Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baking A Cake

I have been wrapped up in my own little funk the past few days. I think the peanut challenge affected me more than I am willing to admit. Thing is I have become a person who doesn't cry much. It takes a lot for me to break down and cry. I hold it all in and then when the dam breaks I have a hard time stopping. Which is why I never cry.

But today I had a thought. Having a child allergic to many foods causes much baking to be done. Max's birthday is tomorrow. He wants a cake in the shape of a bat by the way. So today he and I set to making the batter. The whole mixing and pouring took less than 20 minutes. He and I had a pleasant time together (which is rare lately). So my thought afterward was that non-allergic kids parents generally buy their cakes or cupcakes. Rarely anymore does it seem like you attend a party where the dessert is homemade. And aren't those kids and parents missing out on that quality time? So here is the positive. Baking with your child is an enriching experience for you both. And we get to do it all the time.

7 comments:

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Happy Birthday to your son! I hope he enjoys his bat cake.
Sorry about the challenge :(

lizardcat said...

I agree! The same thought has occurred to me as we've baked stuff...together time, plus hopefully all of my kids will know their way around a kitchen when they're adults. Another thing: if you can't use eggs, like us, the kids can lick the batter all they want!

Happy birthday to your son! The party for my oldest is this Sat. Though he's not allergic, I only serve food and cake that's safe for little brother too, so I'm about to try to concoct something tomorrow... I have to admit, while at BJ's tonight I fleetingly wished I could just pick up a sheet cake and be done with it. Your post was a good reminder that baking is worth the extra effort.

Linds said...

I definitely agree!

Allergy Mom said...

My son wants a T. Rex cake this year, but he wants it to be red velvet, like his Elmo cakes the last two years have been. It's going to be like the scene from Steel Magnolias with the armadillo grooms cake! I would love to see a picture of the bat cake, if it's not inconvenient for you to post it. :-) Libby

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Max! I'm always surprised about cakes...how little time they really do take to mix and bake. For me, it's the decorating. I so suck at that.

Anita said...

I just wanted to tell you thank your for your blog. My son is 2 and we recently endured the "scratch" and more blood tests to identify all the foods he is allergic to. After a year of avoiding eggs, I now find I get to avoid nuts, etc. Thank you for your sight. It is encouraging and allows me to know I am not alone in this "battle".
A fellow struggling mother

Angela said...

What a beautiful post! I will never forget the homemade cakes my grandma and I made together, and I want to share that experience with my kids too. You are making a lasting impact on your child's life, and really, what a simple way to do it (: