Tattoos & Matthew McConaughey

No, I didn’t get a tattoo this weekend, and I haven’t married Matthew McConaughey yet.

But, in preparation for our sale, we did tattoo our baby calves! For those of you who aren’t for certain what I’m talking about, tattooing is a way of permanently identifying cattle. We usually freezebrand as it is a great deal simpler to identify an animal from a ways off, but the calves are much to small at this point in their life. So, they get the next best thing- a tattoo in their ear!

Here my dad is applying the paste. No worries about the blood spot- its just from where tag was removed so the sale tag can be put in!

The numbers that are loaded into the gun have little points on them. By gently pressing them into the ear (as shown above) the numbers penetrate the top layers of the skin. When healed, the paste will be visible wherever the numbers were.

Also this weekend, my sister and I got on a cake kick and decided to whip one up. A teacher here at Butler, Elissa, made this particular cake last year, and after hours of begging, I finally got the recipe out of her! (Okay, maybe not hours…) Its called Better Than Love Cake. (I think everyone knows the real name of it, but for blogging purposes, we’ll call it love cake). Apparently it’s also known as Better Than Robert Redford Cake, but as I’m not real familiar with him, I decided to rename it Better Than Mathew McConaughey Cake!  And to sweeten the deal, Mr. McConaughey is the voice of Beef. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Now if THIS isn’t an all-star line up, then I don’t know what is. These ingredients scream amazing cake ahead. Simply bake the cake as directed on the box. While still hot, poke holes with a wooden spoon and pour condensed milk over the top as shown above.  Next, remove the lid of the hot fudge and microwave for a few seconds. Use a spoon to stir to be sure it will be easy to spread. The next step is very important, potentially the most important of them all. Lick the spoon juuuust to make sure the hot fudge tastes good. (Esther is demonstrating the proper way to do this below) If deemed delicious, spread the jar over the cooled cake. Finish by spreading the Whipped Cream over the top and sprinkling with toffee bits. All I can say is after eating more than my fair share of this dessert from the gods, I am thankful my Spin Class at the Y is tonight!

As Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!”

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