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It’s my son’s birthday today, and when I think about a birthday cake for Joel, this is where my mind goes. . . back to 1983, baking a cake with my helpful 2-year-old.

Joel age 2

Loaf of Gold Cake
(Bake at 350° F. for about 65 min.)

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350° F. Get out bowl, spoons and ingredients. Grease and flour 9x5x3-in. loaf pan. Remove 18 blocks, 4 toy cars and plastic hammer from kitchen table. Measure 2 cups of flour. Remove Joel’s hands from flour. Wash Joel’s hands. Measure one more cup of flour to replace the flour on the floor. Measure remainder of ingredients (except eggs) into large mixer bowl. Get the broom and dustpan and brush up pieces of bowl which Joel knocked on the floor. Put the dogs outside. Get another bowl. Answer doorbell. Return to kitchen and remove Joel’s hands from the bowl. Wash Joel. Get out the eggs. Answer phone. Return. Take out loaf pan and remove cup of salt from the pan. Look for Joel. Get another pan and grease it. Answer the phone. Return to kitchen and find Joel. Remove the grimy hands from the bowl. Wash off shortening. Take up greased pan and find a handful of dog food in it. Head for Joel who flees, knocking bowl off the table. Wash the floor. Wash the table. Wash the dishes. Call the bakery. Lie down.

Joel

Happy, happy birthday Joel dear
Happy things will come to you all year
If I had one wish then it would be
A happy, happy birthday to you, from me

And happy birthday wishes also to my niece Brandy who was born a year and a day later.

Superfriendshug

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