Believe it or not I’m taking this one?literally. ?Or maybe it is just that I don’t want to be like the masses and work every theme into a photo of my child. ?Not that he isn’t sweet. ?That was my original plan, to take a photo of him, but I couldn’t come up with anything good. ?Instead you get a photo of a sweet and a story to go with it.
One of the worst things about having SAD* (or any kind of depression) is that effects your relationship with your friends and family. ?No matter how you fight it the people around you know. ?This is most apparent with my child. ?Doesn’t that make you cry. ?It does me. ?He regularly asks me if I’m having a smiley day. ?Hearing that from your 4 year old is enough to break your heart when it is certainly not a smiley day. ?In addition to the SAD I can get pretty bad PMS symptoms. ?Combine the two and you have the perfect storm of cranky. ?Around here, when mommy is cranky so is the boy thus causing a horrible cycle of whining. ?I’m am getting better at identifying when this is going to happen and am trying to prevent it. ?Sometimes it works and sometimes, not so much. ?I got lucky this week and found a little respite for both of us. ?Cooking.
My child loves to cook and we just haven’t done enough of it together lately. ?I recalled a post that Suz did a while back that looked like a good plan. ?It was for world’s most dangerous chocolate cake. ?Think about this… a child that loves to cook and a mommy with PMS. ?Take that crabby! ?An activity and chocolate cake in 5 minutes. ?Of course we had to take photos.
The photo doesn’t make it look terribly appetizing, but trust me… it was pretty good for a cake you can make in the microwave in 3 minutes. ?It was more like a cross between a cake and a brownie, with a touch of Wacky Cake (only not as good). ?I would have cooked a little less. ?I know you’ll email me for the recipe so here it is:
splash of vanilla
Supposedly you can mix this all in a coffee cup, but I opted for a bowl since I was working with an exuberant 4 year old. Then dump the batter into a coffee cup. I selected my giant Starbucks mugs, but a regular cup would work too. Microwave on high 3 minutes (a little less if you have a powerful microwave). It will rise up over the top of the mug, but that’s ok. It settles back down once it’s done cooking. Let cool a little bit and use a rubber spatula to scoop it out onto a plate. It would be really good with ice cream (but since I can’t really eat that… I had it plain).
*Seasonal Affective Disorder