I have to agree with Sarah on her analysis of Facebook
. So I'm joining her in making an effort to do some real writing and recording of our family life. People always say, "They change so quickly" and they're right-so I want to have some written snapshots of our family before this times slips away from me.
I am coming to terms that inside my feminist exterior is a hardcore homemaker. It's a box I never thought I could tick, but here I am: it's coming up on 5 p.m. and I have the dinner nearly ready, things are relatively tidy in the house, the kids are playing "school" nicely (or at least I can't hear any screams, so I'm content to leave them alone) and Ciarán is happy in his high chair chewing on something. So why not make a cake???
I really love making cake for our dessert. There's something so wholesome about making a cake from scratch that negates any guilty feelings about indulging in dessert on a weekday. Hey, it's only flour, sugar, egg, butter and milk! My favorite cake recipe comes from a cookbook I got in college from one of my fellow co-op dwellers, Floyd. It's an old school Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. The recipe is called the "Busy Day Cake," which conjures up images of a 50's housewife in her high heels and dress popping a few Valium and then whipping up one of these cakes just in time for the husband to come home. I'm wearing Converse and unless you class 2 cups of Lyons tea as illicit stimulants, I'm clean living. But this cake will be done in time for Daithí to get home, so I'm nearly there.
I was pretty excited to use my new Valentine's Day cake pan, albeit a few days early.Busy Day Cake
1 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all the ingredients and mix. Pour into a greased and floured cake pan, bake at 180 C (350 F) for 25-30 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar (powdered sugar).