Cake Wars Reminds Me That I Need A Multi-Vitamin

20 Feb

The age of parenthood caught up with me as I fell asleep at nine o’clock on Friday AND Saturday night.

My nights of partying it up after the work week are a 20-something memory. I’m all about the Netflix now. But I couldn’t even stay up to watch Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders!!! My new obsession next to The Walking Dead. I couldn’t even manage to open up the computer and type out an idea. I wrote part of it on a piece of paper, but couldn’t remember what I had written the next morning. The times of writing into the wee hours of the moonlight, during the week ceased to exist, unless I had a shot of 5-Hour energy. Or a nap. Something I haven’t seen since pregnancy.

I think I need to start taking a multi-vitamin.

All my energies got swept up this week and then I was hit with the yearly Scouting Luau Extravaganza that required my kid’s troop to be in charge of games. We were also encouraged to participate in the cake baking and decorating contest.

So, we took out the flour and sugar, and since we wanted it to taste better than the rest we also took out Trisha Yearwood cake recipe. It was on. Cake Wars. Nick Jr. Edition.


All of them were actually pretty great, but these were some of the ones that caught my eye. Including my kid’s Lego version of an island with a shark swimming in shredded coconut waves. His sense of humor cracks me up.

But I can’t lie to you the whole baking process was a little stressful as we decided to do the baking and decorating on the same day, instead of being smart and splitting it up into two days. Baking usually calms me down, but there was nothing relaxing about this process, especially when we were on deadline and cups of flour were spilled, you barely had enough milk, eggs were poured in at the wrong time … you know when the mixer was on high and half of the yolky batter ends up on the wall and the clock is still ticking.

But I took a breath.

I didn’t want to be one of those moms, you know … the one that takes over their kid’s project and forgets what matters most is the process. So, I took our uneven cakes out of the oven and just made peace with the fact that we were going to be late and get the stink eye from some of the moms.  But it was all good. The shredded coconut covered the frosting disaster and the Moana and surfer dude Legos were rocking that beach cake. We had a good time at the event. We brought a cake. We didn’t win any cake decorating prizes, but we were happy with it, my kids were proud of it and I was glad to have put the brakes on my irritability.

But all that activity and buttercream frosting contributed to my lack of writing and parent exhaustion. Daily vitamins are definitely in my future.



6 Responses to “Cake Wars Reminds Me That I Need A Multi-Vitamin”

  1. ksbeth February 21, 2017 at 2:35 AM #

    such a great post on parenthood, cake and life –

    • The Guat February 21, 2017 at 8:45 AM #

      Ha! Thanks. That Parenthood is drop-kicking me by Friday night!

  2. cravesadventure February 21, 2017 at 7:32 AM #

    Cool Cakes – thanks so much for sharing their masterpieces! I remember decorating sugar cookies with my nephews. I would find sprinkles and snowflakes and trees into March – ha! I am with you in where does the energy go some days. Being active, drinking water, stretching, and taking a multi-vitamin may be great ideas 🙂 Naps are good too or just resting and reading a good book. Happy Day – Enjoy

    • The Guat February 21, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

      Where is the energy, right!? Naps. I miss them. But it was a good day all in all. And I agree with you … Sprinkles can be found everywhere when decorating. 🙂 glad you enjoyed the pics! They were pretty cool cakes. There were like 20-25 but I just gave you the highlights 🙂 have a great week!!

  3. Dentler Erdmann February 21, 2017 at 1:10 PM #

    Wow! I’m impressed by the whole episode — the project, the idea, the execution, etc. Mostly I’m impressed by your energy level , which has astounded me for all the years I’veknown you. Do I need to mention the stps in L.A.s tallest building!! That still wows me. ?And by the way, sleep is probably the best multi-vitamin there is,

    • The Guat February 23, 2017 at 12:45 AM #

      Ha! I need some of that sleep vitamin more … in nap formation. 🙂 The whole extravaganza was pretty awesome. All the cakes the kids made were pretty great. The funny thing was that a lot of them had the same idea, you know with the island theme. It was so funny. They were all pretty good, but I just highlighted the ones that caught my eye. Scouts is full of all kinds of activities including an overnight camp at the zoo, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. Everyone at home is super excited about it 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by and reading 🙂

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