Years ago, when I was a young tot, I remember wanting an easy bake oven. Oh, the joys of cooking on my own at the grown up age of 5.
I never had an easy bake oven, and cannot really recall why. Perhaps, my sister owned one and my parents felt that the first trial was enough, or perhaps my wishes and desires were never expressed verbally. I'm sticking with the second story.
As the month of December dawned upon us, we were down in St. George and Shaeler was able to sit upon Santa's lap at the mall, my ears tuned into the conversation she was having with the jolly old fella to see what she would be asking for her one gift from Santa Claus. Yup, you heard me right, Santa only brings one gift here at our house. Why should he be the one bringing multiple gifts and walking out the most popular guy on the day of Christmas? Pssh! No, thank you! Mom and Dad will take that credit and popularity vote, thank you very much!
Anyway, Shaeler leaned into the old man and whispered that she wanted a Strawberry Short Cake Easy Bake Oven. Really? Alright, I didn't know that Strawberry Short Cake was recently known for her culinary skills and Shaeler only watches PBS which has no commercials (hallelujah!), so I was a bit baffled at her request. However, I believe in the magic of Santa Claus and knew that he would fulfill her heart's desire.
Once Grandma Rentmeister heard of the request for the Easy Bake Oven, she decided to play her grandma card and override Santa's popular vote and therefore gave Shaeler and Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. (BTW- Strawberry Shortcake does not have one. Was ready to buy Strawberry Shortcake stickers if she noticed that the oven was not of Miss Cake's brand, however, Shaeler has not said a word. Phew!).
Tonight, Shaeler decided to cook for our family our Sunday dessert from her Easy Bake Oven. So, we plopped on her apron, she cooked and I assisted. Now, for those of you that are Easy Bake Oven virgins, such as myself, you learn quickly that the items being cooked are baked by a light bulb. Due to the intensity of the heat, portions have to be equally matched. Hence the cake she made tonight was the size of my palm. The other fabulous comment about the cake is that it was just add water, which made her cake shaped like a trampoline that was left out all winter and now permanently sags in the middle. And the taste, well......
So, I praised Shaeler for her baking accomplishments and Brian flipped over her cake and we watched as the entire cake was to be completely consumed by Shaeler. With Brian and I staring at our Sunday dessert being eaten by the 5 year old Easy Bake lover, I wrangled back the apron strings and made Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting.
Take that Easy Bake!
I look forward to our future endeavors with the Easy Bake Oven. All in all, it really doesn't matter what Shaeler makes, the easy bake oven will have a home here because it is teaching my daughter how to bake and she feels accomplished when she is done.
Thank you Easy Bake!