Paleosols tend to have poorly articulated layers (soil horizons) only visible to very experienced dirt-interpreters. In this way, they are much like most of Meaghan's experiments in baking ("Is this a layer cake that has suffered some sort of faulting? Did you mean to leave large unconsolidated lumps in this cake for some reason?"). As such, Meaghan felt that baking paleosol study tools was the perfect way to celebrate the completion of her first year of graduate school. That's right: when Meaghan thinks of celebrations, she doesn't think about drinking, she thinks about nerd-baking... and that's why she's in graduate school.
|Schools out - it's time for SCIENCE! And baking!|
Being an atypically poor baker, Meaghan immediately made a few critical mistakes. See, Meaghan around sugar is sort of like a dog around cocaine: they're both excited and can't stop inadvertently ingesting the product, thus compounding the difficulty of the situation (Meaghan dramatically loses coherency with increased sugar intake). Meaghan's eagerness frequently causes herself to self-sabotage in critical situations (re: first dates) and the kitchen is no different. On the first two batches of white cake, she got so excited about using different food colors to evoke different oxidation levels that she, well, forgot to put in the eggs.
|Eggs: sort of critical to cakes, but apparently you can add 'em at most any stage!|
Don't worry, guys, she didn't feed the spitosol to anyone.
Later, Meaghan discovered a totally not sketchy irrigation syringe just lying around in the back of a drawer and relied on that instead. Here she demonstrates proper technique for creating carbonized root traces!
See Amy? This is the sort of shit that happens when you leave Meaghan to her own devices. Not only does she get drunk and buy a thousand new dresses she doesn't need, she bakes obsessively nerdy treats instead of studying, then peer-pressures other people into eating them.
|YUM, right Nick and Edward? RIGHT???|
|As George put it, Meaghan may have overestimated the amount of fun she needed to have.|
|Previously unknown fact: all paleosol cupcakes suffer from layer deformation by, erm, tree throw. .|