Friday, October 22, 2010

All i never knew about a stick of butter

I got a new oven so of course i wanted to try it out and bake something.  I googled to find the newest and most modern cake and cookie recipes but just about all of them called for an ingredient i've never seen before and that is a stick of butter.

So.....whats a stick of butter?  i mean i know the butter part but how much is it, in lbs. cups or tsp.or TBS.
I guess photoshopping one won't tell me much but i tried to imagine one 
How about an old Burt Reynolds movie called Stick?
No?  Me neither!
How about carrot and celery sticks

or hairsticks, stickpins, glo sticks, glue sticks chapsticks

and i even saw a wiping stick..... 
Yes, there is such a thing! but didn't think you'd want to see it

And a very funny old Fed ex commercial of a guy tying a stick to a Pterodactyls leg which wouldn't stay in this post. It went last night after everything else was so messed up and had to be re-done. Look for it under this post and sorry if you got notified of a blank post.

Yeah, i know about other kinds of sticks like
Living in the sticks.....don't do it! 
Lacrosse goalie stick
hockey sticks
woman with her hockey stick
                         Daniel Sedin with his hockey stick
candlesticks, incense sticks
swizzle sticks
marijuana is sometimes called a stick
yowsers this disorder is making me crazy. What sticks did i miss? Which ones are twice?
 and a Chapman stick is a musical instrument.
And then there's joy sticks, stick-it notes, a British band,a baton stick and a stick of gum but they’re not in the recipe i chose which quite proudly boasts “Who says you need a pound of butter for cupcakes? This recipe makes a doz. cupcakes and uses just one stick!”
My first thought on that was “if there’s only one does that mean it’s unimportant and can be left out without causing a recipe failure”?
As far as i knew it could be anything from say, one lb. of butter (that would be one very fat stick and probably called a pound cake) but I think it has to be skinnier and twiggier to be considered a stick.

A stick with walking stick insect on it

                 A different walking stick -            
Am i the first person to inquire of a stick?
 Heres a stick a guy had to use to fight off a cougar
 The blue and white stick is a pen
  and here's a stick family
a comic book character named Stick
                                                                                                                   a pool stick

A dog with his stick

                       Led Zeppelin album cover Stick
Some youtube people are saying that eating butter is bad while others say it'll improve your arithmetic and maybe it'll improve spelling too.  I'll try it and see.
I’m guessing all the recipes i found were created by American cooks who probably buy their butter already formed into sticks and therefore understand the term.  That’s great, but it doesn’t tell me how much to use, we who purchase our butter in one lb.                                  
blocks. If all the other ingredients are in measurements of cups or tsp. and TBS. why go and complicate the butter?
Imagine a recipe calling for a large brick of butter, 1 kg.+ 5 cubes of sugar, a lb. + 8 tsps. of flour, 5/8th of a litre of milk 1/12 of a ladle of cinnamon, an ounce of salt……probably not many bakers would tackle such a recipe and whatever it would make would likely turn out awful!
ok, seriously i know that 1 cup of butter would be half a lb. It’s easy to chop a 1 lb.brick of butter in half cuz there’s a line on the half way mark!  Half a cup would obviously be one of those halves cut in half (also marked) and so it’s not even necessary to melt it and messy-up a measuring cup.  But where does the stick come in on this? Mine look like mini blocks and mini block isn’t in the recipe.
So to make a very long story even longer because i’ve never seen a stick of butter in my life
i had to re google for  “what is a stick of butter”
i found butter eating contests, mostly challenges that people take for anything from $2.00 to $100. to eat X amount of butter in a very short time. There’s youtube videos of throwing up said butter in fun locales such as home parties, limo’s and on keyboards. There’s people drinking huge quantities of beer and eating a lot of butter, a guy inhaling a gal of milk and eating a lot of butter, people  slurping down 5000 calorie milkshakes which evolved into lots and lots of vomiting videos which then went totally off the subject of what is a stick of butter.
I got back on track by reading “how much is a knob of butter?”
Answer: Some butter.  More than a dash.  More than a pinch.
Less than 3 TBS.  More than 1 TBS.
In other words i'd say it’s about 2 TBS. or however much you want it to be.
Now, i ask you where’d all the recipes go for knobs of butter?
Also found out how “to dot” something with butter and this butter stick which would be great for
corn on the cob.  I’d love to find one of these
and it would be great for toast too i think. Or maybe not as hubby already leaves behind way too many crumbs and he’d have a butter stick all messy in no time flat.
Well, it took some time but i finally found out:
1 stick of butter = arrghhh omg! this post has been so stressful i’ve already forgotten!
Then i noticed the chosen cupcake recipe had already divied out the one stick proudly mentioned into
3 TBS. of butter for the batter and 5 TBS. of butter for the frosting for a grand total of 8 TBS. What the heck!  But at least now i’ve a clue how much a stick consists of but i’m sure not about to use my measuring spoon to find out by filling it with butter 3 times, then 5 times digging it out from a block, brick or tub or whatever to know i’ve got the correct quantity cuz that’s not only time consuming but messy, goofy and just plain wrong.
And then to top it off the recipe says to use UN salted butter and then later on it says add a tsp. of salt!
What a crazy world; i don’t want any part of these new fangled complicated cupcakes new oven or not.

Fed Ex Superbowl Commercial

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Like a miracle some golden words rolled off of someone's tongue

Google - i think everyone googles and i do a fair share....what would we ever do without it!?!
Sometimes disappointing but more often than not you get the info you need.  Once in a while it takes you on a different path than intended and often for me the results are amazing.

I'm not a country music fan although i've listened to it alot as its my hubbys fav. music genre and he has it on alot.  Thirty plus years ago we had gone to a concert and i couldn't remember the artists name but i remembered her words after all this time.

So i googled them and found Lacy J. Dalton and her song 16th Avenue. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I often have trouble thinking of things to write so i was happy when i found 

as theres often prompts that i could reply to, but not in just one minute.
So, i'll use the prompts when i have something to contribute and post it here on my own blog and link back to theirs.


Several years ago i went to a function in the city with 2 friends and I drove. At lunchtime I drove the 3 of us about a mile to a mall for lunch. After lunch we were to go back to the function but upon arrival on the malls parking roof we couldn’t find my car!  Friend A said “wait here; I’ll be back” and she took off into the mall.

Friend B and I stood on that spot for ages and ages until it became ridiculous; my car was still lost and so was friend A! After waiting some more we took turns walking around looking for it while the other one stayed on the spot in case friend A returned.

Finally we decided we had to do something more than just waiting as we feared something bad had happened to our friend. We retraced our footsteps back to the restaurant and then stopped to inquire at the service counter in the mall to see if any accident or something untoward had happened or maybe a note was left for us.  

There was nothing and without any clues we were confused and worried sick about friend A.  This was back in pre cell phone days so I called both my husband and hers from a pay phone in the mall but neither had heard from her.

Friend B and I then went back up the escalator to the parking area again and there was my car exactly where I had parked it, right there in plain view!  We waited again for a while then friend B and I drove back to the function and there was friend A who fumed at me “you moved the car!“ and when I asked “how did you get back here?” she angrily replied “I hoofed it!”

We both told her I hadn’t moved the car and how we had waited and worried about her and waited some more until finally after returning into the mall the car was suddenly there, where it had been all along.

She didn’t believe us and we both lost her friendship that day.  For some reason that was also the last time I ever saw friend B as well.

I don’t go into the city often anymore and have returned to that mall only once since then. I checked out the parking/escalator/elevator situation thinking it would confirm my thoughts that perhaps there were two parking levels or the elevator and escalator exits opened in opposite ways or find some reason or an explanation of why we couldn’t see my car. 

There was nothing to explain its disappearance and reappearance. It’s still a big mystery to me.

I’ve never forgotten the sting of being accused of something I didn’t do and the loss of two good friends over it. All three of us lost something that day.