Have you heard of this stuff? Amish Friendship Bread? It's a "starter" batter that is divided into four bags of batter .... these four bags of batter are supposed to be given to 3 different friends (you are supposed to keep 1 bag for yourself so you always have the "starter" batter because only an Amish person knows what the heck goes in there to begin with) .... then you follow the specific directions for each of the next 10 days of your life to either "mush the bag" (no big deal) to adding a cup of milk, sugar , and flour on the 6th day...... then on Day 10 you add more stuff, divide the batter into 4 more bags (keep one for yourself if you want to continue to be a slave to the batter) , then add even more stuff to what was left in the bowl after you took out enough batter to curse your friends with their own "blob in a bag" ....and bake it up ...... Now, the friend who gave me my starter batter / blob in a bag just pawned the whole thing off on me without making it herself (WIMP !! and you know who you are!!! ...... you'll get one of my starter bags ..... it will come FULL CIRCLE !! You just wait and see!!!! HA !!) ..... I have to admit, I wasn't going to bother with this stuff either right now because I'm a LITTLE BUSY trying to finish Matt's graduation quilt AND get the party organized by the 4th of July AND not get fired from my job .... BUT you know who popped in and begged to "PLEASE make it ..... PLLLLLEEEEEASE !!!)
OK .... FINE !! We'll make it just this once! (and actually, I didn't have time to make it on "Day 10" .... had to wait until "Day 11" (UH OH!!) .... I was afraid to come down into the kitchen that morning thinking maybe "the blob" was taking over the house since I made it wait an extra day!!)
...OK, so we divided the batter up into 3 different bags and the fourth amount was left in the bowl...
....then we gathered up the rest of the ingredients that go into the batter in the bowl.....
.....when all of the ingredients are mixed together, you grease up your pans and dust them with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar ..... then pour the batter in the pans and dust with more cinnamon and sugar.....
....and here it is .... fresh from the oven ...... and does it ever smell GOOD !!!! (and it was GONE in one day!!! My kids and persinickity eater husband LOVED it!!) .... so, the Amish Friendship bread was a pleasant surprise, but....... HOW DO YOU GET OFF OF THIS MERRY GO ROUND ? ...... now I have 3 MORE BAGS of this STUFF to pawn off on my unsuspecting friends AND 1 bag for me to go through this entire cycle AGAIN !!!! NOOOOOOoooooooo!!!!!! So, what did I do you ask ? With heart pounding and shallow breaths, I dumped .... yes DUMPED 2 bags down the drain (and I'm checking every few minutes to see if I've grown a tail and donkey ears as punishment for that ....) and I'm sticking 1 of those "blob in a bag" bags in the original perpetrators mailbox !!!(my friend, or shall we say ENEMY!) ..... AND , I'm currently on the 5th day of the "mush the bag" cycle of yet ANOTHER ROUND (AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh!!!!) ....... but, after the next "Day 10" that's IT !!! NO MORE !!! ( no matter how much the kids love this stuff ..... I can't be a slave to the blob anymore !!!!! I must be STRONG !!!)
OK .... I've got a bag to mush, and a bag of mush to stick in a mailbox !!!! Then a quilt to finish after work !!
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)