Friday, November 4, 2011

My last experience with pumpkin puree

It’s 9:55 PM on a Sunday and I need to bring a pumpkin dish to work for an office party. Yes, I’ve waited to the last minute.

Rewind.

It’s 3 PM on a Sunday and I need pumpkin puree for some pumpkin muffins I’m making for work tomorrow. I’m excited about a recipe a friend found for me on Baking Bites and feel like it will be fairly simple to pull off. 

It’s 5 PM on a Sunday and I’ve gone to two grocery stores and they’re either sold out or don’t stock it. The parents are swinging by the apartment tonight so I quickly dial up and ask for them to bring over a can (when you’re in a pickle, parents are really great). So we all have dinner and drinks and by the time they’re gone its 9:45.

It’s now 9:45 PM on a Sunday I begin to consult my recipe. It seems easy enough:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Then I mix together my wet ingredients and sugar:

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup half and half

After I’ve put it all together I think, wait, what am I missing? Oh yeah, the pumpkin puree. Obviously. So I bring out the two cans my parents brought over and examine the top. 

ARGH!

It’s not a pulley. And I have no can opener. 

Crap, I’m gonna be fired.

But Eureka! It's 9:55 and I have a super-fast boyfriend who can run to CVS on the corner.

Then it’s 9:56 and he’s off. Running, running, running, and slam. CVS closes the door in his face. 

Yep, definitely fired.

It’s now past 10 PM on a Sunday and there is NOTHING open. NOTHING. Not even target which I’m surprised about because they always seem to be open when you need them. 

I’m moping on the couch thinking I can’t bring pumpkin-less cupcakes to a pumpkin office party until I see my boyfriend John fumbling in a drawer as he pulls out a hammer and screwdriver. I knew he went to college for something.

He carefully places the screw driver on the edge of the can and WHAM WHAM pries open a hole in my lid.

Eventually the hole is big enough for a spoon so I scoop out the puree and mix it all into one bowl. 

Fast forward to my Monday afternoon office party and the cupcakes are a big hit.

I say nothing about the tools.

So thank you Baking Bites for your fabulous recipe. It wasn’t you, it’s me.

Pumpkin puree, half and half, screwdriver, hammer

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