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November 18, 2005

Hunny Pot Cake

I've never really been much of a cake eater. When it comes to baked goodies, I've always been more partial to cookies and brownies.

Which makes it ironic that I would marry one of the best cake-bakers in Monterey County.

Unbeknownst to me when I married her, my wife harbored a latent talent for making adorable birthday cakes, that only came to light after the birth of our children. Over the past seven years she has made cakes shaped like ladybugs, trains, Oski the Bear (a long story I don't want to tell right now), dump trucks, dogs, and gumball machines.

The cakes taste fantastic, also. So whenever one of our kids' birthdays draws near, the whole family looks forward to what kind of cake Mommy is creating.

We all check to verify that there will be enough cake for all of us to have leftovers the next day. It's one of our family's traditions: when someone has a birthday, we all get leftover cake for breakfast the morning after the party. This is a tradition we don't mess around with.

So although I'm not a big cake-eater, I never pass up a chance to have a piece of my kid's birthday cake.

Which brings me to this morning. Sitting on our kitchen counter right now is a birthday cake, shaped like a hunny pot for a Winnie the Pooh themed party tonight.

Today is my baby daughter's second birthday, so I had to make sure I dragged my butt out the door to go running this morning. Like most runners, I feel much better about indulging myself if I've already put in some mileage earlier in the day.

So I did six fairly easy miles on the road, and thought a little bit about my daughter, how special (and crazy and sleepless and frustrating) the past two years have been with her around, and about what a blessing she's been to our family.

But mostly, I was thinking about having some of that cake. And hoping there would be enough leftovers for tomorrow.


Stacey Teague 11/18/05, 1:55 PM  

Pictures! We want pictures!!!

Downhillnut 11/18/05, 9:31 PM  

What a great tradition! Have you ever listened to Bill Cosby's cake-for-breakfast comedy set? He has some good points - cakes are made with milk and eggs, and flour...

susie 11/19/05, 4:34 AM  

A very cool tradition! I visited Monterey for the first time last year. How beautiful. Lucky runner, you.

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