Thursday, April 28, 2016
"Can we play in the sprinklers" (60 degree weather) - No
"Can I go knock on the neighbor's door?" (again. poor guy.) - No
"Can we invite friends over to play right now?" (6pm and dinner time) - No
"Can we go to Disneyland / the beach / on an airplane?" - Not right now
"Can I sleep in the living room?" (school night) - No
"Can we roast marshmallows right now?" - No
"Can I have ice cream for breakfast?" - No
So the other afternoon when Little was napping and Middle asked me, "Can I bake a cake?" I said, "yes." I'm trying to find opportunities to say "yes" when they ask me about some idea they have. Even if it's not super convenient for me or will make a mess that I have to clean up, I don't want their childhood memories to be "and then, mom said no."
When I asked to take a photo with her and her piece after supper, the other two wanted their pictures taken also.
Middle's Chocolate Cake (makes 1 nine-inch round)
1.5 cups all purpose flour
3 T cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
6 T vegetable oil
1 T white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan (an 8x8 pan will work as well). Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Make 3 wells in the top of the dry mixture. Pour vegetable oil into one, vinegar into the other, and vanilla in the third. Pour the cup of water over the top and mix again with a whisk until smooth and combined. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.