread required pudding?

I was so confused, and I didn’t have any pudding, and it was really late at night. I skipped it, crossed my fingers, and hoped for the best. I ended up starting the bread at 11 pm, and it didn’t get done until nearly after midnight.

Since I was so full and sleepy from dinner earlier, I didn’t even dare try the bread – it looked so scary and dark!

making-breadIt was almost like I had done something wrong to it, and it was angry at me for messing up the recipe and skipping the vanilla pudding.

My husband didn’t even dare try it either – it was kind of intimidating, seeing that unfamiliar bread sitting in the bread pan and not daring to eat it.

I didn’t even have the courage to eat it this morning, and my husband didn’t dare try it without me around.

It took me almost all day before I worked up the guts to try my pudding-less Amish friendship bread. Turns out, it was strangely addicting and sugary. I still have no idea what the vanilla pudding was for in the recipe, so I’ll have to try making the bread again in another 10 days when the starter is ready. Until then, I have lots and lots of tasty cinnamon and sugar bread to eat.

Written By JenniBee


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