Striking a chord…

When I was going through my divorce I could have sworn that Sirius radio was out to get me. It seemed like every time I got into the car they were playing Third Eye Blind’s song “How’s It Gonna Be”. And stupid me would always listen to it and then proceed to bawl my eyes out. Now of course if that song was on the radio a year before my divorce I would have cared less, other than to go, oh I love that song and listen to it. But because I was going through something it struck a chord and would upset me. Which is often what this blog does to people, it strikes chord. I can assure you if you are a long time reader at some point I am going to strike a chord with you…it’s inevitable.

I can’t tell you how many times friends or acquaintances email or call me to ask if my latest post was about them? It usually isn’t. But what it does show is that they are usually guilty about something. Guilty about lying and how they live their life. Guilty about spending money they don’t have. Guilty about something I pointed out. Let me be the first to say that I am not on a high horse, I am no perfect saint and I break my own rules sometimes too. But they are reminders to myself, just like writing that we should all eat more veggies. :)

I struck major chords with the runner post. If you read down I said I was all for people running for exercise. Seriously, more power to you! I am for any and all exercise. I was simply trying to point out that no other sport/exercise has your friends telling you how they did or what their progress is…though people like to post all the time they are at the gym. I don’t need to know that is my point. It’s not being unsupportive. It’s just like I don’t need to know on a daily basis what you kid is now eating or how regular his bowl movement is. I also don’t need to see 63 photos of them, a couple are just fine.

Because of the running post that fueled a now former reader to unsubscribe from me and then write about me in a post. Which I totally support, that’s the great thing about blogs, you get to tell your opinion (even when mine is usually over exaggerated to strike a chord :P )and if you don’t like what you are reading…don’t read. I wish more people would follow that. But what I did love of course were the comments people wrote about evil me. One person writing that I deserved to eat a bag of dicks. Which truthfully, send on over. Red Rover, Red Rover send a giant bag of dicks on over! Seriously, if you live in the Seattle area Dick’s is a burger place known for “burgers by the bagful”…so I am all about eating a bag of dicks. I know people think they are trying to upset me but they are not. It really does take a lot for me to get upset. We once took a personality tests when I was a teacher, you know the are you Type A or Type B personality and the woman actually said to me “if there was a way to give you Type C I would, do you even have a pulse?”. Sure I do, I just let things roll off me way more than the average bear (hey Boo-Boo) does.

Not so much striking a chord, as getting me thinking, was a girl asking what your three favorite desserts are. I replied Bread Pudding, Key Lime Pie, and Cheesecake. And then it hit me, how on earth could I combine all three to make me the worlds’ most perfect dessert. I decided that instead of a crust that the bottom portion would be a thin layer of bread pudding, which I soaked graham crackers into the cream overnight to have the cream get the graham flavor. Then on top of that goes the cheesecake layer, key lime flavored of course. They are baked at the same time, not separate. I added a black/raspberry sauce that I made for an upcoming ice cream and it was pretty much heaven.

So if I ever do strike a chord, I am sorry. Though in all seriousness maybe take that time to reflect and ask yourself why is it that this is so upsetting to me? Am I unhappy with the fact that this is actually happening in my life? If not, just send me a bag of dicks. :P

Peabody’s Key Lime Cheesecake-Graham Cracker Bread Pudding Extravaganza
For the pudding:
½ small brioche loaf, sliced like you would be making French toast
½ cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 graham crackers, crushed up
½ cup packed light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 eggs

Let graham cracker pieces soak in cream in a small bowl covered in wrap in the fridge at least 4 hours, better yet, overnight.

Grease a 10-inch spring form pan.

In a large bowl combine the cream from the fridge with milk, eggs, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk until fully combined.

Dip brioche slices in custard making sure it gets very soaked in. Then layer the bottom of the pan, you will have to tear some of the pieces to make them fit. You only want one layer as you are making a crust so to speak. Press down to make sure the bread is in their tightly as batter will be going on top of this.

Set bread pudding aside and start to make cheesecake portion.

For the cheesecake:
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
6 TBSP key lime juice
2 eggs
2 TBSP all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325F.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down after each addition.

Add juice and flour and beat until fully combined.

Pour batter over the prepared bread pudding in the spring form pan, smoothing with a spatula to make sure it is even.

Bake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven. You will know it is done when the middle is solid, but still has a little jiggle to it.

Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack to room temperature. Then place in fridge for 8 hours or overnight. Serve with raspberry sauce.

For the sauce:
2 cups raspberries
1 cup sugar
Combine the berries and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 220ºF (5 to 8 minutes). Let cool slightly, then force through a sieve to remove seeds (or leave a few seeds in there just to prove you made it). Refrigerate until cold before using.
Sauce recipe from Jenni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jenni Britton Bauer


  1. Jessica says:

    I must say this is the best blog that I have read in a long time. Hats off to you. I am glad with all those dicks you’ve had persay, that you have the “balls” to tell it like it is………

    By the way, the recipe sounds delish, must try it!! Thanks!! Keep up the hard work!!

  2. I’m happy to see the dessert has a name. :D I sat there on FB trying to contribute a name suggestion, but nothing came to me. I agree with you about calling something a “surprise” though.

    I am proud of my (normally superior) google capabilities, and I’ve spent the last … several minutes trying to find the blog post about you. Using all kinds of search word combinations. I’m not so much paranoid that you are ever writing about me, until the day you write about someone who is over curious and nosy. ;)

    and this cheesecake extravaganza?? I cannot believe you did this. it must be amazing.

  3. oh, and Dicks. I haven’t had a burger there in YEARS. so so good…

  4. I too was trying to come up with a clever suggestion for this dessert’s name on Facebook, but nothing came to mind. it’s too bad that people take you the wrong way, especially given that so much of what you write is downright hilarious. I’m glad you don’t take it to heart!

  5. That first picture is fabulous¨What a gorgeous cheesecake.



  6. Big bag of Dick’s …. with french fries, please. And then a slice of your ultimate perfection in dessertage!

  7. You’ll know you’ve really hit the big time when you have someone title a blog “PeabodySux” which is what has happened to the Pioneer Women. People DO need to get over themselves. The dessert looks scrumptious. Keep up the good work Peabody, unless you’re pissing somebody off, you’re not doing it right♥

  8. oh good grief. people really will be upset by anything and everything these days. I am not immune but I try to draw the line at being upset by things that actually affect my life and not another person’s opinion on running. :P

  9. I admit that I’m neurotic enough that when you mentioned a ‘healthy’ chick who stopped reading your blog, I thought you meant me because I’ve mentioned that I run. That’s so funny–like you read my mind! (I haven’t been commenting as much because I’ve been busy). I am assuming, from the comments in your previous post, that I was being needlessly paranoid. Er, right?

  10. oh my goodness, people are SO over sensitive! Go Peabody! I love your conviction-style writing. It calls us out on our crap :) I love it that people call and ask if posts are about them. That is what should happen :)

  11. I love how sensitive people are nowadays. You should share your bag of dicks with all the whiners of the world. (I was going to say something far worse but didn’t want to offend anyone…haha)

  12. I loved this post. It does show that anyone with a blog gives the person power to post opinions – and you have to be ready to not get so nervy about things. The political arena is such a circus methinks simply because of blogs. So many opinions out there!

    What this post really did for me was to get me thinking of 3 of my favorite desserts and how I can combine them. A vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, and strawberry-lime margarita dessert concoction would be amazing!

    Anyrambly, my 30th b-day is this summer and I have a lime theme. Any other lime desserts in your repertoire?

    I love your blog and do wish only yummy bags of dicks for you!

  13. I guess if I ever unsubscribed from a blog, I wouldn’t let the blogger know about it…it just seems kinda mean. Anyways, love this post and I even shared it with a friend who really needed this post, so thanks! The cheesecake extravaganza…genius & amazing…there are no other words.

  14. I understand reading something and having it resonate with you, but i guess I just can’t imagine taking so much offense at it that I’d write a whole blog post about it. As a runner, I fully accept that when I post something about my training on my facebook wall, I am doing it solely for the attention. I’m an attention whore. That’s probably also why I blog. End of story.

    If I find a bag of dicks somewhere, I’ll be sure to send it your way…but I don’t think we have one in NYC.

    I’m pretty sure that you just made my life infinitely better with this bread pudding/cheesecake mix. A-MA-ZING.

  15. @JulieD- they didn’t call me out on it, the post was pointed out to me by a couple of people who read that blog and this blog. She can write whatever she wants I am more than cool with that (unless of course mean things about my family).

  16. Lordy be, that looks heavenly! Sounds it too. Great job. Thanks for posting.

  17. “One person writing that I deserved to eat a bag of dicks. Which truthfully, send on over.” HAHAHhah!!

    Peabody, I’ve been quietly reading your blog for years now, but that last line made me laugh so hard I had to comment. Thank you for your great sense of humor! You always seem to let the petty things in life slide off your back :)

  18. New reader here. I was just reading your about me section and
    you said your dog’s feet smell like like fritos. I am always telling my kids thatour dogs feet
    and belly smell like fritos when she has been sleeping. So you have already conected with me. Your blog looks great and I cant wait to read/eat more.

  19. Wow wow wow! I’m pretty sure you just made the perfect desert! And well spoken on the “striking a chord”. I think so often we want to blame someone for their writing when it strikes a particular chord instead of trying to understand why it does.
    ~Nancy Lewis~

  20. of all the blogs i follow peabody yours is always the most honest and real. its refreshing to see someone share their opinions with no apologies :) LOVE IT!

  21. this post struck a chord with me because we had the same thing happen with sirius xm, we live very near the birthplace of Joseph Smith (founder of Mormonism, there is a marker we pass by on the way home) & for the first year we lived here just about every other time we drove by “here comes the rain again” by the Eurythmics would come on. It was very weird & nobody would believe us but we entertained ourselves trying to figure out what message Joe was trying to send us.

  22. Oh, the places I wanted to go with the “Bag of Dicks” comment… Must. Censure. For. Public!

  23. *Censor.
    Good God.

  24. I’ve been a quiet reader of your post for a long time but wanted to say that I personally love your posts – and they often do exactly, like you said, make me reflect on myself. One in particular you said to “just let it go” – I often find myself telling myself to do just that and it’s helpful. So thank you!

  25. My ipod tends to play music that reflects my mood. Or maybe I am just making them fit into my life that day. It’s strange how something so small can affect you. But oh how lovely this cheesecake/bread pudding sounds!

  26. I don’t comment often, but have read your site for quite a while now.
    As someone who understands the whole “if you don’t like what you’re reading, stop reading” school of thought, I found this post to be wonderful! We don’t all have to agree on the same things – the world would be dreadfully boring if we did. But if we could all just “agree to disagree”, the world would be such a nicer place!

  27. I can understand getting that upset over racism, abuse, corruption, poverty. . .but a blog about desserts? Granted, they are good desserts.

  28. Love the blog–and the personality that creates it!
    Cheers to you.

  29. Honestly, I cannot believe when people decide they are going to unsubscribe and then feel like they need to notify you. “Hey, I just wanted to tell you that I don’t like you anymore.”

    Really guys? Grow up, unsubscribe if you want, and don’t make a fuss!

    I think you really hit the nail on the head that people take things personally because of some hidden guilt they have. Or maybe it’s ego and they think everything must be about them! Ha. So silly.

    Also, I must never EVER make this recipe because I would inhale the entire thing directly. By myself. Mmm…

  30. I personally love reading your blog and the opinions you post on it. I think they are funny and they usually make me laugh. :D

    By the way, that’s a nice lookin’ cheesecake you’ve got there. ;)

  31. Ummmmm – with the pics of the kids over and over, were you talking about me? ;) hehehe

    Honest as always and I love it. Just like I love that you combined your favorite desserts into one! You rock.

  32. My first thought: Whaaaa?
    My second thought: Whoa! That’s Intense!!
    My third thought: How do I tag this in my reader? Dessert? Cheesecake? Lime?
    (I used all three)

  33. I love what you write, it’s pretty hilarious! You write exactly what I think about but don’t say out loud. However, I’m surprised that you have friends, I don’t think mine would stick around if I told them like it is.

  34. @Jenise- if your friends wouldn’t stick around, then maybe they aren’t that great of friends. :/

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