Sunday, September 4, 2011

My birthday boys (and Succinctly Yours!)

This week we will celebrate not one, but two birthdays-those of my husband and son. We usually do just one cake since they're only two days apart (too much cake lying around is not a good thing), but my son wins out on the cake type because his day comes first. Now my husband has always been a good sport about the whole thing because he's not much of a cake eater anyway, but I have always felt a small stab of guilt. In year's past, I made his favorite pie, but this year he says he is making his own cake-a pudding cake?

Okay, first of all, my husband is not the cook or baker around here, it's me. I usually make my own cake because the cakes he has made in the past didn't quite turn out. (I do remember one cake who's top layer slid right off, but there were a few that turned out well-LOL!) And this pudding cake?  He tried to make it several years ago-the kids don't remember but I do-and no one would touch it...

My son keeps asking me if I am going to do his cake, and there is genuine fear in his eyes. So what do we do about dad? He has brought it up a couple times but I am taking a "wait and see" approach to it all, and if the man wants to make himself a pudding cake, then I'm going to step back and let him do it. (I'm just hoping it all turns out for the best...) Who is the designated baker in your families?

Now time for Succinctly Yours, another writing meme that piggy backs on the idea of Susan of the Stony River Blog.

Grandma Goulash posts a picture and you are to write a 140 character or word story about it. You can also use the word of the day in your post if you wish. This week's word is practice. Here this week's picture and my take this week:

It was more than a few decades before Emma could revisit places from her past, but like her old school, she had withstood the test of time.(138 characters)

It's getting late, so I will come by your blogs tomorrow!


  1. I'd hate to see my husband try to bake a cake. Actually, I'd like to be a fly on the wall and watch him unseen.
    Good take on the prompt, succinct and nicely done.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Bravo, Emma! I like your comparison of Emma's longevity with her school's.

    My husband NEVER cooks (other than his oatmeal in the microwave). He doesn't even barbecue. He does clean up after meals, so there is that!

    I'll have to come back to your blog in a day or two to find out about the pudding cake.

  3. That fits the picture perfectly!

  4. Great microfiction, Susan!

    I am the daily chef here, but my wife's the cake baker. I am looking forward to the birthday cake report!

  5. Our daughter's birthday is the day prior to my husband's, so for years Daddy got the leftovers. Then we discovered cookie cakes! So Steph gets her red velvet cake, and then the next day Daddy gets a cookie cake which, of course, is really just a giant cookie. It solved the problem, and the cookie cake can be cut up into real cookie sized pieces for lunchbox snacks. Not that we ever have any left. LOL I enjoyed your microfiction. I'm a sucker for a strong female character. :)

  6. I hope the school held good memories for Emma. :)

  7. My daughter has a birthday this week as well. She does all the cooking and baking now. I started teaching her at a young age and it has turned out to be an excellent investment.

    I liked your mf's kindred spirit comparison. Unlike Emma, I have no desire to return to the places of my youth. Never been to a school reunion either.

  8. Sounds like a story of triumph over adversity hidden in there, hope her life goes smoothly from this point forward.

  9. Hey Susan ~~ I make good sandwiches, salads, and soup. Does that count as cooking?

    I like your micro story. By the looks of the school house the story says a lot about Emma.

  10. I think I would do exactly the same thing and let him go ahead and make the pudding cake.

    Fingers crossed!

  11. Well Emma does seem to have a troubled past...I liked the analogy of both of them weathering the ravages of time. Enjoyed your MF.

  12. I do the baking. But only simple stuff.

    That's a sweet, nostalgic take on the picture.

  13. Makes me wonder what old Emma looks like! Hope there isn't a direct comparison!


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