My poor Gateway laptop. I’ve beat it nearly to pieces. You might say I’ve loved it too much. However, unlike the Velveteen Rabbit, computers don’t become “real” when loved too much, they just become junk. Gateway has a cracked screen, a cracked hinge, a power connector that isn’t making a good connection internally, and a trackpad that just randomly stops working periodically. In addition, I haven’t been able to print over the network for weeks, and everything I’ve done to print just opens another box of problems. Two weekends ago, I decided that I was going to fix the printing problem, or kill the laptop trying.
I killed the laptop.
It works, but I had to restore it to factory defaults. Luckily I had backed everything up. I backed everything up, right? Right? Well, no. Sitting on the desktop was a file called “Blog Post.” It was full of post ideas, half-written posts, recipes that needed a mere tweak, and nearly complete posts that were awaiting a photo. For some reason, I didn’t copy it over, and it is gone. Goodbye, file. I didn’t know how much I would miss you.
While I’m recreating what I lost, I wanted to make something new that I know will work. Now is not the time to experiment. Now is the time to indulge and recover.
I turned to The Papaya Chronicles and Melissa’s Maple-Rum Glazed Slow-Baked Apples. I’ve never made baked apples before, but these are very easy, and very delicious. I followed the recipe as close as I am constitutionally able to follow any recipe, and only made three changes. I used pecans instead of macadamias, allspice instead of nutmeg, and baked them in the oven instead of the crockpot (375 F for 45 minutes). However, these smell so good when cooking, I’m going to do them in the crockpot next time. Yum!
Also, check out the rest of Melissa’s blog. She’s participating in VeganMoFo and has been posting a new breakfast recipe every day. I’m going to be getting cooking ideas here for a long time to come.