Are you surprise when you hear this: “spend money to save money”?
Talking about this, I remembered one of my ex-bosses told me many years ago that I have to learn to spend money first as a motivation to make more money. What do you think? I think there is some truth in it because if you do not know how to spend money, there is no need to make more money, right?
However, from many articles that I read, it is true that most Executives in big organization are very particular about how money is being spent. They based very much importance on ROI (return-on-investment) to maximize their budget. They are more than willing to spend money now to save money in the long run. If the indication shows that the payback is high, they will spend as quickly as possible to realize the economic returns. They seemed to subscribe to this theory of spend money to save money.
Now, I have story to tell relating to this theory. I have a friend who told me few days ago that when his wife said this to him every time after she came back from her shopping spree, he is VERY SCARED. She said, “Honey, do you know how much I paid for this COACH handbag?” He said, "Of course dear, I know… must be $$$ with a DISCOUNT!!! To him, his pocket went lighter by a few thousand $ but to her, she has saved some money for him. When he grumbled about her spending so much money on shopping, she told him that he got to think outside the box. She is helping him to save his money by spending it….. HOW BRILLIANT!! So to all the married ladies, you may use this answer when your “LOW KUNG” (hubby) grumble about you spending too much of his money. If that does not work, perhaps baking him a nice dessert and serve it with an aromatic expresso in a pink smiley cup may pacify him.
BLUEBERRY APPLE CAKE
Adapted from Monet of anecdotes and apple cores
Granulated sugar, for pan
1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 ts[ salt
6 tbs unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 ounce
(2 tbs) cut into pieces
3/4 C plus 2 tbs packed light brown sugar
1/2 C whole milk
2 large eggs
2 apples (a little under 1 pound), peeled, cored, and cut into slices
1 C blue berries
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
whipped cream, for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan, and dust with granulated sugar.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, the milk, and eggs in another bowl. Whisk into flour mixture
3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Arrange apple wedges over batter, and sprinkle with blackberries. Gently press fruit into batter.
4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and the cinnamon, and sprinkle over fruit. Dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
5. Bake until top is dark gold, apples are tender, and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool. Serve with whipped cream if desired.