And I'm all "I'M MAKING THIS!!!"
So at lunchtime, before making actual food for Andrew, I gathered the ingredients and began.
1/4 cup butter in a pan. Started it melting. So far so good.
Add 1/4 cup sugar. Yep, it's looking good thus far.
Why won't this picture center? Oh well anyway, moving on to the next step: Stir together to make caramel.
It's at this point I realize I have no idea what it means to caramelize. How do I know when it's done?
So I just start stirring.....
Is this what it's meant to look like?
Oooh! It's getting darker. Is it caramelized now?
It's at this point that Andrew said, "It smells like burned pancakes in here."
I got bored of stirring. I'd been stirring foorr evverrrrr - at least ten minutes. So I went on to the next step and added a splash of milk.
ARGH! The caramel totally balled up into a hardish ball thing.
After a bunch of stirring I managed to melt the hard ball of caramel. Took another forever.
Then I added the cinnamon and vanilla.
At this point the whole concoction, while looking rather blah, smelled like delicious autumn and I started getting excited.
For some reason I decided the best cups to put a delicious autumn drink in were Christmas cups.
I only had one Christmas cup. Got it from the Wiehnachtsmarkt in Cologne when we lived there. I decided a good matching cup would be the other Cologne cup we had. It has gold accents. That's kind of Christmassy, right?
Added whipped cream.
Ooooohhhhh baby. Ohhhh my gosh. Oh myyyy goodness. Holy cow. Mmmmmm.
Andrew took a sip and said, "I don't like it." Weirdo!! So I drank his as well. Yum yum yum.
A lot of work, but totally worth it.
And by "A lot of work" I mean about 30 minutes.
In other news, I went for a run.
24 miles. Didn't hurt as much as the 20 on the road. If I stick with my pace, and don't try to go too fast or hard, I'll be able to finish the 50k as long as my ITB doesn't blow up. It won't be pretty - it'll be about 9-10 hours, which will probably be the slowest 50k in the history of 50ks EVER. I'm embarrassed by that time, but will be thrilled if I can just make it to the finish line without my knee locking up. I'm nervous, but hopeful.
From now on my long runs will be much shorter - nothing over 15 miles. Does that mean I'm in taper now?