Mmmmmmm… cake pops… Delicious, portable, bite-sized treats on a stick
Find me one person who doesn’t like cake pops! I made two batches of cake pops in two different flavors last week and even experimented a bit with the coating, swirling a few colors together for a cool tie-dye effect. I’m not quite there yet on what I was setting out to achieve, but my kids enjoyed swirling the colors together, so I call that mission accomplished!
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Let’s take a step back to see how all these cake pops popped (lol) up in my kitchen last week. Now that I am unemployed temporarily, I get one question a lot from friends and family: what do you do all day?
When I was employed, I would daydream often about what not working would feel like – all the wonderful and productive things I would get done, all the naps I would take, the amazing physical shape I’d be in from all the working out I’d do, how organized my house would be, how close I’d be with my kids from spending so much more time with them, and just how generally un-hurried I’d be.
When I’m working, I always feel behind the clock – wake up, get everyone dressed and fed before the school bus comes, hurry up and get to work, hurry up and get to all the meetings, hurry up and get home to make dinner, hurry up to finish cleaning up for the night and prepare for the following day, hurry up and get to bed so I can wake up and do it all over again.
When I’d daydream about not working, it seemed like time would be endless and plentiful and, well, un-hurried.
Turns out, time really flies and there’s still plenty of hurry! The days zip by and some days I don’t even know where the time went or what I have done. No joke!
I wouldn’t have believed it myself when I was working, but believe you me, I’m not exaggerating. This is said with all due respect to my (now) fellow SAHMs. I
am not playing into the mommy wars whatsoever – I have much respect for the amount of work and time it takes to keep a household running.
And now that I have some experience with being both a working mom and a stay-at-home mom, I can say with honesty and respect that neither is a luxury nor ideal.
I have found that keeping to a schedule, though, helps me structure my day and actually get things done. Sort of like, well, my calendar when in the office.
I get the kids to school, then I work out (most days), shower and eat, then I run my errands, check my email, apply for some jobs, and occasionally have lunch with my mom or a friend.
By the time I do all that, the kids are just about getting off the school bus again! So, to help build in more time for myself, I’ve learned to think ahead and plan and be efficient with my time – go figure!
I know, shouldn’t have taken me that long to figure that out, but it did. Of course, just like when I am working, I find plenty of time to procrastinate doing the things I really just don’t feel like doing.
And that’s typically when I bake instead! And seeing how I bake A LOT, you now know how much I procrastinate…
On the procrastination / baking docket this past week was chocolate cake. A friend asked me to bake it for her friend’s birthday dinner.
So what happened is this – I baked said chocolate cake. Then, I had a decent amount of cake crumbs leftover from leveling the two tiers, so what did I do? Like any good baker would do, I made cake pops!
Aha, now this story has come full circle. I patted myself on the back for not being wasteful and for using the leftovers to make something tasty.
When my kids came home that day, I was so excited to show them the cake pops I had made for them. My older daughter was thrilled! She’s a chocoholic and devoured about 5 of them immediately.
My younger daughter, though, was less than thrilled… Apparently she no longer likes chocolate (hmmmm, but what about all those chocolate candy bars she seems to consume at an alarming rate?! “But those aren’t CAKE, mommy, and it’s chocolate cake I don’t like!”) and requested (read: whined and complained and perhaps shed a few tears for dramatic effect) that I make her the strawberry cheesecake cake pops just like at Starbucks.
So, just like any good mom would do, I told her to stop crying. And promptly whipped up a batch of vanilla cake and strawberry frosting (don’t judge me).
I neglected to include the cheesecake part simply because that just seemed too complicated and time-consuming.. She loved them! Needless to say, I did a lot of procrastinating that day, but now we have many and varied flavors of cake pops for my wonderful children to enjoy 🙂
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