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“Got Him!” & T’s Quick Coffee Cake

March 7, 2012

Got him! Finally! The raccoon that we had seen swimming in DH’s fish pond catching & eating the goldfish, the raccoon Lucy had chased up the driveway & across the street just before daybreak, the raccoon that had destroyed & disassembled DH’s bird feeders has been caught – the Pest!

We have been baiting a Havahart trap with a honeybun, which the guy at Home Depot said raccoons could not resist. Well, evidently Possums can’t resist them either! DH surprised a giant possum twice last week as it sprung the trap, stole the bait & ran toward the woods with a mouth full of honeybun.

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Not this time! DH called victoriously to me when he checked the trap this morning, “Got him!” Great, now what do we do with him? DH is leaving town for a few days on business & I don’t want to have to carry the pest off by myself…

Since I had to drive DH to pick up his rent car, he suggested we could release the raccoon at a local animal preserve. So we did.

Pest

DH loaded the full trap into the back of my car – raccoon was not happy & let us know, but settled down nicely with a towel over the trap. Once at the animal preserve, DH faced the release door toward the closed gate – it was early in the morning – then started to pull the release pin using a pair of pliers. Good thing he didn’t use his hand. The raccoon growled & hissed & reached it’s little grasping fingers through the wire trying to grab anything & everything.

Once the pin was pulled, the raccoon planted his backside on the door so that it wouldn’t open. I noticed that the trap was too far away from the gate, worried that raccoon might exit the trap & run toward us, so I shoved it which made the raccoon come at me growling, but he got off the door.

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DH raised the door & off the raccoon ran. I barely was able to photograph him before he made it to the nearby trees at a full lope.

T’s Quick Coffee Cake

This was our Saturday morning cake when the boys were little.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Self-rising Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon each Nutmeg & Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unflavored Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Eggs

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together & pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.

Topping

  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Rolled Oats, uncooked
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
  1. Mix together topping ingredients & sprinkle over cake batter.
  2. Bake 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven & cool slightly.

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2-ish Tablespoons Whole Milk
  1. Mix sugar with enough milk to thin it.
  2. Drizzle glaze over cake.
  3. Serve!
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