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martedì, marzo 18, 2014

Can't wait to get to Heaven

Aunt Elner and the positivity of life in a wonderful book by Fannie Flagg 

Aunt Elner is for sure a remarkable character. What it is mainly impressive reading "Cant' wait to get to Heaven" (it's the title of a beautiful song)  is to find and discover a lady like aunt Elner, able to be friend with everyone, always helpful always there for everyone. Enthusiastic of life, she will be in grade of intriguing people, let them choose a certain path in their life because of her enthusiasm and passions for various topic, like for example electricity.

Someone incredibly active although her age is not anymore close to the 20s  but to the 90s, able to put life and biggest questions of life like: what was born at first, the egg or the chicken? in an open confrontation with friends and relatives.

Don't laugh: it's  a very serious question and you will see that every answer you will give there will be some contradictions. Yes because....The egg can be born before the chicken but so...Who the hell created the egg? And if your answer will be the chicken, ok, wow, great, but....Who gave the life to the chicken? The chicken was at first a mammals and only later there was a mutation? We don't know. It's one of the biggest uncertainties of life. Ready for obtaining an answer from some scientist.

Curious, intrigued by life, aunt Elner, very religious, discovers once Discovery Channel putting in serious discussion the Holy Bible's written Word. "But so the story of Adam an Eve is not true considering the story of the Man described on that tv program?" she asks one day by phone to a relative.

She feed up various animals she loves so badly. Aunt Elner doesn't kill any animals. They're all religiously protected.

Well this one and much much much more is aunt Elner a positive lady like also all the other ladies and men protagonists of this book.

The story starts when aunt Elner falls from the ladder while she is picking up from the fiji tree some fijis for additional jam. And once fall she is devastated by a bunch of wasps.

While relatives, neighbors, friends, are all sad and astonished for the departure of aunt Elner, she flies away......

In a world of Beatitude, In Heaven talking with Dorothy and also trying to eat a piece of caramel cake. Oh well Dorothy had a radio program once and aunt Elner in the remote past didn't lose any Dorothy's show. This lady gave suggestions to the housewives, with great tips, advice, wonderful recipes. Of course she is dead. Like also Ginger Rogers and Edison. Two wonderful people. Aunt Elner is never worried for being there or for being dead or because she left her relatives and friends. She starts to be comfy with Dorothy and her caramel cake...But her trip to Earth is not yet finished....

The book needs to be discovered. I would be seriously tempted of telling to you more. Let's say that aunt Elner and her ulterior passage  back to the Earth will (again) change for better the existence of all her dear ones.

At the end what we can simply do, is to add the well Heavenly Caramel Cake offered by Dorothy to aunt Elner in Paradise.

Neighbor Dorothy's Heavenly Caramel Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees,

1 3/4 cups cake flour (sift before measuring)

Resift with 1 cup brown sugar


1/2 cup soft butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat for three minutes. Bake in greased pan for 1/2 hour

Caramel frosting

2 tablespoon cake flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cip brown sugar

1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix cake flour and milk. Cook to a thick paste over slow flame. Cool.

Cream sugars and vanilla with butter and shortening. Beat until light and fluffy. Blend in salt. Mix in cooled paste.- Beat until fluffy. Should look like whipped cream.


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