April isn’t my favorite month. Even though the flowers start to pop out of the cold ground and the sun begins to thaw frozen joints, April is fickle. Temps fluctuate like hot flashes during menopause and the rain creeps up on you from behind a bright sun. It’s not the worst month (February gets that honor), but it isn’t all that.
It starts off with fun and games – I pulled a prank on both my parents with a “look what we bought!” pic of a random car. They both fell hard and my mother even tried zooming in the pic I had text to see the odd sticker on the bumper. Little did I know that my “April fool’s!” was a bit too spot on.
I was really excited about our upcoming 10th anniversary. We had a cabin rented, a hot tub awaiting us and a LOT of food packed for a four day break. I couldn’t wait to sit cuddled on the couch in front of the large screen tv and watching the latest Sherlock episode. We had been holding back from watching it for our trip. The cabin promised secluded trails and we both liked the idea of being away from it all.
Except the gods of April had other plans. 😦
Those plans didn’t involve a warm log cabin with heaping plates of warm saag. They didn’t include Cary Grant movies or long dips in the hot tub. Instead, they involved a two day stay in a town we never heard of, a broken timing belt, and a damaged engine with a freak snow storm tossed in for fun. Ha. Ha.
We tried to make the best of it as we waited for the bad news from the mechanic. There was a thrift store within walking distance of our hotel where we picked up some cheap paperbacks. The fried cheesecake was also helping. Just a bit. 😉
So after a nail-biting hour trip back home in a car with only 3 cylinders and no trip and no hot tub, I do get the chance to say: I got a new car for my anniversary!
Course, that statement comes with a few caveats: a new car means a dead, old car. A new car means a new monthly bill and a new car means bye, bye house down-payment.
Well, they do say that April is a time of change and renewal. I just didn’t think it took it so seriously.
Meet Luna! Our new Prius C. I wasn’t sure about the purchase at the time, but now I love her. Enough to actually name her! We picked Luna as a name due to her “moonglow” special coloring. It’s actually just sparkly white, but we thought Luna fit her. Our old car still needs fixing or trading, but at least we can tackle that when the whirlwind that was April settles down.
May, however, is looking up! Starting it off with a huge plate of millionaire bars certainly doesn’t hurt. These were all the rage the last time we went to visit England and I had wanted to try out the recipe, but was scared off by the ingredients. While the 4 sticks of butter is still so scary I try not to think about it, the small 1 inch square pieces and sharing most of them with coworkers makes them a bit better.
Course, hearing that these were the best my hubby has ever eaten made them an instant winner! 🙂
The recipe involved homemade caramel and shortbread. Sounds daunting, right? Actually, it was really easy. This was one of the easiest bars I’ve ever made, even if it did involve three steps. Just mix, pour and set. They were so soft yet firm, sweet yet mild and so delicious that I put this on my “must repeat” list of desserts.
You can find multiple versions of the same recipe all over the web. I used this one with great success: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. The only changes I made was to use half semi-sweet chocolate and half dark chocolate in the top layer. This gave the layer more weight without adding more sweetness.
In like a lamb and out like a lion? They’re not kidding! Still, with April showers we do get May flowers, so hopefully we’ll get some brilliant blooms. It’s my favorite month, after all. 🙂