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Revenge of The April Fool

on April 6, 2011

While I’m not sure I feel avenged, I have had some form of revenge on my hubby who thought it was oh-so-clever to attack before I’d had coffee. First of all you should know something about that husband guy of mine- he thinks I’m pokey. In truth, sometimes I can be. People in my circle (you know the four and under circle) tend to be very pokey…I may have joined their ranks.  Anyhow, he thinks I’m pokey. His basis for this is that he can get ready faster than I can. And what that really means is that in the time it takes him to get ready, I have to get three children dressed, redressed, and redressed again. And then try and get myself ready. Clearly, the odds are not in my favor. For my revenge against this ruthless prankster (seriously, you have to be pretty ruthless to rage war on someone before coffee… are you getting the gravity of coffee’s importance?!) I figured I’d use my “pokiness” to my advantage. I’d just claim that the prank was returned in “my time” and therefore could still fall under the safety of April Fools.

So I’d saved the thread that matches our hose identically and positioned a few dishes in the drying rack, just to be safe. And I figured that I might need some assurance that he’d be pranked one way or another, so just in case the hose didn’t get him (if he happened to position himself just right)… I took his canteen/thermos/metal water jug (apparently I don’t know what to call it, but you get the point) and placed it on the counter, the way I normally do, so he’d know it was a clean one. And then I poured a teaspoon, or two, of salt into the bottom.

I was giddy with excitement as I went to bed! And as I waited in the dark of the morning, listening for signs of a prankful success… I heard him turn on the water, followed by some louder-than-normal banging around as he headed out the door. (I knew if he’d managed to escape the spray he’d have come down and gloated about it, so the fact that he just left… music to my ears! ♫♪♫) Just thinking about it makes me smile. The point wasn’t really to actually drench him the way I’d been… it was more of less just to prove that I could get him if I wanted to! And the salt…well, that was just for good measure. *grin*

Unfortunately, we both had rather craptastic days… so by the time he’d gotten around to drinking his salt-laden tea, I’d forgotten about it. I’m not sure it created as much of an emotional reprieve for him as it did for me. But when he texted me to ask just what form of poison I’d put into his tea, well, I don’t want to gloat, so let’s just say I enjoyed that moment thoroughly.

While I don’t claim all of the pranking to be over… I do think we were about even. At least he’d had his coffee by the time he hit the salt.

So after the craptastic-ness of the day, coupled with the fact that it’s killing the children to have it LOOK like spring and yet not FEEL like spring (we attempted a walk to the park, but even they admitted it was just too cold)…I decided a little comfort food was in order. And for me, nothing says cozy comfort like grilled cheese and tomato soup! It’s about the only soup my husband will actually eat, and that’s only when coupled with grilled cheese. Plus, I had a bunch of tomatoes that were about to go bad so they needed to be used up and so tomato soup was perfect! I made a super yummy almond bread (I’m so proud of myself for this one, because I made the recipe up!) the day before and used that for the sandwiches. The kids had nutella, PB, and jelly sandwiches earlier (hubster is still working way past their dinner time). So I made a grown up version of grilled cheese. So good… I might make one for lunch.

All About Me Bread

  • 2/3 cup white rice flour
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 4 tbs corn starch
  • 2 cup almond meal
  • 3 tbs dry milk powder
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup whole milk mixed with 1 cup water, heated
  • 2 tbs butter, softened

Grease/spray 2 loaf pans. Combine the white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, corn starch, almond flour, milk powder, yeast, xantham gum, and salt in the bowl of an electric stand mixer.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and egg whites together. Start mixing the flours with the Kshaped flat beater and slowly add the egg mixture. Continue blending at low speed until well mixed. (You can of course do it by hand or with a hand-held mixer, this is just the easiest way) Add the milk mixture, then the butter, and mix at medium-high speed until the dough starts to hold its shape, about 3 minutes or so (3-5 depending on what you use to mix).

Using a spatula, transfer the dough to the pans. (They should each be filled about 1/3) Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. (Mine took about 1 1/2 hrs to rise to doubled)

Heat oven to 375. Bake the loaves for about 50 minutes, until well risen and (very) golden brown. I found cutting was MUCH easier after it cooled a couple hours, but it was, of course, very good warm. It was great for sandwiches and toast alike. Could turn it into a breakfast bread by adding a small amount of sugar and some almond extract. (Might try that this weekend!)

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

  • 4 slices of All About Me Bread
  • about 3/4 cup shredded cheddarjack
  • about 3/4 cup of chopped chicken
  • about 1 1/2 cups spinach, cooked

*You can of course substitute your favorite bread and cheese in- or do like me and use whatever you’ve got! Big E and I are both borderline anemic (or have the tendency to be, depending on our diets), which is why you’ll find I add spinach to as many recipes as I possibly can! Just a fun, easy way to make a simple grilled cheese feel a little more adult. Oh! I use my cuisinart press to do them and while hubby would probably prefer butter, I try and keep things as healthy as I can get away with (*insert evil grin*) and used a spray instead.

As for the soup… that wasn’t completely homemade (*gasp!*)  I had a box of Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Tomato Soup… and I added in about 6 tomatoes that had gone through my Ninja Processor so that they were mainly mush with a little bit of chunkiness. And about a 1/2 cup of milk. And a good sized pinch of basil. Topped with a pinch of cheese. It was delicious. So good in fact, that the husband guy of mine didn’t even suspect me of continued revenge plotting…. *insert evil cackle here*

I really wanted a good picture, but my 2 year old has wandered off with my camera… so the phone’s the best I could do… and it’s not great. But the meal was.

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3 responses to “Revenge of The April Fool

  1. […] year’s April Fool’s pranks have become the never-ending-prank! Since that fateful day hubby tied the hose down with a string, the hose now likes to […]

  2. […] you put in this?!” I’m not sure if he thought it was another prank or not (see here, here, and here), but I just about cried because I’d been so excited about my new twist on a […]

  3. […] to read more about this ridiculous story, you can read the original post in it’s entirety, my revenge post, and the post where the prank never ends, and obviously it never does because that was almost a […]

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